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Tree-lined streets and photogenic brownstones make Carroll Gardens a charming Brooklyn neighborhood. Throw in a diverse culinary scene, cafes and bars that owners and managers truly care about, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything to complain about in the neighborhood. As you ponder the paragon of Brooklyn neighborhood living that Carroll Gardens seems to be, soak up its coffee culture at one of these excellent cafes.

Black Gold Records

Black Gold Records, situated a mile from NU Hotel Brooklyn, is about as “Brooklyn” as a small business can be. It’s a cafe, record store, and antique shop all rolled into one. Accordingly, you can expect the time you spend sipping coffee here to be marked by high-quality background noise and attractive, comfortable seating options.

D’Amico Coffee Roasters

Opened in 1948, D’Amico Coffee is a long-standing fixture on the Carroll Gardens coffee scene. The place has done a great job retaining its mid-20th century allure while keeping up with the times. Brooklyn-born elders catch up over coffee alongside hipster millennials hacking away at their computers. Six daily brews and all standard espresso options give coffee connoisseurs their pick of liquid energy. Small bites on the menu are prepared with love.

The Brooklyn Strategist

Another multi-purpose cafe, The Brooklyn Strategist is a coffee shop where children and adults can work on mastering any number of interactive board games. It serves delicious French pressed coffee, runs an after-school program for kids, and transforms into a BYOB board game lounge at night. The Brooklyn Strategist only a 10-minute walk from the NU Hotel.

Smith Canteen

A proud Carroll Gardens coffee purveyor, Smith Canteen specializes in drip coffee and espresso drinks, in-house baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and the like. The coffee is skillfully prepared and flavorful, and the pastries and cookies satisfy the most ravenous sweet tooth. Smith Canteen’s sea salt chocolate cookies are especially popular.

Brooklyn may not be known for its coffee, but it has a storied cafe culture and has definitely been working on its roasting and brewing game. Carroll Gardens has some of the cutest and most beloved coffee shops in the borough, and they’re all just a short cab ride or walk away from NU Hotel Brooklyn.