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Melbourne, Florida

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Shops and shady oaks line East New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne.
Shops and shady oaks line East New Haven Avenue in downtown Melbourne.

Downtown Melbourne isn't just a downtown for Melbourne but is also a central business district for the entire metropolitan area stretching from Titusville to the north to Palm Bay to the south. Numerous restaurants and shops serve the professionals working for the many high tech industries in the area—including Kennedy Space Center of course. Melbourne also boasts a high number of night clubs and lounges for a town its size—just one of the many examples of the city's cosmopolitan flavor.

Another example is the small skyline of scattered high-rise condos and offices. Although just a few now, many more are planned. Some resident's are worried about Melbourne turning into a West Palm Beach, with its high-density and congestion. But that day may not come any time soon, especially with the recent recession slowing down redevelopment efforts.

Until that day, the city still has plenty to offer. East New Haven Avenue is Melbourne's Main Street, particularly the 700, 800, and 900 blocks. But a lot's packed into those three blocks, including antique stores, clothing boutiques, restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops. Given Melbourne's coastal location, many stores sell all of the accessories, clothing, and supplies you'll need for a day at the beach. Wide sidewalks provide lots of room for pedestrians, dog walking and outdoor cafes. And the city itself is not too far from the beach, another plus.

The Flatiron Building was constructed shortly after the 1919 fire destroyed most of downtown Melbourne.
The Flatiron Building was constructed shortly after the 1919 fire destroyed most of downtown Melbourne.

The downside is Melbourne's limited retail hours. With a few exceptions, most stores are closed evenings and Sundays. Maybe everyone's at the beach. But the city does have many unique stores (no chains) and upscale restaurants and a bustling nightlife—even in the evenings when at least the restaurants and clubs are hopping. And if you can't find the restaurant for you, keep heading east along U.S. 192 over the causeway until you get to Indialantic. There's a ton of restaurants there as well. Also, to the north of downtown Melbourne is the community of Eau Gallie. Once its own city, the community has maintained an independent image even after consolidating with the city of Melbourne. The Eau Gallie Arts District is home to several unique shops and restaurants.

Retail Hours

Shopping hours are usually limited to Mondays through Saturdays during the day.

Parking

Plenty of free parking is available at one of the many lots throughout town. On street parking is also available but usually limited to three hours.

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Attractions

The Melbourne Civic Theatre (817 East Strawbridge Avenue, 321-723-6935) is a community theater located in downtown Melbourne. Speaking of the arts, The Henegar Center (625 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-8698) is a local cultural arts center where shows and other events are held.

Folks enjoy dining (and drinking) at one of Melbourne's many outdoor cafes.
Folks enjoy dining (and drinking) at one of Melbourne's many outdoor cafes.

If you want to enjoy the waterfront, take a walk on the boardwalk along Crane Creek, the southern border of downtown Melbourne. Speaking of water, don't forget the beach is just a couple miles to the east along U.S. 192.

Events

On the fourth full weekend of April is the annual Melbourne Art Festival. On the second Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is Friday Fest Family Street Party and features food, local vendors, entertainment, and children's activities. Many stores stay open late for the event.

Location

Melbourne, Florida is about 72 miles from Orlando, Florida and 110 miles from West Palm Beach, Florida.

From I-95, take exit 180 to U.S. 192 eastbound towards Melbourne and West Melbourne. U.S. 192 is New Haven Avenue. Continue along New Haven Avenue and stay to the right when the road splits. Continue until you enter downtown Melbourne.

External Links

www.downtownmelbourne.com

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Accessories

Kem Handbags (921 East New Haven Avenue, 321-726-8818)
Mica & Molly's Boutique (520 East New Haven Avenue, 321-821-4962)
Unique Treasures (828 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-7290)

Antiques

Antiques Anonymous (811 East New Haven Avenue, 321-724-5666)
Antiques By Heidi (811 East New Haven Avenue, 321-722-2112)
Betty's Antiques (2001 Melbourne Court, 321-951-2258)
DEI The Consignment Store (819 East New Haven Avenue, 321-952-6604)
Eclectibles Unlimited (825 East New Haven Avenue, 321-768-9795)
Finders Keepers (809 East New Haven Avenue, 321-676-5697)
Hickman's Pastyme & Nostalgia (819 East Strawbridge Avenue, 321-674-9140)
Holy Trinity Thrift Shop (726 East New Haven Avenue, 321-727-2797)
Lord Ravenswood Hall (909 East New Haven Avenue, 321-768-8369)
Melbourne Antique Gallery (806 East New Haven Avenue, 321-951-0151)
Molly Mutt II Thrift Shop (728 East New Haven Avenue, 321-951-3607)

Apparel

Albatross (924 East New Haven Avenue, Suite 101, 321-723-2270)
City Fashion Wholesale (818 East New Haven Avenue, Suite 103, 321-724-8900)
Downtown Fashions (847 East New Haven Avenue, 321-733-0898)
Fancy Flamingo (841 East New Haven Avenue, 321-724-9335)
Gabrielle (843 East New Haven Avenue, 321-952-1177)
The Gauzeway (832 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-0334)
Introspection Boutique (2018 Melbourne Court, 321-725-7954)
Isabella's (845 East New Haven Avenue, 321-952-4489)
Lily Pad Fashions (849 East New Haven Avenue, 321-729-8575)
Orchid Beach Clothing Company (826 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-8008)
Re-Creations (901 East New Haven Avenue, 321-327-5962)
Unique Treasures (828 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-7290)
Yapa (925 East New Haven Avenue, 321-727-2300)

