16 things to try this year right here in Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County is home to some amazing attractions.
From restaurants to antiques to the environment, we've gathered 16 things you should check out this year.
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1. Brunch at The Cooper: The Commodores once sang about being easy like Sunday morning, and there are fewer places easier to spend lots of local time and money on a Sunday morning than Palm Beach Gardens’ The Cooper. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the farm-to-table favorite offers a dizzying collection of special treats — the Chorizo and Manchego-stuffed dates are a plump, sweet dash of heaven, and the lemon ricotta pancakes are dreamy. And from hipsters extending their drinking to families foraging for sustenance, it’s primo people-watching. The Cooper Restaurant, 4610 PGA Blvd., Suite 100, Palm Beach Gardens. 561-622-0032
2. Christopher’s Kitchen: This is the stylish café that put plant-based cuisine on the map in north county. But Chris Slawson’s eatery and juice bar is more than a simple stop for sustenance. It’s a gathering place, a community hub where the fit and fabulous come to slurp freshly made almond milk, throw back nutritional shooters, devour statuesque salads and sinful vegan pizza. And these faithful are more than willing to pay good money for top-quality grub. The place is more than a restaurant – it is a statement of good health and vital business acumen on PGA Boulevard corridor. 4783 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-318-6191; ChristophersKitchenFL.com
3. Square Grouper Tiki Bar: Nothing says Palm Beach County — or Florida, for that matter — quite like these views of the Jupiter Inlet and the Jupiter Lighthouse with a drink in your hand. 1111 Love St., Jupiter. 561-575-0252
4. Manatee Lagoon - An FPL Eco-Discovery Center: 100 Broadway, West Palm Beach. Learn about manatees and the Lake Worth lagoon at this two-story marinelife viewing center. On cold days, manatees can often be seen basking in the warm water discharges from the nearby power plant. A manatee cam on the center’s website monitors the sea cow visitors. Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 6000 N. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach.
5. Antique Row: It’s not just for antiques anymore. With this season’s opening of The Nest, shoppers can also pick up Palm Beachy gifts, home decor items, colorful lighting and furniture at this newly built shop with the striped turquoise awning. Other shops offer vintage and current clothing, interior design services and art. The new Villas of Antique Rowhas provided more storefronts and new energy in this internationally known shopping street. Antique Row is on South Dixie Highway, between Belvedere Road and Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach. The Nest, 3416 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. 561-557-1300
6. Whole Foods at Palm Beach Outlets: Is this the modern answer to a singles bar? From the creperie to the wine cafe to the craft beer bar, this market is always packed with an upscale crowd of all ages, intent on healthy eating (and meeting). 1845 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-471-3800
7. South Dixie Highway: This once-moribund strip north of Belvedere Road near the Norton Museum of Art is undergoing a resurgence, with new restaurants, shops and revamped cultural institutions. Grato and Jereve at Emko have joined Table 26, Kitchen and Sushi Jo’s to make this a dining destination, in the same neighborhood as Lotus Hair Studio and Dina C’s Fab and Funky Boutique. Still to come, renovations at the Norton, a new theater/mixed-use project on the site of the Carefree Theater and opening soon, JC White Architectural Interior Products.
8. Tiki Ono: Lake Worth’s Benny’s On The Beach was already a wildly popular oceanfront find for breakfast and beverages, but for the past several months it’s been the home of a pop-up Tiki Bar featuring creative cocktails, fun “In The Biz” Mondays and a DJ for an impromptu afternoon beach party. 10 S. Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth. 561-315-7963
9. Subculture Coffee: When coffee devotee and roaster Sean Scott partnered with restaurant and nightlife poohbah Rodney Mayo to open Subculture Coffee, they further hip-ified Clematis Street’s 500 block. This is the block where Mayo paved an indie course with his Hullabaloo gastro pub, LongBoards restaurants and Respectable Street club. The coffee shop is a casual, always jammed space where caffeine meets chill. And they put the sense of caffeinated purpose to good use, be it their community awareness efforts or their recurring Tacos & Hip Hop street parties. 509 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. 561-318-5142; SubcultureCoffee.com
10. Tacos and Hip-Hop: This could be a very short entry, because Tacos and Hip Hop, at Clematis Street coffee emporium Subculture, is exactly that — DJs spinning rap-along hits while vendors sell tacos and beer. But it’s more than that — it’s a once-a-month, mini block party, a scene with mostly young people smiling in gleeful recognition of songs that in some cases dropped before they were born.
11. Grato: This hip trattoria has been packed every night since opening Jan. 8. It seems to have transported the five-year-long buzz of sister eatery Buccan from Palm Beach. Restaurant partners Sam Slattery, Piper Quinn and Chef Clay Conley possess the secret sauce that keeps customers returning for quality, inspired food, efficient service and a lively vibe. And that wood-fired pizza! 1901 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach. 561-404-1334; GratoWPB.com
12. West Palm Beach GreenMarket: We’re not surprised Martha Stewart shopped here on a recent Saturday morning – the lifestyle guru knows “a good thing” when she sees one. This is the seasonal green market that fully reflects its community: farm-friendly, family friendly, enamored of good food and drink and music, and smitten with its pooches. You’ll find everything from boutique farm microgreens to hot, fresh cider doughnuts to Cuban café con leche. And dogs – lots of great, adorable, goofy dogs. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through May. 101 S. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach.
13. Waterfront Park in West Palm Beach: It’s a multi-entertainment spot. You have Clematis By Night on Thursdays. And during the day, you can watch the kids splash in the fountain (while eating a slice of Pizza Girls pie). 100 Clematis St., West Palm Beach.
14. Phil Foster Park: Snorkel under the Blue Heron Bridge to see a host of Florida’s unique wildlife, from rays to sea turtles. It’s the most-Florida kind of park: one underwater. 900 E. Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach.
15. Copperpoint Brewing Co.: The Palm Beach Post’s 2015 Brewery of the Year is a sleek, new hangout space with award-winning beers. Try the B. Rabbit Stout or the blood orange wit. There’s regularly a food truck out front to balance out an evening of good beer. 151 Commerce Road, Boynton Beach. 561-508-7676
16. Suri West: Located in the historic and expansive Players Club building in polo-mad Wellington, the western outpost of standout Lake Worth tapas hangout Suri is attracting a new clientele with a well-manicured menu and cocktail selection, and really gorgeous grounds tucked into a garden space behind the building. It’s a small jaunt from the parking lot but worth the walk. 13410 Southshore Blvd., Wellington. 561-795-0080