I’m a fiend for great coffee and picturesque downtown areas, so naturally Downtown Long Beach is a coastal favorite.


You can easily spend all day indulging in local staples, and I’ve made it easy by listing a few of my favorites for the perfect day.



Not only is it the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the most fun. Stop one is Bankhouse Coffee for a croissant from French Kiss Pastries (in the back of the coffee shop) and a cup of freshly brewed Coast Roast Coffee, roasted in Long Beach using an antique coffee roaster! Bet you didn’t think I could use so many forms of “roast” in one sentence.



If you’re not an early morning person, check out Harbor View Café for brunch on Saturday or Sunday. You know you need the Crab Cake Benedict…and a large Bloody Mary.


After a massive meal, enjoy a quick walk to Long Beach Harbor to check out the Long Beach WWII Battleship Guns.



Oh yeah – there’s more food to eat. Stop by Lil’ Ray’s for a Roast Beef Poboy or get a little adventurous with the “Southern Delight” – a poboy with grilled shrimp topped with fried green tomatoes and remoulade!


If you’re feeling sushi instead, we highly recommend On a Roll Sushi. Definitely trip the C-Raig Roll, complete with tempura shrimp and avocado wrapped in soy paper and topped with jalapeno pimento cheese and crawfish tails. Yum!


Ready for another walk? Check out the Friendship Oak Tree, located at the University of Southern Mississippi – Gulf Coast Campus. This tree is more than 500 years old, and it’s the perfect selfie spot!


Afterward, get pampered with a massage or pedicure and manicure at Kelinci Spa & Boutique.



No trip to this Shrimp Sign is complete without a visit to Darwell’s Café for some shrimp creole, a Crab, Ham and Swiss Melt and live music! Don’t forget to BYOB, though. We recommend any of our local brews!



The shrimp sign directory can be found in the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast dining and attractions guide