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16 things every Orlandoan should experience in College Park 

College Park’s denizens embody a strong sense of community and are as fiercely passionate about local businesses as they are about the housing developments newly intruding on their quaint bungalow-lined streets. But even change in the form of a much-contended new apartment complex (with a frankly hideous parking garage) can’t deter from this downtown district’s charming small-time feel. College Park’s walkability and bikeability are its primary assets, rendering the automobile virtually unnecessary when paying a visit to one of the many established shops, juice bars, coffee houses and restaurants along the neighborhood’s primary artery – Edgewater Drive.


K Restaurant

1710 Edgewater Drive, 407-872-2332,

Kevin Fonzo's farm-to-table resto still sets the standard in College Park.

The Pie Orlando

2429 Edgewater Drive, 407-757-2426,

Families flock here for Roman-style pizzas fired in a wood-burning oven.


2527 Edgewater Drive, 407-412-5409,

Dogs, tots and beers keep it simple but hearty in this nook of fun food; duck through the doorway to grab a milkshake next door at their sister spot, the Soda Fountain.


New Moon Market

2314 Edgewater Drive, 407-440-8147,

Eco-friendly juice bar squeezes out a variety of handmade juice blends.

Gratitude Coffee

175 E. Par St., 407-421-0681,

The mobile coffee truck parked in the lot of Daisy's Flower on Par Street has legit bean cred.

The Local Bar & Grill

3231 Edgewater Drive, 407-900-9005,

Pleasantly divey casual hang with a few upgrades: good jukebox, great karaoke night, no smoking allowed inside.


2625 Edgewater Drive, 407-540-1100,

It's no snub on the stellar food menu to point out that this is the best spot for craft cocktails in the 'hood.


Shoppes of College Park

2308 Edgewater Drive, 407-930-2570,

Clothes, jewelry, gifts and baked goods all under one roof.

Mr. Man Outfitters for Life

2302 Edgewater Drive, 407-692-3779,

Gadgets, clothing, and man-centric accessories in a full-service barbershop.


3443 Edgewater Drive, 407-841-3088,

Green thumbs head to this neighborhood garden center for all their nursery needs.

Foundation College Park

2529 Edgewater Drive, 407-502-8627,

A killer selection of LPs and vintage clothing – and they plan to start pressing records for local acts.

Naked Bar Soap Co.

1520 Edgewater Drive, 407-796-2225,

Sustainable artisan soaps and body products made in-house pack powerful remedies in pretty, fragrant packages.


Dubsdread Golf Course

549 W. Par St., 407-246-2551,

The oldest public golf course in the Orlando area is also home to a surprisingly good traditional taproom.

Jack Kerouac House

1418 Clouser Ave.,

Once home to the Beat Generation's most famous novelist/poet, the house now serves as a center for a writers-in-residence program. But don't just knock on the door; check the website for upcoming events or to schedule a tour.

College Park Organic Farmer's Market

710 W. Princeton St., 407-276-0091,

Put on by the folks who run the Grounding Roots juice bar, this Sunday market offers everything from fresh produce and dairy to organic donuts and bone broth.

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