by Emilee Perdue | April 18, 2024

Eighteen Must-Stop Spots in the Darling Town of Dunedin

Find baseball, biking and black pearls in this seaside town (pronounced dun-eden).

From left: The Black Pearl, Fenway Hotel, Tükrō Coffee, Dunedin Downtown Market, Dogedin mural by Anna Hamilton Fields, TD Ballpark. Illustration by Leslie Chalfont.
  1. The Ivory Palm Shop small and score big at this woman-owned boutique. Find customizable handmade beaded tote bags, upcycled designer wallets or a prosecco pong set, beer pong’s classier cousin. 966 Douglas Ave. Suite 102
  2. Fenway Hotel Jazz echoes through the halls of the Grand Lady of Dunedin. Once Pinellas County’s first radio station in the 1920s, this Mediterranean Revival-style boutique hotel has 83 rooms, a rooftop bar and complimentary bikes. 453 Edgewater Drive
  3. Honeymoon Island State Park Though this four-mile stretch of barrier island is no longer a vacation destination for lovebirds, it’s now a hot spot for winged creatures like godwits, terns and flamingos, making it a birdwatcher’s dream. 1 Causeway Blvd.
  4. Dunedin Brewery Grab a beer at Florida’s oldest microbrewery. Tapping their first keg in 1996, these homebrewers-turned-hops-history-makers offer signature pours like the Razzbeery wheat ale and Beach Tale brown ale. 937 Douglas Ave.
  5. Dogedin Mural Welcome to Dogedin, where pups are pampered and tails wag on every street. Outside of Skip’s Bar, more than 1,000 pets were painted to raise money for a local animal welfare nonprofit, making for a great photo-op with your furry friends. 371 Main St.
  6. Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail Spanning 46 miles from Trinity to St. Petersburg and cutting straight through Main Street, this paved trail is a must for joggers, walkers and bicyclists looking for a dose of fresh air and sunshine. 351 Main St.
  7. The Living Room Come in and pull up a seat at this comfy and eclectic eatery. The menu appeals to a range of palates with items like birria tacos and peanut ginger vegan stir fry, served in the coziness of what feels like your living room. But please, keep your feet off the table. 487 Main St.
  8. Back in the Day Books Find your next read at downtown’s indie bookstore. Meander through shelves overflowing with bestsellers, collectibles and rare books or shop for literary T-shirts, socks and novelty puzzles. 355 Main St.
  9. TD Bank Ballpark Every year, the Toronto Blue Jays flock to Florida for spring training, finding their roost in the Tampa Bay area. Catch a training game at Grant Field or cheer on the Dunedin Blue Jays minor league team in the summer. 373 Douglas Ave.
  10. Tükrō Coffee Sip on a cup of Krö Joe on the front porch, and wave hello to neighbors walking by. This intimate coffee house serves specialty pastries and artisan blends like the Love Dunedin Latte, a surprising combination of chocolate and orange. 472 Wood St.
  11. Lucky Lobster Co. Wanting to bring the taste of New England to the sunny South, the Moran family opened this seafood staple in 2016. Using only the freshest ingredients, they craft plates like prosciutto-wrapped scallops, lobster pot pie and a classic lobster roll. 941 Huntley Ave.
  12. Kafe Racer Owned by a former Belgian race car driver turned cycling enthusiast, this Pinellas Trail staple is part coffee house, part pub and part bicycle shop, making it the perfect place to slow down with friends or speed up for a long-haul ride. 998 Douglas Ave.
  13. Dunedin Downtown Market Pack your produce bags for Pioneer Park’s farmers market, open every Friday (Nov.–May) and Saturday (year round). Peruse the stalls offering locally grown succulents, fruits and vegetables, handmade goods, a build-your-own-bouquet flower cart and more. 420 Main St. 
  14. The Black Pearl Booking a seat at this award-winning French-American restaurant is as rare as its namesake. Just one bite of their cuts-like-butter pork belly or Chilean sea bass lyonnaise will explain why their 12 tables are so heavily sought after. 315 Main St.
  15. Caladesi Island State Park A short ferry ride away from Honeymoon Island lies a small patch of mangrove forests and beach, inviting guests for an unplugged day of remote relaxation. Paddle, hike or just sunbathe on the sand. 1 Causeway Blvd.
  16. Sonder Social Club Saunter over to this swanky cocktail bar for an afternoon sip and snack. Start with the Adam Would You Like a Pear?, a fruity concoction with coconut cartel and pear liqueur, and finish with a slice of warm brown butter cake. 966 Douglas Ave. Unit 101
  17. Dunedin Fine Art Center This gallery turned interactive art hub has spread beauty and culture throughout the city for almost 50 years. Learn woodworking, stone carving, welding and more at their Industrial Arts Campus, located on the edge of downtown. 958 Douglas Ave.
  18. Dunedin Golf Club Perfect your putt at one of the most historic golf courses in the state. Originally opened in 1927, this club was once home to the PGA of America. Now, everyday players can score a birdie on the 18-hole course designed by Donald Ross. 1050 Palm Blvd.