Old Manatee Historic District

Once home to the historic Town of Manatee, the Old Manatee Historic District has evolved into one of Bradenton’s newest shopping and entertainment districts. While still home to many of the historic buildings and experiences of the past, Old Manatee now features charming boutique shopping, stylish event spaces, and mouth-watering dining experiences for any taste. Whether you’re looking to find that perfect item, want to take a stroll along the Manatee River, or grab a quick bite before catching a live show, Old Manatee is your destination to experience the heart of Bradenton.

On the second Sunday of each month, the Friendly City Flea offers a curated market that features crafts created by artists from Sarasota + Bradenton to St. Pete and beyond. Here you’ll find vendors, artists, live music, vintage, plants & more — as well as food, coffee, and cocktails. 

Old Manatee is also a haven for thrift and vintage lovers. The Vintage Vine Market offers fine vintage with a flair of whimsey, while a visit to Loving Hands Thrift Store and Used Furniture Store is sure to result in some exciting finds. Across the street, Segunda Vida Thrift & Consignment Store offers unique items with a focus on repurposing, creating, thrifting, and conserving. Neighborhood dining options include Central Cafe, offering fresh, seasonal dishes and craft cocktails, Vernona Gourmet Hungarian Bistro, Restaurant Edelweiss, and El Primo Taqueria. Nearby, Reflections of Manatee and the Manatee Village Historical Park offer a glimpse into life in days past. 

When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop. Performing arts venue Oscura offers a full calendar of creative events, quality live music, and diverse entertainment options. Urban Loft, the Venue is a gorgeous, upscale event space complete with exposed wood, natural brick, a beautiful bar, pool table, bridal suite, and more. Located in one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in Manatee County, it’s perfect for weddings, parties, and other private events. They also host public events, including Laughter in the Loft Standup Comedy Shows. 

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