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Best Things to Do in Mills50

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Getting its name from the intersection of Mills Ave (17-92) and State Road 50 (Colonial Dr.), Mills50 is the centrally located neighborhood in Orlando with all the best spots. Whether you’re searching for fast-casual or upscale dining, it can be found on Mills.

Coffee, craft beer, art, the best cocktails, live music venues, and more can be found in the Mills50 District, as well! All within a few (even walkable) miles, you can discover everything you need for a perfect day or night in this unrefined and eclectic urban gem!

📷 Katie Schwartz

1011 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Arguably some of the best pizza in the Orlando area. Known for their pizza slices being twice the size of your head, Lazy Moon is the place to enjoy fresh ingredients, 15 beers on tap, and well, being lazy.

Hang out with your friends while enjoying your a delicious slice or whole pie, if you think you can handle it. We can’t stress this enough, the slices are massive. 

932 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Providing a unique blend of Asian and Latin cultures, Tako Cheena has created some of the tastiest dishes in town. We recommend the Thai Peanut Chicken Tacos, the Korean Burrito, and of course, some empanadas. However, you really can’t go wrong with anything off of this incredibly affordable menu.

This tiny restaurant is the perfect place for lunch or for a late-night snack after bar-hopping along Mills50!

1835 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Did someone say Cuban coffee? From light bites and Cuban coffee in the morning to traditional Cuban dishes throughout the rest of the day, Black Bean Deli will become a weekly stop for you.

Some of our favorite dishes include the Cuban sandwich, Spanish baked chicken, and the vegetarian platter. You also can’t go wrong with the various flavors of flan, guava pastelito, or fried yuca when you need a snack! Plus, it’s absolutely gorgeous inside. 

1103 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Some of the best Asian street eats, beer, and wine can be found at Hawkers Asian Street Fare. Their flagship restaurant is located right in the middle of the bustling Mills Ave, where they provide an airy a mod-industrial ambiance.

Dumplings, pad Thai, spicy curries, and crisp pork belly are just a few of the popular and hand-picked Asian street items that they’ve chosen to recreate perfectly.

Hawkers is the perfect spot for friends and families, as it is a place of high energy with numerous shareable plates! We also highly recommend trying  their sake and Japanese whisky flights. 

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1321 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

If you haven’t been to The Guesthouse yet, then boy, are you in for a treat. They have some of the best cocktails in Orlando. It has a casual and comfortable feel with luscious plants and high top tables. It’s a lively and friendly environment with a happy hour that goes from 4PM–8PM every day. Yep, every day. You can’t go wrong with their Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, or a Humming Bird. 

They recently opened another establishment right next door called The Sunroom. With a stunning design featuring terrazzo countertops, handcrafted wood features, and all the plants to make this a cozy space, this addition to Mills50 is going to be a huge hit. They have an extensive craft cocktail list and a package area where you can purchase wine and beer to go.

1036 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

A wonderful place to hang out with friends at night. At Lil Indies, you can hang out on the couches and spend a relaxed evening accompanied by handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, or a glass of wine. There’s always entertainment, so it’s a great place for friendly gatherings and parties. You can experience live music and DJ nights on the weekends, too.

1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Connected to Lil Indies, Will’s Pub is the best neighborhood bar brought to you by Orlando’s music community. If you love live music, this is the place for you. The music venue also has pool tables and all the beer you can imagine. You can head here to get your beer and live music fix all in one, friendly neighborhood spot.

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3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

The cutest market and neighborhood food hub is right around the corner from Mills Ave. It’s full of artisanal food vendors, wine, and coffee. It includes everything from bakers to pasta makers to plant retailers. Let’s not forget that it is also the home of DOMU, which has the best ramen and small Asian plates in Orlando.

Grab a juice from Skyebird, wine from Bird of Paradise, or a famous giant cookie from Gideons Bakehouse and sit in the garden overflowing with plants from Porch Therapy and hang out with all of your friends.

777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

If you’re looking for a place to bring the kids, put the Orlando Science Center at the top of your list! Especially with unpredictable Florida weather, the science center is the perfect place for families on rainy days.

With tons of hands-on activities and interactive exhibits, both children and adults can dig for dinosaur bones, stand in a hurricane, participate in various workshops, watch films in the cinedome, learn about animals, and so much more.

They also host numerous events throughout the year like Science Night Live and Science of Wine that you’ll want to attend again and again!

1011 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

The best craft coffee roaster in Orlando, Lineage,  has their flagship stand located at East End Market and their cafe on Colonial. The cafe is beautifully designed, has the friendliest staff, and the best drip coffee, pour overs, and espresso drinks you’ll ever taste. Passion and community are behind everything they do.

You’ll love going to the cafe to chat with friends or to get some work done with sipping on a cappuccino!

714 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

The Mills50 district is also known for its Asian community and is the home of many Asian markets and restaurants including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, as well as both North and South Vietnamese items.

Royal Tea is the first Chinese franchise to bring authentic Asian tea to the United States. With the freshest ingredients, they offer the best boba tea on the block. Our go-to is the black lychee tea with boba, but you also can’t pass up any tea topped with their cheese mousse or their matcha!

2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

A stunning institution that brings the most innovative and inspiring art and culture to Orlando is located right in Mills50. The Orlando Museum of Art showcases 10-12 exhibitions annually and provides an abundance of programs and various events for people of all ages.

If you want to be compelled and educated, take an afternoon to wander the beautiful museum with friends, family, or even on your own. You’ll be blown away by every piece of art you lay your eyes on.

Mills50 Events

Mills50 always has events going on that you and your friends will absolutely treasure! Whether it’s the pub crawls, markets, latte art competitions, or live music, there’s inevitably something fun going on in this exciting and lively neighborhood in Orlando.

The best way to stay up to date with events happening in Mills50 is to download the UNATION App. We’ll provide all the details you need for upcoming fun stuff to do in the area!

If you decide to stop by and try any of these awesome places in Mills50, be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram and let us know how you liked it! Don’t forget to use our hashtag #StuffToDoInOrlando as well so we can repost you.

We hope you enjoy these locations as much as we do, and have fun discovering new parts of Orlando!

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Katie Schwartz

Katie Schwartz

Katie is the City Manager for UNATION and author of the  Stuff to Do in Orlando blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Orlando area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinOrlando on Instagram and Facebook.

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