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orlando guide!

by Grace Bonney

today’s city guide comes to us from summer redwine of fields without fences, sara poindexter of twelve21 gallery, with photos by jennifer o’malley and a gorgeous illustration from anna bond of rifle paper co. summer, sara, jennifer and anna are celebrating orlando, florida today, taking us on a tour of fantastic shops, restaurants, events, and must-visit sites. i’ve always associated orlando with disney world, so i really appreciate the local’s guide to the wonderful non-disney scene around town. if you’re headed south to florida i hope you’ll take this guide with you- the girls did a fantastic job writing it. thanks again to summer, sara, jennifer and anna!

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Welcome to Orlando’s City Guide!  We’re excited about sharing all of Orlando’s wonderful hidden treasures that many vacationers never have the chance to discover.  The guide concentrates on our most favorite neighborhoods including a few shout-outs to the neighboring city, Winter Park.  Hope you enjoy!

Audubon Park District

Stardust Coffee/The Slanted and Enchanted Bar

Stardust is THE epicenter of this hood. Coffee, loose leaf teas, vegan & quasi-vegan food, an extensive collection of international cinema and obscure dvds for rent, a photobooth, free wi-fi, monthly art shows and home of the Monday night Audubon Park Community Market. Around the corner of the main coffee counter you’ll find the Slanted and Enchanted Bar. Absolutely love the look and feel of this bar. It’s made entirely of salvaged doors and windows. They have a full liquor bar and an exceptional beer selection.

Audubon Park District Community Market

The market is a community of growers, ranchers, fishermen, chefs, artists, handcrafters, musicians and neighbors. Take a walk through this market and you may leave with some local blood orange syrup from the DELICIOUS catering and charcuterie company, Big Wheel Provisions, hand dipped chocolate marshmallows rolled in nuts and sprinkles from the pretty ladies at Bees Knees Sweet Treats, and some handcut soap and bath products from Sim-Bliss-ity. This weekly gathering of friends, local food, local art, live music and more takes place in the Stardust parking lot every Monday, from 6pm to 10pm.

Park Ave CDs
Part of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and an Orlando landmark; Park Ave Cds has been going strong for over 25 years. They specialize in new & used CDs, DVDs, and records. They have an ever expanding and diverse book selection, unique and handmade cards and gifts, designer toys and collectibles. I’ll warn you now, just plan to stay awhile.

Sweet Btq
Cute, hip, and economically friendly clothing, accessories and handmade items.

American Modern & Bead Lounge
A creative boutique and bead lounge. They have a really amazing selection of beads (they import many themselves) and beading supplies. They also carry handmade gift items from Orlando’s growing craft community.

Blue Bird Bake Shop
Chai, Chocolate Guinness, Red Velvet, Orange Creamsicle, Apricot Ginger, and Snickerdoodle are just some of their delicious cupcake flavors. The’ve been delivering their yummy treats to cafes around town, but look for their very own shop opening this summer. Can’t wait!

Junior’s Diner
Just what you would want in a classic, cozy neighborhood diner.

Two of Orlando’s most creative and talented individuals have teamed up to create a space that is a design firm/photography studio during most days, but also serves as host to art shows, special events and gatherings. They say it’s for “no special reason”, but whatever the reason it’s added SO much to this growing community.

Leu Gardens
We are so lucky to have this historical garden right in our backyard! There are 50 acres of gardens including one of America’s largest Camellia collections. There is also a large formal rose garden, a museum in a house from the 1880s, a tropical garden, a butterfly garden, palm, bamboo and cycad plantings and vegetable and herb gardens. The gardens are FREE the first Monday of every month!

R. Nichols Shop
Such a cute shop! Look for the little tricycle that’s always parked outside. All designs begin as intricate hand cut collages and then are turned into whimsical stationery, note cards, totes and other fun gifts.

Down the road just a bit and an absolute must…Redlight Redlight
A craft beer bar with 20 drafts, 2 beer engines, 70-90 bottles at any given time. Not sure what to try? No problem! Ask the owner, Brent or anyone of the other knowledgeable bartenders to recommend something. There’s  also a big chalkboard with current staff faves and binder that has all the beers listed with descriptions. Stop in on a Thursday or Friday night and you’ll get to try some whiskey truffles or absinthe cupcakes complete with a sugar cube on top from Brent’s wife, Erica. She own’s 

Bees Knees Sweet Treats.
In the mood for something more savory with your beer, then look for Lola Pizzeria outside on Friday nights. Dennis cooks up personal pizzas hot off the grill.

