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Best things to do in Gainesville

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Pub
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“Excellent Gastro-Pub downtown Gainesville- modern takes on southern favorites. Their Mascarpone grits are to die for.”
12local recommendations
Botanical Garden
“An easier commute than the ATL version. Have not tried it yet... so can't say if it is as good. ”
8local recommendations
Pizza Place
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“Gainesville's favorite restaurant - a pizza joint in the heart of downtown with amazing pizza, breadsticks, salads, and more! Be sure to allow for extra time on weekends or any night with great weather as this place can get busy! ”
10local recommendations
Restaurant
“Great Breakfast and Lunch- completely GF kitchen and locally sourced ingredients, when possible.”
11local recommendations
Café
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“Unique menu with the best sides in town. My favorite time to go is for lunch or brunch on Sunday. ”
5local recommendations
Pizza Place
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“They have Tuesday Trivia nights which are pretty fun! Despite it being a chain, it is a local spot for sure. My favorite thing here is the pretzel bites with beer cheese. I'm a big fan of salads, so I order the Caesar salad but add jerk chicken! ”
7local recommendations
Restaurant
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“Live piano bar on weekends in Lounge & big band music first Saturday of month.”
6local recommendations
Arcade
“Great spot for the kids! INK is a hands-on Children’s Museum where children can role play and learn through practical experiences. All exhibits are designed to provide a unique experience and to actively engage young minds (not to mention, it’s just plain fun!)”
4local recommendations
Bakery
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“Closest and best full service grocery store. Near lots of other big-box retailers like Kohls, Academy Sports, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. ”
3local recommendations
Liquor Store
“A wonderful place to hang out, have some drinks and play board games! About 7 minutes away. ”
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Wine Bar
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“Looking for fine dining? Scott's features seafood, chops, wine & cocktails in a warm, intimate interior.”
6local recommendations
American Restaurant
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“You MUST get the Poor Richard's salad with their hot bacon salad dressing. It's delicious! We personally recommend sitting the basement. It's a bit like going back in time...but great food! Don't forget to order the salad! ”
4local recommendations
American Restaurant
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“Buffet style southern food. If you want a cheap biscuit in the morning, this is where you go. A local favorite! Just be careful, it isn't priced like a buffet. They charge you for each item individually. ”
4local recommendations
Cafe
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“Great coffee! Right on the square! It has lots of couches that make it a cozier feel. They also have fantastic sandwiches that no one thinks to order there. The scones are pretty great too, make sure you ask them to heat it up! ”
6local recommendations
Restaurant
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“Best Chinese food we have found in north Georgia and it's only 1.3 miles from Mt Plattmore and they deliver! ”
2local recommendations
Museum
“Interactive kids’ science museum & hiking trails in a 1,440-acre nature preserve.”
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