St Armands Circle Sarasota FL
St. Armands Circle is a shopping, dining and people-watching mecca, separated from the mainland by Sarasota Bay.
On this quaint little island, you’ll find all sorts of offerings, from tea shops to clothing boutiques … to one exclusive purveyor of hot sauce!
(Hey, some like it hot.)
The third Thursday of every month is Ladies Night, when around 15 retailers open their doors for shopping, makeovers, light bites and beverages from 5 to 7 p.m.
There are also art galleries, classic car festivals, family-friendly seasonal events, a spectacular holiday lights display – and award-winning dining.
Here are some of our favorite eateries on the circle:
Old Salty Dog has great views on a nice day, and the best clam chowder in town, according to the locals.
Shore Diner is an open-air, mid-century throwback serving fresh, locally grown fare. Dine on the rooftop, and try the Shrimp and Scallop Risotto.
Tommy Bahama serves up island fare and island wear, at this iconic store and restaurant.
The Columbia is famous for its award-winning Spanish and Cuban cuisine, served in a beautiful dining room with lush landscaping. It’s the oldest restaurant in Sarasota, open since 1959.
Madison Avenue Cafe offers espresso, breakfast, sandwiches, wine and more. There’s free Wi-Fi, and it’s a great spot to sit outside and watch the world go by.
Munchies 420 Cafe was featured on Man Vs. Food, because the sandwiches are huge … and some have tater tots inside. Come hungry.
Kilwin’s Chocolates is here for your sweet tooth.
Surf Shack ‘surfs’ up $4 tacos … what more do you need to know?
Le Macaron French Pastries is so good, some say the macarons are better than in Paris.
The Green Zebra. Raw. Vegan. Gluten-free. Organic. Healthy. Tasty, too.
Bottom line: this is one circle you’ll want to be part of.