The borough that Manhattanites once loved to ignore is now America's HQ for lovingly crafted foods—a vast larder of more treats than you could taste in a lifetime of food blogging. No food lover should miss spending a day checking out some of Brooklyn's best artisan shops. By: Alan Sytsma
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Start in Park Slope at Bklyn Larder, a lovely gourmet grocer, for Brooklyn-made bitters and bacon peanut brittle. Next, walk to Bierkraft, an early stockpiler of hard-to-find craft beers that is still exceptional.

Pick up some baked goods at Bien Cuit and Runner & Stone. The former is a Cobble Hill favorite. The latter, in Gowanus, features head baker Peter Endriss, formerly of the Michelin-starred Per Se.

When lunch hits, head to  Court Street Grocers in Carroll Gardens, where the Mother-in-Law combines slow-cooked beef, kimchi, and broccoli in a sandwich so juicy it soaks through its bread. Finally, go a few blocks north to Brooklyn Farmacy. There are few things more Brooklyn than an egg cream—and the Farmacy's best version is made with small-scale ingredients like organic maple syrup and Hudson Valley milk.