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Heidi’s guidebook

Heidi

Heidi’s guidebook

Food scene
The food scene in Gainesville centers around local ingredients sourced from area farms. Known for the use of local and organic ingredients, along with healthy trends, the food ranges from Americana comfort food to exquisite fine dining.
This is one of my favorite places to hang out in Gainesville. They offer a great selection of craft beers, wines, and delicious farm-to-table cuisine and tasty small plates. They also have a happy hour starting at 5 pm. Best of all, it's only a few blocks from the house!
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Public & General Restaurant
1000 NE 16th Ave
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This is one of my favorite places to hang out in Gainesville. They offer a great selection of craft beers, wines, and delicious farm-to-table cuisine and tasty small plates. They also have a happy hour starting at 5 pm. Best of all, it's only a few blocks from the house!
While everyone raves about the pizza, you gotta try the calzones. They are to die for! Not only that, this east side favorite has a great scene with an eclectic array of art made out of junk. This is a Gainesville must-see!
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Satchel's Pizza
1800 Northeast 23rd Avenue
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While everyone raves about the pizza, you gotta try the calzones. They are to die for! Not only that, this east side favorite has a great scene with an eclectic array of art made out of junk. This is a Gainesville must-see!
This downtown bar and grill has live music and a fantastic weekday burger special! This is a great place to enjoy a pint and wind down at happy hour. Try their beer of the month special.
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Loosey's Downtown Gainesville
120 SW 1st Ave
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This downtown bar and grill has live music and a fantastic weekday burger special! This is a great place to enjoy a pint and wind down at happy hour. Try their beer of the month special.
The Top is an all-time favorite and it has something for everyone! Whether you are vegan, carnivore, or localvore, this downtown restaurant has it all!
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The Top
30 North Main Street
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The Top is an all-time favorite and it has something for everyone! Whether you are vegan, carnivore, or localvore, this downtown restaurant has it all!
This locally owned Italian restaurant has been a favorite for many years. They also have a fantastic Sunday brunch buffet that is a tantalizing array of international dishes.
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Leonardo's 706
706 West University Avenue
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This locally owned Italian restaurant has been a favorite for many years. They also have a fantastic Sunday brunch buffet that is a tantalizing array of international dishes.
This is absolutely the best Japanese cuisine in Gainesville. Dragonfly Sushi is located downtown and it's known for its creative and delicious take on sushi.
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Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company
201 Southeast 2nd Avenue
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This is absolutely the best Japanese cuisine in Gainesville. Dragonfly Sushi is located downtown and it's known for its creative and delicious take on sushi.
Paramount Grill in downtown Gainesville has a divine Sunday brunch.
Paramount Grill
12 SW 1st Ave
Paramount Grill in downtown Gainesville has a divine Sunday brunch.
This little place tucked away behind downtown is a gem for hungry vegans seeking delicious and creative food made with the finest ingredients and at a reasonable price! Even non-vegans will find something to love here.
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Daily Green
436 Southeast 2nd Street
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This little place tucked away behind downtown is a gem for hungry vegans seeking delicious and creative food made with the finest ingredients and at a reasonable price! Even non-vegans will find something to love here.
This is a great place for breakfast. They have great breakfast and lunch specials and also have vegan and non-vegan options. The atmosphere is cute and kitschy. Best of all, it’s only a few blocks from the house!
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East End Eatery
1202 Northeast 8th Avenue
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This is a great place for breakfast. They have great breakfast and lunch specials and also have vegan and non-vegan options. The atmosphere is cute and kitschy. Best of all, it’s only a few blocks from the house!
This gem has delicious breakfast, brunch, and lunch fare made with exquisite locally sourced ingredients. It will not disappoint!
Afternoon
231 NW 10th Ave
This gem has delicious breakfast, brunch, and lunch fare made with exquisite locally sourced ingredients. It will not disappoint!
This cute and quirky vegetarian restaurant cafe is a Gainesville classic and is a perfect spot for hungry vegetarians.
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Civilization
1511 Northwest 2nd Street
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This cute and quirky vegetarian restaurant cafe is a Gainesville classic and is a perfect spot for hungry vegetarians.
Sightseeing
If you are a nature lover, the Gainesville area has plenty to see and do. The natural springs are unlike any other, and definitely are worth the trip. Gainesville is known as a green city with lots of tree coverage, so just take a stroll at one of the many nearby parks and neighborhoods to appreciate the urban greenery.
This beautiful and picturesque park is a great place to take a stroll and get some great photos by the fountain.
The Thomas Center Gardens
This beautiful and picturesque park is a great place to take a stroll and get some great photos by the fountain.
This amazing river and spring is a must-see for all Gainesville visitors. Its crystal clear blue river and springs are perfect for tubing on a hot day.
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Ichetucknee Springs State Park- Southern Entrance
12087 Southwest U.S.Highway 27
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This amazing river and spring is a must-see for all Gainesville visitors. Its crystal clear blue river and springs are perfect for tubing on a hot day.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a favorite place to wander through a beautifully landscaped nature park that has many bird and butterfly species.
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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 SW 58th Dr
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Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a favorite place to wander through a beautifully landscaped nature park that has many bird and butterfly species.
Ginnie Springs is a private park with general admission to the public. This park has multiple springs along a stretch of the beautiful Santa Fe River. Perfect for tubing, cave diving, kayaking, and swimming.
