You would be hard pressed to find a city more granola friendly than Orlando, Fla. When even your neighborhood hardware store sources its honey locally, you know the granola culture is strong.
But what is granola? Granola culture is like the Matrix. No one can be told what it is. You have to see it for yourself. Thankfully, Orlando shows much love to its granola inhabitants, so you can visit the following locales and get a taste of living the eco-friendly, co-op life—if only for a day.
1. Dandelion Café
2. Full Circle Yoga
Make sure you bring water if you plan to practice Bikram. Bikram, or hot, yoga instructors raise the room temperature to warm your muscles and make your stretches easier. After your first hot yoga class, regular yoga will feel like a breeze.
3. Park Ave CDs
4. Lazy Moon
5. Drunken Monkey
At this popular “study spot,” you probably won’t get much work done. You probably will get caught up talking with randoms about everything from English lit to organic chem before realizing it's already 11:30. Then again, your library doesn't serve coffee this good.
6. Stardust Video & Coffee
Another “study spot,” though to be fair, you actually might accomplish work here. If your mind starts wandering, Stardust has plenty of passive decor to distract you briefly before returning to work. Just don’t sit at the Pac-Man machine-turned-sitting table, or you can kiss productivity goodbye.
7. Café de Frutos Selectos
8. Create Your Nature & Foxtail
Both operate out of the old State Auto Shop on Orlando Ave. Sit inside, and you feel like you’re sitting in a super upscale distillery; outside, and you enjoy the Florida weather shaded by a large umbrella. Açaí bowls and coffee are on the pricey side, but there’s no more delicious way to go vegan for a day.
9. Vahalla Bakery
10. East End Market
11. Downtown Credo Coffee
Pay your way at this coffee shop—and maybe someone else’s while you’re at it. You can find recommended prices for everything, but you can choose to pay more or less. Make somebody’s day—or let somebody make yours.