Downtown Sarasota is the civic and cultural center of Sarasota, home to the Sarasota Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, an arts cinema and more. It’s also home to some of the city’s best shops, restaurants and galleries. And it’s beautifully situated on Sarasota Bay, with a popular park where children cool off in a splash park and people and pooches stroll past docked yachts and charter boats or stop by a lively tiki bar.

In This Feature:

Where to Live in Downtown Sarasota

So you want to live downtown? Here's your guide.

04/18/2017 By Robert Plunket and Staff

Where to Eat in Downtown Sarasota

From French to American to Vietnamese, there's something for every palate in downtown Sarasota. Here's a sampling of its vibrant dining scene.

04/18/2017 By Staff

Where to Shop in Downtown Sarasota

From fashion to antiques to home decor, here's where to shop in downtown Sarasota.

04/18/2017 By Staff

Where to Drink in Downtown Sarasota

Quench your thirst at any one of these downtown watering holes.

04/18/2017 By Hannah Wallace

Things to Do in Downtown Sarasota

Art, culture, outdoor adventures and more--downtown Sarasota has it all.

04/18/2017 By Staff

Meet the Women of Burns Court's Eclectic Shops

Female business owners are the heart of downtown Sarasota’s Burns Court.

12/01/2016 By Megan McDonald

How Did Sarasota's Massive New Vue Win Approval?

The new Vue condo project has caused an uprising.

05/20/2016 By Susan Burns

Only in Sarasota: Burns Court, Downtown Sarasota

John Pirman illustrates downtown's charming Burns Court neighborhood.

12/13/2016 Illustrations by John Pirman

Flashback: Downtown Sarasota, Circa 1960

An aerial view of downtown Sarasota and the bayfront from the early 1960s.

09/25/2013 By Chelsey Lucas