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My Favorite Sarasota Spots!

More often than not, whenever I post about a new or favorite spot around town, I get a question or two about it from locals or people planning to visit the area. So, in the spirit of sharing is caring 😗, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite places in Sarasota and the surrounding areas. Now, possibly more than ever before post COVID, small businesses need our support. Whether you are in your third trimester and are looking for a great date night spot to enjoy before baby arrives, or are newly postpartum and are looking for a caffeinated pick-me-up, or are new to the area and are looking for a toddler-friendly playground - I hope that these spots help make planning your adventure out a little bit easier!


Caffeine

Perq Coffee Bar - Address: 1821 Hillview Street Website: N/A Instagram: @perqcoffeebar

Project Coffee (only have oat milk!) - Address: 538 South Pineapple Avenue Website: https://www.projectcoffee.us Instagram: @projectcoffeeco

Out and About Coffee - Address: 1736 Main Street Website: https://www.oandacoffee.com Instagram: @oandacoffee

Buddy Brew - Address: 1289 North Palm Avenue Website: https://www.buddybrew.com/pages/about-sarasota Instagram: @buddybrewcoffee

The Clever Cup - Address: 6530 Gateway Avenue Website: https://www.theclevercup.com Instagram: @clevercupsrq

Breaking Wave Coffee - Address: 1310 Main Street Website: https://breakingwavecoffee.com Instagram: @breakingwavecoffee

The Overton - Address: 1420 Boulevard of the Arts Website: http://theovertonsrq.com Instagram: @theoverton

Breakfast + Brunch

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food - Address: 5520 Palmer Boulevard Website: N/A Instagram: @buttermilkhandcraftedfood

Station 400 - Address: 400 North Lemon Avenue Website: http://www.station400.com Instagram: @station400srq

The Breakfast House - Address: 1817 Fruitville Road Website: N/A Instagram: @breakfasthousesarasota


Vegan/Healthy Cafes

Simon’s Coffee House - Address: 5900 South Tamiami Trail Website: https://www.simonstogo.com Instagram: @simonscoffeehouse

The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogie’s (make a reservation!) - Address: 1919 Morrill Street Website: http://www.shoogieboogies.com Instagram: @shoogieboogies

Green Zebra Cafe - Address: 1377 Main Street Website: https://www.greenzebracafe.com Instagram: @greenzebracafe

CROP Juice (Sarasota Location) - Address: 2320 Gulf Gate Drive Website: https://www.cropjuice.com Instagram: @cropjuice

Date Night Spots

Drunken Poet Cafe (sushi, thai) - Address: 1572 Main Street Website: https://drunkenpoetcafesrq.com Instagram: @drunkenpoetcafesrq

Spice Station (asian) - Address: 1438 Boulevard of the Arts Website: http://spicestationsrq.com/spicestationsrq.com/ Instagram: N/A

Veronica Fish & Oyster (seafood) - Address: 1830 South Osprey Avenue Website: https://veronicafishandoyster.com Instagram: @veronicafishandoyster

Indigenous (american) - Address: 239 South Links Avenue Website: http://www.indigenoussarasota.com Instagram: N/A

Owen’s Fish Camp (seafood, southern cuisine) - Address: 516 Burns Court #7030 Website: https://owensfishcamp.com Instagram: N/A

Libby’s (american) - Address: 1917 South Osprey Avenue Website:

https://www.libbysneighborhoodbrasserie.com Instagram: @libbysbrasserie

Whitney’s (american) - Address: 6990 Gulf of Mexico Drive Website: https://www.whitneylbk.com Instagram: @whitneylbk


Restaurants with a View

Oleary’s Tiki Bar + Grill (american) - Address: 5 Bayfront Drive Website: https://www.olearystikibar.com/menus.html Instagram: @olearystikibar

Chart House (seafood, steakhouse fare) - Address: 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Website: https://www.chart-house.com Instagram: @charthouserestaurants

Shore Longboat Key (american) - Address: 800 Broadway Street Website: https://www.dineshore.com Instagram: @shorerestaurant

The Westin Bar + Restaurant Rooftop (american) - Address: 100 Marina View Drive Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/srqwi-the-westin-sarasota/ Instagram: @thewestinsarasota


Local Boutiques

Influence Style - Address: 474 John Ringling Boulevard Website: https://www.influencestyle.com Instagram: @influencestyle

Lotus - Address: 1451 Main Street Website: https://lotus-boutiques.myshopify.com Instagram: @lotusboutique

Fixxation - Address: 1108 North Orange Avenue Website: https://www.fixxationboutique.com Instagram: @fixxationbtq

Spas

Facepop (facials) - Address: 7035 Professional Pkwy E. Website: https://www.facepopskin.com Instagram: @facepopskin

Frenchie's (nails) - Address: 8216 S Tamiami Trail Website: https://frenchiesnails.com Instagram: @frenchiessarasota

The Brow House (eyebrows and lashes) - Address: 1844 4th St #3 Website: https://thebrowhousesarasota.com Instagram: @thebrowhousesarasota

BT on the BLVD (hair) - Address: 1442 Boulevard of the Arts Website: http://btontheblvd.com Instagram: @btontheblvd


Playgrounds

Marina Jacks Bayfront Park - Address: 5 Bayfront Drive

Nathan Benderson Park - Address: 500 North Cattleman Road

The Children’s Garden - Address: 1670 10th Way

Ringling Museum Playground - Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road

Payne Park (Circus-Themed!) - Address: 2010 Adams Lane


If this local guide was helpful for you, please feel free to share it with your family and friends! And if you are local and feel like I am missing a good spot, feel free to share your idea in the comments below!


(Whitney's Photographs by https://sarasotafamilyphotography.com.)