ROAD TRIP: DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA PT. 1

Just 20 minutes from Perdido Key, downtown Pensacola is the perfect city to spend a day wandering around. From its arts scene, to boutique shops, to award winning restaurants, there is something for everyone! Here is how to spend a perfect Saturday in America’s first settlement. 

Start by heading down early on Saturday morning and grabbing a cup of coffee from the chic Fosko Coffee Barre (My personal favorite is the Honey Latte with a splash of Lavender) Make sure you get it to go and resist the urge to spoil your breakfast with a delightful mini cheesecake by Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe, because we’re headed on foot to catch the weekly Palafox Market. This year round farmer’s market is located in the heart of downtown, and the vendors are set up by 9AM, and usually sold out by noon. Here you can stroll along the beautiful tree lined path and browse booths filled with items such as art work, fresh bread, local produce, and handmade jewelry. Musicians and street performers will often set up in the plazas, making it a perfect spot to have a seat and take it all in. 

After you’ve worked up an appetite, wander across the street to Palonza Bistro for an amazing brunch selection. After you finish up, walk a block over to the newly opened Asher & Bee, Apothecary & Teahouse. The owner can help you pin point which tea will work for an array of ailments and will brew it there for you on the spot. They also offer handmade soaps, wood working, and other delightful trinkets. 

From here, feel free to drive or walk along Palafox street and peruse the boutiques, art galleries, and local shops that line the mile long strip. A few of our favorites include, GRAY boutiqueQuay GalleryBodacious Olive,and The South Outfitters.

For history buffs, wander through Seville Quarter to catch a glimpse of a 19th century warehouse that has been converted into  multiple entertainment venues including a piano bar. Right down the road, you can discover Historic Pensacola which includes a multitude of museums including the Museum of Commerce, Museum of Industry and the TT Wentworth Jr Collection. The Historic Pensacola village includes replicas of original architecture and Old Christ Church, one of the oldest surviving churches in Florida. 

Be on the look out for Part 2 to see how we would conclude a perfect day in Pensacola!