I remember when I first moved to Lakeland. I was 19-years-old at the time and I felt like a fish out of water. I had zero friends, zero hobbies, and I specifically remember thinking to myself “this place is boring and there’s nothing but retired old rich people.” Since then, my views on Lakeland have changed drastically.
It’s been eight years since I first moved here and I’ve had my fair share of exploring and taking in all of the amazing shops, restaurants, and scenery that this historic city has to offer. Aside from the fact that there are dozens and dozens of lakes, there is a feeling here that you won’t really find anywhere else. The community is so tight-knit and there is always something to do. In fact, Lakeland is ranked at #59 as one of the top places to live in the USA and is ranked at #10 as one of the top places to retire. So yes, my 19-year-old self was right about there being old people, but I was so wrong about it being boring. With that being said, here are eight of my favorite Instagram worthy spots in Lakeland.
1. The Poor Porker
Also known as 801 E Main St, The Poor Porker is one of Lakeland’s best hidden treasures. I actually stumbled upon it by accident a couple of years back and fell in love instantly. It is a beautiful bohemian venue and is known for their mouthwatering tacos, beignets, beer, and wine. Not only that but the amount of Instagram worthy pics that you can take here are endless.
You’ll definitely feel revived after going here. Their craft cocktails and beer are to die for. Whether it’s daytime or nighttime, you’ll never fall short of finding the perfect Instagram pic. P.S. Be sure to grab a seat next to the book wall.
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4. Concord Coffee
Funny story, I actually don’t drink coffee. But I have tons of friends that do. Whenever I go to Concord Coffee I actually order a lemonade. Don’t judge. But aside from my strange drink choices, or lack thereof, Concord is definitely Instagram worthy. It’s such a clean and modern atmosphere and there are an endless amount of spots inside or outside to take the perfect pic.
5. Cob & Pen
If you’re looking for a Sunday brunch spot or a cozy hangout place with a few of your friends then this is definitely where you need to be. Cob & Pen is a great place to enjoy craft beer, boutique wine, fine food, and to snap the perfect Instagram pic, of course. It also reminds me of a castle. *heart eyes*
6. Black & Brew
Yay for another coffee place. I may not drink coffee, but I sure do take Instagram pictures. Black & Brew is definitely one of Lakeland’s hot spots and their indoor and outdoor seating is super earthy and aesthetic for any Instagram feed.
7. The Juice Box
This is hands down one of my favorite places to go not only for juices and food but also for Instagram, duh. If you’re into fresh pressed juices, healthy food, holistic healing, and local art, then this is definitely the place for you. Aside from the fact that it’s a cafe, it’s also a super cute place to snag a juice pic for the ‘gram.
8. Haus 820
Haus820 is a venue in Lakeland that is used for large scale events, weddings, and more. If you don’t plan on renting out the venue don’t worry. You don’t have to. The best part is the backside of the building. It screams Instagram worthy. Most Lakeland locals refer to it as “Mass Market LKLD.” It’s also one of my favorite spots. Search for it yourself on Instagram and you’ll quickly see why this is one of the most popular places for the ‘gram.
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