There are so many exciting places to go in Orlando with each neighborhood having its own local flavor. Known as a theme park destination, visitors will want to visit these up-and-coming cultural districts. Each neighborhood creates a unique sense of the diversity and personality that comprises this vibrant Central Florida metropolis.
Little Saigon AKA Mills 50
Orlando is home to its own destination neighborhood of Mills 50, also known as Little Saigon similar to Chinatown in San Francisco or Little Italy in New York City. The name Mills 50 indicates the intersection of two major byways, Mills Avenue and Highway 50. Mills 50 is a mix of culture and creativity due to its mix of art, dining, specialty shops & bars.
You will find Vietnamese and Asian grocery stores, gift shops, & herbal healing stores stocking items from China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and more. This district is home to many quality, Asian restaurants including the staple Little Saigon Restaurant, Hawker`s Asian Street Fare and King Cajun Crawfish with its New Orleans influence.
Downtown Orlando, FL
Transformed from a business district, Downtown Orlando to an evolving neighborhood with a variety of businesses worth exploring. Attractions include a booming nightlife, live entertainment, dining options & professional sports teams. The vibrant dining scene features The Rusty Spoon, a James Beard Foundation Award nominee offering local and seasonal options.
Take in some culture after dinner at one of the performing arts spaces such as Mad Cow Theatre. The City Arts Factory houses seven galleries where art and music lovers can explore the various properties during the district`s monthly Third Thursday Gallery Hop. Lake Ecola is a green space where locals congregate and is home to a Sunday farmer`s market, as well as festivals throughout the year.
|Celebration City is an idyllic planned community built by Disney. Celebration is located in Kissimmee, Florida, a short drive from Orlando and a favorite for families due to the theme park attractions and outdoor adventures. This community is also known for its elaborate seasonal displays, including Halloween celebrations, nightly snowfalls in winter and exotic car shows. The Celebration Town Center is worth a day trip offering traditional shops, boutiques and restaurants along brick-lined streets.
|The north end of International Dr. Several Brazilian restaurants, bakeries, stores, hairdressers, imports and exports shops. Some are hiding on the back of strip malls, some others are easy to find right up front flying the Brazilian flag.
Little India Area
|This area is a bit spread out. You will find many Indian stores in the South Orange Blossom Trail area on the main streets and side roads. Starting with Lancaster Road, which houses a video store and Indian restaurant, and then traveling south you will see a few Indian shops in clusters every mile all the way to 417 where you end at the local Indian movie theater.