Downtown’s Dekalb Market Is One Ingenious Destination

Last weekend, your BHB scribe at last took in the curiosity that is the Dekalb Market in Downtown Brooklyn. Situated over an entire square block, the emporium of boutique shops and foodies is constructed from salvaged shipping containers converted into 60+ venues that frame a space for outdoor events and programs.

Within easy walking distance of Brooklyn Heights, at 138 Willoughby Street and the Flatbush Avenue Extension, sure enough, there was a cornucopia of art, music and food, “The Dekalb Farm” and dozens of outdoor weekend vendors, all “set against the gritty-cool urban backdrop of downtown Brooklyn.” (See pics below.)

Not to be missed: Waffle n’ Go, offering authentic liege waffles and a variety of delish toppings; Gourmet Sorbet, with all fresh ingredients; Open Oyster, featuring raw & steamed Fisher’s Island Oysters; and Mighty Balls, a tiny tucked-away food shop with delicacies lightly fried.

The regular Dekalb Market Hours are seven days a week, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. This weekend, June 9-10, the special feature is underground busk artists playing from 12-6 p.m., with a “Busk-Off” at 5 p.m. Saturday. The space was voted Best New York Architecture in 2011 by the New York Observer.

(Photos: Chuck Taylor)

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  • Marmac

    This looks amazing!

    I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who works on this blog. I really appreciate the frequent posts and great content. I’d have no idea what’s going on in my beloved neighborhood without BHB. Keep up the awesome job!

  • grumpy bert

    Thanks Chuck for the photo shout out! If any of you roller skate, this Friday 6/15 is not to be missed.

    Super fun for all, no matter what your roller skills are.

  • x

    the food and vibe are excellent at dekalb market.

    But the container sized shops are too tiny to fit more than 3 customers and have a decent amount of merchandise

  • Ballerina

    Some of the prices are outrageous. I recently saw that Oysters are $3 each in the DeKalb market and I recently paid $1.50 each in a very upscale trendy (actually 2 different restaurants) restaurant.

    It is nice that the Market is there but if they want people to buy food they should be more affordable.

  • Andrew Porter

    I had a cornucopia of art, music and food once, but I traded it in for a goose that lays golden eggs. Turns out it’s not house trained, and the eggs are brass. Rip-off!

  • grumpy bert

    I’ve never tried Oysters at the Market. I am guessing it’s from a temporary tent food vendor that comes in the weekends. There are a bunch of tasty food vendors that are there everyday. The braised beef sandwich at Cheeky Sandwiches is a favorite. Anything at Maharlika is super good too. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Cuzin’s Duzin doughnuts are haven. So many other tasty options to choose from. I happen to know that they will be starting happy hour Wednesday – Friday (5-7pm) with special deals on food and beer. Shops, including myself will be open too.