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Discover NYC – A Guide to Indie Businesses

Discover New York City is a guide to the local independent businesses that are the heart and soul of NYC. Support indie businesses!

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. It's 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. Note - I am not compensated for writing these reviews and I'm only writing about the places that I like. 


Swallow Cafe, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

In the very hip neighborhood of Cobble Hill is Swallow Cafe. It's in an old Middle Eastern restaurant space. I've been there a few times now and the latte is good and the atmosphere is nice. It's typically filled with regulars with laptops. They have some tables that are laptop-less though so I always find a seat. I wasn't aware that they also have locations in Bushwick and Williamsburg. There are many cafes in NYC and not all of them are good. This one is worthy of mention.

Swallow Cafe, 156 Atlantic Avenue

Swallow  Cafe