A man and woman in a black jeep park in front of a vintage-themed mural with signs for "motel," "oranges" and "all are welcome here"

In the MLK North District, you'll find beautiful murals and many locally owned businesses.

MLK North District

A bit of a local secret, yet home to some of St. Pete’s best art, shopping and dining, the MLK North District offers vibrant murals and is home to fun indie flea market events. 


This small, linear district that runs along a section of St. Pete's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street is easy to explore. While you're out and about, you're sure to meet some friendly locals while checking out hidden gem restaurants, shops and galleries.

Where to Shop

This corridor offers a unique shopping experience – check out the unique and edgy offerings at Neat Neat Neat, which is named for the song by punk band The Damned. Although ostensibly a tattoo studio, Black Amethyst also offers ethereal clothing and accessories. Several blocks to the north, you can get lost in the multiple floors that constitute Market at Left Bank. If it’s souvenirs for Fido you seek, head to St. PetersBARK, a locally own pet supply shop that has all the treats.

 

Where to See Art

Renowned local artist Chad Mize’s gallery is a major draw here – there’s a constant rotation of thoughtfully curated art shows that often tie into timely topics.

At Movement Sanctuary, kaleidoscopic external walls hint at the experience you’ll find inside, which melds wellness and art in a former industrial space.

And don't miss ARTicles Fine Art Galleries, offering a variety of beautiful and thought-provoking art work, from contemporary to classic genres.

 

Where to Eat

Black Radish is a vegan deli and grocery story selling plant-based versions of anything delicious you can think of. Locals love their decadent breakfast sandwiches and expansive selection of artisan vegan cheeses and candies. Looking for a good cuppa? Gypsy Souls is a popular coffee spot. For a full breakfast menu, Uptown Eats is a great spot – as are legendary Trip’s Diner and Neighborhood Joe.

A titan of the local brunch scene (and also great for dinner), Left Bank Bistro serves up French-inspired fare. Nitally’s offers outstanding Thai-Mexican fusion (curry burritos, anyone?) in a super-cute and festive setting. Across the street, Hook’s is one of the city’s most popular sushi spots (expect crowds on weekends). Next door to Hook’s, duck into the Flamingo for a shot-and-a-beer. The dive bar is said to be the place where Jack Kerouac had his last drink before his 1969 death.

Looking for some house-roasted Guatemalan coffee, a cup of herbal tea or shot of super greens? Find that and much more (melon burrata or sunshine ricotta caprese, anyone?) at the cleverly named Pineapple Espresso, which is drive-thru only.  Looking to go classic? Dairy Inn is the locals' favorite for soft serve since 1947.

Explore the MLK North District

The MLK North District runs along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street (aka 9th St.) from 5th Avenue North to 34th Avenue North. It's most easily explored by car or bike (new bike lanes help keep traffic away from cyclists).

Check out some of the unique businesses in the MLK North District, below!