It’s no secret that Orlandoans have seen this city go from a farm town in the 60s and 70s to a tourist haven in the 90s with theme parks galore to finally a merging metropolitan city with an actual identity.

Orlando has been hailed as an emerging foodie city, more than just theme parks, and of course when it comes to anything tourist related, an obvious winner.

But what about the surrounding neighborhoods that give our beloved city its identity?

Well, Thrillist has finally given a shout out to a very popular neighborhood, Mills 50.

The couple square miles that make up the Mills 50 neighborhood are dotted with Asian food, yoga studios, tattoo parlors, colorful murals and plenty of new restaurants for any foodie.

The central location of Mills 50 has proven to be beneficial to businesses in that area such as Tako Cheena, Pig Floyds, Firebirds, Pure Barre, etc.

Thrillist wrote the following:

In case you missed it, Orlando has developed into a living, breathing city where people have jobs that don’t involve giant furry costumes. And as Orlando takes its rightful place among major US metros, the “cool” neighborhood they’ll be talking about is Mills 50. Artists and savvy developers have transformed this drab stretch of Florida into a colorful, creative haven where you’ll find the city’s largest collection of murals. Even the storm drains and dumpsters have been turned into works of art.

Like a miniature half-priced Santa Monica, the streets are filled with yoga studios, tattoo shops, and holistic wellness centers. Oh, and with outstandingly eclectic food, thanks to an influx of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Asia. A short walk away is The District, a neighborhood co-op where local artisans and urban farmers peddle their wares. The best part: it’s beautifully, blissfully tourist-free.

Other cities made the list including Nashville, Washington, D.C., Chattanooga, San Francisco, and many more!


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