Thornton Park 

Urban and urbane

Thornton Park calls itself the “neighborhood for locals,” and it’s fast become a place for hip people who like their downtowns unpretentious and chill. It’s hard to imagine that this neighborhood was once known as a dingy alternative ’hood on the western side of Lake Eola – today it’s polished and quaint and sophisticated, but still laid-back enough to feel homey and comfortable. The bricked streets are lined with some of the oldest oaks in the city, and there are plenty of patios and outdoor cafes for you to enjoy epic people-watching while getting some sun with your mimosa.

EAT

Benjamin French Bakery and Café
716 E. Washington St.
407-797-2253
benjaminfrenchbakery.com

Dexter’s
808 E. Washington St.
407-648-2777
dexwine.com

Graffiti Junktion
900 E. Washington St.
407-426-9502
graffitijunktion.com

The Pop Parlour
431 E. Central Blvd.
321-348-7677
thepopparlour.com

DRINK

Eola Wine Company
430 E. Central Blvd.
407-481-9100
eolawinecompany.com

Mucho Tequila and Tacos
101 S. Eola Drive
407-843-9676
muchotequilaandtacos.com

Stardust Lounge
431 E. Central Ave.
407-839-0080
stardustorlando.com

SHOP

Mother Falcon
motherfalconclothing.com
407-423-3060

Orlando Farmers Market
Lake Eola Park at corner of East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive
orlandofarmersmarket.com

Zou Zou Boutique
2 N. Summerlin Ave.
407-843-3373
zouzouboutique.com

PLAY

Swan Boat Ride at Lake Eola
512 E. Washington St.
407-246-4485
cityoforlando.net

GO

Come Out With Pride
Oct. 6-12, 2014
321-800-3944
comeoutwithpride.org
This is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the country, and the parade is the fun, colorful highlight.

Second Thursday Wine and Art Walk
Second Thursday of each month
407-701-9382
thorntonparkdistrict.com
Sip and spend your way through the district’s many restaurants, bars, boutiques and bars.

 


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