NAPLES' BEST SHOPPING CENTERS FOR THE SERIOUS BUY-HARD

Chelle Koster Walton

By , Local Expert, Naples
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Downtown Naples shopping has a character all its own. Several distinct neighborhoods range from historic upscale to salty and spicy. To experience the spectrum, don't miss Fifth Avenue South, with its sophisticated, youthful vibe, or nearby Tin City, a throwback to Naples' commercial fishing days. 

Away from downtown - also known as Old Naples - you will find plenty to tempt your credit card. Fashion-forward shopping centers in North Naples such as Waterside Shops and the newest, Mercato, are pure meccas of shopping for the die-hard buy-hard. Like most of the shopping arenas in and around Naples, dining experiences from...  Read more »

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    Fifth Avenue South

    • Neighborhood: Old Naples

    It defines Naples' shopping scene with lush vegetation, unusual shops, wonderful restaurants and lively nightlife.

    Local Expert Tip: "Parking is free along Fifth Avenue South, but fills up fast in the high season, at which time valet service is available."

     
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    Tin City

    Purely Naples, it recalls local history and is one of the most popular shopping destinations.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss Naples Soap, a local franchise that started here with handmade soaps and other bath products."

     
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    Third Street South

    • Neighborhood: Old Naples

    This is the original Naples commercial area, and its modern version is top chic in a historic setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "A number of fine restaurants and clubs reward the buy-hard shopper. Try Barbatella for authentic Italian pizza and gelato."

     
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    Mercato

    • Neighborhood: North Naples

    It is the new, happening scene in Naples these days.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mercato hosts a number of special events throughout the year, so check out its web site."

     
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    Crayton Cove

    • Neighborhood: Old Naples

    A local secret, it has a slower pace and saltier vibe than the other Old Naples districts.

    Local Expert Tip: "Spend the night at Cove Inn, a throwback to earlier Naples eras at the City Dock."

     
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    Waterside Shops

    It is gorgeous and has the best selection of high-end stores.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go ahead, make a wish and toss a coin in the fountain. It goes to a good cause to support cancer research."

     
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    Village on Venetian Bay

    With its Mediterranean good looks and great stores, it's quintessential Naples.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dancing by the Fountain brings an extra measure of merriment to the Village the last Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m."

     
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    Coastland Center

    It has the area's best well-rounded selection and only completely covered building.

    Local Expert Tip: "The shopping center is extremely family friendly with a kids' play area and kiddie rides, family restroom and stroller rentals."

     
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    Naples Outlet Center

    It is the only outlet center within Naples proper and offers great savings.

    Local Expert Tip: "Combine your shopping trip with a visit to Rookery Bay Learning Center nearby for a well-rounded day of south Naples sights. "

     
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    Coconut Point

    This is Southwest Florida's most extensive collection of stores and dining on one campus.

    Local Expert Tip: "Coconut Mall provides a whimsical play area for kids."

     

 

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