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Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

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Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach FL

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Clematis Street is the main street of West Palm Beach, where young people and business people hang out. The umbrellas, bikes, flags, palms, and historical architecture are colorful and inviting. Sidewalk cafes give an opportunity to dine among the bustle. There's city hall, with its spiffy courtyard. Follow it into the city library or the attractive Palm Beach Photographic Center where you can duck into the small free museum and see their latest traveling exhibit.
On its eastern end, Clematis Street makes a fork, with a Parisian-style park called City Commons in the middle. Here wrought-iron circles surround trees in a large plaza where kids run around and adults gather to chat, all with the blue water of the intracoastal waterway in view. The Saturday morning (Oct to May, 9am-1pm) Green Market is held here, as is Clematis By Night with free concerts by the fountain from 6-9pm on Thursday nights.
ER Bradley's saloon is a great dining option at the eastern end of Clematis Street. Sit outside by the grass shack bar and enjoy good, inexpensive food across from the waterfront.
I love the amount of European influence in Southeast Florida. Leila Restaurant at 120 S. Dixie Hwy is a Mediterranean restaurant. Walk two blocks down Olive Street to Paris Bakery (closed on Sundays) and enjoy the romantic casual atmosphere inside, or sit outside and admire the architecture. The lively, welcoming owner is from Cannes. After enjoying a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) and cup of tea, you can take home a baguette for lunch, still warm from the oven! This made me feel so happy as I was walking down the street back home, warm baguette in hand!
The SkyBike bike rentals all around town don't seem to work. This is a real shame as it would be lovely to rent a bike and ride around on the waterfront or the Lake Trail.
Nearby, check out CityPlace, an outdoor mall built around sumptuous historical architecture. There is a trolley that takes you from CityPlace to Clematis Street.
While in Palm Beach, don't miss out on Flagler Mansion and Museum, which sits in a magical spot on the intracoastal waterway. My daughter still talks about the railcar pavilion.

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Bikes on the corner of Clematis and Olive.
Bikes on the corner of Clematis and Olive.
Trees line Clematis Street.
Trees line Clematis Street.
Cool buildings on Clematis St.
Cool buildings on Clematis St.
Roxy's Pub.
Roxy's Pub.
Government building on Clematis St.
Government building on Clematis St.
City Cafe.
City Cafe.
Trees outside the Norton Museum of Art (a dozen blocks from Clematis St)- love these!
Trees outside the Norton Museum of Art (a dozen blocks from Clematis St)- love these!
One North Clematis and its gorgeous tree outside.
One North Clematis and its gorgeous tree outside.
Blue and red awnings that remind me of France.
Blue and red awnings that remind me of France.
The park, City Commons, at the waterfront end of Clematis Street has a Parisian feel.
The park, City Commons, at the waterfront end of Clematis Street has a Parisian feel.
And a California feel as well!
And a California feel as well!
Pink awning and palms.
Pink awning and palms.
Street flags advertising the Saturday farmers market.
Street flags advertising the Saturday farmers market.
Cool rattan lanterns.
Cool rattan lanterns.
The park, City Commons, at the end of Clematis St.
The park, City Commons, at the end of Clematis St.
ER Bradley's Saloon, as seen from the waterfront walking path.
ER Bradley's Saloon, as seen from the waterfront walking path.
Grass shack at outdoor patio of ER Bradley's Saloon across the street from the waterfront.
Grass shack at outdoor patio of ER Bradley's Saloon across the street from the waterfront.
Bar stools at the lovely outdoor patio at ER Bradley's.
Bar stools at the lovely outdoor patio at ER Bradley's.
It's so nice to eat at ER Bradley's Saloon!
It's so nice to eat at ER Bradley's Saloon!
Happy, sunny day at the bar at ER Bradley's Saloon.
Happy, sunny day at the bar at ER Bradley's Saloon.
Fountain on back patio of ER Bradley's Saloon.
Fountain on back patio of ER Bradley's Saloon.
City Hall.
City Hall.
Tropical trees and modern buildings.
Tropical trees and modern buildings.
I like the brick building that houses Roxy's Pub.
I like the brick building that houses Roxy's Pub.
Palm Beach Photographic Center.
Palm Beach Photographic Center.
The buildings are gorgeous!
The buildings are gorgeous!
Historical detail on building on Olive St.
Historical detail on building on Olive St.
I love the interior of Paris Bakery and Cafe.
I love the interior of Paris Bakery and Cafe.
The sunny corner where Clematis St meets the waterfront area.
The sunny corner where Clematis St meets the waterfront area.
Sunny street corner with sidewalk cafes.
Sunny street corner with sidewalk cafes.
Bright, colorful street scene.
Bright, colorful street scene.
Splash fountain at City Commons.
Splash fountain at City Commons.
Sidewalk tables outside Duffy's Sports Bar.
Sidewalk tables outside Duffy's Sports Bar.
Attractive tables and chairs at a sidewalk cafe.
Attractive tables and chairs at a sidewalk cafe.
   

Directions

The main strip of West Palm Beach is Clematis St from the waterfront (Flagler Dr) to Quadrille St.
Exit Highway 95 at Okeechobee Blvd and head toward the ocean. Turn left on Olive Ave and after five blocks or more, look for parking along the road. There are parking meters.
ER Bradley's Saloon, 104 S. Clematis St. WPB FL 33401, call (561) 833-3520.
Paris Bakery and Cafe (closed Sundays), 212 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL, call (561) 820-9281.
Palm Beach Photographic Center, 415 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL, call (561) 276-9797. Open M-Th 10-6, Fri and Sat 10-5, closed on Sun. Admission is free.

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Last Updated Sun, 17 Apr 2016 14:27:38 GMT