Shop ‘til You Drop in Orlando

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by Conrad - 15 February 2017

The year-round sunshine, theme parks and exciting attractions make Orlando a wonderful place to visit, but there’s lots more to do than just seeing the studios and riding the rollercoasters. Orlando has a wealth of shopping destinations for those who want to shop ‘til they drop, so check out our recommendations below if you like the idea of browsing beautiful boutiques and luxury brands.

Florida Mall 

The Florida Mall is central Florida’s largest shopping centre, so it’s a brilliant place to start if you fancy a proper browse. Brands like Apple, Coach, MAC Cosmetics, Michael Kors and Victoria’s Secret have large, popular stores here, and there’s a huge array of dining choices too. Treat yourself to whatever you fancy, from delicious treats served at Carlo’s Bakery right the way through to health-conscious eateries. The Florida Mall also has free Wi-Fi, currency exchange and baggage check (the Mall is just minutes away from Orlando International Airport).




The Mall at Millennia 

The Mall at Millennia is another fabulous shopping destination, but this one offers visitors an international collection of luxury brands. Expect to see Chanel, Cartier, Bulgari and other high-end names, as well as department stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdales. As well as buying clothes, gifts and jewellery, there’s plenty to treat your taste buds to: P F Changs, Johnny Rockets and Haagen-Dazs are located in the Mall, and are the perfect place to refuel if all that shopping has left you feeling a little weary. 

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets 

Or, if you’d prefer top brands at cheaper prices, why not visit Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. Florida’s largest outlet shopping destination allows shoppers to snap up items from brands such as Diesel, Kate Spade New York and UGG Australia while saving 25-65% on the price. The outlet store is a big hit with tourists and locals alike, and you’re bound to find a bargain while you’re there.




East End Market

Alternatively, for something completely different, how about visiting the East End Market? Rather than luxury shopping, East End Market provides the best of the neighbourhood’s wares courtesy of its local food and farm talent. Expect to find artisan cheese, breads, wines juices, flowers, homewares and gifts. And if you’re stopping in on a Saturday evening, you’ll get the chance to hear live music from local musicians in the courtyard. 

Altamonte Mall 

Finally, furthest away from central Orlando is Altamonte Mall. You’ll find everything here that you’d expect to see in a high-end shopping centre. The range of shops includes Abercrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, Gap, Hollister, H&M, Pandora, and Sephora; along with  full service restaurants, quick service restaurants and outlets for snacks and drinks. There’s also a theatre attached to the mall, in case you fancy catching a movie once you’ve checked out what’s on offer. 

It’s well worth hiring a car to visit all these shopping destinations as they’re spread out across Orlando, and the route isn’t particularly walkable. Plus, the boot of the car will come in handy for storing all your lovely purchases in, of course.

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