Historic Five Points has always been ground zero for the city’s Bohemians and hipsters, but now it’s acquiring a decidedly upscale urban gloss. Tattoo parlors and head shops sit comfortably among myriad fashion boutiques and Jacksonville’s finest independent film house.
Park Street serves as the corridor’s “Main Street,” winding from the district’s tip at historic Riverside Park (the city’s second oldest), along the attractive 1920s-era commercial strip with its unique architecture and colorful storefronts, and down to the famous Five Points intersection, with its iconic blinking light.
Eighty years after the city’s first indoor-golf course opened in the Park Arcade Building, the street now houses a diverse collection of LOLO businesses: fashion emporiums featuring independent designers and cool vintage clothing boutiques (see Edge City, Jane Doe, Crave, Violet, Wolfgang), stores offering fashion for your dog as well as your home, and quaint cafes serving up a cup of home-brewed tea, a towering ice cream cone, or a latte whose foam has been turned into a work of art.
Once you reach the Five Points light, the variety fans out in multiple directions along Lomax and Margaret Streets. Antique malls, a terrific natural food store, multiple salons, more fashion, great local bars and lots of dining options–and we DO mean a lot. From classic diner fare to barbecue, Southwestern to Irish to Italian, pizza (2) to subs to chinese to sushi (2), you won’t find a denser set of diverse local restaurant options in Jacksonville. Plus, after you’ve had your fill, you can take a stroll down to the river to enjoy our city’s most scenic and restful space, Memorial Park, designed by New York’s famed Olmsted Brothers firm.