Eat Like a Local at East End Market

The next time you’re hungry in Orlando, zip past the familiar restaurants, and head to East End Market, a woodsy food hall inside a converted church that’s popular with the locals. The two-floor destination is located in Orlando’s up-and-coming Audubon Park Garden District.

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The next time you’re hungry in Orlando, zip past the familiar restaurants, and head to East End Market, a woodsy food hall inside a converted church that’s popular with the locals. The two-floor destination is located in Orlando’s up-and-coming Audubon Park Garden District.

Interior shot of food stalls in the East End Market in Orlando, FL

Whatever special flavors you seek, chances are one of East End Market’s purveyors sell everything you need to make it — or cooks and serves it, often using locally sourced ingredients. Wander around, find your favorite vendor, and then grab a seat at a communal table indoors or out. Need a pick-me-up? Grab an artisan java from Lineage Coffee Roasting.

Olde Hearth Bread Co.

You won’t get a full meal with all the trimmings at this baker of hearty breads and pastries, but you can easily turn a black olive baguette, fig-and-anise roll, or multigrain boule into a satisfying lunch. While visiting the Olde Hearth Bread Co., stock up on specialty granola bars, fruit-filled pastries made with top-quality ingredients, and asiago sourdough crisps. Don’t even think of leaving the premises without a bag of the not-too-sweet peanut butter sandwich cookies.

Domu

Bowl of ramen from Domu Ramen restaurant in Orlando, FL

A full-fledged restaurant within the complex, Domu packs in both millennials and their parents for the signature ramen dish. The laid-back space offers half a dozen or so Japanese noodle soups at a time, served hot or cold, as well as nibbles like shishito peppers, grilled octopus, and assorted incarnations of raw sliced fish.

Gideon’s Bakehouse

=" Stack of chocolate chip cookies from Gideon's Bakehouse

You’ve never seen a cookie shop like Gideon’s Bakehouse. The counter is pretty in a tailored, somewhat ornate, Victorian kind of way. A few sample cookies are displayed behind glass in what resembles your Grandma’s breakfront. The cookies will certainly capture your attention, mostly because they’re crazy enormous, loaded with chips, and topped with indulgences like candied walnuts and pistachio toffee. Yum!

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Skyebird Juice Bar

You may develop a healthy glow just by looking at the Skyebird menu. This juice bar with counter seating is all about nutritious eating. From smoothies with house-made almond milk as a base to cold-pressed kale juice, the options nourish, refresh, and quench your thirst. If you’re hungry, opt for a meal in a jar, such as zucchini pasta or vegan taco salad. Strange? Yes. But oh, so delicious.

La Femme Du Fromage

La Femme du Fromage, photo by Richard Paris

Step up to the counter for an old-fashioned cheese-shop experience, with staffers offering customers little tastes of the ever-changing repertoire of cow, sheep, and goat-derived dairy products before purchasing. If the elusive Green Hill double-cream variety from Sweet Grass Dairy is in stock, buy it on the spot. It pairs perfectly with a loaf from Olde Hearth. This shop also serves light meals, such as cheese and charcuterie platters. There are certainly worse ways to overeat.

Farm & Haus

Owned by a friendly young couple, this petite eatery, in the far back corner of East End Market, is known for its home-delivered healthy meals. It also dishes out breakfast and lunch for on- or off-site consumption, and wholesome ingredients really make the menu options stand out. A breakfast bowl, for instance, might include a blend of stone-ground grits and eggs from an area farm along with braised greens and smoked brisket. The small menu is a surprise every visit.

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