A visit to Orlando, Florida will not disappoint in the downtime activities that are available in this bustling city. The Orlando Farmers Market is the best place to get a little bit of everything the city has to offer, all in one place. No matter where you’re staying, it’s worth driving out of your way to experience. This go-to weekly event is both relaxing and practical. You can eat lunch, pick up souvenirs, and even get in a round of yoga.
Lake Eola, a city center park and lake known for the iconic fountain in the middle. Swan boat rentals, real swans, and waterside cocktails are part of the charm all week long. The market wraps around part of Lake Eola Park on Sundays, becoming a bustling paradise. Under the shade of towering oak trees, dozens of vendors set up shop to cater to friendly hordes of urbanites pushing strollers, walking dogs, or merely shopping. Live music plays through the afternoon to further enhance the atmosphere.
Stock Up on Local Foods
Traditional produce vendors aren’t the core of Orlando Farmers Market, although purveyors such as Morris’ Family Farm have bins loaded with locally grown fruits and vegetables. If you want heat-and-eat pierogies, honey from Florida bees, kale chips, unusual hot sauces, or mullet dip, you can find all that and more. The cheese-covered pretzel rolls at Euro Bake World are especially popular, and you can’t leave without trying the cold-brew coffee craft confections and fresh fruit or churro-flavored marshmallows from Sugar Rush Marshmallows.
Like grilled street corn or Vietnamese-style banh mi sandwiches with creative fillings? Those are just two of the many tempting lunch and snack choices at the market. Snack or feast on all-natural ice pops made from seasonal fruits, acaí bowls, or artisan tamales with green salsa made by Tamale Co. To quench your thirst, grab some squeezed-to-order orange juice at the Scragg’s Grove tent.
Shop for Souvenirs
Stock up on early holiday presents, or simply treat yourself to items you can’t find anywhere else. At FABU Pottery, potter Fabian Pesci imprints platters and bowls with unusual textured patterns and then glazes them in an array of colors. If pottery isn’t your thing, then look for booths with everything from personalized dog bandanas and bonsai trees to leather jewelry and hand-woven carryalls. From interesting soaps and mosaic knick-knacks to funny baby onesies and aprons, the shopping experience is always entertaining.
Practice Downward Dog
To get your day off to a relaxing start, join the throng of yoga enthusiasts who gather on a wide expanse of green lawn each Sunday to lay out their mats and participate in an hour-long session with an instructor from Yoga in Lake Eola Park. To join in, simply show up and pay the nominal fee for the session, most of which goes to keeping the grass healthy in the park.
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