5 Points

The Park Arcade Building in Five PointsHistoric Five Points has always been ground zero for the city’s Bohemians and hipsters, but now it’s acquiring a decidedly upscale urban gloss. Tattoo parlors and head shops sit comfortably among myriad fashion boutiques and Jacksonville’s finest independent film house.

Park Street serves as the corridor’s “Main Street,” winding from the district’s tip at historic Riverside Park (the city’s second oldest), along the attractive 1920s-era commercial strip with its unique architecture and colorful storefronts, and down to the famous Five Points intersection, with its iconic blinking light.

Eighty years after the city’s first indoor-golf course opened in the Park Arcade Building, the street now houses a diverse collection of LOLO businesses: fashion emporiums featuring independent designers and cool vintage clothing boutiques (see Edge City, Anomaly, Crave, Violet, Wolfgang), stores offering fashion for your dog as well as your home (feed your inner Mad Man at Nest Living), and quaint cafes serving up a cup of home-brewed tea, a towering ice cream cone, or a latte whose foam has been turned into a work of art.

5 Points Light

Once you reach the Five Points light, the variety fans out in multiple directions along Lomax and Margaret Streets.  Antique malls, a terrific natural food store, multiple salons, more fashion, great local bars and lots of dining options–and we DO mean a lot. From classic diner fare to barbecue, Southwestern to Irish to Italian, pizza (2) to subs to chinese to sushi (2), you won’t find a denser set of diverse local restaurant options in Jacksonville. Plus, after you’ve had your fill, you can take a stroll down to the river to enjoy our city’s most scenic and restful space, Memorial Park, designed by New York’s famed Olmsted Brothers firm.

Five Points at Night

Five Points at Night. credit: Ezra Marcos


3 Responses to “5 Points”

  1. Lola December 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Don’t forget about 5 Points Coffee and Spice!

  2. Deanna Ashley February 8, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    After moving to Avondale 1 year ago, I find myself frequently 5 points every week. New Broadway Cafe also fits in nicely with it’s urban-hirajuku chicness. The coffee & boba teas are outta this world. A few doors down at Bead Here Now one can find Hello Kitty accessories, edgy sculpture, handmade jewelry, & supplies. I also can’t stay away from Fans & Stoves where the employees are friendly amongst all the breakables. Hair Peace is a retro hair salon I can’t wait to try. We must remember to patronize these locals if we want them to stay in biz!

    • laparesse February 8, 2011 at 1:18 am #

      typo-lol: frequenting

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