Nestled in the northeast corner of the Sunshine State lies Jacksonville — the largest city landmass wise in the USA. This city is where I’ve called home for the last 10 years and it’s amazing food scene and bubbling community for creatives has such a special place in my heart.
I’m sharing my favorite places to drink local brews, eat great food, enjoy the perfect ice cream cone and sip on amazing coffee.
These are place that you will find me at least once a week and if you’re ever in town and see me there definitely say hello!
TOWN BEER CO.
This place is not your typical beer dive bar. While you drink your choice of a wide variety of local brews, play ping pong or watch the game on the projector screen.
Owners, Alex and Priya are super chill and welcome the different vibe. It’s modern, trendy but a chill place where you feel like you’re just hanging out with friends from the neighborhood over some Oktoberfest.
I love that it’s mellow enough to actually get some work done at the bar. It’s a super productive happy hour.
This is my favorite restaurant in Jacksonville. Rooted in French cuisine, Orsay brings Parisian charm to the River City with a modern twist. I’ve been coming here since they’ve opened in 2008. They bridge the gap between bistro and fine dining. You can easily find yourself having fun with friends at happy hour (I suggest the French Pear Martinis) or a date night with a special someone (share the perfect Créme Brûlée. I love how the first question you’re asked at Orsay is “What are we celebrating tonight?!” There’s always a reason to pop open a bottle of bubbles when you’re at Orsay’s.
MAYDAY ICE CREAM
I like to think of myself as an ice cream connoisseur so you have to trust me when I say you have to visit Mayday Ice Cream! They have so many interesting flavor combos that you would never think of going together but they just do and it’s so amazing. My favorites are the Roasted Pistachio and the Blackberry Earl Grey.
BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS
Being a coffee drinker and a creative go hand in hand in Jacksonville. You can find plenty of them working on their next big idea at Bold Bean. It’s the quintessential coffee shop. Chic laid back vibes are guaranteed with mellow tunes playing in the background while serving up the best coffee in town. and serving up delicious coffee. I love coming here to get my favorite caffeinated beverage; an iced chocolate latte with oat milk. I literally didn’t drink coffee on the regular before this drink came into my life and I don’t ever want to go back.