4 Shopping Areas to Explore in Naples
By Dalia Colon
Last week, I gave you some pointers for navigating Naples' best-known shopping district, Fifth Avenue South. But that street isn't the only game in town for geat Naples shopping. If you're looking for retail therapy beyond Fifth Avenue South, put these stops on your itinerary.
1. Third Street South
Several blocks from the famed Fifth Street South is another popular byway. You'll find boutiques, salons and plenty of restaurants; when Hubby and I got hungry, we had a hard time deciding between several alluring options. We took the advice of our fellow guests at Bayfront Inn 5th Ave., Bryan and Evan of Miami. They said Campiello was worth the splurge, and they were right. Dinner for Hubby and me, including wine, came to about $50. The pasta is made fresh daily, and when I couldn't decide what to order, my server had the chef whip up a pasta primavera that wasn't on the menu. Take advantage of the specials and Sunday family-style suppers, and avoid the dinner rush.
2. Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay
Some malls are jam-packed with mediocre stores. Not this place. It houses several dozen carefully selected shops for those with discriminating taste. Hermes. Gucci. Lacoste. Apple. And the anchor? Nordstrom, of course. Whether you're a big spender or just window shopping in Naples, you'll enjoy strolling through the well-organized thoroughfares.
3. The Village on Venetian Bay
They don't call it Naples for nuthin'. This Italian-inspired Naples shopping enclave features high-end boutiques, galleries and restaurants with serene waterfront views. For an affordable afternoon, grab a cappuccino from Villaggio Cafe, then browse the colorful home decor items at A Horse of a Different Color. Summer hours are hit-or-miss, so if you have your heart set on a particular store, call ahead; many stores are closed Sundays.
4. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Stay with me here. General admission is $19.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids. But you can browse the gift shop for free. Check out the books, T-shirts, stuffed animals and other souvenirs. You can even see a few reptiles in their aquariums.