Las Olas Boulevard is the place to be after a long day of viewing the offerings at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. In this bustling shopping and entertainment district you’ll find a wealth of dining options, many of them alfresco, major international art galleries, a charming historic hotel, 65 shops filled with clothing, accessories, gifts and much more, plus luxury home rentals.
This popular district runs from Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale’s central business district to Highway A1A and Fort Lauderdale Beach, with the eastern section interlaced with canals and waterfront homes. The commercial section of the boulevard, sometimes referred to as the Riverfront area, is full of sub-tropical breezeways and courtyards separating local establishments.
You’ll find a diverse range of boutique shops here and fine national chain stores in many different categories. Choose from among men’s, women’s and children’s apparel. Other essentials are here too, such as footwear, jewelry, home furnishings, sporting goods and athletic apparel and much more. Some of the more unique stores include:
Zola Keller, 954-462-3222
This world class boutique, known for its fabulous bridal wear and social event gowns is a prime destination for many international visitors as the store has the largest selection in Florida with over 900 gowns in stock. Hundreds of thank you letters and autographed photos from celebrity clients adorn the wall.
Bennett Uomo, 954-462-9440
Men’s suits and pants are tailored on site in this boutique store, made from fine European fabrics. The boutique also sells luxury leather goods including Italian leather shoes and belts and fine Italian leather and suede jackets.
Shop 603, 954 467-0900
Fort Lauderdale’s trendiest resort boutique has must have apparel and items for everyone. Find the area’s most unique selection of designer fashions, hot accessories and scents that make you smell as good as you look.
Evoo Market, 954-5088
Try this independently owned specialty food store for evoos and balsamic vinegars. The shop’s olive oils are independently tested to ensure that they meet strict standards. Evoo stocks balsamic vinegars, aged for 18 years, from Modena, Italy, and are available in a variety of flavors. Sea salt and a selection of quality herbs and spices are available.
Although fresh seafood abounds in Fort Lauderdale, gourmet dining means much more here. A variety of fine cuisine is available at area restaurants from fresh American fare to traditional French and Italian.
Café de Paris, 954-467-2900
Serving classical French and international cuisine, Café de Paris is one of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular restaurants. Café de Paris has three indoor dining areas and patio seating, all with traditional French décor and old world service that augments the extensive food and wine menu. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. every evening, 365 days a year.
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 954-712-0580
Share a one-of-a-kind experience with family or friends by visiting this authentic Brazilian churrascaria. Named after chimarrao, a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, Chima offers over 15 rotisserie meats that include top sirloin, filet, ribs, lamb pork, chicken, sausage and fish, served continuously by roaming gauchos. The restaurant also offers a selection of great wines and champagnes from across the world and a full liquor bar.
Grille 401, 954-767-0222
Grille 401 is Fort Lauderdales hottest new upscale restaurant, offering a trendy, comfortable and convenient dining environment for lunch or dinner. The innovative menu features fresh and delicious ingredients selected by its expert culinary team.
Timpano Italian Chop House, 954-462-9119
Timpano has a robust menu with innovative cocktails, prime meats, fresh pasta and its signature black skillet mussels. Choose from a variety of classic Italian entrees such as lasagna, eggplant tollatino, shrimp fra diavolo, veal and chicken piccata. You’ll also find a selection of aged beef and chops, along with artisan salads and flatbreads.
For relaxation, feeling and looking your best, Las Olas offers a couple of choices that will leave you feeling refreshed.
Echo Salon at Las Olas, 954-463-8859
Offering high-end hair styling and spa services, Echo Salon is devoted to making its clients look as beautiful and feel as good as possible. Offering a full range of hair services, Echo Salon employs stylists that are experts in hair design for special events. Spa services include waxing, facials, makeup applications and massages.
Planet Massage, 954-763-1619
With an experienced, licensed staff that provides results-oriented treatment that includes massage, bodywork, stretching, flexibility and rehabilitative exercise. More than 20 therapists trained in multiple modalities from around the world provide a mixture of deep tissue, neuromuscular, connective tissue, prenatal massage and medical massage, along with Swedish, energy work, bamboo massages, warm stone massage and more. The spa offers group classes, workshops and private massage instruction. Open seven days per week by appointment only.
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