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 Rosie True, The Snob, or Heyday. 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. 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, swing by local favorites: The Fox, Biscotti's, The Brick, or Mojo's #4.
Riverside & 5 Points
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 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.
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 for great cocktails and one of the hottest rooftop bars in Jacksonville.
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 accessories. There’s even a cafe inside the antique mall.
Beaches Town Center
Quaint and full of local charm, that is the best way to describe this stretch of locally owned restaurants and boutique stores in Atlantic Beach. Just one block from the ocean, enjoy local seafood, great drinks, coffee stores, and even surf and paddleboard rentals.
Shop, dine, or simply relax in the palm-tree lined courtyard setting of Beaches Town Center. This pedestrian-friendly network of stores is located just two blocks from the ocean, where Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach meet. Browse art galleries, clothing boutiques, unique souvenir shops, jewelry stores, and more.
With regular events including live music and Art Walks, Beaches Town Center is a popular nighttime destination for locals and visitors. Don’t miss Peterbrooke Chocolatier, a local favorite since 1983. Be sure to try their signature item: chocolate-covered popcorn!
Beachside Shopping on A1A
The A1A strip, running throughout Neptune, Atlantic, and Jacksonville Beach, is a shopper's paradise, with a variety of galleries, shops, and restaurants, all within a neighborhood setting. Sample the area’s fine arts at J. Johnson Gallery, located just one block away from the beach and ocean pier. Feed your intellect at Jacksonville’s best independent bookstore, BookMark, in Neptune Beach.
Stop into Cottage by the Sea for treasures from the beach. Visit one of the area's many clothing and accessory boutiques, including the locally owned and operated Rosie True, which carries beachy women’s fashions.
Unique Downtown Stores
Downtown Jacksonville combines the latest in retail and historic shops, which have served locals for decades. Stop by the Museum of Contemporary ArtJacksonville's store, located in the heart of Downtown at Hemming Plaza, for the best in contemporary designs, home accessories, and art books. Chamblin's Uptown Books, also close to Hemming Plaza, is a verifiable book mine with rare out-of-print finds and the latest novels. Wolf & Cub, a vintage boutique sells lots of fun items, find the perfect souvenir to take home with you!
Downtown Sweet Spots
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Sweet Pete’s, Jacksonville’s only all-natural candy store located inside the old Seminole Club in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Stroll through Hemming Park and down Laura Street to catch another local favorite, Peterbrooke Chocolates.