Stroll down tree-lined streets and quest for your next vintage, antique, or handmade find.
Be sure to visit San Marco, a quaint walkable neighborhood located five minutes south of Downtown Jacksonville, with plenty of boutiques and antique shopping. Stop by Peterbrooke Chocolatier and get a free sample of their homemade chocolate-covered popcorn, their signature snack. The San Marco Bookstore is another local favorite, where you can find an assortment of collectible and rare books. Treasures from the past can be found at Rusted off San Marco Blvd. For the latest fashion trends, stop by Olive, Rosie True, or Reve. Come back for dinner, the San Marco Dining District features some of the best chefs in the city, try Matthew's, TAVERNA or Bistro AIX.
Stroll the oak-lined avenues of historic Avondale, one of the nation’s largest National Register of Historic Districts. A variety of specialty boutiques, fine galleries, and gourmet eateries cater to the upscale shopper. Choose from more than 45 stores featuring children’s clothing, women’s accessories, fine art, and antiques. For the latest fashions, check out J. Ashley Boutique, GottaHaveIt!, or Ellie Bing Clothing. If you’ve got little ones, stop by Willies for Kids for clothing, high-end baby accessories and trinkets. If you build up an appetite, then the red velvet and chocolate mousse cupcakes at Let Them Eat Cake will be waiting for you!
Riverside & Five Points
Riverside's funky, trendy Five Points is considered Jacksonville's arts and commerce district. Built in the 1930s as Jacksonville's first shopping area outside of Downtown, it continues to thrive. For specialty handmade gifts from around the world, stop by Midnight Sun on Park Street. They offer a wide selection of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry as well as sarongs, yoga wear, furniture, natural body care, and incense. Stop into Violet, Wolfgang, and Edge City to cruise the racks for the latest styles. After a day of shopping, gather your thoughts with a cup of tea at Cozy Tea in the heart of the shopping district or stop into Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop and pick up a bottle of wine to wind down with. If you timed your day right, take the stairs at Black Sheep Restaurant for one of the hottest rooftop bars in Jacksonville or make it a progressive dinner with stops at The Mossfire Grill & Lounge and O'Brothers Irish Pub.
Avonlea Antiques and Design Mall on the Southside is a must-see for antique enthusiasts, with a 40,000 square foot showroom featuring more than 200 dealers Avonlea Antiques offers a selection of antique furniture, glassware, china, linens, artwork, collectibles, and home accesories. There’s even a cafe inside the antique mall.
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Blogs by Gary Sass
December 01, 2014 11:47 am EST
The local historical societies celebrate the holidays and offer fun activities. It is also a chance to buy unique gifts for the lovers of history.
November 05, 2014 3:12 pm EST
We call it the “First Coast”, home of the first European settlements and a region steeped in history. Read on for a brief description of some of our local museums and sites which are free or have a nominal fee.
October 10, 2014 2:56 pm EDT
The most spectacular annual air show is right here in Jacksonville.
August 13, 2014 11:05 am EDT
“On location in Jacksonville”, has been part of movie production history for over one hundred years. From the silent movie era to today’s modern films, it is entertaining to watch scenes with Jacksonville in the background.
July 16, 2014 5:24 pm EDT
Where can you find the best volunteer lifeguards in the world? Just go to Jacksonville Beach and look for the iconic white tower (a.k.a. “The Peg”) along the ocean. This is home for the American Red Cross Life Saving Corps.
Blogs by First Coast Magazine
July 21, 2014 9:32 pm EDT
Almost 100 years ago in a community rich with potato farming tradition, but light on technology, Danny Johns’ great-grandfather pioneered the first horseless farm in Hastings.
July 21, 2014 9:30 pm EDT
Summer is a season for light eating. Dining out, it can be a challenge to find dishes that are both refreshing and satisfying.
July 21, 2014 9:23 pm EDT
A dark-haired boy jumps up and down at the ice cream counter as his mother places the order. Then he presses his face against the glass shield, watching the employee twirl sweet milk on a frozen stainless steel plate.
July 21, 2014 9:18 pm EDT
Intrepid food adventurers or those far from the tastes of home find challenge when selecting a wine to accompany ethnic flavors.
May 29, 2014 4:41 pm EDT
By Nan Kavanaugh, First Coast Magazine
Blogs by Void Magazine
September 12, 2014 3:08 pm EDT
According to critics, the most problematic feature of our region is the geographic size of Jacksonville. It’s just a really big city. If you drove from Baldwin in West Jacksonville, all the way to where Atlantic Boulevard dumps you on the ocean, it would take you almost an hour – and you would have never left the city limits of Jacksonville.
September 12, 2014 2:49 pm EDT
Over the past two years, Shad Khan and the leadership of the Jacksonville Jaguars have made extensive efforts to transform the team from relative obscurity (for those outside Duval) into one of the most visible franchises in the league.
July 10, 2014 4:55 pm EDT
Out with the old, in with the bold! Bold Bean Coffee Roasters has just opened its second location in South Jacksonville Beach, ironically where the old Starbucks was located. Bold Bean specializes in handmade, single-origin coffee, espresso beverages, craft beer and a community-orientated atmosphere.
June 10, 2014 5:31 pm EDT
What makes a restaurant romantic? If you’re not sure, you probably ought to ask someone female. When I asked my husband for his suggestions for this article, he said, “Is Guzzle Pipes and Gutty Works open yet?” Having an excellent beer list is not usually high on the list of most women’s romance requirements.
June 02, 2014 12:02 pm EDT
We all love a nice summer night with friends and a cool beer in our hand. This list will be your locally-brewed beer guide for the summer, no matter the occasion.
Blogs by Denise M. Reagan
December 12, 2014 4:18 pm EST
Angela Strassheim creates images that are more like paintings than photographs. “I don’t take pictures. I make photographs,” Strassheim said. “Everything in a photograph is there because I decided it would be there.”
October 22, 2014 12:32 pm EDT
Artists have been working in the realist style for centuries. In this age of technology, what would inspire contemporary painters to embark on the painstaking process of creating art in this style?
October 16, 2014 1:45 pm EDT
A small theater in the heart of the Five Points neighborhood has made a big impact on Jacksonville’s movie tastes.
September 30, 2014 12:05 pm EDT
MOCA Jacksonville ‘Project Atrium’ artist explores the mind’s circuitry in a monumental textile installation
September 22, 2014 2:05 pm EDT
Pick a day and a neighborhood and you’ll find a place to absorb local art.
Blogs by Captain Dave Sipler
August 05, 2014 1:58 pm EDT
July was, and August will be too..... Teeth Month, aboard Capt Dave's Jettywolf. From Barracuda's to Sharks, it's all about "Sport Fishing" for the BIG ONES!
July 10, 2014 3:31 pm EDT
Hello Anglers! Summer has been here for quit a while in N.E. Florida. Most of you don't really care what month the calendar says. As a fisherman, I call it summer when the Spanish Mackerel show up at the inlet. And that happened back in May!
May 29, 2014 5:01 pm EDT
Hello Folks, Captain Dave Sipler here.....I'm going to tell you all about Jacksonville's fishing opportunities every month for the next six months.