Ready for another GG road trip? Hop in and join us on our trip throughout Darien – a gorgeous Fairfield County haven with trendy restaurants and a happening downtown area. We’ve got your itinerary set, so let’s get to it!
SoNo Baking Company: Our first stop is this delectable bakery/café that specializes in selling artisan breads, French style pastries, and cakes. As owner John Barricelli is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, you can be sure that every tasty treat will be top-notch. In their store and open kitchen, you can catch the delightful smells of cheesecake, chocolate mousse, fruit tarts, pies, tiramisu, petit fours, croissants, Danishes, crumbles, breads, and so much more. Beyond the enchanting aromas of their sweets, SoNo Baking Company invites you to stay for a while and order some breakfast, lunch, and Sunday brunch. How could you pass up a visit to this place? The answer is simple – you can’t.
Ten Twenty Post Oyster Bar and Bistro: For a sophisticated palette pleaser, Ten Twenty Post is your ideal dining experience. Specializing in “New England comfort food and European bistro favorites”, this restaurant has to be on your list of must-visits in Darien. It is contemporary yet casual, serving mostly seafood with a twist as well as many fan favorites such as pulled pork sliders, Greek salad with pesto rubbed shrimp, short rib ravioli, steak frites, chicken pot pie…Their list of side dishes is enough to make your mouth water, and their dessert menu will put you over the edge. Coconut parfait cake? Chocolate pot de crème? Tollhouse cookie pie with vanilla ice cream? We’re drooling as we type…
Center Street Pub: When you need a quick drink to boost your energy and extend the fun, Center Street Pub has all the libations you’ll need. This is the perfect place for a scrumptious bite and sip, and if the spirit moves you, their cocktails include Moscow mules, Zacapa mojitos, Ciroc bellinis, Bulliet 10 old fashioned’s, Dickel whiskey sours…I could go on. When the munchies attack, you can also order a snack from their menu. If you want to splurge, try out the pretzel bites, Irish egg rolls, traditional Irish fare, and if you’re especially daring, their bacon on a stick! But don’t worry – if you’re more of a routine diner, there are soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and a variety of entrees for you to choose from, and no matter what, you can’t go wrong.
Nielsen’s Florist: If you’re into gardening, or just spoiling your special someone, Nielsen’s is Darien’s favorite flower shop. From personal floral arrangements to extravagant wedding décor, browsing here offers a stunning, serene, and special way to spend your afternoon. You can even grab a bite in their café, and if you need a caterer, the café is available for all of your party and event planning needs when you host at Nielsen’s conservatory. They have multiple locations throughout Fairfield County in New Canaan, Norwalk, and Stamford, so you can accentuate your home no matter where you live.
A Little Something White Bridal Couture: Engaged? Dating? An avid wishful thinker? A Little Something White is one of the best CT bridal salons you’ll find, and it’s the perfect and most unique place to end your Darien day in style. Throughout the store, there is an impressive lineup of wedding necessities, including bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride apparel, graduation necessities, must-haves for flower girls, accessories, and more. They even offer a multitude of services for alterations, gown cleaning and preservation, gown and veil restoration, pressing, fur rentals, bridal party coordination, as well as wellness and weight loss consultations. They’ve thought of everything! If you’re planning your special day, be sure to make an appointment soon, but even if you aren’t, there is nothing wrong with exploring your vision and dreaming of your future special day.
Well, there you have it! Our customized guide to a day in Darien and with our GG stamp of approval. We promise, you’re gonna love it.