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Audubon Park/Baldwin Park

Sometimes opposites really do attract


It may seem a little odd to pair these two neighborhoods – Audubon Park is arguably the hippest, most organically developed neighborhood in town, while Baldwin Park is (again, arguably) one of the most carefully planned developments in Orlando proper. However, these two very different neighborhoods complement one another nicely. Baldwin Park brought to this area a new Publix supermarket, a CVS and a handful of chain conveniences (Five Guys burgers, a Subway) Audubon Park was lacking. Audubon Park brings to the table a killer craft beer bar, Redlight Redlight (2810 Corrine Drive, 407-893-9832, redlightredlightbeerparlour.com), Orlando’s best place to buy new and used CDs and vinyl (Park Ave CDs, 2916 Corrine Drive, 407-447-7275, parkavecds.com), a fantastic neighborhood sandwich shop (Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux, 3022 Corrine Drive, 407-427-1440, bikesbeansandbordeaux.com) and probably the most hipster of hangouts in town, Stardust Video and Coffee (1842 Winter Park Road, 407-623-3393, stardustie.com).

Between these two neighborhoods, you have critical mass: two sushi joints (Seito Sushi, 4898 New Broad St., 407-898-8801, in Baldwin, or Sushi Lola’s, 2806 Corrine Drive, 407-898-5652, sushilolas.com, in Audubon), two Italian restaurants (O! Stromboli, 1803 E. Winter Park Road, 407-647-3872, in Audubon, and La Bella Luna, 4886 New Broad St., 407-895-0025, labellalunafl.com, in Baldwin) and plenty of neighborhood bars (Caddyshanks, 4882 New Broad St., 407-574-6570, caddyshanks.com; Big Daddy’s Roadhouse, 3001 Corrine Drive, 407-644-2844). For delectable baked goods, you can’t go wrong with Blue Bird Bake Shop (3122 Corrine Drive, 407-228-3822, bluebirdbakeshop.com); Ice Cream Treats and Eats (3114 Corrine Drive, 407-894-0286) serves ice cream for both humans and dogs; and at Delish frozen yogurt (4954 New Broad St., 407-440-4222, delishyogurt.com), you can order your soft-serve with self-serve toppings by the ounce.

Perhaps best of all, there’s plenty of green space and beauty nearby. Blue Jacket Park’s formal footbridge and fountain (2501 General Rees Ave.) are popular spots for majestic-looking graduation photoshoots, and the pocket parks planted with native plants and grasses that sit between Baldwin Park’s townhouses and mini-mansions, create ideal habitats for Florida wildlife. Between these two neighborhoods, you get the best of both worlds.

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