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Sample the Best of Downtown Orlando's Eclectic Charm

Orlando's city center spreads a daily smorgasbord of delectable entertainment and dining options. Enjoy!

While kids (and kids at heart) gravitate to big-name amusement parks in the area, you may prefer the entertainment and dining options of Downtown Orlando, known for its arts district, fine dining and top performance venues. Check it out: you're sure to find something to appeal to the adventurer, food connoisseur, music and arts lover within you.

Greenery Creamery (©Melanie Sutrathada)

EAT

The Rusty Spoon, a staple of Orlando’s historic Church Street District, has been sold, and will soon give way to a brand new dining experience. According to local dining expert, Scott Joseph, Chef Michlle Lagerweij has purchased the eatery, which will be renamed Cafe Elize. The new concept will largely mirror Lagerweij's restaurant in Utrecht, Netherlands, of the same name. More news to come! Come Sunday, Ember transforms from nightclub to brunch hangout with an all-you-can-eat buffet including bottomless mimosas. Cool down with an inventive scoop from The Greenery Creamery, an artisanal ice cream shop offering homemade vegan flavors. 

Lake Eola Park, Downtown Orlando (©Hancel Deaton)

SHOP

The Sunday Orlando Farmer’s Market in Lake Eola Park is a one-stop outdoor shop for artisan crafts, local produce and food truck fare. In the heart of downtown, Corona Cigar Co. is stocked with thousands of global cigar brands. The shop also houses the Diamond Crown Lounge, serving a wide selection of cognacs, rums, bourbons, scotches, whiskies and Port wine.

Bösendorfer Lounge (Courtesy Brooke Fehr)

DRINK

The Bösendorfer Lounge, named after the Grand Bösendorfer piano that calls it home, is a swanky stop for cocktails with a side of live jazz inside of the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando. Enjoy a true speakeasy experience at Hanson’s Shoe Repair, where you’ll need to obtain the daily password for entry, or get a taste of the local craft beer scene at Orange County Brewers.

 

Dr. Phillips Center (©Roberto Gonzalez)

PLAY

CityArts is a collective of five galleries showcasing local and national artists and is also a stop on the 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop, a monthly after-hours event. Broadway shows and more abound at the Dr. Phillips Center, the crown jewel of Orlando’s thriving arts scene. 

CityArts is a collective of five individual galleries showcasing local and national artists. The galleries are also a stop on the 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop, a monthly after-hours event popular with art lovers. Improv comedy shows are offered nearly every night of the week at SAK Comedy Lab, where audience interaction dictates the progression of each show. Broadway and musical productions are aplenty at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the crown jewel of Orlando’s thriving arts scene.