We had such an incredible time in Naples. My husbands father and stepmother live there and we always have such a wonderful time with them. We wish they lived closer to us, but it is certainly not a bad place for us to visit! There are a few places that just should not be missed if you ever get a change to come to Naples. We even found a new juice bar that makes incredible açai bowls that I am already craving!
Below is our TOP TEN list of what cannot be missed in Naples.
1. Naples Farmers Market – Open every morning from 7:30 – 11:30 AM, the Third Street South Farmers Market sells everything from locally-grown produce to dog treats to bagels and handmade jewelry. Not quite as busy or well-attended in the summer months, but come October and until May, this place is packed with vendors and delicious treats!
2. Delicious Raw Juice Bar – Insanely good juices and smoothies and an açai bowl that I will need to try and replicate at home. This place is a new favorite – we went back three days in a row.
3. Old Naples Surf Shop – We are obsessed with paddle boarding and kayaking and generally being active when we go on vacation. We rent boards from the Old Naples Surf Shop every time we come to Naples. You tell them what you would like and they deliver what you’d like to the beach and then pick it up afterwards. They also offer lessons, clothing and a whole host of other awesome things like underwater camera cases! Everyone who works there is incredibly nice and helpful and laid back. Can’t beat paddle boarding with the dolphins!
4. Campiello – My husband’s favorite restaurant in Naples. Campiello is this great little italian restaurant offering indoor and outdoor seating and incredible service. The menu changes seasonally and the food is always so good! It’s a great place for a romantic date!
5. Gordon Drive – Gordon Drive is a street of homes along Naples Beach. The street is tree-lined and boasts some of the most gorgeous, architecturally-appealing, (and expensive), homes in Naples. We like to drive through while we sip our coffee and check out the homes before we hit the beach.
6. 5th Avenue Coffee Shop – This place is our breakfast tradition. Almost every morning, we come here bright and early to get iced coffees and split a lox bagel. It’s fast and easy and delicious and we like having a beach tradition to look forward to. Plus I LOVE lox bagels!
7. Marissa Collections – Selling designers from Michael Kors to Marni to Givenchy, Marissa is like a gorgeous, albeit expensive, candy store for women. The girls who work there are so sweet and helpful – even if you are just there to gawk at the drool-worthy Valentino bags and these babies. Best part is – they have a great website and they offer free shipping so you don’t have to make it down to Napes to enjoy the fruits of this gorgeous boutique!
8. Tony’s Off Third – My husband and I met while I was working at a wine bar and he was working for a wine distributor. While neither of us works in that industry anymore, we still share a passion for good wine. Tony’s carries most of the major brands, but more importantly, they carry many really great wines from small vineyards that are not the normal, grocery store brands. I always get some kind of bubbly too – it’s vacation right?! They also will deliver/ship gift cases of wine in the gorgeous wooden crates as gifts!
9. Crab Bisque from Tommy Bahama – I’m sure the entire restaurant is good, but every time I have been there I always order the same thing – the Crab Bisque! Lump Blue Crab and sherry and cream and I’m sure it isn’t low cal but oh em gee. Plus they serve great cocktails. We try to sneak in during lunchtime if it rains and we need to leave the beach for a bit.
10. Naples Beach and Naples Pier – pretty self-explanatory. It’s a beach and there’s a pier. The pier offers a place to purchase snacks, go fishing, watch for dolphins and stingrays and also offers public restrooms. Naples Beach is one of the cleanest and most well-kept beaches I have been to. Close to the pier, the city maintains a station where you can borrow life jackets for children free of charge. Besides paddle boarding, my husband and I always like to walk up and down the beach to check out the homes or stop at one of the beach hotels for a quick cocktail.