It might be one of the most visited cities in the United States, but few tourists see Orlando’s true substance. Known for its larger-than-life theme parks - Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld - Orlando spells entertainment like no other destination on the planet. But don’t get too swept up in the whimsical fun. There’s another side to The City Beautiful that too many visitors miss.


Once the theme park boxes are ticked be sure to venture away from the masses and experience Downtown Orlando. Explore lush gardens and parks, browse the many boutique fashion stores or embark on a journey of discovery through the city’s fascinating museums. After sunset, mix with the locals at one or more of Orlando’s trendy bars. 

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Area 287km2
Population 262,372
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Time Zone UTC-5

Dining in Orlando exemplifies what The Theme Park City is all about - big, bold and adventurous, often with a delightful theme to compliment the food itself. For fine dining in Walt Disney World, look no further than Victoria & Albert’s, where classic Victorian elegance meets first-class contemporary cuisine. Those looking for a quick and easy treat while exploring the parks should try one of the iconic Disney World snacks like the Dole Whip or Turkey Leg. Far less chaotic than Disney World but still a little magical in its own right is Winter Park, a quaint and picturesque suburban city reminiscent of a European town. Visitors are spoilt by a plethora of different dining opportunities, encompassing almost every cuisine under the sun - Vegan, Tuscan, Modern American, Italian, Spanish and even Polish. Winter Park is situated about 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando, or half an hour from Walt Disney World. If Asian food is on the menu, it has to be ViMi - a district just northeast of Downtown Orlando famous for its abundance of Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Korean restaurants. ViMi can’t be found on a map, but just head to the intersection of Virginia and Mills and you’ll get the idea.


Visitors to Walt Disney World should look no further than Downtown Disney when the shopping craving hits. This is a truly world-class shopping and entertainment district, home to the world’s largest Disney store, numerous fashion and specialty boutiques, and a wealth of entertainment opportunities including a 30-lane bowling alley. Five minutes away are the Orlando Premium Outlets, an outdoor outlet mall home to more than 180 high-end stores. Upscale shopping continues at The Mall at Millenia, Orlando’s best known shopping facility. Few malls in the country offer as many designer outlets in one place, with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Burberry, Jimmy Choo and countless other premium labels represented. The mall is conveniently positioned on the route between Walt Disney World and Downtown Florida. For a shopping experience with a difference, pay a visit to Old Town in Kissimmee, about 10 minutes southeast of Walt Disney World. Old Town takes visitors back in time with its classic and retro themed design. Shoppers can explore more than 70 specialty stores, most of which maintain the Old Town vibe with either vintage products or retro decor. This is also a great place for the kids, with several themed amusement rides they’re sure to love. Downtown Orlando certainly should not be overlooked when it comes to shopping. There are countless boutique shops and fashion outlets dotted around the city - the best way to experience them is to stroll the streets and soak up the atmosphere of Orlando’s heart. There’s also a fantastic Farmers’ Market held every Sunday at Lake Eola Park, offering not only fresh seasonal produce but also live entertainment and a popular beer garden.