This past weekend I packed a fast bag up with my fiance and we hit the road down south to visit one of my besties that lives in West Palm with her sweet hubby! I’ve been chatting a lot lately with my fiance Lucas, on how we need to take advantage of amazing spots we have right here in our own backyard, and just GO and explore! We stayed for two days and covered a lot of spots, so I’m sharing with you some of my favorite finds, so maybe next time you’re in this beautiful city – it may help give you a kick start on places to go!
Our first stop was Pistache, which is a French bistro with a modern twist to it’s delicious french plates. We enjoyed watching a World Cup game, had probably one of the tastiest, flakiest croissants I’ve ever had and the french onion soup, home-run! I completely recommend this spot for brunch, lunch or dinner. Top on my list for food! Service was wonderful, Pistache is a traditional French bistro fare that offers fresh specials and seasonal offerings.
So many wall murals, and amazing ones painted by such talented artists cover Clematis Street and all through alley ways and streets. I loved the tropical yet artsy side that paired together nicely as we walked through downtown.
We made our way to search for a tasty coffee shop and landed at a hip spot for craft coffee, called Subculture Coffee. Here we enjoyed some of their iced coffee, which was delicious by the way, and an impromptu photo shoot in front of the popular colorful Einstein wall mural…how could we resist?
What I kept running into, were bars or lounges with awesome outdoor areas with lots of greenery or garden type vibes. I really wish Orlando had more of this, of course Summer isn’t the ideal time to be outdoors but it’s an awesome option to have to be outside underneath the stars when temperatures allow. I really liked Hullabaloo, which had a vintage flare and as they describe where “New York City loft meets Little Italy”. The patio area has an air-stream camper to sit, have conversations and enjoy your time outback. Super neat.
The chic debut of “RH Rooftop” at the West Palm Restoration Hardware is was snazzy, chic and beautiful spot to be seen, eat and socialize…shop too! I absolutely loved everything about this greenery filled, crystal chandelier hanging, beautiful take on a rooftop bar. I probably would come here once a week if I lived here to grab wine with the girls or date night. Spectacular gray structure, leafy atmosphere…we need one in Orlando!
We made our way to the Grandview Public Market, which reminded me of Plant Street Market here in the Orlando area but with much more outdoor space and options to hang indoors with a public living room vibe that had sofas and chairs to lounge in. The Market features local merchants from taco joints, ramen bowels and freshly made American bites. Perfect for a group of friends to meet up and grab a few drinks at the central bar located in the middle of the market. I enjoyed a delicious grapefruit fused drink!
Opened in 1902, Whitehall is a 75-room Gilded Age mansion located and open to the public in West Palm. Henry Flagler, one of the founders of Standard Oil, built Whitehall for his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan…what a gift! This mansion was filled with history, which the museum showcases through a walking tour that costs $18. A peak into the rooms, colors, interior design and how life was for Henry Flagler, his family and the community surrounded by him.