Ivanhoe Village/Antique Row

Mama’s Sauce
Boutique print shop using all water and soy based products. Mama’s Sauce can also handle your letterpress needs with this Kluge letterpress.

Qui Studios specializes in custom reclaimed wood furniture with locally found wood from the St.Johns River

Fantastic refurbished vintage furniture at reasonable prices – from midcentury to danish modern, you are guaranteed to find something wonderful for every room of the house!

Twelve 21 Gallery
Housed by branding company, Laughing Samurai, this gallery holds monthly events showcasing local artists.

Hopscotch Boutique
A playful and unique, mom-owned children’s boutique’s 

Twelve 21 Gallery: carry “off -the-runway” clothes and shoes. Charming shop with a picnic table and juice bar.

Heather Handmade Goods and More
Adorable boutique that carries the works of many talented designers as well as Heather’s own handmade designs. She also teaches sewing classes in this space that doubles as her studio. You can also find her on Etsy.

Washburn Imports and The Imperial Winebar & Beer Garden
This place is filled with high-quality imports, furniture, and artwork from Asia and the Pacific Rim, including Indonesia, India, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam and China. Nestled right inside is also The Imperial Winebar and Beer Garden. While you are admiring all of the one-of-a-kind treasures this store has you can sip unique wines and beers. What could be better?

Deja Vu Vintage Clothing
You’ll find funky, vintage, clothes and accessories here. The old high school letterjackets rule!

A 15,000 square foot showroom lighting showroom located in the historic Johnson Electrical building, on Lake Ivanhoe.

The Caboose
A cozy little beer hall that has a friendly staff and cheap drinks.

Theatre Downtown
In their 18th year, Theatre Downtown is still doing a wonderful job spotlighting unique plays and artists.

Stop by Nora’s and you’ll feel you walked over to a neighbors house to have a drink. A great place to hang out, have a beer and chat.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen
Ethos’s is located in a historic circa 1925 building with a charming rustic interior. Sitting outside on the shaded, breezy porch across from Lake Ivanhoe is a treat on hot days. 100% vegan, homestyle food and local beer from the Orlando Brewing Company as well as organic wine. Thank you Ethos, we needed you!

Mennello Museum of American Art
Set on beautiful Lake Formosa, the museum is located in old yellow mansion that was once a private residence. The residence was converted in 1998 to show off the work of a single Folk artist, Earl Cunningham (1893-1977), a “primitive genius”. The Mennello also has offers a series of rotating American art exhibits as well as being home to the Orlando Folk Festival. In the park surrounding the museum you will also find one of Central Florida’s oldest and largest oak trees, “The Mayor”.

Rock and Roll Heaven
A must for any record collector. Huge selection of hard to find vinyl. The pop culture nostalgia and entertainment memorabilia is worth the visit.

The Hideaway
A neighborhood mainstay with good bar food, loyal patrons, strong drinks and cold beer.

Artichoke Red Vegan Market
Convenient one-stop shop that carries a wide assortment of cruelty free groceries, home and personal care, vitamins and supplements.

College Park

Dechoes Resale Emporium
You’ll find a very good selection of designer and vintage. Not at all like a thrift store. You don’t have to dig much to score something great. You can sell them your things too, but they are very picky. Dechose has 3 locations around Orlando and they are all fabulous.

Infusion Tea
A charming neighborhood cafe/teahouse that serves a vast selection of teas and tasty vegetarian/vegan menu.

Artistree Co-op
Boutique and art gallery that showcases and sells handcrafted and locally made merchandise from Orlando’s designers, crafters, and artisans.

Fresh, eclectic and seasonal creations served up Chef Kevin Fonzo (James Beard Award nominee!). Try the fried green tomatoes with crab, roasted corn and grain mustard dressing or anything and everything. It’s all delicious!

Christo’s Cafe
Home-style neighborhood diner that is always delicious and fresh.

Winter Park/Maitland

Orange Tree Antiques Mall‎
90 dealers of  toys, books, dishware, deco, mid-century modern, Victorian, vintage and other collectibles.

Eco-friendly woman’s boutique in the historic Hannibal Square shopping district.

It’s obvious that a lot of thoughtful design, craftsmenship and love go into these laser etched leather bags, totes and wallets . Each beautiful piece is timeless and quality.

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art
Located in the heart of downtown Winter Park, is the the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Stunning!

