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Stroll through the charming tree-lined streets of historic Riverside & Avondale for fabulous dining, antique shopping, fun bars and trendy boutiques. View the world-class art collection at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and don't miss the exciting 5 Points area for dining and shopping options with a hip, local twist.
Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, Riverside is one of Jacksonville’s oldest and coolest neighborhoods. Voted as one of the country’s top 10 Great Neighborhoods, Riverside & Avondale have a unique mix of history, culture, charm, and modern design--find out more information through Riverside Avondale Preservation Society. This is a hip part of town with a young population. Million dollar waterfront homes and upscale apartment buildings are the norm, but there is nothing pretentious about the area, instead the vibe here is that of community, urban living, and keeping it local. The world-class Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is also located in the Riverside neighborhood.
Riverside's funky, trendy 5 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. Perhaps nothing embodies 5 Points more than the eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, boutiques and vintage, antiques, collectibles, odds & ends to be found at 5 Points Vintage or Fans and Stoves. Looking for a unique gift? Gloss Goods offers a selection of hard-to-find apothecary and limited-run jewelry. Stop into Violet, Wolfgang, and Edge City to cruise the racks for the latest styles.
Welcome to foodies mecca! These historic neighborhoods are putting Jacksonville’s culinary scene on the national map. After a day of shopping, relax and unwind with a cup of coffee at BREW, a craft beer at Alewife, or a refreshing champagne pop at Rootdown. Refuel and enjoy a meal at any one of the locally owned restaurants including Derby on Park, Hoptinger, Timoti’s, Mossfire Grill, and The Bread and Board. Don’t miss Black Sheep or River & Post for great cocktails at two of the hottest rooftop bars in Jacksonville. While visiting be sure to indulge in some of the city’s best restaurants located in the eclectic 5 Points District, on King Street, and in the Shops of Avondale. Don’t miss Black Sheep, Hawkers, Corner Taco, Bread & Board, Hoptinger, Five Points Tavern, 13 Gypsies, Carmines Pie House, The Brick, Pinegrove Market & Deli, Orsay, Biscottis or The Fox.
Riverside is just a quick Take Riverside Avenue (State Road 221) southwest for two miles. For the Five Points shopping area, turn right onto Post Street and then to Park Street. To Avondale, continue on Riverside Avenue and take a left on King Street to St. Johns Avenue.