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Downtown Orlando

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Downtown Orlando, Orlando FL

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Downtown Orlando has a great feel to it. In the Thornton Park neighborhood, around the 700 block of E. Washington Ave, there are plenty of cute restaurants under moss-draped trees. Try Benjamin French Bakery for a yummy baguette sandwich. Joggers run by, headed for Lake Eola Park, where a path circles the lake rimmed with gorgeous trees and blessed with abundant wildlife, and tourists paddle swan-shaped boats. This park is so beautiful, you must spend a few happy hours there! There is live music on certain nights at Lake Eola Park (check their facebook page).
Where South St and Orange Ave meet, in the heart of the business district, the buildings are lit gorgeously at night, and you can attend a concert at the modern Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Nightclubs line Orange Ave, where twinkling lights and blue raindrop lights decorate the avenue for blocks, beckoning you to spend a night on the town. Wall Street is a cozy pedestrian-only block with an assortment of bars. It leads to Heritage Square with its alligator sculptures, fountain, grove of cypress trees, and Orange County History Center, which has some beautiful exhibits on the beginnings of Orlando and Disneyworld. On Church Street a long line of historic wildwest buildings are filled with restaurants with happy sidewalk seating. Sak Comedy Club has hilarious, clean improv shows. And there is Plaza Cinema Cafe 12, a movie theater, surrounded by a few restaurants such as Spice Burger, Bento Cafe (classy interior, salty food), and Mochi frozen yogurt.
While in downtown, walk south under the freeway and then south on Delaney Ave to the Lake Cherokee Historic District to see mansions and large tropical trees over a shimmering lake. Or drive north and have a coffee in the College Park area.

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Wildside Bar and Grill, in the Thornton Park area.
Wildside Bar and Grill, in the Thornton Park area.
Benjamin French Bakery has a nice interior, plus outdoor seating.
Benjamin French Bakery has a nice interior, plus outdoor seating.
Anthony's Pizzeria, in the Thornton Park neighborhood.
Anthony's Pizzeria, in the Thornton Park neighborhood.
Bars on Wall Street.
Bars on Wall Street.
Wall Street, a cozy pedestrian-only block off Orange Ave, with an assortment of bars.
Wall Street, a cozy pedestrian-only block off Orange Ave, with an assortment of bars.
Pedestrian-only area with bars, on Wall Street.
Pedestrian-only area with bars, on Wall Street.
Looking up at skyscrapers on Orange Ave.
Looking up at skyscrapers on Orange Ave.
Cinema on Orange Ave.
Cinema on Orange Ave.
Sculpture outside the cinema on Orange Ave.
Sculpture outside the cinema on Orange Ave.
Sculpture by Orange Ave and Church St.
Sculpture by Orange Ave and Church St.
Looking down Orange Ave toward Grand Bohemian Hotel and the CNL Financial building.
Looking down Orange Ave toward Grand Bohemian Hotel and the CNL Financial building.
Plants line the bus lane on Orange Ave.
Plants line the bus lane on Orange Ave.
City Hall, with its large round rotunda.
City Hall, with its large round rotunda.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Statue outside Plaza Cinema Cafe 12.
Statue outside Plaza Cinema Cafe 12.
Bento Cafe has a classy interior.
Bento Cafe has a classy interior.
A man and woman cross the road at Orange Ave and Church St.
A man and woman cross the road at Orange Ave and Church St.
Historic architecture on Church St.
Historic architecture on Church St.
Brick archway on Church St.
Brick archway on Church St.
The W, on Church St.
The W, on Church St.
Mary's Hamburger, near Church Street Station.
Mary's Hamburger, near Church Street Station.
Historic railway station on Church St.
Historic railway station on Church St.
Church Street Tavern has great outdoor seating.
Church Street Tavern has great outdoor seating.
The Church Street Station area is a pretty area.
The Church Street Station area is a pretty area.
Ironwork staircase at the W Hotel.
Ironwork staircase at the W Hotel.
Cheyenne Saloon on Church St.
Cheyenne Saloon on Church St.
Mary's Hamburger has outdoor seating on historic Church St.
Mary's Hamburger has outdoor seating on historic Church St.
Ceviche Tapas Restaurant on Church St.
Ceviche Tapas Restaurant on Church St.
Historic building on Orange Ave.
Historic building on Orange Ave.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, lit up at night.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, lit up at night.

Directions

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando FL 32801, call (844) 513-2014.
Benjamin French Bakery, 716 E. Washington St, Orlando FL 32801, call (407) 797-2253. This is in the Thornton Park neighborhood.

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Last Updated Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:03:38 GMT