The Ravenous Pig
A Gastropub speacializing in seasonal menu that changes daily. As soon as you sit down order the gruyere biscuits. Heaven!

Enzian Theater
An integral part of Orlando’s arts community this unique, single-screen, non-profit, alternative cinema has been around for 25 years. They serve beer, wine and a full menu that uses local farmers, brewers, and artisans, whenever possible.

Thurston House
If you are looking for a place to stay that is not your typical chain hotel. Built in 1885 and completely restored in 1991, the inn combines all the charm of a period Queen Anne Victorian Farmhouse with the modern room amenities of a fine, small hotel.

A kitchy dive that serves cheese steak hoagies, sweet potato fries, the BEST milkshakes, and just good ol’ fashioned American food. It is exactly the same way it was when I was 5 years old.

Miller’s Hardware
Starting out as the Ben Franklin 5&10 store in 1940, it is still the a good ol’ family owned neighborhood hardware store. They also carry a lot of things your typical big box hardware store may not have.  

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tours
The Winter Park Boat Tours began officially on January 1, 1938.  The boat tour is an 18 passenger pontoon boat ride that meanders through a 12 mile scenic tour of the Winter Park Chain of Lakes and canals. You’ll see the true beauty of Winter Park (“Venice of America”) which includes Rollins College, Kraft Azalea Gardens, Isle of Sicily, tropical birds, plants, flowers and magnificent mansions. The comical, older gentelmen captains that narrate the boat tour are worth the $12 ticket fee.

Rifle Design
A boutique paper and design studio.  Check out the Orlando City Guide image for a sample of their work! Beautiful. 

Four Rivers Smokehouse
Hands down, best BBQ in the Orlando area. Good things come to those who wait, right? Prepare to stand in line a bit. Worth it!

Maitland Art Center
The Art Center is one of the few surviving examples of “Mayan Revival” or fantasy architecture in the Southeast. Beautiful shady gardens and courtyards.

Skycraft Parts and Surplus Warehouse
Feeling crafty, need a random electronic part, building a robot?  This is a self service store and D.I.Y heaven.

Orlando Vintage
1200 square feet of stylish vintage. The owner, an Orlando native, has a passion for vintage and it shows.

Black Bean Deli
Cheap, fresh, and yummmy cuban food with a super friendly staff.  This place is really tiny so you may want to grab it to go and head to a park.

Winter Park Fish Co.
Dear Winter Park Fish Co., Thank you for offering fresh seafood and not frying everything! Absolutely delicious, gourmet food served up quick and inexpensive in a kitschy, but not too kitschy atmosphere.

Milk District
The Milk District is Orlando’s newest and tiniest district!  Located next to a dairy distributor, this neighborhood is literally one street of shops, restaurants, and bars.  We’ve also included a few places down the road for your enjoyment.

Etoile Boutique
Orlando’s hippest boutique featuring vintage clothing and locally handmade clothing, craft, and jewelry.  Be sure to check out owner Katie Reynold’s own line, A Rare Bird, when you stop in.

Fantastic skate shop and hang out.  Located down the street from the Orlando Skate Park.

Social Chameleon Cozy nook offering fresh flatbreads, greek dishes, and salads served tapas sytle.  Menu includes inexpensive, quality wines as well as microbrew and craft beers.

Bull and Bush
A small English Pub that plays great music.  

Milk Bar
Craft beers and wine while playing xbox and board games.  Out of the ordinary but definitely worth a peek inside!

down the road…

Plaza Theater
Great venue showing anything from Jazz to Zydeco.  Also holds a farmer’s market every Saturday that’s worth checking out.

Drunken Monkey Cute cafe that caters to vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike! Order the vegan paella if you have a chance to stop in, delicious.

Pom Pom’s Tea House and Sandwicheria
A local favorite, this place serves the most unique sandwiches and a wide assortment of teas.  It’s open 24 hours which also makes it a great late night hang out.

El Coqui Mexicano
Authentic mexican and puerto rican food with an open kitchen.  Their spicy guacamole sauce is to kill for.

The Book Worm This place is small, but it’s laid back and comfortable and has a few hard-to-find reads.


Lure Design
Local design shop.  Check out their hand-printed cards and journals at the L2 Store.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Best place in town to catch a local or traveling act.

The Peacock Room Best bar for a martini.  Also features great rock shows, dj’s, and art opening depending on the night.

Orlando’s favorite hole-in-the-wall.  Known for their strong pour, this place is a little reminiscent of old Vegas inside.

