Fall has arrived. School is back in session. And the tourist season is settling down. This makes it the perfect time to visit Orlando, theme park capital of the world? Actually there is more going on in Orlando than just the Mouse or the movie studio and their giant lands of fun. The dining scene has started to develop its own culture, with a combination of creativity and energy. The bar scene is embracing the mixology trend head on. And some shops focus on fun once you walk through the door.
Here are some of our favorite places in Orlando. Check them out the next time you visit and bypass the lines at the parks.
Details: 124 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-262-0050; www.prato-wp.com
Details: 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; 321-972-4398; 4rsmokehouse.com.
Details: 729 Lee Rd., Orlando; 407-645-4443; www.christnersprimesteakandlobster.com
Details: 565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; 321-280-4200; www.caskandlarder.com
Details: 27 E. Pine St., Orlando; 407-476-9446; Facebook.com/hansonsshoerepair
Details: 114 N. Orange Ave., Orlando; 407-450-2041; www.thecourtesybar.com
Details: 49 N. Orange Ave., Orlando; 407-203-1114; www.thewoodsorlando.com
Details: 8060 Via Delagio Way, Orlando; 407-985-2972; thepharmacyorlando.com
Details: 520 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-645-3499; www.rocketfizz.com
Details: 300 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-644-3200; peterbrookewp.com