East End Market
If you are ready to feel like a cool, eco-friendly kid, then East End Market is your jam. Imagine a mall-like setting, but replace the trendy clothing shops and department stores with locally grown fruits and veggies, made-to-order sandwiches and juices, an assortment of freshly baked bread and pastries, BEER, kitchen utensils made from sustainable products, as well as books, second hand items, and much, much more. Plus, there are adorable outdoor setting/eating areas that are a tangible metaphor for the market's whole philosophy.
I have to say that all the employees at East End Market were incredibly friendly. I got to talking to one of the workers at Olde Hearth Bread, and she helped me out so much! We covered everything from employment, to connecting East End with Animal Kingdom, to where I should head next.
My favorite shop was Lineage, which is a really cool coffee joint. Unfortunately, we came too late for hot drinks, but the lady did offer a "cold brew" instead. Silly me assumed she meant beer. But I quickly learned that no, a "cold brew" is exactly what it sounds like: coffee that is brewed and served cold. Because of that, it offers a much richer, almost chocolatey flavor. I got the vanilla and local honey version, and OMG was it good! I am already hooked and have been craving it ever since!
However, I was able to stop in The Ancient Olive, a flavored olive oil and vinegar shop. If you haven't been to one of these yet, you need to! I've been to three now (counting the newest one in Winter Park), and I am completely obsessed. What I liked about The Ancient Olive is they offered smaller bottle sizes, which is perfect for me since I am typically cooking for one. I picked up a Tuscan herb oil, and vanilla+orange balsamic...and I can't wait to use both!