Although Orlando’s a big place, it’s home to so many unique and independent businesses. Artisan coffee shops stand side by side with owner-run retail stores, and a selection of brewhouses and independent eateries ensure the city comes alive at night.

Get a real flavor of what to expect from the City Beautiful from five of my favorite small businesses in Orlando.

1] Lineage Coffee Shop

The independent coffee scene in Orlando is thriving. One of my favorite coffee spots in the city is Lineage, where you can sample some of the finest roasted beans from around the world.

What I love about Lineage is its investment in the story behind the coffee. The passionate Lineage baristas are only too happy to share the story of your brew, and you can grab a freshly roasted bag of beans to take home with you—a real Orlando favorite.

2] Sideward Brewing Co. 

Ideally positioned in the bustling Milk District of Downtown Orlando, Sideward Brewing Co. is a brewery, taproom, and kitchen that serves up the best beer in the city. Their bar is home to twenty taps that serve their various draught beers, which have been brewed just fifty feet away.

On-site is also a kitchen and eatery, where they serve up some awesome sandwiches and shareables, which are the perfect accompaniment to any drinking session. Sideward is a great place to hang out with friends and set the world to rights.

3] Palmer’s Garden & Goods.

This quirky garden center just north of downtown Orlando is the perfect place to pick up anything you can think of to beautify your garden. From seasonal plants to garden ornaments and features, a stroll around Palmer’s will provide you with suitable inspiration to take your garden to the next level.

The friendly in-store team is also on hand to answer any garden-related questions you might have, and this family-run business is a huge favorite of locals.

4] Naked Bar Soap Company

If there’s a better smelling shop anywhere in Central Florida than Naked Bar Soap Co., then I certainly haven’t been there! Their collection of salt soaps and bath bombs are particularly popular.

While they have a fully stocked online shop, visiting their store on Edgewater Drive is well worth it for the sensual experience it provides. This is a great place to pick up a gift for a loved one or to treat yourself to something extra special.

5] Paper Goat Post

I get a real kick out of visiting independent stationery stores. And the intricate detail and design that goes into producing the stock at Paper Goat Post really stand them apart.

With a wide range of beautifully crafted stationery items, balloons, custom-made invitations, and greeting cards, Paper Goat Post is yet another example of the artistic expression on display in Orlando, and it’s great to have such a niche independent to be able to support.

Live in independent Orlando. 

Orlando is home to many quirky independent retailers and small businesses. Living in the city gives you the perfect opportunity to shop at local small businesses and interact with the people that turned their business dreams into reality.

If you’re hoping to relocate to Orlando in the near future, I’d love to help you find the perfect place for you. Get in touch with me today with any questions about the current real estate market in the city.