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Easter is only a few days away! That means that it’s time to make plans, find a delicious brunch location or festive event for the whole family to enjoy. #DTJax has plenty of family-friendly options to celebrate the holiday and make lasting memories.

Easter Sunday Brunch at NOLA MOCA | 333 N. Laura St.

From 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., brunch will include a buffet of fresh salad greens, pastries and an entree from the menu. Cost of tickets also includes admission into MOCA’s art galleries. You can call to make a reservation at 904-224-0113 and purchase your ticket here.




Easter Brunch Buffet at River City Brewing | 835 Museum Circle

River City Brewing will be holding their Easter Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They will be offering a breakfast station, a seafood station, a cold station with fruits and veggies, a carving station, hot entrees and assorted desserts. You can find more information by visiting their website and make reservations by calling 904-398-2299.


Easter Bash at Sweet Pete’s Candy | 400 N Hogan St.

Sweet Pete’s highly anticipated Easter Bash has been extended another day! Easter Bash Day 2 will commence on March 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Activities will include an appearance from the Easter Bunny, story time with Mother Goose, marshmallow decoration, style crafts and taffy pulls. You can purchase tickets here.



Other Tasty Options


Bay Street Bar and Grill | 119 E Bay St.
Bay Street Bar and Grill opens at 1:00 p.m. and offers a laid-back atmosphere with traditional pub meal options, plus some choices that lean more toward fine dining for a fantastic dinner.

Breezy Jazz Club | 119 W Adams St.
“Jacksonville’s Coolest Breeze” is open from 12 to 4 p.m. for Sunday brunch, serving up a unique atmosphere full of music and delicious tastes.

Juliette’s Bistro (inside the Omni Hotel) | 245 Water St.
Juliette’s Bistro is open from 11-2 for Sunday brunch! Enjoy a variety of brunch favorites including southern-style plates like chicken and waffles, and bottomless mimosas.

You can also check out our latest blog post that lists many unique chocolatiers around #DTJax that also offer yummy and festive Easter treats!

Jacksonville Magazine released their list of 50 Best Restaurants, and while the list spans all along the First Coast, we’re especially proud and lucky to have 12 of those amazing restaurants in #DTJax.  From Jacksonville Magazine:

“2015 saw an abundance of restaurant openings in Jacksonville, giving locals a wide array of new options.  Of course, many of the eateries listed among Jax Mag’s annual list of the top places to dine aren’t new. In fact, some have been around for decades. But that’s the thing about food – fads come and go (are kale chips still a thing?), but it’s hard to beat the tried-and-tasted. From Southern staples to hot bowls brimming with spicy pho, this might be the River City’s most delicious year yet. EAT UP.”

Put these restaurants at the top of your to do list while you’re Downtown – you won’t regret it! Whether you need a quick lunch, casual dinner, or an upscale dining experience, #DTJax has got you covered!

  1. bb’s : 1019 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. At the intersection of casual and upscale sits bb’s, an inviting bistro where the noise level is often high, especially during lunch as the dining room packs with business types.  The core menu of sandwiches, salads and pizzas is top-notch, but don’t miss specials here either.slider-rev2-image0
  2. Café Nola : 333 N. Laura St., Downtown. Chef Kathy Collins’ dishes are often as incentive as the art hanging in MOCA galleries (Nola is the museum’s in-house restaurant). The menu changes seasonally, but expect dishes with a wide range of influences, from vegan paella with smoked almonds to blackened rainbow trout with Mexican crema and crispy collards.
  3. Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails : 400 N. Hogan St., Downtown. A major renovation of the historic Seminole Club in 2014 has allowed the building housing Sweet Pete’s and Candy Apple Cafe to become a mini empire of all things delicious in #DTJax. It’s now a space that would make Willy Wonka proud, with striped walls, oversized furniture, multi-colored chandeliers and candy in nearly every corner.  Mother-daughter duo Liz and Jennifer Earnest, owners of Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, opened Candy Apple with an emphasis on grown-up versions of classic kids favorites.blg3
  4. Chart House : 1501 Riverplace Blvd., San Marco. This upscale seafood spot is known for selecting scenic locations upon which to build its restaurants, and the Jacksonville location is no different with its panoramic view of the St. Johns River and the Downtown skyline.
  5. Chomp Chomp : 106 E. Adams St., Downtown. With only a handful of tables, three bar stools and limited outdoor seating, Chomp Chomp tends to fill up fast. Here, the chefs put a spin on street fare and classic sandwiches with menu items including Korean chicken kebabs with brown rice and kimchi.   13265218                                       Credit: Bruce Lipsky/The Times-Union 
  6. Fionn MacCools : 2 Independent Dr., Jacksonville Landing. Don’t wait till St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy this Irish Pub.  MacCool’s black and blue surf and turf (blackened sirloin steak, crab and bleu cheese bread pudding and sauteed kale with a spicy remoulade sauce) paired with one of the pub’s more than 40 import, craft, domestic or local brews on tap. Every Wednesday a different whiskey is featured if top shelf spirits are more your thing.
  7. Indochine : 21 E. Adams St., Downtown. Whether it’s curry fried rice, peanut curry or short ribs in Massaman curry, the polished plates of Thai-fusion dishes at both Indochine locations are enough to knock anyone out of a dining rut. Part of the fun of dining here is customizing your order with Indochine’s spice rack, adding more heat and thrills to the typical dining experience.     Jacksonville-Restaurant-Reviews-1                                      Via: Jaxfoodcritic.com 
  8. Olio : 301 E. Bay St., Downtown. This is a popular standout for the Downtown lunch crowd. The shrimp po’ boy (with shrimp, andouille sausage and curry coleslaw) is an inspired take on a Southern classic and breakfast items (sriracha scrambled eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese in a tortilla) elevate the idea of breakfast burritos to a whole new level.
  9. River City Brewing Co. : 835 Museum Cir., San Marco.  Jacksonville residents are proud of the waterfront and nothing is better than dinner with a view. Fortunately, River City Brewing Co. offers some of the best river views in town. Add in half-pound burgers, pasta Alfredo and fresh Florida lobster tail and you’ve got a dining staple that pleases out-of-towners and traditionalists alike.
  10. Ruth’s Chris : 1201 Riverplace Blvd., San Marco.  If you’re craving a classic American dinner – perhaps a sizzling steak topped with butter and flanked by a baked potato then this is the luxurious choice. The upscale setting, err-on-the-side-of-fancy dress code and high-quality cuts of meat will make you forget you’re dining in one of the largest steak chains in the world.
  11. Super Food and Brew : 11 E Forsyth St., Downtown. In May 2015, Super Food food truck parked for good in a former Starbucks in #DTJax. Fresh is the focus here with items like ahi poke bowl, sushi burrito and pork belly stir fry are all made in-house without the use of freezers.11040584_1472663329715905_523688713778055176_n
  12. Village Bread Café : 2 Independent Dr., Jacksonville Landing. Those looking for a local spot to grab a quick bite on the way to work have an option in Village Bread Cafe, which has locations on Philips Highway, the Landing and Mandarin. With fresh-baked bread, options like Kenny’s kicker – an egg, ham, cheese, and veggie panini – and curbside service, who needs a fast-food drive-through?

