Guidebook for Gainesville

Erica
Guidebook for Gainesville

Food Scene

Cute, trendy coffee shop & light eats just off the square. It makes for a great remote work location, too!
Midland Station Coffee Co
109 Green St NE
Cute, trendy coffee shop & light eats just off the square. It makes for a great remote work location, too!
Eclectic coffee shop on the square. Visit Inman Perk for a coffee or to sneak some work in!
Inman Perk Coffee - Gainesville
102 Washington Street Northwest
Eclectic coffee shop on the square. Visit Inman Perk for a coffee or to sneak some work in!
Great little spot for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Wine & beer only. Their courtyard is a good outdoor dining spot, when weather permits, of course! Walkable from the house.
2 Dog
317 Spring Street Southeast
Great little spot for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Wine & beer only. Their courtyard is a good outdoor dining spot, when weather permits, of course! Walkable from the house.
This Mellow Mushroom is located on historic Green Street. Fun atmosphere, great pizza, and in the neighborhood! Their greek salad and hummus appetizer are both yummy, too!
Mellow Mushroom
700 Green St
This Mellow Mushroom is located on historic Green Street. Fun atmosphere, great pizza, and in the neighborhood! Their greek salad and hummus appetizer are both yummy, too!
You MUST get the Poor Richard's salad with their hot bacon salad dressing. It's delicious! We personally recommend sitting the basement. It's a bit like going back in time...but great food! Don't forget to order the salad!
Poor Richard's Restaurant
1702 Park Hill Dr
You MUST get the Poor Richard's salad with their hot bacon salad dressing. It's delicious! We personally recommend sitting the basement. It's a bit like going back in time...but great food! Don't forget to order the salad!
Donuts, donuts, donuts. Gainesville's only locally owned donut shop and we love it!
Dannys Donuts
417 Main St SW
Donuts, donuts, donuts. Gainesville's only locally owned donut shop and we love it!
This new restaurant is owned by a family and serve up fresh, delicious gyros. They also offer authentic greek desserts and other dishes. Not much for atmosphere, but the family treats you as if you're a guest in their home!
Alpha Gyro Grill
215 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SE
This new restaurant is owned by a family and serve up fresh, delicious gyros. They also offer authentic greek desserts and other dishes. Not much for atmosphere, but the family treats you as if you're a guest in their home!
Recess, Yellowfin, and Novella's are share owners. All are conveniently located just off the main downtown square. Recess dishes up southern-inspired eats, while Yellowfin steers more towards seafood, and Novella's is freshly made Italian. Recess also has live music. Be sure to check their entertainment schedule!
Recess Southern Gastro-pub
118 Bradford St NW
Recess, Yellowfin, and Novella's are share owners. All are conveniently located just off the main downtown square. Recess dishes up southern-inspired eats, while Yellowfin steers more towards seafood, and Novella's is freshly made Italian. Recess also has live music. Be sure to check their entertainment schedule!
Looking for fine dining? Scott's features seafood, chops, wine & cocktails in a warm, intimate interior.
Scott's Downtown
131 Bradford Street Northeast
Looking for fine dining? Scott's features seafood, chops, wine & cocktails in a warm, intimate interior.
Luna's offers american fare served in a white-napkin, low-key setting, with live music in the piano lounge on weekends. We love to have a pre-dinner cocktail in the lounge, listening to the live music, and then mosey over to the restaurant side for dinner.
Luna's Restaurant
200 Main Street Southwest
Luna's offers american fare served in a white-napkin, low-key setting, with live music in the piano lounge on weekends. We love to have a pre-dinner cocktail in the lounge, listening to the live music, and then mosey over to the restaurant side for dinner.
Locos delivers to Mulberry! Great place for a hamburger, club sandwich, wings, etc.
Locos Grill & Pub
601 South Enota Drive Northeast
Locos delivers to Mulberry! Great place for a hamburger, club sandwich, wings, etc.
This is a great little lunch spot on the square. Salads, soups, sandwiches!
Sweet Magnolia's Cafe & Bakery
118 Main St SW
This is a great little lunch spot on the square. Salads, soups, sandwiches!
This is a great healthy dining option! They're open 9-4 Mon-Fri and 10-4 on Saturdays.
Natural Juice Cafe
2480 Limestone Pkwy
This is a great healthy dining option! They're open 9-4 Mon-Fri and 10-4 on Saturdays.

