Retail and Outlet and Mixed-Use ... Oh, My! Orlando's Top Shopping



Shopping is not a spectator sport, but with Orlando’s tourist throngs coming out en masse to sack the city from outlet mall to retail mega-center, it can sometimes be a contact sport. The cool part? Venues such as the Buena Vista Factory Stores and Orlando Premium Outlet on International Drive are often microcosms of sorts – modern day bazaars where travelers from distant lands, speaking different languages come to buy the things they need. Of course, True Religion jeans and Nike cross-trainers – for most of us, anyway – are not necessities, but they sure are fun to score on deep discount. More traditional malls, the indoor, climate-controlled variety, are in no short supply, either. Luxury shoppers will find themselves easily sated at the beautiful Mall at Millenia while Altamonte Mall – and it’s lovely adjacent oasis of Cranes Roost Park – give divided parties two different ways to spend the day. They can meet up for dinner and a movie later. Mixed-use venues continue to proliferate. Winter Park Village is among the prettiest. Its streets, benches, flower pots and fountain create a village-like atmosphere. So much so that many choose to live in the on-site apartments and enjoy the dining and entertainment venues in their tiny “town.”




Waterford Lakes is relatively sprawling for a walkable, outdoor shopping center, and it could use some shade, but the "camouflaged" rock speakers piping in music as you stroll its sidewalks are a nice touch. The concentration of shopping,...  Read More


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South Orlando


The Florida Mall is an international, family-friendly shopping destination that welcomes more than 20 million visitors per year. Spanning nearly 1.8 million square feet, shoppers enjoy more than 250 stores and restaurants, including many...  Read More


Orlando Premium Outlets - International Drive


There are 16 places to eat amid the 700,000 square feet of shopping space at this Orlando Premium Outlets installment, but if we were you, we'd run our engines on coffee and Pinkberry and save room to discuss the day's spoils at one of I-Drive's...  Read More




With venues that include the Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Marlow's Tavern, Ra Sushi, the upscale Oceanaire Seafood Room and Taverna Opa, most locals think of Pointe Orlando as a dining and entertainment venue but make no mistake: there's...  Read More




Altamonte Mall sits just 10 miles from the center of downtown Orlando and practically on top of I-4, a prime location allowing for extensive shopping, dining or even a leisurely stroll around the lake in adjacent Cranes Roost Park, where many...  Read More




With a multitude of well known stores from Carter's to Converse, Gap to Guess, and Izod to Old Navy, the Lake Buena Vista Factory Shops is a favorite for local outlet shoppers as well as tourists " for their ample parking as much as their...  Read More




Winter Park Village enjoys a prime location, just minutes from the city's verdant Central Park and long-lauded Park Avenue. Dining comes in all forms from easy-breezy, inexpensive options like Lime Fresh Mexican Grill and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt...  Read More


Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Ave.


Doubt the awesome power of the outlet mall, do you? You'd have to hit 30 separate boutiques just to get through the roster of shoe stores at Orlando Premium Outlets' Vineland Ave. location. I hope you had a good breakfast. Indeed power-shoppers,...  Read More




The Mall at Millenia really is something else. Glittering, soaring, rife with luxury shopping that boasts the likes of Chanel and Emporio Armani, Tag Heuer and Rolex, Jimmy Choo and Cartier alongside familiar department stores like Macy's and...  Read More


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Disney Springs ®


Downtown Disney is the umbrella name for this walkable, lakeside strand of shopping, dining and entertainment within the Walt Disney World complex. And its ongoing expansion into the widely anticipated Disney Springs has brought with it a host...  Read More


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Meet A.D. Thompson

Amy Drew has logged close to 30 years as a professional writer and roughly half her life as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

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