With street names like Harvard, Vassar and Yale, it's no surprise that College Park is Orlando's most expensive neighborhood per square foot. Luckily, there's no dearth of affordable dining, sports bars and unbeatable brunches.
The Art Deco architecture of Miami somehow made its way up to Orlando, and College Park has some of the best examples of the style in town. The College Park Publix is the oldest in Orlando, originally opening in March 1967 and reopening in September 1998, and hearkens back to a time when signs were neon and choices were fewer.
Publix College Park, 2015 Edgewater Drive, 407-872-0173, publix.com
Christo's Café on Edgewater Drive embodies comfort, and what's more comforting than walking into the diner you've loved for years and seeing the same faces year after year? Michael Nelson and Tim Blankenship are the longest-standing servers at Christo's (Michael has been there eight years, Timmy for 10), and remember specifics about their customers' preferences, such as who likes extra pickles and who loves their home fries extra-crispy.
Christo's Café, 1815 Edgewater Drive, 407-425-8136, facebook.com/christoscafeorlando
Whatever obscure Asian ingredient your recipe calls for, it's a sure bet Woo Sung Oriental Food Mart will probably have it, from fresh wood ear mushrooms and dozens of banchan for Korean BBQ to live turtles and Korean caramels.
Woo Sung Oriental Food Mart, 5075 Edgewater Drive, 407-295-4077
It's been a year or so since College Park's main thoroughfare has seen fresh baked goods, so the March 21 opening of Croissant Gourmet in the former Ace Hardware spot is kind of a big deal. Look for flaky pastries, Nutella "croques," custom quiche and a little latte art to make Monday morning a little sweeter.
Croissant Gourmet, 2445 Edgewater Drive
College Park Yoga graduated from the space now occupied by coffee house Downtown Credo and is now located further north on Edgewater Drive in a charming midcentury-mod building. The yogi couple who runs the studio, Calvin and Theresa Curameng, are award-winning yoga therapists, raw-foodists and co-authors.
College Park Yoga, 3029 Edgewater Drive, 407-999-7871, collegeparkyoga.com