Boutique shopping and gifts
Menswear boutique Cloak and Dapper have plenty of fetching threads and grooming products on offer for the fashion-savvy gent. For something ingenious to entertain the kids, stop by the Orlando Science Center and pick up a puzzle, documentary film, or illustrated book from the gift shop. Boom-Art by Rogers Studio, however, is the place to go for one-of-a-kind curiosities. Equal parts gallery and boutique, this Ivanhoe Village standout sells custom pop art trinkets that will delight the most eclectic friend on your shopping list.
Parks and arts
Ivanhoe Village’s parks and winding walking trails are some of Orlando’s best. Meander past sleepy oak trees and bungalows on the Orlando Urban Trail, or wander the eponymous Lake Ivanhoe’s picturesque shore at Gaston Edwards Park. The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre has your performance arts needs covered, producing a bounty of stage productions every year for residents and travellers alike. Or, mix your arts and parks by spending an afternoon among Lock Haven Park’s public sculptures and modern art installations, not to mention The Mayor, Central Florida’s oldest and largest living oak tree.
Ivanhoe after dark
Even among Ivanhoe Village’s stellar bars, The Imperial breaks the after-hours cantina mould. This one-of-a-kind watering hole does double duty – it’s an antique furniture store by day, and a swanky wine and beer lounge after 5pm. The wood-hewn tables and chairs and great drinks menu make for a perfect night away from I-Drive. Mills Avenue’s Bart bar and arcade provides a midnight trip down memory lane of old-school classic games like Qbert and Galaga, all with craft beer or wine on deck. Local food trucks roll by every week to serve the late-night grub (pizza, empanadas, even sushi) to match.
But late night bar food and drink specialists, The Hammered Lamb reigns supreme in Ivanhoe Village. This local favourite serves the city’s top bacon-grilled cheese sandwich, best enjoyed paired with a vodka tonic on the Lamb’s covered patio. Be sure to keep your ears open for passing freight trains – “train shots” are on the house every time one thunders by.
Written by Scott Horn
Image credits: Ivanhoe village © Mark Inglert, The Matador © Chris Martin