Palm Beach Shopping
Spend a weekend among the storied and monied Palm Beach, set on the Atlantic coast. The winter has long been considered the city’s social season (for the likes of the Kennedys and Rockefellers), but shop the slick boutiques along Worth Avenue—pausing only to gawk at the oceanfront mansions and dine at top-notch restaurants—any time of year. Like many Florida cities, it’s most easily explored by car.
Sabina Danenberg Antiques
Inside this antiques dealer in the upper East side, shoppers can browse the 'ah'-inspiring selection of of period finds, which range from a 1940s French sideboard to disco-era elephant tusk chairs. Daughter of an art dealer and a Parisian decorator, Sabina Danenberg spent her childhood visiting exclusive auction houses, galleries, and museums across the globe. Vintage luxury goods and cutting-edge design are this arbiter's forte. Other available pieces include items like a vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase, Cubist-inspired antique sideboards, and designer goat-skin card tables.
This gorgeous nature walk takes hikers along the lavish homes of Palm Beach residents.
If you're into doodads like ridiculous sconces adorned with ostrich feathers, than Dolce - the most wacked-out emporium on the strip - is your kind of place.
The Bottega Veneta designer is given to stocking an eclectic range of items, including high-end Santa Maria Novella shaving cream imported from Italy, Neil Young albums, art books on Slim Aarons and 1920's architecture, fine teas, men's and women's clothing, and arty Marni necklaces made from strips of black braided PVC.
Tip: Maier's own line of black and taupe surf trunks are understated and cut just generously enough to flatter any man.
Pizza al Fresco
Lunch in Via Mizner at this local favorite for its thin-crust pizzas and rustic outdoor ambience.
Cafe Boulud, Brazilian Court Hotel
The kitchen serves Daniel’s classic French food—tables on the leafy patio out front are the most private.
Registered with the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation as a historic landmark, the Chesterfield’s iconic white building has been used as a hotel since 1926. After a series of name changes—it was originally called the Lido-Venice—the property was dubbed the Chesterfield in 1989 when it was purchased by the U.K.-based Red Carnation chain. The hotel certainly has a British feel—particularly in public spaces such as the Churchill Cigar Room, where you can enjoy a smoke straight from the well-stocked humidor—but it’s truly pure Palm Beach, attracting Lilly Pulitzer–clad guests during both high and low season. Many of the 52 rooms are dressed in chintz and tartan and paired with modern streamlined furniture, and there’s a lush outdoor courtyard that’s a lovely place for a crisp Cobb salad with locally grown beefsteak tomatoes and a signature Courtyard pink martini. It feels more like a British estate than, say, an Art Deco hotel in South Beach—and that’s just how travelers like it.
Just like the designer and preppy icon before her, Kourtney Pulitzer (whose father-in-law, Peter Pulitzer, was married to Lilly Pulitzer) epitomizes young Palm Beach style. At her 2006-opened namesake boutique she sells flirty labels such as Indah and Barbara Gerwit, along with retro-inspired furnishings by Jonathan Adler and others.