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This Stylish Hostel In Brooklyn Is Black & Woman-Owned
Throw everything you know about hostels and their experiences away because Kai Avent-deLeon has changed the game.
Located at the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and MacDonough Street, the modern hostel is inside a three-story Brownstone owned by her grandmother.
“Staying within Bed-Stuy, building within its infrastructure, and keeping the dollar circulating in this neighborhood has always been a priority,” Avent-deLeon told Vogue.
On the bottom floor of the building is Che, a plant-based eatery named after Avent-deLeon’s son. Before 5 pm, Che is a daytime cafe where you can purchase grab-and-go items such as almond croissants, blueberry muffins, and other items such as kitchari and okra rotin, avocado toast, and autumn rolls with Mulato-cumin glazed eggplant.
After 5:00pm, Che turns into a restaurant offering dishes like shiso fig salad, oaxaca plantain canapé, and huazontle croquettes
On the upper two floors of the hostel, you will find items that pay homage to Avent-deLeon’s history and interests.
“I never buy things to match; I try to buy smaller objects from traveling so it has some sentimental value, and then I buy pieces that I am in love with individually,” she told Agricultural Digest. “Get pieces that have value to you.”