Food & Drink


You may think we’re biased, but we are not kidding when we say Historic Downtown Sanford’s food and drink scene is phenomenal. Award-winning, well-known chefs have fallen in love with Sanford and they are not above wooing you with their delicious offerings.

Using fresh and local ingredients are a top priority at The Tennessee Truffle, The Smiling Bison, and The District. In addition to the farm-to-table fare, you’ll also be able to eat your way around the world; just walk a few steps to find hearty cuisine from Germany at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe and Magnolia Square Market, colorful food of the Mediterranean at Zorba’s, the flavorsome dishes of Jamaica at Negril Spice, the fun fare of Mexico at El Zocalo, and the comforting soul food of Shantell’s.

Quintessential American dishes are served at the Colonial Room and The Original Christo’s. Both The Corner Cafe and Taste of Thyme Cafe offer salads and sandwiches for lunch or dinner. And we won’t let you leave Sanford without trying Fuel BBQ’s burnt ends.

Surf and turf are on the menu at The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar with another unique-to-Sanford location – a courtyard between two historic buildings. Want to dine with a view? St. John’s River Steak & Seafood’s patio on the waterfront is where to go for a Martini and seafood platter. Our tip: make dinner reservations for sunset!

When you just don’t want your day in Sanford to end, late night fare, including pizza and sandwiches, can be ordered from Mr. Z’s. Other late night offerings include Da Kine Poke’s super fresh bowls of ahi tuna or salmon, and Best Fish and Chicken Wings (order from their amazing Korean menu!).

Beer, Wine, and Cocktails

Serious craft imbibers will be happy to know that Sanford is the best place to quench your thirst for a beer or cocktail. An entire weekend could be spent sampling our brews and spirits.

Brewery hopping is easy and encouraged. Pick up the Central Florida Ale Trail Map at any participating brewery and start your journey in Historic Downtown Sanford. We challenge you to find your favorite Central Florida brew, choosing from Wop’s Hops Brewing Company, Sanford Brewing Company, Deviant Wolfe Brewing, or Inner Compass Brewing Company.

Extend your beercation at one of Sanford’s beer gardens. Celery City Craft, Tuffy’s Bottle Shop and Lounge, and Buster’s Bistro are ideal spots to explore new hops and cider, watch a sports game, or just relax under the magnificent Florida skies. More fermented beverages are available at Luisa’s Cellar, a wine bar with a craft beer problem. Choose from a hefty selection of varietals by the glass or the bottle and pair it with the ever-rotating tapas menu.

The art of the craft cocktail is also alive and flourishing in the downtown corridor. Classics and innovative twists can all be found to pique the interest of any patron looking for their next “spirited” adventure. The Imperial at Washburn Imports provides a distinctive setting; it’s located in an exotic furniture store. Meanwhile, the bartenders at Bitters & Brass have perfected the classics, but push the envelope with their seasonal menus and bewitching tiki drinks.

One thing is for certain: You will never go hungry or thirsty in Historic Downtown Sanford!


Sweet tooth? Wondermade is world famous for their flavored marshmallows, but they also serve handcrafted ice creams. And you can’t stroll by Mattie’s Delectable Desserts without taking home a box of cupcakes baked by Mattie herself. For something a bit more unconventional, try Boba Babes Gourmet Tea & Waffle Bar for a fun snack. There truly is a treat around every corner in Historic Downtown Sanford.

Coffee and Smoothies

Rise and shine and head to Caffe Di Riverwalk for coffee, smoothies and breakfast sandwiches with a beautiful view of Lake Monroe. Get another pick-me-up at Palate Coffee Brewery where all profits go towards the fight against human trafficking. But for a boost with a healthy punch of fruits and veggies, Root’s Raw Juice Bar has an abundant selection of wholesome juices, smoothies, and acai bowls.