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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in Orlando

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Orlando, Fla.

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Orlando, Fla. might be best known for housing the happiest place on Earth, but it’s also one of the most dynamic cities in the country. And Worth is here to help you discover some of the best businesses, hotels, restaurants and attractions Orlando has to offer.

Businesses

StarterStudio

The village commons for Orlando’s tech community, StarterStudio houses collaborative work spaces and hosts multiple events throughout the month. 101 S. Garland Ave., Suite 108, 407.378.4150, starterstudio.org

DeepWork Capital

Dubbed Florida’s most active venture capital firm by CB Insights, the company invests in Florida startups, many of them early stage tech companies. 1030 N. Orange Ave., Suite 101, 407.988.3014, deepworkcapital.com

Orlando Regional Tech Association

The Orlando Regional Tech Association hosts the largest tech meetup in the Southeast each month. Its calendar lists many of the area’s other upcoming tech events. 101 S. Garland Ave., 407.850.8648, orlando.tech

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Hotels

Aloft Orlando Downtown

The city’s former utilities building has been transformed into a hotel and event space. Most of the building’s original features were kept intact, meaning oversized rooms with 10-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. 500 S. Orange Ave., 407.380.3500, aloftorlandodowntown.com

Grand Bohemian Hotel

Conveniently located near Camping World Stadium, the Grand Bohemian is also a short drive from tourist hot spots like Disney World. 325 S. Orange Ave., 407.313.9000, kesslercollection.com/bohemian-orlando

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney World is still the biggest draw in Orlando, and the Grand Floridian’s suites are some of the best digs in the area. Expect to be pampered, and even the most jaded might find themselves enjoying the Magic Kingdom. 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, 407.824.3000, disneyworld.disney.go.com

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Restaurants

Domu

This pan-Asian restaurant serves ramen, small plates and inventive cocktails. Its weekend brunch is especially popular. 3201 Corrine Dr., Suite 100, 407.960.1228, domufl.com

The Sanctum

Even meat-eaters will enjoy the Sanctum’s plant-based menu. Dishes like bibimbap and pad Thai are delightfully reimagined with homemade tempeh and organic greens. 715 N. Fern Creek Ave., Unit D, 407.757.0346, thesanctumcafe.com

The Rusty Spoon

This farm-to-table restaurant features James Beard Award nominee Kathleen Blake heading up the kitchen. 55 W. Church St., 407.401.8811, therustyspoon.com

Soco

Executive chef Greg Richie has headed the kitchens of celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Roy Yamaguchi’s Orlando restaurants, but now he’s struck out on his own, reinventing classic Southern cuisine at Soco. 629 E. Central Blvd., 407.849.1800, socothorntonpark.com

Canvas Restaurant & Market

A seafood-focused, Southern and Latin American fusion restaurant, Canvas is a waterside anchor in the Lake Nona development. This casual eatery serves dinner only, though the bar opens at 3 p.m. 13615 Sachs Ave., 407.313.7800, canvaslakenona.com

Jaleo

The Disney Springs outpost of chef José Andrés’ tapas restaurant serves up Spanish classics like paella and jamón ibérico. 1482 Buena Vista Drive, 321.348.3211, jaleo.com

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Experiences

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club

The Lake Nona residential development and club has quickly become a major Orlando gathering place. And its golf course, built in 1986, has a reputation as one of the best in Florida. You’ll need an invitation from a member to play. 9801 Lake Nona Club Dr., 407.851.9091, lakenona.club

Orlando City Soccer Club

Orlando City honored the victims of Pulse with 49 permanent rainbow-colored seats in its newly named Exploria Stadium. These games are often some of the most dramatic and aggressive in Major League Soccer. Be sure to check out the premium seating options. 655 W. Church St., 855.675.2489, orlandocitysc.com

Reunion Golf & Spa Resort

Reunion is the only resort in the world with courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. Guests can stay in luxe villas right on the courses. 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, 833.258.0472, reunionresort.com

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