Why This Blog Exists

If you’re coming to Orlando, maybe it’s because you’re generously dragging your kids here to see Disney. Maybe you’ve got aged grandparents you’re paying a visit. Maybe you just want to soak up some fun-in-the-sun.

Orlando is full of touristy, cheesy stuff that repulses many who enjoy culture and history. After you overpay for bland food at Disney and get nice and sunburned, explore this blog for true local suggestions.

Orlando has an interesting music scene, great restaurants, natural springs, amazing beaches, and lots of hidden gold mines–which most tourists never bother to see. Don’t miss out!

I’d like to introduce you to Orlando (for Hipsters). It’s just my way of saying there’s a lot here beyond the tourist scene. Enjoy.

P.S. Feel free to leave comments / requests here!


  1. kaleb

    September 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Sweet. I am looking forward to more. The Enzian is great. I can’t wait to see what else you recommend.

    1. iamvioletta

      September 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Kaleb!
      I posted today about Rock Springs. Appreciate your support reading my blog. 🙂

  2. Crystal Joiner (@crystaljoiner)

    February 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I just discovered your blog. It’s really a great blog and it’s it’s well needed! Keep up the good work. 🙂

  3. morphogen

    March 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Love this blog! Looking forward to checking out all these tips when I’m there in a couple of weeks when I’m in Orlando visiting relatives.

    Any good places to see live music or grab a drink at a low key place without having to rub elbows with tourists or bros?

    1. iamvioletta

      April 16, 2014 at 4:49 am


      Just posted a quick write up on Hanson’s Shoe Repair (aka Speakeasy bar). I think you’d like it. Check it out!

  4. Nicole

    May 7, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you for doing this! Will be in Orlando for the summer (internship) and looking forward to living out these recommendations!

    1. iamvioletta

      May 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Excellent! I hope you have a wonderful time here. Orlando has a lot to offer. 🙂

  5. M.C.S.

    July 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Hey – I’m super grateful for this resource. I’m an “out of towner” moving to Orlando for work in September and would actually be interested in a post about neighborhoods more generally. Selfish request, but might be interesting for others as well. Thanks again!

  6. Patrick

    October 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Not sure if you are looking for contributors, but I come to Orlando every month for work and have been struggling to find cool stuff…until I found your blog! Happy to contribute some reviews if it helps the cause.

    1. iamvioletta

      October 31, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Sure Patrick! I’d love to have you contribute.

      Just email: orlandoforhipsters@gmail.com 🙂

  7. aleksawal

    March 23, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    So happy I found this blog! We are in Orlando now so will def check out some of your recs. Does Hanson’s have live music.? If not can u recommend anywhere? We are here till Fri then heading to NOLA.

  8. Melissa

    May 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    So happy I found your blog! It gives me hope that there’s more to offer here than I thought! Please keep writing. I’d love to learn more!

    1. iamvioletta

      May 25, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Melissa! Appreciate the encouragement. 🙂

  9. ashleycabiltes

    February 12, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Hello!! I just moved into the Winter Park area and I appreciate this blog so much! Can’t wait to do these things!!! Keep writing!! Absolutely love this!

    1. iamvioletta

      February 20, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Thanks Ashley!

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