City District Regions
The idea for the City District has been over a decade in the making. Conceived during the Great Recession of the early 2010s, the City District is comprised of business owners working together to strengthen economic development in Downtown Orlando. With support from local merchants, the City District has continued to grow by becoming a member of Main Street America. Our mission is to bring people together to build better businesses, be good neighbors, and strengthen the community at large.
Wall Street Plaza is famous for its locally owned and operated complex of bars, restaurants and nightclubs all located within one city block. What began in 1995 with just one bar, over the years has grown to 7 diverse venues with packed outdoor block parties and some of the biggest and best special events in Downtown Orlando.
The Parramore Heritage Community is home to over 250 businesses. With a rich history dating back to the 1880s, the area is alive with culture and entertainment offerings. Cheer on the home team at a professional sporting event at a world-class venue, satisfy yourself with homestyle cooking and learn about the area’s history at the Wells’ Built Museum of African American History & Culture.
Businesses, diners and nightclubs line the iconic Orange Avenue located in the Central Business District. Visitors can easily spend a leisurely day seeing the sights and exploring what the avenue has to offer. A nice stroll can lead to the fountain in the middle of Lake Eola. This fountain and its neighboring historic outdoor shell theater are two of Orlando’s most famous landmarks. After hours when the busy strip is closed to motorized vehicles, the party begins many times at the Beachum – Downtown Orlando’s ultimate indoor/outdoor party bar.
Situated in the Parramore community, Creative Village is one of the largest transit-oriented developments in the southeast United States and is a five-minute walk to downtown Orlando’s Central Business District. The University of Central Florida partnered with Valencia College to bring more than 7,000 students to live, learn and work in downtown Orlando. It is also home to the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center and offers several new shopping and dining options.
Church Street is home to many of Orlando’s best restaurants, a bustling nightlife scene and the city’s iconic Railroad Depot. The real draw of Church Street is its vibrant nightlife scene, with venues providing touting classic comfort food, upscale dining, craft beers or tempting happy hours. This unique area is known for attracting a mixed crowd of locals, day-trippers, international tourists and the occasional bachelor/bachelorette/block party.