Recognized as one of the best small arts towns in the nation, New Smyrna Beach's historic Canal Street is the center of the local arts culture. Take a stroll along Canal Street on the first Saturday of the month, during which the art galleries in the district host special events and local artists and crafters set up shop along all the sidewalks. Tap your own inner artist with a class at the Hub on Canal, or pop in on the second Friday of the month for live music. Canal Street is home to boutique retailers, antique shops, and architect, design, and art studios as well.
New Smyrna Beach is a seafood-loving town, which should come as no surprise given its Atlantic Coast. However, there are plenty of other dining options in the city, too. For Italian, the best spot is the cozy little, family-owned Bello Valentino's: perfect for a quiet family dinner or for date night. The must-visit International Deli and Gourmet Foods is sure to win you loyalty, with its tremendous service, sweet treats, and authentic deli sandwiches. If you are in the mood for some fresh salads or other healthy eats, be sure to check out Cafe Verde, with is mixed ethnic cuisine and fresh flavors.