Welcome to the REAL Orlando

Our global fame has given way to people calling us the “home of Walt Disney World.” Locals know that Disney is actually not IN Orlando and while Lake Buena Vista is a lovely place to spend time riding the rides, there is so much more to us than the Mouse (capital M out of respect).

Would you like to opt out of standing in line, overheated, and possibly drenched in someone else’s sweat? This Real Orlando online guide will help you discover the fun, affordable, and cool (like 68 degrees A/C cool) places to go.

 
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EAT

Buttermilk Bakery
Best pastries outside of Paris.

Credo
Coffee that puts the farmer first.

East End Market
Culture hub and community market & garden.

Hunger Street Tacos
Y’all don’t know elote like they know elote.

Market on South
You wouldn’t know it’s vegan if I didn’t tell ya.

New Moon Market
Fresh pressed juices and tonics to save your life.

P is for Pie
Stumptown coffee and hand pies. Need I say more?

Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa
Smoked daily. Ask for fatty & lean. Get the slaw.

Sette
Pistachio Italian soda. All the pasta. All of it.

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DO

Alchemy
Need a new ‘do while you’re here?

Audubon Market
Mondays at Stardust Coffee. Makers, music, & more!

Leu Gardens
Plants and gardens and trails, oh my!

Lil 500 Go Karts
Fantastic for kids and kidults, alike. 10 laps for $4.

Loch Haven Arts Complex
You’ll find the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Mennello Museum, and Orlando Shakes all in one area.

Wekiva Island
Float, canoe, swim, grill, tan, relax, chill.

Yoga
Check out Project 7 for classes for every level and ability.

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SHOP

The Cookery
Vegan and gourmet are the same thing!

East End Market
Makers, foodies, and more! Freehand Goods, La Femme du Fromage, Porch Therapy, Lineage, FarmHaus, Old Hearth Bread, Etc.

The Lovely
Wander the booths and aisles to find your next favorite thing.

Paper Goat Post
Posters, paper, cards, calendars, balloons, pens, flowers, and so much more.

Park Avenue CDs
Every type of music and everything to play it on.

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SLEEP

EO Inn Boutique Hotel
227 N Eola Dr B, Orlando, FL 32801

The Shed
(AirBNB)

Courtyard Cottage
(AirBNB)

Lakefront Tiny Homes
3405 North Orange Blossom Trail 
Orlando, FL 32804


Tips for travel in and around Orlando:

1. Avoid I-4 at all costs. Maybe you’ll extend your travel time a bit, but you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration, confusion, and potentially missed exits. Use Google Maps and NOT APPLE MAPS since our current city motto is NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN. Byways and backroads are much prettier and you’ll see the sights rather than safety cones and brakelights.

2. Skip the chain restaurants. Look, I know that the kids like their butter pasta just like they get it at home. There are a ton of locally owned options, with kid-friendly food and spaces to play. Check out Momlando for lots of local tips. She has two tots. I have zero of them. She knows WAY more than I do about things that the young’uns like. (And how to handle things like barf and bedtime. Click over, I don’t mind.)

3. We understand you like no other city will. 72 million people came here last year. And we are ready for you to explore our neighborhoods and check out all the same things that we love about living here. So c’mon! Head north from those attractions and visit us where we live, play, and shop.

WILDCARD

Bronze Kingdom
Orlando’s best kept secret. Largest African art and bronze collection outside of The Met. UNBELIEVABLE!