Insider’s Guide to Duval Street
It’s only a little longer than a mile, but there’s no end to the exciting things to do an see on famous Duval Street. Whether you want to treat yourself to the delicious cuisine found in the area, add a few extra pounds to your suitcase at the nearby shops, or explore the famous attractions, your day on Duval Street is sure to be packed with adventure.
Make the magic of Key West last long after you’ve left. Hit the shops around town and bring a piece of paradise home with you. Stop by classic Duval Street souvenir shops like Shell Warehouse, Sponge Market, and Clinton Square Market — perfect for gifts for family and friends, or mementos of your visit. Duval Street is also home to plenty of retail shops. Find delicate, beach-inspired jewelry at Local Color, or add a splash of color to your wardrobe at Lilly Pulitzer.
Come hungry to Duval Street, known for some of the best eats in town. For a slice of famous key lime pie, Blue Heaven can’t be missed. The freshest seafood around is served at local favorites like The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. and Ocean Grill & Bar. If you’re craving international flavors, be sure to put El Meson de Pepe, a popular Cuban restaurant, at the top of your list.
Known and beloved for its beachy, laid-back vibe, Key West also features many popular after-hours hangouts that are perfect for a night out on the town. Sip on deliciously tropical cocktails and brews at any number of the Duval Street bars and nightlife hotspots, like the Rum Bar, Green Parrot, and Flying Monkeys. If you’re in town for a bachelorette party, pay a visit to Aqua Bar and Nightclub for an unforgettable drag performance.
Festivals & Events
The epicenter of the best things to do in Key West, Duval Street plays host to a variety of events and festivals throughout the year. Experience the unique local culture in full force during the annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest, the Key West Food & Wine Festival, and the daily Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square.
Attractions & Activities
From can’t-miss sights to lesser-known local activities, explore the best of Duval Street. Enjoy the grand tour of the town aboard the Conch Tour Train, which travels around the bustling downtown historic area of Key West. You’re also sure to come across the pristine facade of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which towers over Duval Street. For days where it’s too hot to be outside, catch a movie at the retro-style Tropic Cinema with its vibrant, Instagram-worthy turquoise exterior.
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