If your next trade show brings you to the Gold Coast, you’re in for a treat. From live music and dancing, the finest beaches, the bluest seas, and a seemingly endless variety of the best foods and activities that the world has to offer – South Florida can confidently say it has it all.
The only question is where do you start? To get you started, check out this list of our South Florida team’s favorite restaurants, bars, attractions and more.
With late-night hours and the best dinner specials available, Big Pink is the epitome of comfort food. The retro settings and affordable dining makes for a casual yet wholly delicious environment that you really have to taste to believe.
Voted as one of Miami’s 16 Essential Brunch Spots, Morgan’s offers a variety of the best breakfast dishes in a comfortable, homey setting that is about as laid back and scrumptious as the first meal of the day can get!
With a wide layout and a variety of options on their menu, Berries in the Grove will have you walking away with a full stomach. The staff has been reported to be top-notch and their omelets just might be the best in all of South Florida.
Reportedly sporting the best waffles in the world, The Foxy Brown is an American bistro that offers the heartiest dishes available with ingenious little twists and tweaks to their recipes that will leave you wanting more.
Not far from the Kennedy Causeway and with the gorgeous views of the ocean as the backdrop, Antica Mare offers fine Italian dining with full flavors and a misty ocean breeze that will have you feeling relaxed and full all at once.
A chain restaurant but perhaps one of the best around, Duffy’s offers a wonderful patio area overlooking the water with the best games playing at any given time. If you’re looking for a beer and a place to kick back, Duffy’s Sports Grill may be the spot for you.
Looking for a more laid back environment that still has that beach-side view? Shooters is the place to hit up. Their live music and top-shelf burgers are the perfect choices during any day of the week.
Dockside dining at its very best, Coconuts has one of the most gorgeous locations and the best selection of seafood available. If you’re looking for the best of the higher-end restaurants, you can’t go wrong here.
The Bar Scene
Surrounded by a barrage of paintings and set to the background of the best live music available, Wynwood offers signature cocktails and the ultimate nightlife setting that feels nothing short of Miami.
If you want the best of Latin eats with a full bar to match, Toro Toro offers an intimate and color environment that feels part bar/part restaurant. From their signature steak to an extensive selection of cocktails, you’ll be saying “wow!” after every bite.
The best-grilled foods in all of Fort Lauderdale are here. From their wonderful décor to their ridiculously good crab cakes, Grille 66 is a great place to feel dressy while still getting that bar atmosphere.
Dressed up like a charming little shack, Southport offers the best surf ‘n turf with great views of the water. If you want laid back and easy – this is your spot.
Things To Do
Looking for some fun stuff to do in your downtime? Well, South Florida has plenty to do… and then some…
If you’re looking to do some shopping but still want the culture and vibe of Miami without the “mall” feel, the shops in Midtown will serve you nicely. From outdoor movies, to chain stores, and independent retailers, Midtown has wonderful layout and high-end ticket prices that will feel more than worth it after spending an afternoon in the relaxed and laid-back setting.
With Captain Jack running the show, New Moon Fishing offers thrilling and breathtaking charters for groups and solo runners alike. Using live bait and years of experience and expertise, if you’re looking to chart out onto the open seas and catching yourself a live one – call these guys up!
The golden sands and the crisp blue waters you see on TV can be found right here. If you’re looking to kick off your shoes, lay back, and soak up the rays, Fort Lauderdale Beach offers what can only be described as a place that’s two steps shy of paradise. With easy parking, mesmerizing views, and some of the best shopping and dining in the state, this seven-mile stretch is a must, must, must to visit while you’re in the area.
If you’re looking for a place to cut loose and dance the night away, then look no further. Stache has the best music and the best vibes of the entire club scene. With DJs, live bands, burlesque shows and cocktails out the yin-yang, hit up Stache if you’re looking to for a night to remember in Fort Lauderdale.
Headed somewhere else for a trade show? Click here to read more about our staff’s favorite restaurants, bars, and attractions throughout different cities.