February 6, 2017


Palm Beach, Florida Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, Shop, Drink, and Be Seen

What to do in the land of Lilly Pulitzer and Mar-a-Lago.

John F. Kennedy supposedly wrote his inaugural address at the oceanfront Kennedy compound in Palm Beach. Perhaps Donald Trump jotted down some ideas over Christmas at the new Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago?

Whether it’s the Secret Service security on Ocean Boulevard backing up Bentleys or the visibly increased foot traffic on Worth Avenue, one thing is obvious: Palm Beach, an island where 25 living billionaires besides Trump have homes, yacht slips, and club memberships, is buzzier and busier than ever.

We’ve done a lot of #veryTandC research—people watching, shopping, cocktail sipping!—and, whether you’re old money or new, senior citizen or college kid, here are the best spots in town.


The Breakers

Originally built in 1896 by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, the Breakers is the soul of old-world Palm Beach. The 140-acre oceanfront resort’s restaurants and beach club are the center of the social scene during the high season between Christmas and New Year’s (note: the New Year’s Eve black-tie gala is not to be missed!). 1 South County Road

Eau Palm Beach

A little over a year ago, the Ritz-Carlton south of Palm Beach was rebranded Eau Palm Beach and redecorated by PB personality Jonathan Adler. The designer’s colorful and cheeky touch has energized the resort into an activity-packed, family-friendly destination. For parents, the 42,000-square-foot spa is a big attraction. 100 South Ocean Boulevard

The Colony

Since 1947, the Colony has hosted a cast of colorful characters from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Marjorie Merriweather Post to Presidents Clinton and Bush. In 2014, the pink hotel was redecorated and washed with even more color (think palm print halls, pink chintz curtains, and gingham tablecloths) by Dorothy Draper’s protégé Carleton Varney. 155 Hammon Avenue



When you ask anyone who winters in PB what their favorite restaurant is, Būccan consistently comes up. Known for its ever-changing menu and after-hours bar scene (with notably fewer college kids than Cucina’s), it’s a buzzy place to see-and-be-seen. If the wait for dinner is too long during high season, try the sister restaurant, Imoto, next door or drop in earlier at lunchtime for sandwiches served around the corner at the Sandwich Shop. 350 South County Road


Since opening in 1941, Ta-boo has epitomized old Palm Beach. Legend has it that the first Bloody Mary was concocted here, at the request of heiress Barbara Woolworth Hutton searching for a soothing drink after a night of partying. Next to Brooks Brothers and across the street from Cartier, the classic scene attracts a crowd of older patrons who value tradition. 221 Worth Avenue

Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court

Under the palms on the outdoor terrace of the Brazilian Court Hotel, Café Boulud is the perfect place for brunch or an afternoon cappuccino. At night, the courtyard lights up and dinner becomes quite the scene. During the high season, jackets are preferred. 301 Australian Avenue

Sant Ambroeus

New York City Milanese restaurant Sant Ambroeus counts T&C types like Carolina Herrera and Leandra Medine as regulars. Fortunately for well-dressed and fed New Yorkers who have alighted in the south, it just opened its first location outside of the city in Palm Beach. Located in the landmarked Royal Poinciana Plaza that, under new ownership, has undergone a major restoration, it’s already attracted PB social fixtures like Aerin Lauder, who designed the lighting for the space. 340 Royal Poinciana Way

Lindroth Design

Interior designer Amanda Lindroth has been decorating Palm Beach’s most fabulous homes for decades. Last year, she extended her signature coastal elegance to a shop that sells gifts (like block printed napkins, bamboo flatware, and wicker trays) and her famous basket bags—her hand-painted monogram grass totes and new basket bags inspired by the one Jane Birkin famously carried are must-have accessories in Palm Beach. 312 South Country Road

Mary Mahoney

Palm Beach hosts and hostesses share one secret: Mary Mahoney. The tabletop emporium sells the prettiest porcelain plates from brands like Alberto Pinto and Richard Ginori and fine embroidered linens from Julia B. and Kim Seybert. 336 Worth Avenue

Il Papiro

The only American outpost of Florentine paper store Il Papiro still standing is on Worth Avenue. (Yes, there’s used to be one on Upper East Side, but it closed in 2015). Here, you’ll find stationery, place cards, and notebooks that are made with the most beautiful old-world inks and techniques. 347 Worth Avenue

The Church Mouse

Palm Beach’s beloved thrift store, the Church Mouse, is a must stop for stylish PBers like Celerie Kemble and Aerin Lauder. In business since 1972, everything is donated by the island’s chic locals and sales benefit the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. When I dropped in over Christmas, I scored a Ralph Lauren gold knit sweater for $20 and a Dolce & Gabbana velvet skirt for 50 bucks! 374 South County Road

Tomas Maier

Instead of Italy, Bottega Veneta’s sun-seeking creative director Tomas Maier is based year-round in South Florida. Cashmere sweaters, straw hats, and his signature Palm Beach Dyptique candles are subtly marked by the brand’s logo: a simple palm tree. 38 Via Mizner

Stubbs & Wootton

Palm Beach-based Stubbs & Wootton’s needlepoint and monogram smoking slippers have become a sartorial giveaway that someone frequents the island. Tongue-in-cheek styles (like a pair with an image of a screw embroidered on one toe and a “U” on the other) and old-money references (a new pair features broken blue and white ginger jars) keep preppy Palm Beachers coming back to collect them all. 340 Worth Avenue



This is the ultimate see-and-be-seen bar for cocktails in Palm Beach—if it’s high season, just walk into the Breakers on any night and follow the chatter towards HMF (initials of the resort’s founder, Henry Morrison Flagler). After you snag a table (HMF does not take reservations), order some wine from the 2,000-plus list and a few small bites (I’m partial to their Brussels sprout caesar salad and chicken lettuce wraps). There is a DJ and they serve until 1 a.m., but things stay civilized. 1 South County Road

Cucina Dell’ Arte

After grandma goes to bed, this is where the under-30 crowd congregates. By day, it’s an Italian restaurant that also serves brunch. By night, the tables are pushed back and the music is turned up. 257 Royal Poinciana Way


Boating with Barton & Gray Mariner’s Club

Don’t have a yacht docked in Palm Beach? Join Barton & Gray Mariner’s Club and set sail on a Hinkley from the Palm Beach Yacht Club. The newest yacht in the club’s fleet is outfitted in Lilly Pulitzer’s Spring 2017 prints. 800 North Flagler Drive

The Botanical Garden at the Society of the Four Arts

Originally designed in 1938 to showcase the diversity of tropical plants native to the island, today, the original garden is maintained by the Society and the Garden Club of Palm Beach. It’s open to the public seven days a week. 2 Four Arts Plaza

Beach Bikes

Don’t own a Fiat Jolly with wicker seats? A bike is your next best option. If you’re staying at the Brazilian Court you can checkout their in-house Martone Cycling x Lilly Pulitzer bikes for a spin on the lake trail or zoom past Kennedy and Trump Winter White Houses. For those staying anywhere else, Palm Beach Bicycle offers a large selection of wheels for rent. 223 Sunrise Avenue

By: Sarah Bray

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