If Palm Beach isn’t on your travel list, it will be now! Here’s a little recap of what we did…a lot [of restaurant hopping] for two days!
HOW TO GET THERE
We flew direct from DCA to PBI on Jet Blue–about a two hour flight–and since it’s currently “off season,” our flight was only around $130 (“in season” is typically around November-April). We didn’t need a car and just Ubered everywhere, but if you’re flying into one of the neighboring airports like Ft. Lauderdale (about an hour away) or Miami (1.5 hours), be sure to rent a vehicle!
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at the Eau Palm Beach, a stunning resort about a 20 minute drive from the central part of Palm Beach (like the famous Worth Avenue). It was amazing, and I’m already ready to go back. Here’s the full scoop! We booked our stay via Hotwire–this is the second time I used the app and it worked out really well. Both times, we banked on getting the hotel that was listed as “the last person who booked got this property”–not sure that it would work every time, but if you have flexibility/would be ok if it didn’t work out, I’d recommend finding a hotel and checking to see if it’s available on the site. (PS: If you haven’t used Hotwire, here’s more on how it works).
If you’re looking to stay in a more central location, there are three boutique-ey hotels that are highly-rated, are incredibly cute, and won’t break the bank: The Brazilian Court, The Colony, and The Chesterfield. Looking to splurge for an iconic Palm Beach institution? Head to The Breakers.
WHERE TO EAT + DRINK
Pizza Al Fresco: A cute, casual Italian restaurant tucked in a little courtyard off Worth Avenue. We split the Capricciosa pizza–which was delicious–and were contentedly full. There’s a pretty little courtyard if you’re there when it isn’t too warm (or rainy!). Also, it’s a great place to grab a bite if you’re planning on perusing the shops after lunch!
Nick & Johnnies: This place came highly recommended all around so we knew it would be worth heading a little further off Worth Ave to grab a bite. We ended up getting there mid-afternoon and just sat at the bar for a couple of hours, ordering wine/beer, oysters, burgers, and tacos. The service was wonderful (a common theme in PB), and how cool is this: the chairs are upholstered in vintage Lilly fabrics!
Peterbrooke Chocolatier: We stopped in here to cool off and split some gelato. Not much space to sit but a yummy treat if you’re in the area! They have a ton of fancy chocolate items if you’re looking for an edible gift to take home.
Breeze Ocean Kitchen: More details in this post but Breeze is an oceanside restaurant at the Eau. The food is as good as the décor, and there’s no shortage of classic salads, sandwiches, and cocktails to enjoy at the restaurant or next door at the pool. Also: major décor goals!
Buccan: Another one that came highly, highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Most items on the menu are designed to be ordered tapas-style, so we went that route. Our server told us we hadn’t chosen enough and that led us to overordering in my mind, so I’d say trust your instincts and add on more if you’re still hungry, because everything is very rich! We split two empanadas, two orders of shrimp scampi, a hot dog panini, two snapper sliders, and the smaller portion of sweet corn angolotti (SO good…I want a full portion next time!).
HMF at The Breakers: We just went for drinks Saturday night, but it was really fun and classy…people’s description of it being very “Mad Men” are spot on. The cocktails were yummy and the food is supposed to be great. It’s served tapas style and can get pricey, so be prepared to splurge if you’re sitting down for a meal!
WHERE TO SHOP
Worth Avenue has all the shops, mostly high-end with a few mid-level ones mixed in. Very fun to window shop, even if you aren’t in the market for anything! There’s also Antique Row in West Palm Beach (just a short drive from Palm Beach) and if we’d had a car, I’d have made it a point to go there.
One thing I’d love to do next time is get some bikes and do a little tour of the mansions close to the water. Julia said it was a highlight but it just didn’t work for us time wise (and we both kind of hate biking in populated areas…but there weren’t even many people around this time!). The homes in PB are beautiful, and I think biking would be really nice if the weather was on the cooler side. There are a few rental shops if you’re interested in this!