Whether you're an Orlando local or visitor, this magical city has a lot to offer when it comes to food scene and panoramic views. Maybe you're tired of the same old Disney adventures and walking around CityWalk. This is the time to explore out of your comfort zone and see what you've been missing out.
The city has a great food scene, art museums, and great live music venues to take your bae whenever you're dinner plans didn't go according to plan. Enjoy the holidays and festivities at one of these locations during winter. You need to take advantage of everlasting summer and discover more about O-town.
Orlando has great neighborhoods with hidden coffee shops and parks that are perfect for an Instagram worthy moment. So, take off your ugly Christmas sweater and complete your Orlando winter bucket list with your girlfriend.
Where: 1284 N Orange Ave, Winter Park
If you're into a healthy holiday mode, take bae to this vegan/vegetarian spot. This place is popular for its acai bowls. But you can create your own smoothie bowls, smoothies, and salads. Get your bowl on at this local's favorite and take a selfie with your favorite meal. This is the perfect spot to go after your workout and sweat session at the gym. Order the Anna Banana or a delicious oatmeal bowl like the Blackberry Crumble. You'll be coming here more than once after you try this deliciousness.
Where: 47 E Robinson St #100
If you're looking for a cool Bumble date spot or somewhere to chill with your girlfriend, Craft and Common is the place. This coffee bar specializes in hand-crafted drinks. Locals love coming here for The Wild Child latte. It's made with espresso, milk, rose syrup, vanilla, cardamom, and petals. Your girlfriend will love the ambiance and cute Insta coffee vibes. Also, you can order vegan pastries from local vendors such as Valhalla Bakery and CayCakes Bakery. This coffee shop also sells cute cards and vegan books for your coffee table. Meet other coffeepreneurs and enjoy the lifestyle.
Where: 1365 Alabama Dr, Winter Park
This scenic public park is popular for photo shoots and birthday shoots. For a non-expensive date, bring your girlfriend on a picnic date and enjoy the lake view. The park is filled with beautiful cypress trees. In the center, you can find the 14-foot tall Exedra monument which looks like taken from an ancient Greek museum. The scenery is breathtaking and perfect for a winter afternoon. The park has enough benches to sit down and watch the sunset.
Where: 420 E Church St Unit 112
This is downtown Orlando's little ice cream boutique. This ice cream shop serves handcrafted ice cream with ingredients that are locally sourced and organic. You'll be getting a real treat from this amazing cream parlor and one of the best ice cream flavors in town. You can order vegan donuts ice cream pairings and vegan macarons ice cream sammies. The Orlando community is loyal to this boutique for its quality ingredients and unique recipes. Indulge with an ice cream cone and forget your worries.
Where: 4200 Conroy Rd
This indoor shopping mall has great luxury boutiques for those into fashion and style. Take your girlfriend on a shopping spree and show her you also have style. You can find stores like Gucci, Prada, Chanel, and Burberry. After an afternoon shopping, take bae to one of the restaurants or join one of the holiday events. Make it an all-day experience and get your holiday gifts while exploring this luxury mall.
Where: Dixieland, Lakeland
Maybe your girlfriend is looking for the ultimate backdrop for her Instagram. This angel selfie wall has become really popular among the Orlando community. Be her personal photographer for a day and tell her to spread her wings. Aaron Corbitt is the artist behind this wall. The celestial art wall will make her look like an angel and you'll become the best Insta boyfriend after this.
Winter Garden Downtown Historic District
Where: 104 S Lakeview Ave
This U.S. historic district has the small town charm of old Florida. The place is surrounded by antique shops, restaurants, and boutiques. You can come on a Saturday and buy fresh fruits at the farmer's market. Also, during the night you can catch a live show at the Garden Theatre. The place has great events for the community, museums, and galleries for the art lover, and a water fountain to make a wish.
Where: 141 Lincoln Ave
If your girlfriend is a plant lady take her to this garden store. The store sells botanical goods and offers workshops for those wanting to learn more about plants. Piante also specializes in events and weddings. This place is zen-tastic and sells the cutest ceramic pots for your plants. Help your girlfriend select the best plants for her indoor garden and how to customize her space.
Where: 4421 Edgewater Dr
This is a whimsical event space in Orlando. The one-acre urban sanctuary has a beautiful landscape and offers a great backdrop for those seeking good images. The location features a chapel hall, tiny house, camphor tree, fire pit, barn, kitchen house, mirror patio, stage, trailer, and vine wall. It's the perfect place for a rustic wedding or engagement shoot.
Where: Universal Studios Florida
Enjoy a meal inside this 50's inspired-theme drive-in. The location brings back the old school style with jukebox and vintage cars outside. If your girlfriend is into chick flicks like Grease, she'll love this place. The retro restaurant offers good food at classic vinyl booths. Enjoy a frosty milkshake while listening to old school rock n' roll.
Where: 30 S. Magnolia Avenue
This dark wood lounge was a vintage furniture store in the late 1800s. The historical atmosphere allows guests to mingle and socialize with ease. It's the perfect place to grab a cocktail and don't worry about time. The place is sophisticated and offers comfortable seating while allowing the butlers to be at your service. Come in your best outfit and enjoy one of the best nightlife spots in the city.
Where: 348 N Park Ave, Winter Park
This restaurant is a bit hidden and hard to come across. Once you find it, you'll enjoy American fusion cuisine, craft cocktails, and a lengthy beer menu. If you're looking for great lighting for your Insta food posts, this is the restaurant. The pool table is a great way to entertain during happy hour and wait for your table. Garp & Fuss is inside The Hidden Garden and exudes a feeling of "being at home." Take your girlfriend on a lunch or dinner date that she'll remember.
Where: 1000 Holt Avenue-2765
A visit to the museum is always a great way to enjoy time with the girlfriend. This museum offers great exhibitions and collections of the best contemporary art. Explore with babe more than 5,500 objects from antiquity to the contemporary. It's a great place to let your ideas run wild and get inspirations for your next work.
Where: 601 Virginia Dr
Are you wondering where to get craft beer and great wine? If you're a couple who can't decide on one drink, The Thirsty Topher has you covered. The Cicerone certified beer servers will help you find the right beer for your taste. There are 25 beers on tap to try and a great selection of red and white wines. Come for happy hour and invite your friends for a group night out.
Where: 4201 South Orange Ave
The laidback waterfront restaurant has the perfect view for sunsets. Start an early dinner date at this place and enjoy a delicious meal. The menu offers sandwiches, poke bowls, salads, fish, steaks, and desserts. It's a great place for those on a budget. The location offers great views and brews without the extra charge. Come with your favorite casual outfit and show your girlfriend you don't need a five-star restaurant to have a good time.
Where: 19239 US-27, Clermont
Explore and taste fine wines at Lakeridge vineyards. You can book a wine tasting tour and learn about native muscadine grapes. Come with a full stomach because you might get tipsy after a few sips. The place has regular events such as live music, festivals, and arts & crafts.
Where: 6555 Hoffner Ave
Come and pray at the largest Buddhist temple in Central Florida. Sometimes we just need a little guidance to seek the light within us. The place offers events such as Dharma talk series. You can also take a tour of the location and meditate at the meditation hall. Complete your visit with a cup of tea and good karma.