The longtime shopping hub in Downtown Brooklyn has been Fulton Mall, the car-free commercial strip along Fulton St from Boerum Pl to Flatbush Ave. Recent development efforts in this area have seen big-name chains such as Banana Republic and H&M stake their claim here. Stroll around Dumbo to check out a variety of eclectic, artsy shops and boutiques.

If you're in the area on a Sunday from April to October, don't miss Brooklyn Flea, a huge outdoor arts and makers market held in a giant archway beneath the Manhattan Bridge.