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Domu

15 reasons to explore Audubon Park 

This leafy, bike-friendly district of mid-century bungalows and streets named after birds continues its upward rise – if you don’t already own here, buying is tough; but visiting is easy, and just gets better month by month. 2017 will bring two major new restaurants to the neighborhood – Bem Bom on Corrine and Kadence – joining and bolstering the already burgeoning food and drink scene. Shopping has also expanded recently, to the point that one-time newbies Park Ave CDs and East End Market now feel like legacy acts. And the neighborhood pioneer, Stardust Video & Coffee, rocks on, finding relevance with yet another new generation.

EAT

Domu

3201 Corrine Drive, 407-960-1228, domufl.com

The ramen addiction is real at this new full-service noodle house inside East End Market. Make reservations or get comfy in the bar while you wait.

Farm & Haus

3201 Corrine Drive, 321-430-6627, farmandhaus.com

Formerly meal delivery only, the Farm & Hausers now sell healthy breakfasts and lunches from their counter.

P Is for Pie Bake Shop

2806 Corrine Drive, 407-745-4743, crazyforpies.com

Piecrust nirvana: hand pies, pie pops and full-size pies – not just sweet but also deliciously savory.

Gideon's Bakehouse

3201 Corrine Drive, gideonsbakehouse.com

Over-the-top soft "cookies" are like a half-pound of cookie dough solidly bedazzled with chips. Cake slices also offered. Get there before closing time; they sell out most days.

DRINK

Redlight Redlight

2810 Corrine Drive, 407-893-9832, redlightredlightbeerparlour.com

In a town now studded with craft-beer bars and taprooms, Redlight was one of the first to show us the way, and is still one of the best.

Stardust Video & Coffee

1842 E. Winter Park Road, stardustie.com

Eat (salads, sandwiches, waffles, tots), drink (coffee, beer, cocktails), shop (used books) and play (bands, art shows, weekly farmers market, annual crafts market) here. Not so much with the video rentals anymore, though.

Big Daddy's

3001 Corrine Drive, 407-644-2844, bigdaddysorlando.com

One of the few bars around where you can still smoke inside, if that's your thing – with a nice patio, if it's not; also home to a truly great (if tobacco-tonsiled) karaoke scene.

SHOP

The Lovely Boutique Market

2906 Corrine Drive, 407-270-7729, thelovelyboutiquemarket.com

The multi-stall market has found its feet and is now a serious vintage destination.

Freehand Goods

3201 Corrine Drive, 855-409-3441, freehandgoods.com

Leather goods include belts, wallets and watchbands; plus find T-shirts and a line of men's grooming goods – all handmade locally.

Orlando Outfitters

2814 Corrine Drive, 407-896-8220, orlandooutfitters.com

Delight the sportsperson in your life with just about anything from this fly-fishing specialist shop – rods, reels, hats, knives, fly-tying materials or even lessons.

Dear Prudence Shop

2912 Corrine Drive, 407-894-8941, facebook.com/dearprudenceshoporlando

Rompers, sundresses, tops and jewelry for when you need something real cute, real fast.

Winter Park Cycles

3014 Corrine Drive, 407-894-3531, winterparkcycles.com

Hard-to-find bikes and accessories, sold by committed cyclists who know whereof they speak.

GO

Audubon Park Community Market

Monday nights, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, audubonmarket.com

Farmers market specializing in locally grown food takes over the Stardust lot every Monday night.

Grandma Party Bazaar

December, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, facebook.com/grandmaparty

The 'dust hosts this annual holiday market that's just a little weirder than all the others.

Bastille Day

July, audubonparkgardens.com

An annual event produced by the Audubon Park Garden District that celebrates all thing French: wine, cheese, striped shirts, baguette fencing and Marie Antoinette impersonators.

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