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기니 스프링스 아웃도어스, LLC
7300 Ginnie Springs Road
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Ginnie Springs is a private park with general admission to the public. This park has multiple springs along a stretch of the beautiful Santa Fe River. Perfect for tubing, cave diving, kayaking, and swimming.
Paynes Prairie is a great place to go hiking and see the best of north Florida's natural wonders. Explore the forest and prairie on multiple hiking trails. You might even see wildlife including armadillos, wild horses, bison, and cranes.
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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Boulevard
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Paynes Prairie is a great place to go hiking and see the best of north Florida's natural wonders. Explore the forest and prairie on multiple hiking trails. You might even see wildlife including armadillos, wild horses, bison, and cranes.
Lake Alice is the best place to see lots of hungry alligators basking in the sun, but don't get too close! You can also visit the nearby Bat House and see the thousands of bats flying out at sunset to catch their dinner!
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Lake Alice
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Lake Alice is the best place to see lots of hungry alligators basking in the sun, but don't get too close! You can also visit the nearby Bat House and see the thousands of bats flying out at sunset to catch their dinner!
This is a great place to rent canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards to explore the gorgeous rivers and springs nearby. They offer shuttle and guide services as well.
Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
21410 Northwest US Highway 441
This is a great place to rent canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards to explore the gorgeous rivers and springs nearby. They offer shuttle and guide services as well.
This beautiful river has abundant natural springs feeding it from its banks, along with plentiful wildlife sightings such as otters, herons, and turtles.
Santa Fe River
This beautiful river has abundant natural springs feeding it from its banks, along with plentiful wildlife sightings such as otters, herons, and turtles.
Coffee
Gainesville has a plethora of coffee shops and cafes that are perfect for studying, people watching, working on your laptop or just taking a break. Here are a few favorites.
Curia on the Drag has a fun marketplace with antiques and unique gifts, along with a cafe serving delicious coffee. It's a great place to study.
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Curia On The Drag
2029 NW 6th St
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Curia on the Drag has a fun marketplace with antiques and unique gifts, along with a cafe serving delicious coffee. It's a great place to study.
Maude's is a great place to enjoy a coffee downtown and do some people watching.
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Maude's Cafe
101 Southeast 2nd Place
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Maude's is a great place to enjoy a coffee downtown and do some people watching.
This is probably the best coffee shop in the downtown area. Great atmosphere to sit and do some studying or work.
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Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
48 Southwest 2nd Street
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This is probably the best coffee shop in the downtown area. Great atmosphere to sit and do some studying or work.
Another home grown favorite, this coffee shop has plenty of character and serves up a damn fine cup o' joe!
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Coffee Culture
2020 Northwest 13th Street
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Another home grown favorite, this coffee shop has plenty of character and serves up a damn fine cup o' joe!
Entertainment
While movie theaters abound in Gainesville, there is something special about the historic Hippodrome Theatre. It is worth checking out whether you are a theater buff or enjoy art house movies.
The Hippodrome theater downtown has excellent plays and art house movies.
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Hippodrome Theatre
25 Southeast 2nd Place
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The Hippodrome theater downtown has excellent plays and art house movies.
The Florida Theater is a great venue to see a concert.
Florida Theater
233 W University Ave
The Florida Theater is a great venue to see a concert.
Nightlife
The nightlife scene in Gainesville is centered around the downtown area. There are always new places, but these are a few local favorites that have stood the test of time.
The Hardback Cafe is a great place to see live music from the local scene.
Hardback Cafe
211 W University Ave
The Hardback Cafe is a great place to see live music from the local scene.
Durty Nelly's is a classic Irish pub and a mainstay of downtown Gainesville nightlife.
Durty Nelly's Irish Pub
208 West University Avenue
Durty Nelly's is a classic Irish pub and a mainstay of downtown Gainesville nightlife.
The University Club is the best place for a night out dancing.
University Club
18 E University Ave
The University Club is the best place for a night out dancing.
The Atlantic has lots of theme nights like Old Wave. Check their calendar to see what events are going on.
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The Atlantic Nightspot
15 North Main Street
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The Atlantic has lots of theme nights like Old Wave. Check their calendar to see what events are going on.
This is one of several new breweries in central Gainesville that are highly recommended for craft beer aficionados.
Big Top Brewing Company Gainesville
This is one of several new breweries in central Gainesville that are highly recommended for craft beer aficionados.
Another great addition to the craft beer scene, Cypress & Grove will satisfy the the most discerning of hopheads!
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Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
1001 NW 4th St
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Another great addition to the craft beer scene, Cypress & Grove will satisfy the the most discerning of hopheads!
Grocery Shopping
Wards Supermarket is a longtime Gainesville favorite for great deals on local produce and health conscious shoppers.
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Ward's Supermarket
515 Northwest 23rd Avenue
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Wards Supermarket is a longtime Gainesville favorite for great deals on local produce and health conscious shoppers.
This is your go-to grocery store for everything you need, and it’s only a mile from the house. Where shopping is a pleasure.
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Publix Super Market at Gainesville Shopping Center
1302 North Main Street
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This is your go-to grocery store for everything you need, and it’s only a mile from the house. Where shopping is a pleasure.