If you’re seeking some hip, laid-back fun to supplement your Orlando visit to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Resort or the area’s other major attractions, look no further than Orlando Main Streets, a series of nine local shopping districts recognized by the city as playing a vital role in cultivating local commerce and community. Let Best of Orlando be your guide to these unique destinations as we walk you through the must-sees in each district.
The Audubon Park Garden District is one of Orlando’s Main Streets, and originally catered to nearby Air Force Base and Naval Training Center. The district has blossomed since then, and is known to be hip, diverse and independent. With a plethora of vintage shops, cafes, bakeries, music, books, craft beer, boutiques and so much more, Audubon is definitely a District that should be added to your Orlando travel plans. Located on Corrine Drive in Orlando, FL, here are six must-visit spots in Audubon Park.
East End Market
East End Market is a market inside of Audubon Park that hosts 11 independently-owned businesses offering sushi, daily baked bread, freshly roasted coffee, Italian prepared meals and sweets, Kombucha, organic juice, raw food specialties, artisan cheese, savory soups and sauces, local groceries and flowers. East End is not only a place to enjoy local food, but also a space for community, creativity and collaboration.
If you want a one-of-a-kind experience, you must check out Kadence. Kadence is a nine-seat sushi bar that specializes in multi-course tasting menus. They also have a sake bar where you can enjoy their carefully curated selection of sake, beer and tea. Make sure to book your seat in advance, or opt for Kadence’s to-go option for those looking to try something new on the go.
Redlight Redlight Beer Parlor
This is a must-visit destination for anyone with even the slightest interest in craft beer! Founded in 2005, they currently boast 24 draft handles, two traditional hand-pumped beer engines, over 300 bottled beers and a fine collection of craft sodas. They have also devised a “citizenship program” that educates you on 100 beers, and is divided into three passport booklets. After trying all 100 beers and completing each passport booklet, you will be given an exam on the knowledge you’ve gained on the beers you’ve tried! If you pass the exam, you will be honored as a Citizen of Redlight Redlight!
The Owl’s Attic
The Owl’s Attic is a fantastic vintage clothing shop established in 2011, featuring hand-picked pieces from the ‘50s-‘90s. They even carry work from local artists and craftsmen in the Orlando area. If you are looking to grab something one-of-a-kind while visiting the Orlando area, Owl’s Attic is the place for you!
Park Ave CDs
For 30 years, Park Ave CDs has been supplying the Orlando area with new and used CDs, DVDs and LPs. You can purchase anything from turntables to books to toys and more. They also host listening parties and other events that are perfect for the music lover in your group.
To learn more about Audubon Park Garden, visit https://audubonparkgardens.com.