FEED Shop & Café
55 Water St., Dumbo
Lauren Bush Lauren’s decade-old, philanthropic FEED program now has its own physical café and retail space in DUMBO, which stocks her entire line of functional, aesthetical FEED products (each bag–made from durable burlap or leather–is emblazoned with the number of meals its sale has provided to children in need). Bush Lauren came up with the idea while working as World Food Program Honorary Spokesperson where she witnessed the detrimental effects hunger can have on a child's physical and educational development. Aside from the bags, FEED has branched into other carefully made, ethical products like candles, jewelry, and apparel. The café itself is bright, light, and airy with walls of windows, exposed brick, and touches of greenery—somewhere you want to settle in with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee (a Heritage custom blend, roasted in conjunction with La Colombe). While placing your order you’ll notice the bar features a live meal counter, which ticks up meals that have been donated as people buy their coffee or FEED goods.
304 Furman St., Dumbo
We’re big fans of Sunday’s Smorgasburg on Pier 5, where vendors like Dough (the ideal doughnut), bigBao (little rice pancakes stuffed with South Asian goodness) and Takumi (Mexi-japanese tacos) roll out their wares. Situated right on the water facing downtown Manhattan, this is the perfect family pitstop thanks to plenty of seating and multiple playgrounds.
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