St. Petersburg’s top five walkable spots. Vibrant city life.

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Downtown is the most walkable neighborhood in St. Petersburg. There are restaurants, coffee shops, theaters, museums and parks to walk to from The Julia’s location, and there’s plenty to do even during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are five favorites of St. Petersburg’s top walkable spots within a 5-10 minute walk:

St. Petersburg’s Top Walkable Spots:

Annata Wine Bar

Annata Wine Bar: A St. Pete hotspot since 2014, Annata Wine Bar was started by the family that owns Mazzaro’s Italian market. Mazzaro’s is an iconic gourmet grocer. Annata Wine Bar offers comfortable outdoor seating and an extensive wine list, sure, but the real joy comes from their charcuterie boards, which feature just the right mix of salty, well-seasoned meats, soft and hard cheeses, and delightful accoutrements.

When Annata opened, the Tampa Bay Times review called it a “stylish and fun addition to Beach Drive, filling a hole that seems odd now looking back.”

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts: Starting September 12, the MFA will be opening its doors again exclusively to members, and starting September 19, it will open to the public.

Photography lovers will be especially excited to see the special exhibition “Copper, Silver, Salt, Ink: The Chemistry of Photography’s Enduring Desires,” and fans of contemporary art will be interested in Derrick Adams’ exhibit, “Buoyant,” which puts a focus on the “under-represented scenes of Black life in an effort to normalize images of Black leisure, love and joy,” according to a description in the Tampa Bay Times.

For the safety of visitors and staff, the MFA is requiring social distancing, face coverings, temperature checks, and advance tickets.

The Vinoy

The Vinoy: There’s no more iconic location in St. Petersburg than the Vinoy. U.S. News & World Report ranks the hotel as the No. 1 luxury resort in St. Pete. It’s an ideal spot to take your out-of-town guests or to pretend you’re on an island vacation yourself.

From Paul’s Landing, a Vinoy restaurants open to the public with an outdoor patio, you can enjoy the warm weather, practice social distancing easily, and take in a view of the southeastern shore of the Pinellas peninsula. St. Petersburg Foodies says Paul’s Landing is a destination restaurant, and their review urges you to “make it your next destination.”

The Canopy at the Birchwood

The Canopy at the Birchwood: These days, everyone is trying to stay outdoors as much as possible. But when you want to grab a drink somewhere, instead of uncorking a bottle at home, head to the Canopy. The rooftop lounge allows you to enjoy a cocktail in the open air while gazing out over Tampa Bay.

The Canopy sits atop the Birchwood, a boutique hotel on Beach Drive, which also has a first-floor restaurant with new outdoor seating, called Birch & Vine. Both the Canopy and Birch & Vine have innovative, thoughtful menus with options you won’t see anywhere else locally (including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes), like cauliflower bisque with bleu cheese and sweet potato fries with honey coconut powder.

St. Pete Pier

The St. Pete Pier: Stop by (no reservations required) to experience the best of what St. Pete has to offer: outdoor activities, al fresco dining, a cool kids’ playground, thoughtful outdoor art (including a spectacular sculpture by Janet Echelman), and beautiful waterfront views.

Opened at the start of the summer, the new Pier has been years in the making. It now features 26 acres of waterfront to explore, four art installations, and five new restaurants.

Above all, contact us if you want to learn more about the walkable spots near The Julia. 


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