Drinks & Nightlife

This is one of our favorites, but if you're looking for a darker venue with live music and plenty of spirits, this is your place! Located just off the downtown square, it's convenient to get to.
37 E Main St
37 E Main St
This is one of our favorites, but if you're looking for a darker venue with live music and plenty of spirits, this is your place! Located just off the downtown square, it's convenient to get to.

Parks & Nature

Gorgeous views. The 4.4 mile hike is rated "more difficult", but well worth the climb! Afterwards, have lunch (or a beer) in Helen, a mountain town in northeast Georgia. It's known for its vineyards and Bavarian-style buildings. We recommend Big Daddy's (great food/bar).
Yonah Mountain
Gorgeous views. The 4.4 mile hike is rated "more difficult", but well worth the climb! Afterwards, have lunch (or a beer) in Helen, a mountain town in northeast Georgia. It's known for its vineyards and Bavarian-style buildings. We recommend Big Daddy's (great food/bar).
Flat & easy trail that leads you back to a view of Lake Lanier.
Linwood Nature Preserve
415 Linwood Dr
Flat & easy trail that leads you back to a view of Lake Lanier.
Don Carter offers up a large beach area nestled on Lake Lanier. It's a great spot for a picnic lunch and swimming for the kids!
Don Carter State Park
5000 N Browning Bridge Rd
Don Carter offers up a large beach area nestled on Lake Lanier. It's a great spot for a picnic lunch and swimming for the kids!
One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10 mile trail.
Tallulah Gorge State Park
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd
One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10 mile trail.
Botanical garden & park with a model-train garden, amphitheater & many community events. We've seen a couple of good concerts at their outdoor amphitheater! Good place to take a stroll, or the kiddos.
Atlanta Botanical Garden, GAINESVILLE
1911 Sweetbay Dr
Botanical garden & park with a model-train garden, amphitheater & many community events. We've seen a couple of good concerts at their outdoor amphitheater! Good place to take a stroll, or the kiddos.

Shopping

Cute boutique for more mature women, 30+. Also a great place to grab a gift for a friend!
Queen City Mercantile
110 Bradford St NE
Cute boutique for more mature women, 30+. Also a great place to grab a gift for a friend!
Looking for a cute outfit, ladies? This boutique not only stocks some trendy little numbers, but they also will help style you! New address: 210 WEST ACADEMY ST SW GAINESVILLE GA 30501
Wool & Flax
1175 Thompson Bridge Rd
Looking for a cute outfit, ladies? This boutique not only stocks some trendy little numbers, but they also will help style you! New address: 210 WEST ACADEMY ST SW GAINESVILLE GA 30501

Essentials

Publix Super Market at The Village
1236 Thompson Bridge Road
This is the biggest grocery store! If you need it, they have it. And, my ultimate favorite part: Clicklist! Order your groceries online, pull in to the side of the store, call to let them know you've arrived, and wait for them to load your items in the trunk. Easy cheesy!
Kroger Marketplace
1931 Jesse Jewell Parkway
This is the biggest grocery store! If you need it, they have it. And, my ultimate favorite part: Clicklist! Order your groceries online, pull in to the side of the store, call to let them know you've arrived, and wait for them to load your items in the trunk. Easy cheesy!
Elevation Fitness
1210 Thompson Bridge Rd
J. A. Walters Family YMCA
2455 Howard Rd
Planet Fitness
130 John W Morrow Jr Pkwy
Frances Meadows Aquatic Center
1545 Community Way

Paddleboard Rentals

Contact Zach Greene 678-617-1029 for pricing and availability.
Kids need to release some energy? This gymnastics venue allows for open play for ages 16 mo's to 12 year olds. Be sure to phone ahead, or check their website, as open play times do vary day-to-day.
FlipNFun Gymnastics
150 Pearl Nix Pkwy
Kids need to release some energy? This gymnastics venue allows for open play for ages 16 mo's to 12 year olds. Be sure to phone ahead, or check their website, as open play times do vary day-to-day.
Great spot for the kids! INK is a hands-on Children’s Museum where children can role play and learn through practical experiences. All exhibits are designed to provide a unique experience and to actively engage young minds (not to mention, it’s just plain fun!)
Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK)
999 Chestnut Street Southeast
Great spot for the kids! INK is a hands-on Children’s Museum where children can role play and learn through practical experiences. All exhibits are designed to provide a unique experience and to actively engage young minds (not to mention, it’s just plain fun!)