So forget your packed lunch some time soon and check out these amazing eats in #DTJax!

For a full directory of all our delicious restaurants Downtown, visit dtjax.org.


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Whether you’re an elf or a reindeer – there’s plenty to see and lots to do in #DTJax for the holidays! Need some gifts? You’re covered. Want to see some holiday shows? Look no further. Love christmas trees and fireworks? Of course you do. So get up and get on down, but remember to be nice because…


‘Tis the Season to Shop Local

Hemming Park Holiday Market
Nov. 30 – Dec. 11 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Enjoy festive holiday decorations and Support local small businesses with a rotation of different vendors each day. The markets and food trucks will run 11:00am – 2:00pm for guest of the park to gather and purchase gifts.

Vagabond Flea 
Dec. 12 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Every second Saturday, join Vagabond Coffee Company in Hemming Park to shop vintage finds and handmade goods from local craftsmen and collectors.

Riverside Arts Market: Holidazzle
Dec. 12 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Go to the Riverside Arts Market and enjoy all the festivities from lights and decor to photos with Santa and classic holiday movies on stage from 6 – 9 p.m.

Jaxsons Night Market 
Dec. 17 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.

A monthly night market for Jaxsons by Jaxsons, showcasing what makes our community unique including local farmers, local beer, food trucks, fashion trucks, art and food vendors, live music and much more.

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By Kristina Aviles, DVI Intern

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Whether you’re shopping around for that special gift or taking your mom out this Sunday for Mother’s Day, Downtown Jacksonville is the perfect place to treat that wonder woman you call “Mom.”

If you’re still in search for that perfect gift, check out these places in #DTJax to find a gift your mom would surely love:

Hemming Plaza Jewelers | Shop their wide range of selection including gold, silver, colored gems, pearls and diamonds.

Linda Cunningham | This boutique offers several high-end brands as well as Linda’s signature couture collection of ready-to-wear outfits and accessories.

Lucy’s Gift Boutique | Find cosmetics, hats, jewelry, wallets and bags perfect for your mom.

NAIWBE Organic Day Spa | Give the gift of wellness with organic skin care, spa products or a relaxing day at the spa.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier or Sweet Pete’s Candy Co.| Someone so sweet deserves a great treat.

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Once upon a time, there was a college student named Angela who was tired of ramen noodles and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She worked tirelessly from sunup to sundown (or 9-5) to ensure her kingdom, Downtown, was the fairest of them all.

Then, a magical fortnight descended upon Downtown. Eat Up Downtown is an annual gift from the fairy godmother of food herself, combining delectable dishes and inexpensive price points. Everyone was invited, from the mighty kings and queens of Downtown businesses to college students like Angela. She decided it should be a magical night, so she dressed in her very best and drove her pumpkin carriage (a 1995 Honda) Downtown. What followed was nothing short of a foodie’s fairy tale. Our heroine and her talking forest creatures (okay, her DVI coworkers) arrived at Café Nola @ MOCA. Surrounded by beautiful works of art, the friends indulged in Jacksonville ales (of the Intuition variety), local garden-grown salads and soups, delicious plates of seafood and ribs, and extravagant desserts and coffees.

For hours, the merry party dined and enjoyed. The food was perfect, the drinks were cold, and it all seemed surreal to Angela. How could she, a student who pinched and saved to buy textbooks each semester, afford such a lavish dinner party? The clock struck midnight (or 9 p.m.), and the magic seemed to fade as Angela prepared to pay.

But maybe the fairy tale night wasn’t over after all. She was in for a pleasant surprise as she reached for the bill. Eat Up Downtown magic was applied, and her three-course dinner was a mere $35! Even more magical, she was presented with a scroll (comment card), upon which was a declaration of two libations for the price of one (a coupon for buy-one-get-one-free cocktails) at one of Downtown’s participating taverns. More savings for the college girl!

She felt like a princess without having to pay like a princess, and she hurried off with her friends to enjoy even more Downtown Jacksonville magic.

 Want your own enchanting night on the town? From a romantic date, girls’ night out or a family dinner, Eat Up Downtown is the best way to celebrate. Don’t delay! The magic ends Aug. 25. Menus and price points are available at eatupdowntown.com. Reservations are recommended.