Downtown Gainesville is where the soul of Gainesville is. Featuring the Hippodrome Theater and Bo Diddly Plaza, there is no denying Downtown is the place to be. From bars and clubs, to early morning coffee and local eats, Downtown has everything you would want and more. According to us here at Apartments in Gainesville, here’s your guide to Downtown.


Places to Eat:

Downtown Gainesville is home to local eats you can only get in Gainesville. Craving pizza? Stop by Big Lou’s New York Style Pizzeria! With slices as large as your head, you won’t leave hungry. Wanting something a little more southern in style? Mojo Bar-B-Que has all the Southern Fixings you would want including fried dill pickles. We also highly recommend Steamers for spicy fried rice and great curry. If you want something a little lighter, Downtown is filled with places to get a quick snack or bite to eat. Our team recommends Hyppo Gourmet Popsicles and Mochi on a hot Florida day, and Pop-A-Top for everything in between. You can learn more about places to eat downtown at


Places to Hangout:

Late-night hangouts are not in short supply downtown. A few of our favorites are Backstage Lounge and High Dive. Backstage Lounge features everything you’d want in a rock lounge. Open 365 days a year, almost every night is filled with live music and drink specials. You can also head over to High Dive for more live music or plan your next event there. Learn more about our local hangouts on’s website.



When it comes to Downtown Gainesville, there is nothing more iconic than the Hippodrome Theatre and Bo Diddly Plaza. A little slice of Broadway downtown, the Hippodrome features everything from musicals and comedies, to dramas and holiday specials throughout the year. Celebrating forty years of artistic excellence, you are sure to be entertained at the Hippodrome! Bo Diddly Plaza is an outdoor theater always featuring something. From the Free Friday Concert Series during the summer, to Yoga on Mondays, you can check out this month’s calendar at


Places to Live:

While Downtown may never sleep, you have to. Our recommendation? Arlington Square Apartments. Featuring four different floor plans from studios to three bedrooms, you will find your next home here. They are a pet friendly community with on-site maintenance, and offer free parking for all residents. That means you will not have to pay to park downtown. You can just walk out your front door and enjoy everything Downtown Gainesville has to offer. You can check out their latest specials on their website or their feature page on our website.


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