A Weekend in Downtown SRQ

A Weekend in Downtown SRQ

I spent last weekend in Downtown Sarasota. I love it there, you can find so many things to do, each offering its own vibe. From a fun evening out with the girls, to the Saturday Farmer’s Market, to a nearby eclectic bazaar, a yummy vegan lunch, and an evening of live music.

Although I live in Sarasota, there are many places I have yet to check out. Last weekend I experienced two places I had not been to before; Cafe Amici and The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime. The weekend began celebrating a long overdue girl’s night out and a very belated birthday dinner. My friend chose one of her favorite places, Cafe Amici.

I parked in the parking garage on Palm Avenue and as soon as I exited the garage I was smiling. It was a beautiful evening but also there’s just something about being Downtown; such an uplifting good energy. I enjoyed my walk alone as I headed to meet up with the girls. We arrived earlier than our reservation and decided to grab a drink at El Melvin.

I have not had a meal yet at El Melvin Cocina Mexicana, but I really need to because the food looks and smells fantastic. I have however been there for drinks. It has such a fun vibe along with a massive 100-foot hand carved wooden bar that just beckons you in for a margarita! Often times there is a DJ playing amazing music as well. Before we knew it was time to head over to our dinner reservation.

I’m the one in the middle with my chicklets Barb (left) and Rhonda (right)

Cafe Amici, an authentic Italian restaurant was amazing and boy did I get spoiled. We were seated at the window table which we loved because we got to people watch as we ate. The place is quaint, warm, and inviting. I enjoyed the food very much and the service was impeccable. After we were done with our meal, the owner of the restaurant, Massimo Nigri invited us over to the bar. All I can say is our meal and drinks were paid for that night (by who we are still uncertain); and the wine was fantastic! This place made such a good first impression that I know I will definitely be back. The evening ended with a night cap at Selva Lounge.

The next day my family and I ventured over to the Saturday Farmer’s market. The market is open year-round every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. There’s something about strolling through a farmer’s market that lends itself to more feel good vibes. The sun is shining, palm trees are swaying, with beautiful Downtown Sarasota as the backdrop, and the streets are lined with the white vendor tents. The vendors consist of artisans, merchants, produce/farmers, plants, food, and beverage. Go with an appetite as there are lots of yummy treats to try. The streets are filled with people, children, and pets. It really is a great way to start your Saturday. After we grabbed lunch at the Green Zebra Cafe. We like to go there for their raw entrees and raw desserts. They offer many vegan and vegetarian options.

Since it wasn’t to far from where we were, I had been wanting to check out the Bazaar on Apricot and Lime. What a super cool find, the Bazaar is an indie indoor market. There you can find over 40 local vendors and artisans in a large 5,000 sq. ft. space. Selections range from collectibles, art, clothing, jewelry, gifts, and food. If you are looking for a unique gift for someone, this is your go to place. The Bazaar is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., year-round. They also have live music, classes, and lots of other fun activities.

Saturday evening, just a short walk from Marina Jack’s parking lot, we attended the last of Hart’s Landing’s summer concert series. This venue offers a wonderful relaxing vibe. The weather had cooled down from the afternoon, with a light breeze coming off the Bay. The lights of Downtown Sarasota is your view, boats are going by, and live music is playing. If you haven’t attended a live music event at Hart’s Landing I highly recommend it. If you’re looking for a chill evening, this is it. They will be offering a fall concert series. Keep an eye on their website for the announcement.

Even Mugsy loves Hart’s Landing

So as you can see, there is no shortage of things to do in the Downtown Sarasota area. The good news, I haven’t even scratched the surface of all there is to do and as I do them, I can’t wait to share it with you!