Villaggio Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Las OlasA trip to Fort Lauderdale wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Las Olas Boulevard. As for me, I set out to capture the mood of the area, which is different from the flip flops and bikinis of Fort Lauderdale beach. Las Olas is, in the daytime, a quiet street lined with high end clothing stores, art galleries and restaurants. It’s enough to fill up the majority of a day if you want it to.

Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This boulevard is one or sometimes too lanes and traffic is parallel parking all along the side of the road. If you’re terrified to parallel park, you can catch an Uber or Lyft, or you can find one of the many pay to park lots. Of course, the earlier you get there, the more available spaces you will find.

Sometimes, when the weather is beautiful (most of the time) and I’m on my way to the beach, I like to take this route. Cruising Las Olas Boulevard is sort of a treat in itself. I open my sunroof, roll down my windows, turn on some music, and just enjoy the scenery.

Or try renting a bicycle and cruising the streets.

Bike rentals, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida

If you are at all of lover of brunch, Fort Lauderdale is the place for you. Everywhere you look on this particular Sunday, and every Sunday for that matter, brunch is in full swing.

Louie Bossi's Ristorante Pizzeria, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida

Sweet Nectar is a peaceful place to enjoy good food and conversation while staying busy enough for a good deal of people watching.

Sweet Nectar, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida

American Social is in it’s calm before the storm phase. If you are looking for a beehive of activity and literally bumping shoulders with the young and sexy of Fort Lauderdale, this is a great place to start. The outdoor seating is mellow and casual, but inside, it’s jam-packed with people, music and beers of all sorts.

American Social, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida

American Social, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida

Between brunch and dinner, these are just a small sampling of the types of shops you can visit.

Ann's Florist & Coffee Bar, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida

Ice Cream Shops and Chocolate Shops and Pastry Shops

 

Hoffman's Chocolates, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida

 

Kilwins , Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

Havana Republic Cigars, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Wine Bars both casual and a bit fancier.

Vinos Wine Bar, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

There seems to be an art gallery every few feet, all exhibiting different styles of art. You’re bound to find one that has you captivated. Most galleries do ask that visitors not take photographs for the sake of the artist.

National Geographic Fine Art Galleries, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

After some time strolling and possibly shopping, don’t forget to enjoy something good to eat.

Gran Forno Pronto Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A street view.

Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Laderdale, Florida

Keep in mind that life in these parts can be pricey. You don’t have to stay in this particular area when you come for a visit because Fort Lauderdale is small enough that getting from one place to another won’t take you too long. But if you have the means to make your lodging on Las Olas Boulevard, then here is a place that will leave you feeling luxurious.

Built in 1936, the Riverside Hotel is a Fort Lauderdale icon. It’s located ideally in the midst of all that Las Olas has to offer.

Riverside Hotel, Golden Lyon, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale Florida, jazz musician

I’ve been trying to force myself to ask people for photos and this gentleman, Fred, is my first ever success story. He was outside the Golden Lyon, attached to the Riverside Hotel, as you can see here, playing perfect jazz for an overcast day such as this was. His music traveled down the street and fed life to the greyness. See, the clouds are parting already.

Riverside Hotel, Golden Lyon, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale Florida, jazz musician

If you’ve fallen in love with Fort Lauderdale, and don’t want to leave, may I suggest Villaggio Condominiums? Villaggio is right on the waterway and walking distance to everything on Las Olas. Right next door is Asia Bay restaurant which has seating for its diners right on the water. Check out the amazing view.

Villaggio Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Las Olas

 

Asia Bay restaurant Las Olas Fort Lauderdale Florida

That’s it for now. I’ve been enjoying my escapades around my city, and I’ll keep bringing you more in the future. Which has been your favorite aspect of Fort Lauderdale so far? What do you consider one of the highlights of your city?

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