• Mandarin is marked by ancient oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Find out about must-see attractions in this neighborhood.
    Ancient Oak Trees

    This neighborhood takes its name from the Mandarin orange.

    Mandarin is marked by ancient oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Find out about must-see attractions in this neighborhood.

  • The Southside offers two premier shopping malls, the outdoor St. Johns Town Center and the indoor Avenues Mall. Find out about all your shopping options in Jax.
    St. Johns Town Center at Night

    Go shopping at one of two malls on the Southside.

    The Southside offers two premier shopping malls, the outdoor St. Johns Town Center and the indoor Avenues Mall. Find out about all your shopping options in Jax. Learn More

  • Walk through a piece of history dating back to 1876.
    General Store & Post Office

    Mandarin Museum and Walter Jones Historical Park

    Walk through a piece of history dating back to 1876.


The Southside and Mandarin Areas

The Southside and Mandarin areas offer shopping, riverfront outdoors activities and historical sites.

The Southside has blossomed into a bustling business center. The St. Johns Town Center - a 1.1 million-square-foot, open-air lifestyle center offering innovative new retail, residential, hotel, and dining choices for Jacksonville shoppers is one of the highlights of the area. Just around the corner, the Tinseltown area is hopping with a movie theater, restaurants, specialty shops, and thriving nightlife. The area is also home to the large yet elegant Avenues Mall.

The History of The Mandarin Neighborhood

Named for the Mandarin orange in 1830, this neighborhood on the St. Johns River just south of San Marco was once described as “a tropical paradise” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Both Harriet Beecher Stowe, and painter Lee Adams once lived here. Mandarin is characterized by its magnificent oak trees hung with dramatic Spanish moss and boasts some of the best views of the St. Johns River in greater Jacksonville. Once an important river port for shipping oranges and other citrus fruit northward, today Mandarin is a blend of residential areas and shopping centers. Don't miss the Mandarin Museum and Walter Jones Historical Park. The 10-acre riverfront site is home to an 1876 farm complex with picnic areas as well as a citrus grove. 

What to eat at the Southside & Mandarin:

Don’t be fooled, despite the ample presence of nationally known restaurant chains, the Southside also managers to have its own unique flavor with options like MShack at the Town Center, Moxie + Kitchen and Cocktails, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, III Forks, Ovinte, French Pantry and Wicked Barley Brewing to name a few. For a real Southern Food experience in Jacksonville visit The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro, you won’t regret it! 

Getting Here from Downtown: Go South on I-95 for 11 miles. Take I-295 west and exit at San Jose Blvd. South for Mandarin. Jacksonville's public buses also have frequent routes between the most popular attractions and malls in this area.



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