Miles and miles of boutique-lined streets and bargain-packed outlets make Central Florida a favorite shopping destination.Shop ’til you drop at the Florida Mall (simon.com), Central Florida’s largest shopping mall in Orlando, which houses more than 260 shops and restaurants. The Mall at Millenia (mallatmillenia.com) is the place to go for high-end brands such as Cartier, Gucci and Chanel, and you can find upmarket goods at Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus.The city also has several outlet centers offering discounted prices on designer clothing, shoes and luggage (premiumoutlets.com/orlando; lbvfs.com).
If you are looking for a taste of Florida, the Bartow Farmers Market sells fresh produce, preserves, pickles and more—try the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market for some citrus from Scotty’s Produce. For mall shopping in the area, hit the nearly 100 stores at the Lakeland Square Mall.
The Loop in Kissimmee is a popular outdoor mall, split into Loop East and Loop West, offering 30 retail outlets including PacSun and Old Navy. Stop for a cone at Ben & Jerry’s or grab a bite in one of the dozen eateries at the mall.
The new Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, is now home to more than 100 shops, ranging from Anthropologie and Lucky Brand to the LEGO Store and the Art of Disney.
The Mall at Millenia in Orlando has become a favorite of locals and visitors. This shopping mecca features some of the most stylish shops in all of Central Florida: Tiffany & Co., Gucci and Louis Vuitton, to name a few. The Orlando Premium Outlets International Drive and Orlando Premium Outlets Vineland Avenue offer discounts on hundreds of brand-name products.Want big? Florida Mall in Orlando offers 1.9 million square feet of space and more than 250 stores to shop your heart out at.
Pointe Orlando, the lushly landscaped, fresh-air destination near the Orange County Convention Center, is known for more upscale and specialty shops, such as Armani Exchange and Rumor Boutique.
Park Avenue in Winter Park is the quintessential place to shop in Central Florida. Wander in and out of shops, such as Tuni, Siegel’s Winter Park, Ten Thousand Villages and Charyli, as you walk the brick-lined street. Nearby Winter Park Village features Pier One Imports, Owen Allen and Ulta.
North of Orlando, Renninger’s Antique Center & Farmers& Flea Market in Mount Dora is worth the trip. The family-owned business, situated on 117 acres in the rolling hills of Lake County, features hundreds of vendors, as well as vintage car and garden shows.
Nearby, Lake Square Mall in Leesburg features 59 stores, while Paddock Mall in Ocala has 90 stores, anchored by Sears, Belk and Via Entertainment.
Explore the shops and boutiques on First Street in historic Sanford, once a major Central Florida hub. The town is also home to Seminole Town Square, with seven anchor stores including Burlington Coat Factory.
You don’t have to search very hard to find great shops in Central Florida. What awesome items will you find?
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