Historic Downtown Pensacola www.downtownpensacola.com Coastal atmosphere, city life, Southern culture and cosmopolitan cuisine make Downtown Pensacola the ideal mecca for food, fun, and cultural events. If you are looking to enrich your visit with memorable experiences and grab a taste of local flavor, visiting America's first European settlement should be at the top of your to-do list. Come Downtown and you'll find that there's a reason why Pensacola has been called the only "real downtown" along the beaches of the Gulf Coast. There are over 70 unique retailers and restaurants lining the streets of the Palafox Historic District. It's the over 100 year old hardware store that is just steps away from the family-owned jewelry store with hand-crafted diamonds you'd think came from New York's diamond district. It's the latest designer "it" bag right down the street from the gift store filled with unique items that will adorn every room in your home. It's Downtown Pensacola. Give your shopping feet a rest at one of Downtown's many cafes and restaurants. From Lamb Lollipops at the area's only tapas bar to orange-glazed duck, world famous Grits a Ya-Ya to authentic Greek seafood, a cold beer and pub to buying the day's fresh catch and creating your own dish - Downtown has it. We're known for our outstanding customer service- so come and enjoy. Downtown Pensacola is often called the arts mecca for the coast- boasting the "big five" of the cultural scene with a symphony, opera, ballet, theatre and accredited museum of visual arts. These are combined with a world renown children's chorus and active hands-on arts & cultural center, and a conglomeration of unique, local art galleries that makes Downtown the place to be for arts and culture. Then add our full festival season and you'll never lack for something to do. Finally- but most important- Downtown boasts over 450 years of history you can explore through tours of the Historic Pensacola Village where you'll find fully furnished period houses, museums and archaeological sites. Even visit the spot where Florida became a state. Come early and stay late- Downtown Pensacola, what a life!