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Discover NYC – Your Guide to Indie Businesses

Discover the local, independent businesses that are the heart and soul of NYC in Shoot New York City’s guide to the best of indie New York!

Discover the real NYC in Shoot New York City’s Discover Guide

I love the independent businesses in New York, they are the heart and soul of the city! In this section you will find bookstores, cafés, restaurants, arts & crafts markets and more. This is an ongoing project to list the best of indie New York so visit often to discover the real New York City. Experience the hidden gems and places that New Yorkers frequent. For more information on many of NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods, have a read of my Neighborhood Guides. I am not compensated for writing these reviews and I'm only writing about the places that I like.

Sadly, far too many of these unique, independent businesses close every year. When I learn of one closing I will move it to the category Vanishing NYC. They may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten!


Stolle Bakery & Cafe, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

I discovered Stolle Bakery & Cafe one cold winter day while giving a street photography workshop. We were looking for warmth and a coffee. Stolle Bakery & Cafe has an incredible selection of sweet and savory pies. You don't have to buy a whole pie as they serve individual pieces as well. They are quite yummy and you can get a seat next to the window and watch the world go by!

Stolle Bakery & Cafe began in 2002 in St. Petersburg, Russia and they have multiple locations in Moscow as well. So if you're looking for authentic Russian pastries this is the place to go.

Stolle Bakery & Cafe, 231 Brighton Beach Avenue

Stolle Bakery & Cafe