Orlando is quickly becoming a world-class shopping destination. There are so many places to shop that no matter what your budget is, you’ll be able to take home some awesome finds on your next visit. Here’s an insider’s guide to the best places to shop in Orlando.
Shopping near Disney and the Attractions Area
If you can’t make it out of the attractions area on your next trip, don’t worry, there are plenty of shopping options to choose from.
With 108 boutiques from world famous brands to unique hard to find Disney wares, Disney Springs has quickly become a premier shopping district in Orlando. With free parking and lots of restaurants to dine at between stores, plan a full day to shop when you are there.
Universal City Walk
City Walk is the entertainment, dining, and shopping district. There are 24 shops sprinkled around City Walk that are a combination of nationally known clothing and shoe brands to specialty retail options. While the main attraction in this area might seem like dining and entertainment, the variety of shops City Walk features makes a shopping trip a must-do on a trip to Orlando.
Offering an eclectic mix of lesser known boutiques and nationally known brands, Pointe Orlando is a perfect place for an afternoon shopping trip. Make a day of it and catch a movie at the IMAX theatre to rest your weary legs after the shopping fun.
With over 1.8 million square feet of space, The Florida Mall is the largest indoor shopping mall in the region. The family friendly mall attracts visitors from all over the world with over 250 stores and restaurants. Attached to the mall is a hotel with a conference center and The Crayola Experience, a family friendly attraction which makes this more than just a mall.
Shopping Orlando’s Outlet Malls
Orlando is rich with outlet shopping. Because of the huge tourism market, travelers come from far and wide to get deals on discount wares they can take back home to enjoy. There are several different outlet malls to choose from:
Orlando Premium Outlets-International Drive
This is less of an outdoor mall, and more of a shopping campus because it is actually composed of two larger malls and four strip centers to explore! There is over 700,000 square feet of shopping including familiar favorites like Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, and so much more.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
This is a small outlet location in the attractions area on 535 near World Center Drive. While smaller than some of the other outlets in town, it’s a favorite among locals and tourist alike because of the easy access to stores and availability of parking. You can find standard favorites like Old Navy, Gap, Converse, and Nike all packed away in this outdoor shopping area.
Where Orlando Locals Love to Shop
If you want to get a taste of an everyday Orlandoan’s shopping choices, check out these local spots that should cover all your basic shopping needs.
Mall at the Millenia
If you are looking for top luxury brands like Versace, Gucci, Prada and more, the Mall at Millenia is where you need to shop. This indoor mall features the top luxury brands and even has personal concierge service to assist you on your visit.
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Located on the northeast side of town, this outdoor shopping center is a combination of big box stores, chain restaurants, and a few specialty food and boutiques which makes it a great one-stop shop for any shopper.
If you forgot an essential item when you packed and just need the closest spot for all the usual stores you love, check out The Loop in Kissimmee. This outdoor shopping plaza surrounds the intersection of Osceola Parkway and John Young Park Way only a few miles from the attractions area.
If you want to find the perfect vacation home that’ll put you right in the middle of all the wonderful shopping options Orlando has, make sure to contact us today. We’ll clue you in to the best communities for shopping aficionados. Email Milena@vivaorlando.com to learn more.