by Katie Hendrick | September 22, 2017

Bird’s Eye View: St. Petersburg

A mix of independent businesses and world-famous museums make this city by the bay a cultural haven.

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  1. THE CHIHULY COLLECTION Explore a gallery built to showcase Dale Chihuly’s iconic glass sculptures. 720 Central Ave.
  2. MOREAN ARTS CENTER The 100-year-old organization houses a sprawling permanent collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass works, as well as a studio where guests can watch glass blowers in action. 719 Central Ave. 
  3. DADDY KOOL RECORDS The purveyor of new, used and rare vinyl albums, CDs, posters and collectibles offers music buffs a one-stop shop. 666 Central Ave. N
  4. ZAZOOD Interior designer David Fischer stocks his furniture emporium with nautical finds and whimsical pieces. 531 Central Ave.
  5. ST. PETE ARTWORKS The cooperative art gallery showcases members’ works in a variety of media. 635 Central Ave.
  6. FLORIDA CRAFTART This nonprofit runs a large retail gallery, organizes exhibits and leads area walking tours. 501 Central Ave.
  7. THE MILL Le Cordon Bleu alum Ted Dorsey blends Southern and French cuisine in an award-winning, farmstead-chic eatery. 200 Central Ave. #100
  8. JANNUS LIVE The open-air music hall opened in 1984 to support local punk and reggae bands, but has since hosted household names of all genres. 200 1st Ave. N
  9. SHAPIRO’S GALLERY Features a big selection of blown glass, jewelry, metal art and wood sculptures. 300 Beach Dr. NE #112
  10. THE BIRCHWOOD Luxuriate in French linens and a clawfoot bathtub at this boutique hotel with a posh rooftop bar. 340 Beach Dr. NE
  11. THE VINOY Enjoy an 18-hole golf course, expansive spa and speakeasy-style restaurant at this iconic Mediterranean Revival resort built in the ’20s. 501 5th Ave. NE
  12. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS The museum’s collection covering nearly 5,000 years of civilization includes masterpieces from Monet, O’Keeffe and Whistler. 255 Beach Drive. NE
  13. CASSIS AMERICAN BRASSERIE A sumptuous menu of Provencal favorites, from bouillabaisse to brioche au sucre, transports guests to the French Riviera. 170 Beach Drive. NE 
  14. SALVADOR DALÍ MUSEUM Discover more than 2,100 works from every moment and every medium of the surrealist artist’s career. 1 Dali Blvd.