The New York Post wrote an article insisting Fort Lauderdale is simply “better” at life than Miami. I may be bias about our sunny slice of paradise, having lived here in South Florida for my entire life, but yes Fort Lauderdale can out-magic the Magic City any day of the week.
I know this because I have made it my mission to eat, drink and experience all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. However, I still find major hidden gems every day sprinkled throughout this thriving not-so-little town of 167,000.
Most of these gems are nestled along Las Olas Boulevard which I consider the very heart and soul of Fort Lauderdale. Stretching from the beach and rising over the Intracoastal Waterway with magnificent views of million dollar homes and spectacular yachts, Las Olas continues downtown with fabulous shopping, dining and sight-seeing along the way.
Set aside a Sunday and stroll down the strip. I’ve rounded up the boulevard’s must-sees and what to wear so you nail that perfect Insta!
- Louie Bossi. Need I say more? This restaurant’s atmosphere is to die for. I mean who wouldn’t want to feel like they are a part of the movie, Secret Garden for an hour? Sit in the charming courtyard complete with string lights and a picturesque gazebo. Chef Louie Bossi is all hands on at this gem and you can tell with each bite. Pair his authentic flare with a chilled bottle of rose, and this place is perfect for any girl’s night, celebration or just to escape. If you’re going out with the girls, pair it with our Lost & Wander cable knit sweater and Blaque Label shorts (Vespa not included…sadly). Yes, we are in that awkward stage where we can wear sweaters and shorts and it still be acceptable. Or if you’re feeling a little casual for the day and want to lounge around a wine barrel (I do it all the time too, don’t worry) wear our On The Road pants. They are the most comfortable pair of pants on the market.
- Feeling artsy? Try heading down to the oldest art gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Fine Arts gallery. Including 40 award-winning international artists such as Fortier, seductress Paquet, the witty Seguin and other amazing artist. Like I said, this gallery has it all. You can scan artwork made from oils, acrylics and bronzes (talk about a girl’s dream). Want to take this gallery on for a date night? Try our emerald velvet green dress from the sought-after brand, Lost & Wander embellished with the Kendra Scott earrings. I promise you this little spot will win you over, just like it did me.
- Want to hear some good tunes? Swing by the fire pit at YOLO on weeknights for some live music (Yes, I said fire pit girl). This lively spot is a longtime staple on Las Olas with a happening bar and outdoor lounge. This hotspot not only gives the palate a divine taste but it also serves as a great backdrop for your next instagrammable moment. Do you want to make an even bigger impression? Make those heads turn at YOLO with our Blaque Label black dress and sunglasses for your next brunch.