As the last few years have demonstrated, this neighborhood is definitely on the up and up. Dubbed after the T.G. Lee dairy plant, which borders the area, the Milk District offers an assortment of both dining and drinking options. Its cool bars and vintage boutiques exude the sort of hip vibe that brings in fancy investors over time (cough gentrification cough). So catch it authentic while you still can.
The Nook on Robinson
2432 E. Robinson St., facebook.com/thenookonrobinson
"A neighborhood bar and eatery," as their slogan goes, this is a non-pretentious and inviting hangout. With plenty of coffee, a shelf of used books for sale and a nice selection of beers, it lives up to its homey name.
617 Primrose Drive, 407-203-0727, se7enbites.com
Bigger, better and in an expanded space up the street, but just as delicious as ever, Se7en Bites is renowned around town for the way their Southern comfort dishes have a way of making you melt a little.
Saigon Noodle & Grill
101 N. Bumby Ave., 407-532-7373, saigonnoodleandgrill.com
Family-owned and operated, the specialties of the house are Vietnamese rice platters, pan-fried noodle dishes and family-style entrees, plus some of the best pho broth in town.
Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria
67 N. Bumby Ave., 407-894-0865, pompomsteahouse.com
Don't miss the enticingly conceptual sandwiches served up by Pom Moongauklang's devoted crew, like the Spicy Elvis, the Fu Man Chu or Mama Ling Ling's, with a whole Thanksgiving dinner between the slices.
The Milk Bar
2424 E. Robinson St., facebook.com/themilkbarlounge
Welcome to one of your new favorite haunts. It's extremely dog-friendly, with tons of specialty craft beer options as well as an array of different ciders. Make sure to stop by on a Tuesday for the Tasty Tuesday food truck roundup in the back parking lot.
2414 E. Robinson St., 407-894-6258, sportstownbilliards.com
Some would call this the heart of the Milk District, which makes sense when you consider how this shindig has everything from pool to ping-pong, shuffleboard to cornhole, to accompany what's on tap.
2405 E. South St., 407-412-5039, facebook.com/southerncraftbar
One of the latest additions to the Milk District, it's the craft cocktail extension of Southern Nights, one of Orlando's most popular LGBTQ after-dark destinations.
Little Joe's Primrose Tattoo Parlor
47 N. Primrose Drive, 407-492-2960, facebook.com/primrosetattoo
You know what to do here. Get your latest ink before you go out for a few drinks.
Orlando Skate Park
400 Festival Way, 407-246-2800, cityoforlando.net
Grip it and rip it, as they say. If you're a local, you might as well invest in an unlimited monthly or annual pass if you plan on shredding the street-gnar on the reg.
Pickup sports at Festival Park
2911 E. Robinson St., cityoforlando.net
Volleyball, basketball, you name it, but to hell with your local YMCA in the summertime. Make it out to Festival Park with some friends for a pickup game, or simply show up wearing your short shorts and hope to get chosen for someone's team.