When you think of a city, many things may come to mind. Certainly, coziness isn’t one of them. It goes without saying that in America, big is often better (just ask Texas)! Our cities are large and sprawling. New York’s Central Park is bigger than some towns in the US! We need a car to get anywhere and a walk further than a few blocks is not a common task.
Not so in Europe.
In Europe a city is a community. Often, a local café is a meeting place of friends and neighbors to discuss the news and gossip of the day. There is no rush and the residents enjoy life and each other.
West Palm Beach: European Charm
So it is with West Palm Beach; a city that would be right at home in any European country.
West Palm Beach is a quaint city. A person can walk across it in a few minutes. Neighbors are friends and the city is truly a community. While it is a city with all of the modern amenities and options to meet the needs of anyone, it truly is a laid-back, intimate place to live.
For those who are coming from other countries, Downtown West Palm Beach has two main cultural areas: CityPlace and Clematis Street. There is also a seasonal Farmer’s Market.[/cs_text][x_video_embed no_container
CityPlace and Clematis Street
CityPlace is a perfect combination of residential living options, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Built around an “outdoor” mall, CityPlace resembles some of Europe’s famous plazas and squares. It is a gathering place for all types of functions and festivals, but also just a nice place to meet with friends and family.
You will find well-known establishments like Cheesecake Factory, Gap, Banana Republic, Brio and Anthropologie. There is a state-of-the-art movie theater with stadium seating and IMAX as well as the Harriet Himmel Theater and Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
And all of it is located within a city block.
CityPlace is the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. If CityPlace is the heart of Downtown WPB, then Clematis is its soul. Clematis Street really comes alive at night with a number of phenomenal restaurants and clubs. Clematis Street has less famous options, but that doesn’t make them any less spectacular.
Some of the finest dining in South Florida can be found on Clematis Street. There are also a number of festivals and street fairs throughout the year as well as a Green Market during the winter months (but in Florida winter is a nice 75 degrees). Moonfest (a Halloween Celebration), St. Patrick’s Day (where they shut down the street and have a block party), dog fairs, and of course, one of South Florida’s premiere music festivals all occur on or at the base of Clematis Street!
The Green (Farmer’s) Market
The Green Market takes place in West Palm Beach from the autumn to the end of May. It is located in the park at the end of Clematis Street and features over 70 vendors who offer the freshest vegetables, meats, breads, spices, sauces, foods, drinks, desserts and other ingredients that you would ever want.
It is truly reminiscent of the great markets in European cities. It is not only a market, but it is also a gathering place for the family and neighbors. You can literally spend the whole day there and enjoy a new food for every meal throughout the season. Downtown West Palm Beach covers the area of less than 2 square miles. As we mentioned before, you can walk the city in about 15 minutes. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t options for getting around (and further out from the immediate city).
Downtown has a public trolley system that is free of charge. The map for this system is located here. It will get you anywhere you want to go.
In addition, there are for-rent bicycles throughout the city, rickshaws, bicycle cabs and free mobile carts that can hold up to 6 people. Getting around in Downtown (and nearby) will never be a problem. There is currently a Tri-Rail system connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and the “All About Florida” project that will offer high-speed rail services from Miami all the way to Orlando.
Of Course, Downtown West Palm Beach isn’t limited to these two areas. It has a great deal to offer to anyone seeking a nice, quiet city with a relaxed atmosphere. The intracoastal, Palm Beach and the Norton Museum of Art are a few of the other features of this beautiful city that make it a perfect place for anyone to live.