When Justin and Stephanie Rouzaud, Alva’s Founders, picked up from Hamburg, Germany to sunny Ft. Lauderdale to start their new business, they had a vision of beachfront office with a simple showroom of unique European home-furnishings. While that vision is still in process, we’ve been collaborating with talent across the globe to launch different kind of window coverings brand, for the modern home.
To welcome a few of our newest team members – and supporters – to the neighborhood, we’ve compiled a few notes on the best locales, eateries, and watering holes nearby. Here’s how to do Ft. Lauderdale like a local, from their eyes ...
LauderAle: Seriously, this one of S. Florida’s only nano breweries creating authentic hand-crafted beer. You’ll probably get lost twice over trying to find the place, but it’s the experience that counts. Come here for their keggs and eggs brunch on Sunday — you won’t be disappointed.
Tap42: You can't beat the burger special on Monday, drink like a local on Tuesdays and ladies night on Wednesday!
Kaluz: Kaluz oozes 'special occasion' with its intercoastal location and well-staffed valet service. Upon entry, the high ceilings, well-tailored bar and restaurant decor are both upscale and relaxed.
YOLO: The patio is where it's at! Las Olas has some of the best people watching and why not enjoy the fresh air patio seating?
The Alchemist: We couldn't love this place more if we tried! Every time we visit, we always get the Alchemist Iced Coffee (cold brew) served in a mason jar, with ice cubes made of coffee so it doesn't get watered down.
The Foxy Brown: Holy Moly is this place busy! Chef Elliot's downtown establishment is delic. We’re crazy about their brat burger & fried green beans. What a combo.
Loui Bossi’s: Very trendy. Food is fabulous. And, the mimosa's are really bottomless! We never had an empty glass while there.
ROKBRGR: If we were a tourists, and trapped in Downtown for the duration of our visit, and needed comfort food to help us cope, this is the spot! 10$ for ALL Burgers on Mondays, you can't go wrong.
Jogging Ft. Lauderdale Beach/A1A: You’re in Ft. Lauderdale for heaven sake — take in the sights! This route takes you along the iconic A1A, which hugs the ocean, on a sidewalk that runs parallel to the beach. After you’ve knocked this out, try a few others for located here.
Hot Yoga Fort Lauderdale: This studio is wonderful for yoga, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi.
Best Things to Do
Water Taxi: The water taxi "guides" are usually full of fun facts and jokes for every home and yacht you seem to pass. Make a day of it, bring a bottle of wine or two. Prices go down after 5pm.
Paddleboard the intercoastal: Seriously, this is one of our favorite places to paddleboard or kayak anywhere! They have events semi-often like moonlight paddleboarding or yoga paddleboarding. Follow them on Facebook if you're interested in their events.
Best Hidden Gem
C&I Next Door: This beauty is the perfect respite from the day’s hustle. Part coffee, cafe lounge, and air stream retail shop, with comfortable seating.
Go here you wont be disappointed.