March 06, 2014

East End Market

There's been a lot of talk about the East End Market ever since it opened in Orlando last fall. This local market has become the hub in the Audubon Park neighborhood. East End Market fits right in the Audubon Park Garden District; which is known for it's local and unique shops and restaurants.

East End Market has transformed an empty church and has created a community-gathering place. This space is not only a visual delight, but also a place where folks can come and connect over food. 
East End Market in the Audubon Park Neighborhood in Orlando

The first thing you notice about the East End Market is the garden out front. These beds filled with fruits and vegetables are utilized in the kitchens of the local merchants. It's always nice to see what's in season at the market.

Garden East End Market Orlando
Along with the fresh fruit and vegetables out front, you will find some picnic tables. This is a nice spot to enjoy your provisions and bask in the Florida sunshine. There is also a lovely patio off to the side with more seating options. The patio's adorned with plants and succulents that are for sale. 
Outdoor garden East End Market Orlando

East End Market has over 20 merchants ranging from breads and coffee to books and design. The first floor offers a nice selection of food.  

Olde Hearth Bread and Lineage Coffee open their doors at 8am. While the rest of the merchants open at 10am and are open till 7pm Tuesday -Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday. East End Market is closed on Mondays.
Olde Hearth Bread East End Market Orlando

East End Market in the Audubon Park Neighborhood in Orlando
Most the time I visit the Market I walk in and wander to where my eyes lead me. I just go about till something delectable draws my attention. It doesn't take too long for that to happen!

Early Saturdays with a coffee and pastry are nice way to start the day. I'll stop by Skeybird when I'm feeling a need for a nutritional pick me up. Belly up to the bar at Local Roots and order a flight of Florida craft beer.
Local Roots East End Market Orlando

Florida Craft Beer Flight at East End Market Orlando

Local Roots East End Market Orlando
There is a nice variety of food offerings at the market that everyone in your group should find something they enjoy eating. You've got barbecue, pasta, cheese, seafood, cold pressed juice, baked goods and more.
Houndstooth Sauce Company East End Market Orlando

While most folks may be attracted to the market for the food there are some merchants offering goods and services. Check out some goodies for your home from Old Inc. or 99 Market. Be sure to head upstairs where there are a few new stores that have recently opened including Bookmark It and Whisk and Bowl.

As if the food, stores and the services offered at East End Market weren't enough to draw you in, their calendar filled with weekly events taking place will more than entice you. You'll find classes, lectures, movies, dinners, music and more. While there is a cost for most classes there are some free events happening as well.  I would suggest signing up for their weekly newsletter so you can stay informed with all the events that take place.

The East End Market is having a positive impact on local Orlando. This market is not only a food hub focusing on what is local, but the energy about the place makes you realize just how wonderful 


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