Real Tours: Kensington by Jane Herro

Kensington…even the name is charming! Located in the center of Brooklyn just south of Prospect Park, this diverse neighborhood is home to gorgeous prewar buildings and Victorian homes along it’s tree-lined streets. Ocean Parkway, which was finished in 1880, starts in Kensington and runs all the way down to Coney Island. The Parkway offers 5 miles of walking and bike paths, with plenty of benches and chess tables along the way. 
 
With it’s suburban feel and friendly neighborhood vibe, Kensington is the perfect place to call home. Business owners have taken notice; there are countless great bars, restaurants and shops that draw both locals and visitors. I’ve scheduled the perfect Kensington Sunday and thought I would share it with you:
 
Morning Coffee: Wake up and shake off your Saturday night with a coffee and snack from Qathra Cafe on Cortelyou. Take it to go and head north on Ocean Parkway for a visit to Prospect Park. 
 
Brunch: Angelica’s Coffee Shop never disappoints. I keep it simple with an egg and cheese, but they offer a variety of brunch favorites and are happy to accommodate those with dietary restrictions. 
 
Afternoon: It’s Sunday, why not get your spa on at Brooklyn Banya, a Russian Bathhouse on Coney Island Ave. With multiple saunas and steam rooms, scrubs and massage options, it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. They have delicious food too so you can grab a bite before heading out!
 
Drinks: For friendly service, affordable drinks and outdoor seating, Hinterlands Bar is a must. If you’re somehow still hungry, they serve sandwiches from Brancaccio’s, a specialty food shop and neighborhood favorite on Ft. Hamilton Parkway.  
 
Now that you’re full and have a buzz going, go home! It’s Sunday. 
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