HAVEN Magazine’s Best of Lakeland winners

From food and drink to local professionals, check out who made HAVEN Magazine’s 2022 Best of Lakeland list.

Gillian Fazio beside her mural "Oranges"

Gillian Fazio’s “Oranges” mural took first place for Best of LKLD’s 2022 Best Mural category.

Photo via Gillian Fazio

Table of Contents

HAVEN Magazine published its 2022 Best of Lakeland list, and we’re obsessed. Keep reading for our recommendations for a few spots from each category below.

Food + drink

Reececliff diner at night

Reececliff Diner has been a Lakeland staple for over 75 years.

Photo via @reececliff.diner

Nineteen61 | Best fine dining, wine menu, and romantic restaurant

  • Finish your meal with the guava cheesecake and a cappuccino.

Reececliff Family Diner | Best diner

  • Try the classic Original Reececliff Burger.

Gaskins Barbecue and Lobster | Best new restaurant

  • You can’t go wrong with lobster grilled cheese.


Exterior shot of Pressed Books & Coffee

Pressed celebrated its one-year anniversary in July 2022.

Photo by @sarahmaephotography

Pressed Books & Coffee | Best book store

  • Explore new and pre-loved books with a coffee in hand.

Top Buttons | Best thrift store

  • Book a personal shopping appointment.

Scout & Tag | Best gift shop/boutique

  • Shop for home goods, kitchen items, books, and paper goods.

Home services

Exterior shot of the Terrace Hotel

The Terrace Hotel’s facade has been a marker of Lakeland’s skyline since 1924.

Photo by LALtoday

Springer Construction | Best contractor

  • Bring the team behind Streamsong, The Yard on Mass, and more along for your next home project.

The Terrace Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton | Best hotel

  • Dine at The Terrace Grille during your stay (or anytime).

One Clean Mom Cleaning & Organization | Best cleaning company

  • Book a move-in or move-out clean to eliminate stress during your next move.

Professional services

An interior shot of a wedding in Haus820

City Editor Rilee got married in Haus 820 for its open-air concept and simple environment.

Photo via Noble Photo Co.

Bloom Shakalaka | Best florist

  • Make your own arrangement at The Bloom Bar.

Haus 820 | Best wedding venue

  • Book the courtyard for your cocktail hour or reception during cooler months.

DayDreams Day & Med Spa | Best spa

  • Treat yourself to a Signature Tranquility Journey.

Health + wellness

A woman doing yoga with the Southgate sign in the background

Yogis of all levels can try a class at Yoga Pointe.

Photo by @julio__garza, courtesy of @yoga_pointe

Yoga Pointe | Best yoga studio

  • Take a Yin yoga class.

Anthony’s Health Hut | Best wellness store

  • Order the Tabouli or a signature protein smoothie.

Lakeland Regional Health | Best hospital, rehabilitation services, and mental health services

Arts + entertainment

Josh "Bump" Galletta in front of a neighborhood sign he designed.

Josh “Bump” Galletta has left his mark on countless parts of Swan City.

Photo via @bumpgalletta

Bump Galletta | Best visual artist + local maker

  • Commission a house portrait.

Union Hall | Best live music venue

  • Put on your boots and try some line dancing lessons.

Polk Museum of Art | Best museum

  • Take a guided curator tour to learn from the experts.

Ready for more? Check out HAVEN Magazine for the full list of 2022 winnersand thank you to HAVEN Magazine for putting this list together.