Retail Therapy: Where to Shop in Florida

    By Lauren Tjaden

    You’ll find unsurpassed shopping in Florida, including celebrated, opulent stores; vast discount outlets; eclectic art galleries; intriguing boutiques and sumptuous antiques. From the kicked-back Florida Keys in the south, to historic Amelia Island and luxurious South Walton in the north, you can indulge your unique fashion sense, scoop up bargains or splurge on a special find—whether that means a plunging necklace laced with gold, a vivid painting, or spectacular shoes.

    Read on to discover the scoop on shopping in Florida.

    Big Bargains

    Fashionistas shouldn’t miss a visit to the granddaddy of discount shopping, internationally-renowned Sawgrass Mills, heralded as the largest outlet shopping destination in the entire United States. Located in Sunrise, west of Fort Lauderdale and north of Miami, this blockbuster, climate-controlled mall promises more than 350 stores -- including outlet stores from Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Gap, plus value retailers like OFF 5th Saks Fifth Avenue and Bed Bath & Beyond—as well as 15 restaurants. If you’re yearning for the super-lux, the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills is sure to please with its lavish selections.

    For information on the best outlets and malls in your neck of the sandbar, check out Florida Malls and Outlets.

    Upscale Utopia

    Distinctive shopping and dining are the hallmarks of International Plaza and Bay Street, a wonderland encompassing 200 specialty stores and 16 restaurants in Tampa, nestled on central Florida’s west coast. Spoil yourself with goods from high-end retailers including Neiman Marcus, Burberry, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton on the top floor of the two-story mall, or enjoy offerings from stores like Express, Sephora, Tommy Bahama and LUSH on the lower level. Save time for Bay Street, the outdoor section of the mall, where you can refuel at eateries that include Rocco’s Tacos, welcoming visitors with a true taste of Mexico, guacamole prepared table side and a mind-blowing 425 varieties of tequila; and favorites like the Cheesecake Factory, with over 200 dishes to satisfy an array of tastes and appetites in addition to 50 varieties of its signature dessert.

    If you’re on Florida’s Atlantic coast, pamper yourself with a trip to Palm Beach Outlets: Shopping in the Lap of Luxury.

    Specialty Shops

    If you’re looking for something distinctive, Florida is sure to deliver, with one-of-a kind shops that offer hand-crafted jewelry, decadent desserts and even fresh fruit. Here are a few favorites.

    Oranges! Tangerines! Grapefruit! Bring home a little of the Sunshine State with juicy, plump, oh-so-fragrant Florida citrus that you’ll find at one of Florida’s citrus shops and groves.
    You can make an adventure of the day; Mixon Fruit Farms, situated in Bradenton on Florida’s central west coast, invites you to explore their groves and packinghouse on their Orange Blossom Express Tram Tour. Or pay a visit to Showcase of Citrus, nestled in the hills of Clermont in central Florida, and pick your own fruit.

    For a curious and stunning delight, visit Phoenix Glass Studio & Gott Glass Gallery in Tampa on central Florida’s west coast, a fairyland of blown glass and glass sculpture.

    Whetstone Chocolatiers, a decadent enchantment in St. Augustine on Florida’s northeast coast, tempts visitors with dazzling and beautiful sweets, dessert and wine sauces and chocolate tasting tours.

    Check out more Florida Specialty shops.

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