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Orange Avenue blossoms

The magnetism of downtown Orlando isn’t just about the buzzing clubs, the varied culinary choices or the magical year-round icicle lights hanging from the trees that line the streets. It’s not just the rush of joining stampedes from Amway Center and Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, or the easy days you can while away in the complex that houses the Plaza Cinema Café. And it isn’t simply that downtown is the mixing bowl of all of Orlando’s people and cultures, that it’s typically neglected by tourists and sacred ground to those who reside here year-round. No, the true pull is not a business, a restaurant or even the swans at Lake Eola Park – it’s all of this and more, and it’s the defining locale for our most immediate initial memories as residents of the City Beautiful.


Ceviche Tapas
125 W. Church St.

Gringos Locos
20 E. Washington St.

The Rusty Spoon
55 W. Church St.


The Courtesy Bar
114 N. Orange Ave.

Independent Bar
68 N. Orange Ave.

The Woods
49 N. Orange Ave.


CityArts Factory
29 S. Orange Ave.

Furnish 123
62 W. Colonial Drive

Siegel’s Clothing Co.
130 S. Orange Ave.


Plaza Cinema Café 12
155 S. Orange Ave.

Lake Eola Park
195 N. Rosalind Ave.


Downtown Food and Wine Fest
February 2015
Various restaurants participate in this annual event, which gives attendees a chance to sample the best food and drink the downtown district has to offer.

Florida Music Festival
April 24-26 2014
Various venues downtown
It’s an industry conference, a music festival featuring big-deal headliners and a local-music showcase all in one.

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