We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Clematis Street

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
+1 561-404-9787
Website
Improve this listing
80%
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.

Hotels near Clematis Street

Write a Review

249 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    111
    89
    32
    13
    4
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Columbia, SC
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We had a good time spending an evening and then an afternoon around Clematis Street. There are lots of good restaurants, pubs, clubs, and all sorts of shops, and the crowds make for some good people watching. At the end of the street is Flagler Park and the waterway. During December, they had "Sandi Land" on display. Clematis is the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York City, New York
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Boring food, overly expensive everything, don't even think about a parking spot unless you pay $12 for valet parking. Or just go for the view of the yachts of the rich and famous. Exactly.....Yawn!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

You want some inexpensive local fun near the water, clematis is where it's at, food, drinks, music and more.

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Palm Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My fiance and I just moved to WPB and Clematis is one of our favorite places to go to. There are so many restaurants and bars to choose from. Each restaurant offers something different and each has it's very own atmosphere. The park downtown is amazing with a beautiful view of the waterway. It's a great place for lunch, brunch,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tampa
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have friends that live just one block south of Clematis Street and spend lots of time at the many excellent restaurants and stores there! There are many various restaurants from Pizza to Thai all of which are great. During season there is even a "Green Market" Saturday mornings, which is a great place to find all of your "foodie"... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Swartz Creek, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Loved all the resturants available, and the view of the water. Street ends at the water with a beautiful sidewalk around the water.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
West Palm Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Clematis has a lot of different restaurants and bars but if you aren't hunger or there isn't an event going on like Clematis by Night this is not really a place to bring the family. The fountains are nice. I do have to say I love the Green Market on Saturday mornings. Parking is not always easy. Feeding the meters... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Aventura, Florida
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We thought this street was lacking more variety in restaurants. A few pubs with rowdy college/yuppies was mostly what you see. Not having to feed the meters after 7pm as well as free parking on Sat & Sun/Holidays is always a plus. Just wish there was more to do on this street (mostly 4 blocks long).

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

just a nice stroll. evenings it seems like it's geared more toward a younger bar crowd. Most are bar/restaurant combinations. The better restaurants tend to be at the end of the street near the Plaza just off the Inter coastal waterway.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Enjoy this wonderful fun evening every Thursday during Dec. to April. Great downtown restaurants offer a variety of food & desert! Walk to City place or take the Trolley! Something for everyone in West Palm Beach the new Tribeca!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Clematis Street also viewed

 

Been to Clematis Street? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Clematis Street staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?