Best Places to Shop in Orlando

Orlando is not just a paradise, it’s a shopper’s paradise. There’s great bargains to be found all over the city as well as shopping malls galore. After a morning of shopping, whether it’s for high-end fashion or discount outlet stores, you’ll be ready to work on your tan in a new bathing suit and out to dinner in a designer gown.

Prime 1 Outlets on International Drive features over 125 of the most popular brand outlet stores. You’ll save big time on all the famous brands such as Armani, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Eddie Bauer, Gucci and many more. Besides apparel, you’ll find bargains in shoes, children’s clothing, luggage, leather, home décor and jewelry.

Festival Bay Mall on International Drive has a store directory filled with stores such as Bass Pro Shop, Outdoor World, Sheplers Western Wear. Take a break and see a movie at one of the seven theaters in this mall. With a selection of over 80 stores and restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Leave the kids and dad to have fun at the Putting Edge Fun Center where they can play a round or two of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf.

The Mall at Millenia offer Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Macy’s to fulfill Olando’s need for high-end fashion retail. In addition, new to the mall are Chanel, Gucci, Apple Computer, Tommy Bahama, Cartier and many more. This mall fills the air with “high-end” aromas as well with dining possibilities such as China Bistro, Cheesecake factory, Brio Tuscan Grill and Panera Bread. Currently in the works surrounding this unique shopping experience is a five million square foot development to include premier office space, hotel as well as other commercial uses. Located just one mile north of Florida’s I-4.

Point Orlando is the place to shop when you’re tired of the indoor mall scene. After all, with Florida’s beautiful weather, why spend the day inside. The entire family will enjoy a shopping trip to Point Orlando with over 40 retail shops and store, numerous restaurants and entertainment for those with a short shopping attention span. The landscaping of fountains, lush greenery and tall palm trees is like strolling through a park. There’s even live music at some of the bars and restaurants.

West Oaks Mall offers over 120 stores in one of Orlando’s newest malls. It’s west Orlando’s biggest shopping mall. If the kids get antsy, take them over to the soft play area or for a Carousel ride. If dad’s along, send him to one of the many theaters to see that movie he’s been talking about.

Old Town has over 75 specialty shops and lots of restaurants to choose from. Best yet, they are only two miles from Walt Disney World. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 1950s at this open-air dining, shopping and entertainment attraction. Dad will love the Saturday Nite Car Cruise. It features over 300 pre-1973 American vehicles. Stop for a bit and take a break from shopping with a lunch of old fashioned hamburgers and root beer at the A&W Restaurant.

Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet Stores treats it’s shoppers up to a 75% savings on famous brands everyone loves such as Carter’s, Bass, Eddie Bauer, OshKosh, VanHeusen. Tommy Hilfiger and so much more. You’ll find convenient front of the store parking and a relaxed village type shopping arena. Take a break at World of Coffee for your favorite latte and a pastry snack. The children will love the special play area.

Downtown Disney Marketplace gives you all the fun of Disney World for shoppers. Enjoy Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant, Disney Days of Christmas, Lego Imagination Center, Once Upon a Toy Store, Mickey’s Mart, Goofy’s Candy Company, Team Mickey Athletic club and more surprises and fun.

The Florida Mall is the largest mall in central Florida, located just minutes from downtown Orlando. Shop ’til you drop at Champ’s Sports, Bare Essentials, Apple Computer and Mayor’s Jewelers. Then stop for a bite at California Pizza Kitchen. Pick up a gift for the pooch you left back home at Just Dogs Gourmet. If you love shoes, you’ll love browsing and buying at over 25 shoe stores and that number doesn’t include the department stores.

Something Blue is the bridal shop if your planning for an upcoming wedding. Have a little honeymoon before the wedding and enjoy Orlando’s sun and surf. But, while you are there find that perfect dress of your dreams. Something Blue has everything you need to attire your bridal party, flower girl dresses, bridesmaid dresses and all the accessories. Pick your bridal gown from Amy Kuschel, Carmela Sutera, La Sposa, James Clifford, Tara Keely, Justin Alexander and so many more.

Park Promenade Jewelry offers many fine jewelry choices and is known as one of Orlando’s top jewelers and their diamond showcase. If you’ve been searching for just the right piece, surely you will find it at Park Promenade Jewelry.

Marie France is a trendy fashion boutique that offers quality clothing, jewelry and accessories at a great price. You’ll want to visit every time you come to Orlando. Their merchandise is constantly changing to the newest and most unique items. They don’t care about labels and logos, but the creative quality of a piece that will spell out exactly who you are when you wear the item you’ve chosen. They are located on Washington Street in the heart of Thornton Park.

This Olde House will have you tinkering away the hours with so many nooks and crannies to explore. You’ll go home with the perfect antique or gift for that someone special but difficult to buy for. Best yet, they will ship all of your purchases to the location you specify – no need to carry it all home. It is, in fact, like shopping in an old house full of goodies that you can’t resist.

Rock & Roll Heaven is the best record store in Orlando. Find the album that brings back the days of your youth. Some of their vinyl records are easy to find at any nostalgic music store, but the rare finds are abundant as well. If you think rock & roll should only be played on vinyl, this is your store.

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