Glamour and Good Times at Third Street South

Third Street South, the remarkable shopping and dining area in the heart of Old Naples, Florida, two blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, has been the place for glamour and good times since the 1930s, and has continued to attract an international clientele seeking relaxed luxury, particularly during the pandemic. While practicing safety measures and following CDC guidelines, Third Street South welcomes people with its array of the best shops and restaurants, all nestled around courtyards and plazas, fountains and lush colorful landscaping and flowers. Third Street South is a place to seek out and return to.    

Marissa, in an eye-catching pink corner building, is known nationally for its top-flight famous couture and designer jewelry boutiques, superb shoe collection, and irresistible accessories. John Craig, cited by Esquire as one of the country’s best men’s shops, specializes in bespoke suits, offerings from Peter Millar and other fine labels, and gentlemen’s shoes and accessories. A Mano is the exclusive national source for the best French porcelains, including Astier de Villatte and Marie Daage, and has an area devoted to Porthault linens and gifts, in addition to an array of crystal, jewelry, clothes and other gifts. Gattle’s has reigned on Third Street South for over 50 years, specializing in linens, tabletop and lingerie. Patina, curated and inspired by a couple with a villa in Tuscany, is full of particularly beautiful decorations of all sorts and carefully chosen special fashions. Charlotte Kellogg has her gorgeously cut classic resort clothes and jackets made from Indian saris. Gretchen Scott designs her brightly colorful eponymous clothes for women, with interesting antiques and accessories sprinkled throughout the store, while Sara Campbell’s broad range of attractive clothes flatter and enhance. C. Orrico is a Lilly Pulitzer signature store with the best of the line. The Surf Shop is full of character and everything water-related. The well-known Eileen Fisher, J.McLaughlin, Leggiadro, Tommy Bahama, Relax, and Sequin are all on Third Street South, as are galleries and more shops.  

The Third Street South restaurants are alone worth the trip, providing excellent nationally recognized choices across a broad spectrum. Campiello is superbly Tuscan with a varied menu, and The Continental specializes in the best of meats and other choices, a great craft bar, and a special Spa Lunch menu. Both are from highly successful restaurateur Richard D’Amico. Sea Salt is the flagship of the well-known chef Fabrizio Aielli, whose success in Washington, D.C. was much celebrated and continues to be in Naples. It has deliciously innovative Venetian-inspired food. Barbatella, also from the Aielli’s, is an Italian trattoria with, among other things, a mozzarella bar and charcuterie and made-on-the-premises gelato. Ridgway’s Bar and Grill offers mouth-watering French American food, and Tony’s Off Third, the innovative bakery and wine store (both owned by Chef Tony Ridgway and wine connoisseur Suki Hunnicutt), just celebrated their 50th anniversary with a spectacular gourmet black-tie dinner. Jane’s Café on Third provides the best breakfasts for miles and is a highly popular and desirable spot for lunch, and The Old Naples Pub, with its cozy wood-paneled Old Florida bar, has been pleasing customers for over three decades.  

Third Street South began at the turn of the 19th century as a sporting destination, often frequented by well-known names. After World War II, an internationally traveled and sophisticated heir to a major American fortune bought properties and brought several excellent shops that suited his family and friends to Third Street South. The next generations of his family, currently Joan Tobin, have continued to add and to uphold the high standards, and Third Street South is now a destination in the tradition of Worth Avenue, Jobs Lane, and other internationally acclaimed resort shopping and dining streets both old and more recent.    

Adding to the pleasure of Third Street South are a variety of events, including the nationally recognized Farmer’s Market with over 60 vendors every Saturday. As is the case for everything on Third Street, the vendors are carefully chosen, and all ages mix amidst the colorful booths. In the European tradition, Third Street South is very pet-friendly, and dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome at the market and elsewhere.    

Third Street South has it all. Sophistication, beauty, welcoming and excellent service, and a multitude of shopping and culinary delights. Come and return. There is always something wonderful.