Guide to Downtown Orlando: Where to Eat, Play and Shop

    By Dalia Colon

    Here's a budget-friendly guide to downtown Orlando, including where to eat, play and shop near the Amway Center. (For hotel suggestions, check out our guide to hotels near the Amway Center.)

    EAT:

    • Amura: This Japanese eatery serves up award-winning sushi in a casual atmosphere.
    • The Rusty Spoon: Orlando's farm-to-table scene comes downtown at this restaurant, whose innovative menu changes with the seasons.
    • Mojo: Mardi Gras may be over, but you can get your Cajun food fix anytime at this bar and grill.
    • Hamburger Mary's: Filling food with a cheeky theme. The sweet potato fries are my favs.
    • The Dessert Lady: Why didn't I think to call dibs on this URL? If your sweet tooth is as insatiable as mine, then save plenty of room for this sweet spot.

    PLAY:

    • Dickson Azalea Park: The lush greenery of this historic park will have you feeling like you're walking through a poem.
    • Lake Eola Park: Downtown Orlando's iconic park is an affordable place to spend a blissful afternoon or evening. Stay tuned for more on this in a future blog post.
    • The Spa of Thornton Park: After a night on your feet, screaming for the Magic, rejuvenate with a massage. Packages are available.
    • Eo Inn and Spa: Even if you don't stay at this boutique hotel, spend a few hours relaxing with a spa treatment and gorgeous downtown views.

    SHOP:

    • Marie-France Boutique: Don't let the word "France" throw you off; the clothing and accessories here only look expensive. So treat yourself to a moderately priced pair of earrings or new shoes.
    • Zou Zou Boutique: The designer duds here are a bit of a splurge, but if you're looking to shop for unique pieces in a beautiful atmosphere, then this is your place.
    • Mother Falcon Clothing: What's more affordable than a T-shirt? Design a custom tee to commemorate your fun weekend in Orlando.

    Come visit Florida and use this guide to explore where to eat and shop in downtown Orlando!

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