This 450-year-old city on Florida's Gulf Coast is feeling brand-new, with a walkable downtown, great theaters, and up-and-coming neighborhoods.
Hit this retro-styled spot for expresso or brunch (pictured). 126 Palafox Place, 850/912-4229 or theleisureclub.net.
Jaco's Bayfront Bar & Grille
With views of Pensacola Bay and the Palafox Pier Marina, Jaco's is the spot for sunset dining. 997 S. Palafox St., 850/432-5226 or jacosbayfrontbarandgrille.com.
A local favorite for for surf-and-turf fare, such as steak topped with fried green tomatoes and crabmeat. 400 S. Palafox St., 850/469-9898 or jacksons.goodgrits.com.
Try the fresh shrimp scampi pizza. 304 S. Alcaniz St., 850/438-3663 or trefratelli.biz.