Orlando is a city of neighborhoods; each with their own distinct character and appeal. To truly enjoy Orlando, venture off International Drive and explore the diversity of Orlando through its neighborhoods.
Centered on the intersection of Mills Avenue (SR 15) and Colonial Drive (SR 50) and affectionately called Little Saigon by locals. Described as Orlando’s intersection of culture and creativity, this hipster hub fosters a mix of artists, restaurants, businesses, specialty shops, markets and bars. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see larger-than-life surrealist graffiti and murals covering walls, dumpsters and electric boxes.
Dandelion Communitea Café– a vegetarian teahouse set in a historically refurbished and colorful, bungalow-style home. Check out the “Dandy” for nightly events and performances as well as monthly full- and new-moon parties and drum circles. http://dandelioncommunitea.com/
BART–A family-owned and operated beer bar, arcade and art gallery, BART is located in the heart of Orlando’s trendy Mills 50 district. A rotating variety of classic video arcade games are almost all free and include everything from Pac-Man to Frogger. The cozy storefront bar also features an impressive selection of craft beers and wine. http://bartcade.com/
Hawker’s Asian Street Fare—Their motto is “Eat the Streets”, featuring Asian style street vendor fare without leaving the neighborhood. http://eathawkers.com/
Mamak Asian Street Food– offers delicious dining, carryout and delivery to Orlando, FL. Mamak Asian Street Food is a cornerstone in the Orlando community and has been recognized for its outstanding Chinese cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. http://www.mamakasianorlando.com/
Pho88 –the signature dish is rice noodles in a savory soup served with paper-thin slices of beef that cook the moment they hit the broth, and it’s served with stalks of fresh cilantro, basil, lemon wedges and fresh bean sprouts. Be sure to get a creamy iced coffee for dessert. Vietnamese Cuisine. http://www.pho88orlando.com/
Little Saigon– Little Saigon Restaurant’s dishes are made from the best ingredients, freshest meats, and vegetables. They have a delicious selection of unforgettable Vietnamese dishes: rice vermicelli, popular pho (rice noodle soups), chicken with lemon grass, fish with ginger sauce, shrimp with tamarind sauce, and so much more! Vietnamese Cuisine. http://www.littlesaigonrestaurant.com/
The Strand— The Strand was conceived as a small neighborhood restaurant featuring the “New Old,” contemporary interpretations of classic culinary fare. Seasonal dishes made from scratch, with daily Chef’s specials inspired by fresh ingredients. Craft beers and wines. http://strandorlando.com/
Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa– a sleek, Latin/Caribbean-inspired place specializing in Barbacoa served in tacos or on rolls. http://www.pigfloyds.com/
Anthony’s Pizza –preparing Italian cuisine with the finest meats and cheeses, freshest ingredients, specially prepared dough and homemade sauces. http://anthonyspizza.com/
Tako Cheena– a hipster dive serving a delicious fusion of Korean and Mexican flavors wrapped inside tortillas. http://www.takocheenaorlando.com/
Bubbles and Ice– makes a huge range of sweet boba drinks (the bubbles are chewy rounds of tapioca), and shaved ice with exotic toppings such as sweet red bean, coconut or fresh tropical fruit. https://www.facebook.com/bubblesandice
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