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Gainesville Guide: Restaurants, Attractions, Museums, Bars, Parks and More!

Things to do in Gainesville




Embers Wood Grill (

In my opinion- the best restaurant in town because of its excellent service, professional wait staff, quality of the wine list, and the delicious food. I would tell you to tell them that I sent you (they are great friends and my art is around the restaurant), but you will get good service and food no matter what. They are located about 5 minutes from the condo (just south of the corner of Archer Road and 34 Street).


Blue Gill Restaurant:

Great seafood and southern cooking! Open for lunch and dinner- please check website for hours.





Dragonfly Sushi (best sushi in Gainesville- go early because the wait can be long on weekends)


Manuel’s Vintage Room (superb wine menu)


V Pizza- Great Italian style pizza!


Emilianos (Spanish food- delish!)


Hyppo Popcicles


Mark’s Prime Steakhouse (very good steaks)


Starbucks (zip code is 32601)


Paramount Grill (very fresh food)


The Top (people love it- it’s more of an indie scene) 30 N Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601; 352.337.1188


The Daily Green (fresh, organic food and smoothies)


Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill






Starbucks is on SE 2 Avenue and SE 1 Street


Maudes is directly across the street from Starbucks


Volta Coffee





A full list is on: (but definitely check their websites before heading out because some might be closed down)


The Bull:


Other restaurants within driving distance:


Others can be found on



Don’t have a car with you?

· - A great service that will pick up groceries from a variety of groceries around town and will drop them off right at your doorstep.

· can pick up food for a large variety of local restaurants and deliver your meal to you.

· Gainesville has UberX (a car service that can be called through your Smartphone- the app is “Uber”) and there are taxi services in Gainesville as well.

· There is a bus stop very close to the Summit House sign on SW 16 Avenue. The bus system is RTS and a map of the routes can be found here:





Up-to-date programs can be found on:


More sites:


Florida Museum of Natural History (usually has children’s activities during the day, and has a great butterfly rain forest).



Indoor Play park at Sun Country:


Westside Park is on the corner of 34 Street and 8 Avenue





La Chua Trail: You are guaranteed to see at least 1 alligator, and sometimes as many as 100+. Also, wild horses, bison, a large variety of birds, and other animals can be seen (if they are close to the trail)


The Hawthorne Trail can be entered at multiple points- it's a 30 mile round-trip trail, but can be done in sections. Great for biking, rollerblading, running, walking, etc...


Paynes Prairie State Park is south on 441 in Micanopy:


Ichatuchnee Springs


Kanapaha Gardens


Thomas Center

Beautiful old house with beautiful gardens and a nice fountain (city park, so free). Located just north of downtown Gainesville.





Publix; Northwest 13 Street and North Main


Trader Joe’s is at 3724 SW Archer Rd

Whole Foods  3490 SW Archer Rd


Lucky’s Market is at 1459 NW 23rd Ave:


Ward’s Supermarket


Fresh Market:

FL Gainesville 4120 Northwest 16th Blvd 352.376.1024





Nearby Churches are Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Catholic








La Chua Trail, Paynes Prairie

HOME Magazine- August/ September: (pages 77-79)


Kanapaha Gardens:

HOME Magazine- October/ November: (pages 37-39)


UF Campus Part 1

HOME Magazine- December/ January: (pages 51-53)


UF Campus Part 2

HOME Magazine- February/ March (pages 67-69)


Harn Museum Asian Wing

HOME Magazine- April/ May (Pages 36-38)

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