Arts and Crafts

Meehan's Office Products (900 East New Haven Avenue, 321-727-3600)

Books

On the Shelf Bookstore (824 East New Haven Avenue, 321-724-2482)

Children's

The Baby Patch (800 East New Haven Avenue, 321-676-7590)

Christmas

Christmas Cottage Gift Shoppe (1002 East New Haven Avenue, 321-725-0270)

Coffee and Dessert

Croissant Chateau (817 East New Haven Avenue, 321-956-9009)
Kilwin's (906 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-1141)
The 905 Cafe (905 East New Haven Avenue, 321-952-1672)

Coins

Coins and Curiosities (1010-C East New Haven Avenue, 321-725-1804)

Dining

Bella's Italian Specialty Restaurant (1904 Municipal Lane, 321-723-5001)
Continental Flambe (936 East New Haven Avenue, 321-768-2445)
Depot Cafe (1929 Depot Drive, 321-722-9050)
The Firehouse (923 East New Haven Avenue, 321-327-7919)
Gracie's Cafe (820 East New Haven Avenue, 321-956-8414)
Island Pasta Company (903 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-1584)
Le Bon Cafe (802 East New Haven Avenue, 321-725-2600)
Lexi Martini and Tapas (924 East New Haven Avenue, 321-725-5394)
Main Street Pub (705 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-7811)
Matt's Casbah (801 East New Haven Avenue, 321-574-1099)
Meg O'Malley's (812 East New Haven Avenue, 321-952-5510)

Florists

Blossom House Florist (1003 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-3731)

Footwear

The Flop Shop (820 East New Haven Avenue, 321-724-6740)

Galleries

Art Gallery & Studio (802 East New Haven Avenue, 321-729-9368)
The Gallery Club (701 East New Haven Avenue, 321-409-8713)

Gift Shops

Accents & Attitudes (819 East Strawbridge Avenue, #5, 321-327-2936)
Giftique (919 East New Haven Avenue, 321-726-6401)
The Irish Shop (818 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-0122)
Lord Ravenswood Hall (909 East New Haven Avenue, 321-768-8369)
Mica & Molly's Boutique (520 East New Haven Avenue, 321-821-4962)
Russian House (822 East New Haven Avenue, 321-733-5929)
Sendala's (909 East New Haven Avenue, 321-951-2110)
Tin Roof Popcorn Company (924 East New Haven Avenue, Suite 106, 321-723-0200)

Gourmet

Lord Ravenswood Hall (909 East New Haven Avenue, 321-768-8369)

Health and Beauty

Indian River Soap (804 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-6464)
Mica & Molly's Boutique (520 East New Haven Avenue, 321-821-4962)
Suzan's Health Haven (924 East New Haven Avenue, 321-728-3930)

Home Furnishings

The Chandlery (911 East New Haven Avenue, 321-726-0192)
Decoratifs (817 East Strawbridge Avenue, 321-723-1735)
Nostalgia Gifts (908 East New Haven Avenue, 321-722-9963)
Yapa (925 East New Haven Avenue, 321-727-2300)

Jewelry

Dragon Werx Jewelry (821 East New Haven Avenue, 321-837-0900)
Jessup's of Melbourne (912 East New Haven Avenue, 321-724-2201)
Two Feathers Gallery (833 East New Haven Avenue, 321-733-1227)
Unique Treasures (828 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-7290)
Yapa (925 East New Haven Avenue, 321-727-2300)

Music

Jessup's of Melbourne (912 East New Haven Avenue, 321-724-2201)

New Age

Creative Energy (835 East New Haven Avenue, 321-952-6789)

Office Supplies

Meehan's Office Products (900 East New Haven Avenue, 321-727-3600)

Pets

Giftique (919 East New Haven Avenue, 321-726-6401)

Real Estate

TGR Group, Inc. (1900 South Harbor City Boulevard, Suite 223, 321-837-3697)

Stationary

Meehan's Office Products (900 East New Haven Avenue, 321-727-3600)

Taverns and Clubs

Foo Bar & Lotus Gallery (816 East New Haven Avenue, 321-728-7178)
The Gallery Club (701 East New Haven Avenue, 321-409-8713)
Off The Traxx (918 East New Haven Avenue, 321-327-2919)
Sheer Lounge & Niteclub (820 East New Haven Avenue, 321-723-0045)
Moonstruck Wine Company (836 East Haven Avenue, 321-951-4555)
Vapor Hookah Bar & Social Club (701 East New Haven Avenue, 321-327-7945)

Tobacco

Executive Cigar (837 East New Haven Avenue, 321-733-4554)

Wine

Moonstruck Wine Company (836 East Haven Avenue, 321-951-4555)

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