How To Spend 48 Hours In Black-Owned Orlando, Florida
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How To Spend 48 Hours In Black-Owned Orlando, Florida

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Spencer Jones
Spencer Jones Mar 9, 2022

The first things that come to mind when most people think of Orlando are its chief attractions, Disney World and Universal Studios, which draw millions of visitors a year. Beyond these, there are plenty of shops, restaurants, galleries and other establishments to visit, and some of them are proudly Black-owned.

For many travelers, Orlando, like the rest of Florida, is a good choice for those seeking a respite from the winter blues. It also offers something for solo-travelers to families with young children.

If you’re planning a short stint in Florida, here are some Black-owned businesses you can patronize in Orlando, also nicknamed “The City Beautiful.”

1. Day 1- Morning

 

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Who says the morning is too early for something sweet? Get your sugar fix at Sister Honey’s, selling delicious pies, cookies, cupcakes and more. You can place your order in person or on the phone.

Before heading to the next Black-owned establishment, there are some beautiful green parks to explore. Lake Eola Park is in the center of downtown Orlando, and Leu Botanical Gardens is a few minutes away.

 

 

 

 

2. Afternoon

Grab authentic island cuisine at Mark’s Jamaican Bar & Grill, serving patties, festivals (sweet, fried dumplings), jerk chicken and more.

Meats and fish are served with your choice of rice and peas, white rice, boiled banana, dumplings and/or plantains.

Check out the Wells’ Built Museum of African American History and Culture in the Parramore district. Please note, it still has limited hours because of the pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Evening

In 2021, Streetwise Urban Food made the Yelp list of Black-owned restaurants to watch. Order chicken tenders, tacos, burgers, salads and bowls.

Grab dessert at Chill Pop Lounge on Avalon Lake Drive, founded in 2015. There’s nothing like enjoying ice cream or a boozy shake on a hot day.

 

 

4. Day 2- Morning

 

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Head to Nikki’s Place on Carter Street for southern-inspired brunch. There’s shrimp and grits, liver and onions, catfish, crab cakes and pork chops (fried and smothered).

Beverages include sweet tea, lemonade and “Nick’s Combo,” a blend of lemonade and sweet tea.

 

5. Afternoon

Naked Bar Soap Company is proudly Black-owned and offers a broad selection of body products, including lip balms, bath bombs and of course, soaps which can be purchased online.

There are a few neighborhoods and monuments connected to Black History.

According to Visit Orlando, Eatonville, a town approximately six miles from the city, “was one of the first self-governing, all Black-municipalities in the US.” Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is partially set there.

In Winter Park, The Hannibal Square Heritage Center celebrates Black struggle and excellence through the years.

In the downtown Orlando area, there’s Tinker Field. At one point, a stadium stood there, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. issued a speech.

 

6. Evening

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant on International Drive was founded in 2006.

According to the website, the restaurant “serves dishes ranging from beef, lamb, poultry and fish,” and there are also vegetarian and vegan options.

Hosting a special occasion? The space can be rented out for that purpose and catering is also available.

 

 

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