Maya Café Lounge & Gallery in Winter Park

By Yasmene Warren

Are you torn between spending the day checking out a funky art exhibit or chilling at a local café? Well, at Maya Café Lounge & Gallery, you can do both! Let’s check it out.

What is Maya Café?

Located on Howell Branch Road in Winter Park, Maya Café Lounge & Gallery is the city’s unique little slice of Venezuela. You’ll find this place on the same lot as the delectable La Patrona Tacos & Birria House food truck - one of our favorites for some tacos on the go.

front of maya cafe with weathered sign and purple and pink paint
entrance with greenery and pink walls on building

This café was founded and is run by three generations of Venezuelan women, according to Orlando Weekly, and they have made a masterpiece out of an old Goodwill Donation Xpress!

Maya Café features an array of artwork throughout its lounge, ranging from paintings and murals to handmade rugs and articles of clothing.

mural with pink flowers and tables and mismatched chairs

It’s the perfect place to go for light bites, filling meals, fancy drinks, and one-of-a-kind desserts with a side of artsy sights to see!

You can check out the fun for yourself Tuesday through Sunday, with opening times from 9/10 a.m. and closing between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The Never-Ending Menu

While dining at Maya Café, you’ll find that it has a lot to offer! There’s something for everyone, no matter what kind of mood you’re in.

If you're looking for more of a light bite, appetizers include prosciutto bites, baked brie cheese dip, or a figs salad as a healthier option.

menu with appetizers and breakfast options

Morning visitors can enjoy breakfast goods such as a variety of croissants, an egg and ham basket, an omelette, or hearty empanadas.

You can also fill up on a wide selection of tacos, sandwiches, hot dogs, and even ramen! We tried the panini with a side of plantain chips, and it was heavenly!

two images with lunch menu and sandwich plate with plantain chips

If you’re in the mood for something fancier, Maya Café also sells a variety of charcuterie boards. We opted for a light teaser and ordered the charcuterie cone, which came with prosciutto, salami, Gouda cheese, and nuts all neatly fixed on wooden sticks and presented in a glass cone.

charcuterie board in a little cup

Don’t forget to top your dining experience off with a delightful dessert. Key lime pie lovers can meet their match with Maya Café’s lemon pie — spoiler alert: It’s to die for!

two images with dessert and yellow lemon pie on a checker plate

The Atmosphere

Dining at Maya Café brings about an unconventional yet totally snazzy vibe to the Howell Branch area of Winter Park.

As you approach the entrance, you’ll be whisked away into Wonderland as you find gorgeous murals reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland fixed on the storefront.

pink wall with wonderland characters painted

Outside and in, you’ll also find numerous murals of lovely women throughout the walls — some with greenery growing from it for hair!

grey wall with greenery for a womans hair
black and white painting of woman on canvas with artsy decor

Car fan? Enjoy your food and drink in what’s left of a red Corvette inside, and bask in the artful aura that Maya Café emanates.

half of a corvette as sofas with a table and decor around


If you’re in the mood for foreign flavors with twists on universally loved favorites, then Maya Café Lounge & Gallery is the place to be. Get in touch with your inner art lover and take a gander at the gallery, or simply just enjoy the artsy décor throughout — from the ceiling to the floor. No matter how big or small your appetite is, Maya Café’s menu aims to please, so be sure to stop by next time you’re in the area!

Winter Park

Winter Park is a lively city in Orange County surrounded by a variety of other cities. You’ll find it nestled between Orlando and parts of Seminole County. This neighborhood is right outside of Seminole County near Casselberry, and it’s thriving with life! A comfortable suburb, this area of Winter Park is a short drive from the Altamonte Mall and East Orlando, which is perfect for those who want the convenience of shopping and entertainment without the hustle and bustle of the city. There are also a variety of parks and natural environments nearby for you to get in touch with your outdoorsy side. If you’re interested in finding a home in the area, our team would love to help you!


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