Best place to see local bands play, Wills has been a staple of Orlando for many years. 

Tony’s Deli
Authentic Middle Eastern dishes not to be missed!

Say It Loud
Really great advertising firm that rents out their photography studio for art shows and modern dance events.

Dong-A Co.: This section of town is covered with wonderful asian markets, shops, and restaurants.  Dong-A Co is one of our favorite shops but the whole area is worth exploring. 

Pho 88
Fresh Vietnamese soups.  The building also features really vibrant grafitti art on the outside wall by local artists which makes this place unique.  Again, this area is known for it’s array of Vietnamese and Thai eateries – all are about equally delicious.

Great place for a glass of wine after a day of shopping.

The Black Sheep Carries needle arts supplies and accessories for needlepoint, cross stitch, knitting, and crochet.  Great place to shop or just hang out and stitch!


Raphsodic Cooperative Company
This vegan bakery was opened recently by a young couple in town.  Not only are their cupcakes and brownies delightful, they also did a fantastic remodeling job that transformed the space into a place as sweet as their cakes.

Dandelion Communitea
The best organic vegetarian/vegan eco-friendly eatery in town.  Located in a bright green wooden house with an edible urban garden out front, this restaurant is as charming as it gets.

Homegrown Local Food Co-Op
Really helping to push the slow food movement in Central Florida.  They also have film screenings and potluck events where you can enjoy local food snacks.

Funky Monkey Wine Co.
Serves fresh sustainable line caught seafood and local beef and veggies.

Colonial Photo and Hobby
From cameras to old school train sets and model planes, a shopping experience both the parents and kids will enjoy.

Sam Flax
Best art supply shop in town.  Also carries art books, strange toys, and knick knacks – you can spend hours in this place.

Thai House
Not only is this one of our favorite places for Thai food, but the decor is authentic as well.

International Market and Deli
Specializes in Russian delights, everything from fresh deli meats to imported chocolates.

The British Shoppe The place to get your London fix.  Also sells adorable tea pots and sets.

Downtown/Thorton Park/Eola

The Eõ Inn & Small boutique hotel including 17 smartly decorated rooms each with its own private bath.  Most rooms also include balconies overlooking one of Orlando’s best parks, Lake Eola.  The Inn also includes a full service spa, jacuzzi, and pool access.

Lake Eola
Urban park known for it’s large population of swans.  A festive farmer’s market with live music and a wine and beer garden is held every Sunday.

Grand Bohemian Hotel
Orlando’s most luxurious hotel within the inner city.  The hotel includes an art gallery featuring 100 works of art by local, regional, and international artists as well as a beautiful bar, the Bosendorfer Lounge.  The Lounge, named after it’s piano, showcases the best jazz acts in town every weekend.

The Dessert Lady
Cozy cafe serving decadent handcrafted desserts, artisanal cheeses, and an extensive wine list.

Mother Falcon
A hip shop based on custom printed t-shirts.  The shop holds an event featuring designs by a local artist each month.

Zou Zou A Chic Boutique
Says it all in the name!  Beautiful clothes.

So, as with most downtown nightlife areas, it’s best to explore the streets and discover places that fit your style.  With the high tourist population and young college crowds, it’s sometimes difficult to find the gems, but here are a few suggestions: Best downtown art galleries: Blank SpaceGallery at Avalon IslandRoho Art and Coffee Best downtown venues for live music: The SocialBackboothFirestone Best downtown bars for dancing: Sky60 (rooftop bar); Independent Bar

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  • So happy to see Anna Bond’s work again! I saw her delicious work at the Stationary show yesterday and have been dreaming about it since.

  • Thanks for looking beyond the Mouse! My family loves living downtown. You featured so many of our favorite places and some we’d like to try. Fantastic!

  • Aww, man! I wish this guide was around when I lived there three years ago. I recognize only a few of the places listed. *Almost* makes me want to move back there!

  • What no Disney or Celebration?!? HA! Wish this was around the first time I lived there as well, sure makes me miss my old home! Awesome work!

  • This is just what I needed for new fun things to do in the area, thanks! Also another greast place is Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, with 2 galleries, a sculpture garden, and art classes and workshops for all ages.

  • Amazing job, girls! The Ravenous Pig was just named one of Saveur Magazine’s favorite 100 things of the year! Huge! So many great people and their places here. Makes me proud of my home!

  • LOVE the opening graphic – my husband and I got engaged at Lake Eola in a swan boat – it will have been 20 years in September! We moved away 6 years ago and oh, how we miss Orlando.

