This resort town has changed for good. That's because the Palladium at CityPlace has brought sophistication in shopping, dining, and living to its hub.
In simple terms, CityPlace presents a full-service entertainment spot. With palm trees, sidewalk cafes, and fountains, this $550 million complex feels like a European town within West Palm Beach.
Eat Your Heart Out
In this home to 15 restaurants, the hardest part of dining is deciding where to feast. Mark's CityPlace serves innovative dishes such as tuna pizza with wasabi cream and caviar; lump crab-crusted mahimahi with wild mushroom ragoût; and penne pasta with braised veal, baby artichokes, toasted garlic, and herbs. Side orders include sticky rice and baby bok choy. For another option, dine at the circular sushi bar at the center of the restaurant.
For other dining establishments, choose from The Cheesecake Factory, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, Angelo and Maxie's Steakhouse, Bellagio, Blue Martini, Legal Sea Foods, Brewzzi, and Tsunami.
If you like to shop, you have arrived. CityPlace stocks more than 80 retail stores such as Pottery Barn, FAO Schwarz, and Kenneth Cole. A grand Macy's department store, complete with frills such as a mega-makeup area, anchors the center.
On the second level of the complex, an impressive bookstore and design center, Reading Etc., beckons literary lovers. With posh leather chairs and a dine-in cafe, the shop provides a comfy hangout area. When you've finished sipping java and skimming magazines, catch a flick at the 20-screen theater fashioned after the Paris Opera House.
The Harriet Himmel Gilman Theater, housed in the restored 1926 First United Methodist Church, sits at the core of CityPlace. The 11,000-square-foot building hosts community meetings, cultural performances, art exhibits, and educational classes.
As a spot with a little bit of everything, CityPlace definitely deserves rave reviews.
This article is from the May 2003 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.