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  • Orlando-ish sans theme parks

    Mickey and friends helped grow The City Beautiful. But the best character in the region comes from the local restaurants, shops and people away from the parks.

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  • K Restaurant and Wine Bar


    Wine Bar

    A fine dining place in a local neighborhood with a staff that remembers you is the kind of place I'll keep patronizing again and again. Menu changes daily.

  • Downtown Credo



    This locally owned, fair trade coffee place has a great playlist, baristas who know how to make coffee and a nonprofit philosophy that lets you set your price.

  • Stardust Video & Coffee


    Coffee Shop

    Stardust is a great place to unwind with friends over a glass of wine or cup of coffee, or see a local band that's playing. They also have some great titles.

  • Cypress Grove Park



    Playgrounds and quiet spaces make this a perfect space for families looking for a cookout on an afternoon or a couple looking for a quiet stroll.

  • Blue Springs State Park



    Granted, this is a little more than an hour north of Orlando, but it's an amazing experience to see this many manatee in once place. Worth the drive.

  • Bella Luna



    Order the pizza that's named for the place. Perfect blend of meats, veggies, cheese and yummy crust. Get a seat outside to people watch in Baldwin Park.

  • Harry P Leu Gardens



    THIS is why you want to move to Florida. Gorgeous views of stately old trees with Spanish moss, blooming azaleas, butterfly gardens and citrus groves-all year.

  • 4 Rivers Smokehouse



    We may have left NC, but thank goodness we can still get good 'cue. And brisket. And dessert. Oh, God, the dessert. But you'll be too full, so get it to go.

  • Orlando Museum of Art


    Art Gallery

    Nestled in a gorgeous setting of Loch Haven Park and three lakes, OMA offers permanent and visiting collections. Look for "free admission" days, but donate!

  • Enzian Theater


    Indie Movies

    If you're here in April, the Florida Film Festival is fantastic, but during the rest of the year, this indy movie house shows great flicks and serves food.

  • Hawkers Asian Street Fare



    Come with a group and order everything from all parts of Asia. Don't miss the Roti, the Udon noodles, the Kimchi rice. Beer lovers will enjoy the vast menu.

  • Lake Eola Park



    With a farmer's market on Sunday, a gorgeous walking path and rentable swan boats in the middle of downtown, Lake Eola Park is a gift to the community.

  • Scenic Boat Tour



    For only $12, have a delightful hour out on the chain of lakes and go through two canals. You'll get to see a different side of Winter Park. FYI, cash only.

  • Orlando Science Center


    Science Museum

    Great for kids AND adults - especially if you can go at night and see their amazing observatory. I got to see Jupiter. The shop has neat gifts, too.

  • Tako Cheena



    Who knew that Asian and Latino flavors could work together so well? If there's a long wait, get takeout. Ask about the specials and save room for sopapillas.