From white foam rolling onto powdery golden shores to a buzzing dining scene full of seafood and beer, New Smyrna Beach’s famous qualities usually take top billing when drawing vacationers in from afar. However what most tourists don’t know is that if you explore past the popular beach attractions you’ll discover a tucked away gem… the charming Canal Street Historic District.
Located on the opposite side of the Indian River, this quaint area whispers of a Florida small town feel compared to the bustling energy exuding from Flagler Avenue. With its one-of-a-kind restaurants and shopping, Canal Street invites vacationers to slow down and see NSB through the eyes of a native. Add a hint of local flavor to your trip by checking out our detailed guide to this hidden beach town gem.
Dine like a Local
Come armed with an empty stomach and eager appetite, Canal Street is a foodie’s paradise ready to satisfy your cravings for delish meals and small town ambiance. Begin snacking your way through the area at the famed Yellow Dog Eats restaurant. From pulled pork sandwiches to vegan-friendly options, you’ll find their light-hearted menu to satisfy both your taste buds and love of puns.
If you’re feeling fancy, do it like the British and treat yourself to afternoon high tea at LaAbilie’s Tea Room and Bistro. You’ll easily spot the tearoom from the street as it’s located in a historic inn-like building that alludes to old Florida charm. Time travel back to proper days and dine on scones, finger sandwiches, and more in the bistro’s vintage setting… Just remember to check their varying hours of service here before you go!
Save room for a classy dinner at the tropical Corkscrew Bar & Grille. You’ll find yourself overwhelmed with a menu that promises gourmet versions of your American comfort food favorites like Southern Smothered Chicken and Shrimp & Cheese Grits. In addition to its delicious staples, the restaurant hosts a variety of fun specials like Monday Moscow Mules, Wednesday Crown Flights, and seasonally-based cocktails.
End your day of feasting with a sweet bite at Donna’s Canal Creamery. From specialty coffees and teas to homemade brownies and cakes, there’s no way to resist a chocolatey splurge especially when you know you’re supporting a locally owned biz. Check out their business page here for store hours and to drool over those decadent desserts!
Even after a day spent restaurant-hopping, you know deep down that there’s always room for a drink or two… especially if it’s at a fun, local brewery! Head to Canal Street’s New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company for specialty ales that are brewed right in NSB. Discover more about their Shark Attack (India Pale Ale), Feeding Frenzy (Irish Red), and other creative brews here!
Shop Canal Street
Find your family souvenirs and a few additional items for your closet in the Canal Street District’s one-of-a-kind shops. Stop in Inlet Treasures Gift Shop for NSB-themed knick-knacks, ornaments, hand towels, and more; it’s the perfect place to pick up vacation keepsakes and gifts for those back home.
If you love a boutique with a curated assortment of brands, the Posh Pineapple is a shop you can’t miss! You’ll find your favorite products from Corkcicle, Peepers, Mud Pie, and many others, as well as gift-able items like candles and jewelry slowly making their way into your handbasket.
While shopping usually has a less enchanting hold on men, New Smyrna Outfitters is a store that captures the masculine heart. From YETI coolers to COSTA T-shirts to fly fishing rods, this store is an outdoor mecca for those with adventurous souls.
Cultivate Your Artistic Side
As New Smyrna’s Canal Street District increasingly grows, so does its local creativity and expression. Though only a small art gallery, The HUB on Canal has served as the artistic jewel in NSB’s crown. From writing workshops to art and photography exhibits, you’ll find that this gallery invites everyone to enjoy the creative community and aspire to add their own touch of beauty to the world. Don’t forget to check out the photo-worthy mural painted by one of the HUB’s local artists- just go down the nearby Magnolia Street to see the funky shark and turtle display.
With restaurants, shopping, arts, and more, there’s no better time than now to explore New Smyrna Beach’s hidden gem. Join in on the local secret and experience Canal Street when you book a beach vacation in one of our condos or homes today!