When I say sun, fun, art, and coffee in south Florida, what do you think of?! Wynwood might come to mind, but with Wynwood these days, comes a world of worries as the area is ground zero for the Zika virus. So what do you do if you're still looking for sun, fun, art, and coffee and you want to avoid the combat zone? An awesome option where I just spent my weekend - is FAT Village!
Haven't heard of it? That's probably because it's an up and coming arts district in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale - but for creative people and people who like creativity - it's been bubbling for a while now. The area is smaller and more intimate than Wynwood, and has sweet art, amazing atmosphere, a cool coffee shop, and fantastic photo ops.
I went specifically for a photoshoot this past weekend because of the eclectic art and versatile backgrounds that pop up on walls, fences, and even deco doors! With so many options, thousands of photos later we still couldn't capture all of the scenery! FAT Village is definitely a place you can go back to and keep experiencing new things - plus they have a FAT Village Artwalk on the last Saturday of each month (7pm-11pm), more and more people are finding out about it. Artwalk is a cool, street party with great music, food and festivities, including interactive exhibits where you might even become part of the art! You can check out the Art Walk video here:
As a bonus, FAT Village is centrally located in Fort Lauderdale - it's also not too far from Revolution Live, home to great concerts and even our very own Hits 97.3 Hits Sessions. Of course Fort Lauderdale Beach is an option too! You can hit the beach, hit up Artwalk and then hit the dance floor at one of the many nearby clubs downtown.
The coffee shop that you HAVE to visit when you get to FAT Village is called Urban Brew Cafe. It's connected to C&I Studios, an Idea Agency where you can book rooms for music videos, photo shoots, etc! Of course there is an array of coffees, teas and or baked goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth! My favorite is a vanilla latte with almond milk :)
The inside of the cafe is lined with books, and has unique decor - including oversized hourglasses or as I like to call them, "sand turners". In one corner is a silver old fashioned mobile home / trailer that doubles as a gift shop. Best of all, there's a great view of the train tracks and beautiful blue sky outside. Whether you see a train or not, you're sure to hear them rumble by!
Another bonus of FAT Village is the "villagers" who often congregate at the cafe. It's a great creative communal gathering place to meet artists, filmmakers, photographers, graffiti artists, web developers, social media gurus, DJs :) and over-all, the fierce and the funky!! Talk about a perfect fun networking opp to expand your horizons!
Have you been? Are you ready to go?! Let me know in the comment below!
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*Disclaimer: Some of the photos used in this blog are not my own work. All rights go to the original owners who took these photos.*