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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. Crepe Delicious, a counter-service cafe inside the 55 West building, has delicious crepes, both savory and sweet, made by friendly staff in a modern, clean setting. 
Check out Magnolia Ave (near Pine Street) for a sweet little narrow street with historic buildings and lots of cute cafes. There is Harp and Celt Irish Pub, and a great little counter service French cafe called Le Gourmet Break. Pop into CityArts, an art gallery in a gorgeous green historic building. 
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.

Benjamin French Bakery has a nice interior, plus outdoor seating.

Bars on Wall Street.

Anthony's Pizzeria, in the Thornton Park neighborhood.

Wall Street, a cozy pedestrian-only block off Orange Ave, with an assortment of bars.

Pedestrian-only area with bars, on Wall Street.

Looking up at skyscrapers on Orange Ave.

Cinema on Orange Ave.

Sculpture outside the cinema on Orange Ave.

Sculpture by Orange Ave and Church St.

Looking down Orange Ave toward Grand Bohemian Hotel and the CNL Financial building.

Plants line the bus lane on Orange Ave.

City Hall, with its large round rotunda.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Statue outside Plaza Cinema Cafe 12.

Bento Cafe has a classy interior.

A man and woman cross the road at Orange Ave and Church St.

Historic architecture on Church St.

Brick archway on Church St.

The W, on Church St.

Mary's Hamburger, near Church Street Station.

Historic railway station on Church St.

Church Street Tavern has great outdoor seating.

The Church Street Station area is a pretty area.

Ironwork staircase at the W Hotel.

Cheyenne Saloon on Church St.

Mary's Hamburger has outdoor seating on historic Church St.

Ceviche Tapas Restaurant on Church St.

Historic building on Orange Ave.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, lit up at night.

Harp and Celt Irish Pub, on Magnolia Ave, a nice street with many cute cafes.

The gorgeous CityArts building on the corner of Magnolia Ave and Pine Street. It is an art gallery.

Le Gourmet Break is counter service French cafe with good food and big windows.

Looking up Magnolia Ave toward Pine Street.

CityArts building on Pine Street and Magnolia Ave- so beautiful!

Historic building with yellow ironwork balcony on Church Street.

Kress Building on Church Street.

Palms lining Church Street.

Inside Crepe Delicious.

Fountain on Church Street.

Fountain and trees providing shade on Church Street.


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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