Downtown Jacksonville has the most special place in my heart. After meeting my husband on an elevator in a downtown high-rise five years ago, I have always loved this area of town.
While many knock its progress, I cant wait to point out the absolutely amazing places you have to check out downtown! Listed below are a few of my favorite spots downtown that everyone should know about:
EAT: If you are in the mood for a little spice, Indochine will change your life. The vibe at this location feels every bit of urban that it is-exposed brick, private entry way, and its perfect spot in the heart of downtown. Whether you love an authentic curry or their famous Drunken Noodles, their menu wont disappoint. Keep in mind this restaurant has been named on of Folio’s best for 3 consecutive years. Its also considered my backyard…so you could say I am a regular.
DRINK: Think Willy Wonka! Featured on the hit TV show, The Profit, local candy maker Pete opened this candy factory + restaurant, Sweet Pete's, just in the last year and boy, it doesn’t disappoint! Their Happy Hour is one of the best, including drinks like “The Golden Ticket” and the “Salted Caramel Apple Crème Brulee.” My girlfriends and I gather here for cocktails and conversation regularly and love sneaking a peek at the in-house candy making seen from the second floor.
PLAY: For the perfect combination of keeping cool and seeing something cool, stop inside MOCA, Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Art for featured exhibits, hands-on activities, and an even a bite to eat. This stunning museum always has something going on and every age can find something of interest!
SHOP: Come by Hemming Park the first Wednesday of every month for the infamous Art Walk for your chance to purchase local handmade goods, including art, jewelry, food, and more. Live music and food trucks complete Art Walk, making it the perfect place to take a date or your family. One of the more popular booths you will find me at is named “Couture Gems” that features local handmade gem jewelry that is sure to impress.
CAFFEINATE: This new, almost exclusive, coffee spot has everything you could ever want in the morning..or afternoon..or really, anytime. Urban Grind's coffee is incomparable to any other downtown spot and their freshly made pastries keep us coming back for more. With a unique courtyard and their insanely amazing coffee subscription, this is the cool place to work, hang, or read.
Overall, downtown Jacksonville is an amazing place to call home. We ride our bikes to Jacksonville Jaguars and Suns games, as well as many of the concerts at the Veterans Arena and Florida Theatre. We are excited about the upcoming Intuition brewery in our backyard, plus all of the rumored businesses helping to progress our city even more! Of course, it's always nice to venture out and explore the rest of Jacksonville, which we frequently do, but we always love coming home.
Author:MaryAnne Rodriguez Phone: 904-814-0022 Dated: July 27th 2016 Views: 1,057 About MaryAnne: ...
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