  • Awesome! I’m moving to Orlando in about a month, and I’m super excited to try some of these places.
    One thing I do know: you’re right about 4Rivers! Best BBQ ever!

  • As a long time Central Florida resident, I was surprised to discover a few places that had not yet hit my radar. :) This is a great resource. I like the cover artwork too! (I was surprised that it didn’t include the Lake Eola fountain, but then again, I know she was going for “off the beaten path”. Nice work!

  • Love it!! I live in Orlando and haven’t even heard of most of these places! I’m so excited to check them out (though I’m actually moving away now… wahh!)

  • I loving seeing some of my favorite places on here and I’m excited to go check out the ones I haven’t :) Great guide!

  • Ah! Finally! So happy to see one of our couples featured: yay Erica and Brent of Redlight and Bea’s Knees! And love that Anna did the graphic!

  • I grew up in Orlando, moved away, and joyfully moved back. There’s so much more to Orlando than people are willing to dive into, so thanks for publishing all of these gems.

  • I’m thankful for all these businesses and artists who contribute so much to our city. I love who we are today, and I love who we are becoming. Press on!

  • I’m a Jacksonville native and really had to do some searching to find 1/5 of these cool places. I’m excited for my next trip back. Thanks so much for this list!

  • Grace, thanks SO much for adding this. I’m moving from Philadelphia to downtown Orlando in a couple short months and am positively THRILLED to see this list. Future Orlando neighbors: hope I get to run into you at some of these awesome spots! And ditto, @Michelle on Four Rivers BBQ. Oh man…..

  • Love the guide! Good to see our town hi-lighted this way. But got to say, you left out a biggie in the Milk District- Beefy King! It’s been going strong since 1967 and in this town, that says a lot!

  • Oh my this is too funny. We just returned from Orlando and while desperately trying to find some off the beaten track things to do, I checked DesignSponge to see if there was a guide for it. Alas, it came 3 days to late for our visit. One place we visited was the Mennello Museum of American Art which was great.

  • Oh my gosh, Sam Flax! Love that store! It truly is the best place for art supplies and even cute stationary. Best place to get your frames custom made too!

    Thornton Park is an amazing area full of all kinds of Oriental shops and food. Great for just a day of walking around and even talking the little ones to the Orlando Science Center. I’m not sure if they still do it, but I believe that in the summer you can visit the observatory to see the moon and other planets. We went a few years back and it was a neat experience.

  • Perfect timing! Heading to Orlando next month and definitely printing this out to take with me!

  • This is so much fun! I love the Artistree shop at Infusion Tea, no photo:(. There are a few I still need to check out:)

  • I grew up in central Florida and moved away 8 years ago…so much has changed! Glad to see so many hot spots in Orlando, especially since I’ll be visiting family there next weekend. Thank you!

  • Absolutely excellent list! One establishment you may want to check out is used bookstore, “BrightLight Books,” located at the corner of 436 and 17-92. They are pretty awesome and relatively unknown.

  • love love love this city! White Wolfe cafe is also a must!! and there is a brand new indoor antique market off of Orange Ave.

  • wow–great work! thank you so much for compiling this! i would love to have a map to go with it.

  • In and out of Orlando for the past 15 years, you guys did an amazing job. Being a beach girl, at heart, had me getting out of all the hustle & bustle for the more peaceful parts of Florida…..the beach!!

    But you pretty much named every great spot. I used to have my candles sold in the Artist-Tree Co-op…the folks in there are extremely talented.

    Too many people come just for Disney and they have made it so visitors don’t really need to leave property, but this guide is the real Orlando!!!

    Great job!!!!

  • This is a FANTASTIC review of Orlando. I live here and didn’t know of several of these spots! Thank you so much for such a well put together review!

  • Orlando brewing company is a must. They brew about 15 of their own beers and you can get antoir of the brewery for free. Great live music too.

    For places to dance. If you go next door to the Independent Bar, there is a hidden gem all the way in the back of the BBQ Bar called Eye Spy. Great mashup dance club that has the most eclectic mix of people in Orl nightlife. Everyone from bikers to bankers to hipsters and your typical sorority girls. Oh, and it’s outdoors. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

  • I’m with Dartkick. Orlando Brewing Company is a must-go. Also on Mills: Chucks (next to British Shoppe), Dong-a-Co, and Beefy King (hey, it’s historical!)

