Ivanhoe Village, Orlando
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Ivanhoe Village is a modest yet pretty main strip along Orange Ave in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando where you can walk find yummy restaurants and interesting shops. After your meal, walk across the street to Gaston Edwards Park right on the lake and take in the pretty views of cypress trees immersed in the water. There is a dock where ducks quack about and a playground with medium-sized structure, bouncies, and swings. The Greek Corner has a lovely location right by the water and cute casual area to eat outdoors surrounded by murals and flower baskets. The food was nice though the service unfriendly. Gargi's Italian Restaurant has an amazing location directly on the water- very romantic. Yalaha Bakery looked promising (there are no tables but just breads and pastries for sale) but the people don't wash their hands between handling the money and your food so skip it.
There is a winding pathway along the lake and little grassy knolls that kids like to play King of the Castle on.
There are quite a few homeless people in downtown Orlando, and also people in general are not very friendly. They don't return your smile just like in other big cities- kind of a surprise when you've just come from the land of Disney.
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From Highway 4, take exit 85 for Princeton St and head east on Princeton St. Take the first right onto N. Orange Ave and after driving a few blocks, park along the road.
Gargi's Lakeside Italian Restaurant, 1414 N. Orange Ave, Orlando Fl 32804, call (407) 894-7907.
The Greek Corner, 1600 N. Orange Ave, Orlando FL 32804, call (407) 228-0303.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.