Location: Delray Beach, FL
If you asked me where to go for a long weekend in South Florida, I would direct you to Delray Beach—no questions asked. Not only was it named #3 on Coastal Living's "Happiest Seaside Town" list this year, but it is chock-full of places to eat, shop and activities to do. I may be a bit biased though; I graduated from Florida Atlantic University and spent most of my time in and around Delray for those four years of college. And yes, you do get spoiled being able to roll out of bed and onto the beach in a matter of minutes.
Since Delray is a long-time love affair (my bestie lives there) and I go down for long weekends a lot, I figured I'd share some of our favorite spots. We pretty much go on an eating tour of Delray every time because I need ALL.THE.FOOD that I can't get here.
|Donuts with Chocolate Hazelnut Dipping Sauce at Park Tavern|
One of the best things about restaurants in Delray Beach is most are open till 2am. Bar hopping is very popular along the Ave. in Delray. So, instead of a night at the club, put on your best resort wear and Tory Burch sandals for a night ducking in and out of some fun stops with great live music.
32 SE 2nd Ave. Delray Beach
(5pm-12am M-W, 5pm-2am TH-S; Brunch 11am-3pm Sat.-Sun.)
Heaven is the donuts (pictured above) with the chocolate hazelnut dipping sauce. We went here for Sunday brunch on my last trip down, and it did not disappoint. $12 for unlimited mix-match cocktails and $9 if you stick with one cocktail type (mimosa, bloody mary, etc). I ordered the biscuits and gravy—so good!
106 S Swinton Ave. Delray Beach
(Sunday Brunch 10:30-2pm; Dinner Tues.-Sun.)
Sunday brunch is a luxurious dining experience that cannot be missed. There are three rooms of food! One room is devoted to breakfast foods, second room is carving board meats and seafood and the third room is dessert. The grounds alone are absolutely stunning, so lush and tropical, you'll feel like you were transported to a faraway island. While brunch is expensive, it definitely needs to be on your Delray Beach Bucket-list.
15 NE 2nd Ave. Delray Beach
(open till 2am)
Best Mexican Food EVER! Seriously, you can't go wrong with anything you order and the cocktails are not to be skipped.
201 E Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach
(11:30am-12am M-TH; 11am-2am Fri.-Sat.; 11am-12am Sun.)
Imagine ginormous burgers with all the fancy fixin's in an open-air dining environment—that is The Office. Just because the name reminds you of your 40-hour work week, don't let that stop you, this is nothing like your 9-5 office.
169 NE 2nd Ave. Delray Beach
(5pm-10pm M-TH; 5pm-11pm Fri.-Sat.; 5pm-9pm Sun.; 10am-2:30pm Brunch Sat.-Sun.)
Farm to Fork is the motto here, and it's sensational. Typically, we'll do a brunch one morning here, and the other morning we'll do brunch at the next place on the list because they are both so good and I hate to miss out on either one of them. Unlimited, interactive cocktail bar for $15 and the yummiest brunch options to choose from.
34 S Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach
Breakfast directly across from the beach? You can always count me in. If there is a wait to sit at the sidewalk tables, you'll definitely want to wait for one to open up. Half the charm of Luna Rosa is sitting outside, with a sneak of the ocean as you sip your bellini. The Belgian Waffle is my favorite choice with coffee and a bellini, but the Bloody Mary's are something of an art form, and are so spicy and delicious.
The best shopping in Delray Beach is along Atlantic Ave. It's an easily walkable area with shops mixed in between businesses, restaurants and bars. Stores range from little boutiques with items you can't find anywhere else to Urban Outfitters and Lilly Pulitzer.
52 N Swinton Ave. Delray Beach
The atmosphere, live music and mojitos are all you need to know. Dada's does not disappoint.
2 E Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach
(4pm-2am M-Sat; 1pm-1am Sun.)
Somehow, we always end up at Bull Bar for last call of the night. There's always a live cover band rocking on stage. While it's a small spot, it's a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
Boston's on the Beach
40 S Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach
(11am-2am M,F,Sat.; 11am-12am T-Th, Sun.)
If you can't get to the private island to sip frozen cocktails with a view of the beach, Boston's is the next best thing. If you're a Boston sports fan, you'll love this spot even more than the regular patron.
40 S Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach (next door to Boston's)
Directly next door to Boston's, Sandbar is the ultimate beach-house style oasis. There are bright adirondack chairs all around, string lights everywhere and loud music. It's the perfect setting for your afternoon cocktail.
|Delray Beach at Atlantic Ave. & A1A|
|Lady Atlantic Leaving Dock at Veteran's Park|
There are endless activities in Delray Beach: bike rides along Atlantic Ave. to the beach, kite surfing, skim boarding, beach volleyball, boating, intracoastal cruises. You name it, you can find it in Delray. Check out the What to Do page on the Visit Delray Beach website.
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