  • Great local gems featured. don’t forget the Orlando Museum of Art! Local artists now sell their artwork at 1st Thursdays – 6 to 9pm every month, and the gift shop carries local art as well.

  • A great new coffee shop just opened in College Park. It’s called Credo Coffee. They are a non-profit and it’s all donations based. On Smith St right over Edgewater in the yellow building (behind Orange Cycles.) Go support them!

  • I have lived in Orlando for 10 years and downtown for almost 4 yrs. now. This is a GREAT guide and very accurate. SOme things to add:

    the same owners of both the Milk Bar and the Social Chameleon have opened a new place called “Sppoky’s Black Cat Cafe” almost directly across from the Festival Bay Park (right down from the other 2 businesses) that serves some of what the Chameleon serves, but also is waaay more Indian influenced and also has ribs, etc. Definitely worth a try! It’s also a bit bigger, but no outside seating.

  • This is great! I am new to Orlando and get tired of the whole Disney thing! Celebration would be awesome to add featuring Emperium, Columbia, Irish Pub, etc. Also, Downtown Winter Garden is precious! This guide is very helpful!

  • A few updates: Ethos Vegan Kitchen has moved to Winter Park (no more outside seating); Mother Falcon has a hip bar next door called The Falcon with a Red Rum room; Blank Space and Roho Art and Coffee have closed. I would also add The Beacham as one of the best downtown music venues. And I second MJ’s motion to add S.E.A. Thai Restaurant to the list!

  • After 28 years on Ivanhoe Row, Ivanhoe Village, Deja Vu Vintage Clothing & Accessories is relocating to Winter Park Oct. 1st 2013. The new location is between N. Orange ave. & Fairbanks on Michigan Ave. by the Eat More Produce & Krispy Cream. 1210 Michigan ave. Lots of cool little shops, restuarants, businesses & antique malls. Check it out when your toodling around.

  • I don’t think Funky Monkey is all it’s cracked up to be here. I would highly recommend The Strand instead if you’re in the Mills50 area! They have a real commitment to local and seasonal items.

  • Thank you so much of the guide–we’re off to Orlando for almost a week over Thanksgiving. Was planning ahead and noted El Coqui Mexicano and The Peacock Room (and the Red Fox Lounge!) from your list have closed.

  • ^ I second Justin’s recommendation about adding East End Market. I live in Orlando and love to eat and try new places…some additional recommendations that are up to date.

    The Coop in Winter Park, a sister to 4Rivers that also serves breakfast. Buttermilk Bakery in Winter Park is close to Ravenous Pig and serves delicious pastries. That family of restaurants also has a “grab and go” spot called Swine & Sons, where you can grab a picnic and then head to Central Park in Winter Park and enjoy the scenery. The Wine Room, Prato, Cocina 214 and The Parkview are all nice places to grab a class of wine or cocktail after the picnic. Downtown, Le Gourmet Break is the BEST place for french pastries and breakfast or lunch. It’s even open on the weekend when a lot of places are closed. Artisan’s Table is another downtown favorite. More modern food in a really nice space. It’s close enough to the Dr Phillips Center to grab dinner before a show.

    For vegans/veggies: Market on South is a collaborative space serving delicious southern food that’s vegan! They also have the most amazing donuts I’ve ever had here every morning. The Sanctum is a new place on Colonial Drive (SR 50) that serves delicious vegetarian food, although it is pricey. Mamak (Colonial) and Hawkers (ViMi) are two asian tapas places that have a ton of variety that will suit any dietary needs.

    I LOVE tacos…so if you’re up for grabbing some awesome tacos within walking distance…a taco crawl? Hit: Pig Floyd’s, Black Rooster Taqueria, Hawkers and then Tako Cheena. In the ViMi area. You can also stop at Wally’s and/or Will’s pub for some brews on the way. This is a fun little excursion I do with my friends a lot.

    If you’re into breweries: Ten10 Brewing is in the ViMi district. Cask and Larder (sister restaurant to Ravenous Pig) brews its own beer in Winter Park. And if you’re willing to hike up to Longwood (about 25 mins from downtown Orlando), Hourglass Brewing is well worth the trip. Big open space with lots of beer on tap.

    Late night after downtown: Pom Pom’s Sandwicheria, Tako Cheena, Gringos Locos and Venezuelan Burger Food Truck.

    The Desert Lady and the Peacock room are closed. A great craft cocktail bar took over in the Peacock Room’s space. It’s called The Guesthouse. Lovely ambiance- an instagramer’s dream, and good drinks!