Welcome to Downtown
The dreamy and dynamic pulse of Saint Petersburg, the city is famous for its arts, culture, and enchanting coastal lifestyle
Unmatchable, effervescent energy and a deep history come together in Downtown Saint Petersburg to create a lively environment that’s as inclusive and welcoming as it is vibrant. Downtown acts as the cultural hub of the city, saturated with museums, performance venues, waterfront parks, and other landmark institutions.
Developed in the mid-1800s, Saint Petersburg and its vivacious Downtown district has been thriving and growing throughout the centuries. Local shops, restaurants, and wine bars keep the nightlife thrilling, while long-standing clubs such as the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club keep the community connected through a love of the water.
Lavish high-rise condos decked out in the latest amenities help to support the area’s population growth as more and more artistic types and beach-lovers flock to the area. With a wide range of prices, these sky-scraping stunners are able to accommodate a variety of needs and lifestyles, from professionals to families and part-time residents.
What to Love
Downtown is the spot for entertainment and fun, and those living here prefer to be in the center of the non-stop bustle. A place for business, pleasure, art, and exploration, Downtown is for the young at heart and those ready to take on their greatest adventure.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
One of the most enviable features of Saint Petersburg’s bustling heart is its ability to blend local shops with high-end brands and regional eateries with nationwide chains. Shoppers can head to centers like Sundial St. Pete and browse big names like Tommy Bahama and White House Black Market or traipse to the Grand Central Arts District and peruse boutiques such as RockShop Jewelry and Book + Bottle.
A veritable foodie paradise, Downtown Saint Petersburg is home to more restaurants than one could possibly list. Among the plethora of noteworthy hotspots, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on St. Pete Pier is an iconic must-try in the city. With a menu featuring savory Yucatan shrimp and house mojitos, Doc Ford’s boasts a view from every seat, with indoor and outdoor dining options that harbor views of the water and the Downtown skyline.
At The Mill — which has been voted one of the best new restaurants in the state — diners are treated to comforting New American favorites, updated with inventive twists. Tucked away in the Sundial complex, Sea Salt is one of the area’s premier fine dining experiences, famed for its fresh ocean-centric seafood and Venetian dishes. Bella Brava specializes in casual but authentic Italian Cuisine, while Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro pairs laid-back vibes with waterfront views and a delightful seafood menu.
Serving up Vietnamese fusion cuisine, La V has a bold array of flavors on the menu, and Ceviche on Beach Drive is a sophisticated spot for small plates and tapas with authentic Catalonian fares.
Things to Do
The celebrations are endless in Downtown St. Petersburg, and they are often as unique as the city itself. Held at Vinoy Park, the annual Tampa Bay Blues Fest draws in thousands of music lovers each year with its top-notch lineup of performers. The St. Pete Pride Festival is the largest LGBTQ+ celebration in the state of Florida, and the yearly St. Pete Mainsail Art Festival is ranked among the top 35 festivals in the entire nation.
The St. Pete’s Annual Sunrise Sale is a shopper’s dream, and each year the date of the sale is kept secret until just before the big day. Pajamas are encouraged at this crack-of-dawn summer sale event, with special discounts for those that participate.
To enjoy a movie, head over to Green Light Cinema – a charming single screen theater with innovative programming that has attracted a growing audience of enthusiastic film buffs despite having to delay its opening because of COVID.
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