10 Best Orlando Malls: Retail & Outlet & Mixed-Use - Oh, My!
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,... Read more »
- Type: Childrens Clothing, Chocolatier, Department Stores, Haute Couture, Jewelry Stores, Malls
- Neighborhood: Universal
Does the Mall of America have a Prada or Tiffany & Co.? Mall at Millenia is upscale and luxurious and yet, it's still a mall.
Local Expert Tip: "Is your party divided between theme parking and luxury shopping? Universal Orlando is less than five miles from this mall. Divide, conquer, then meet up at CityWalk for drinks and dinner. "
Downtown Disney has many magical qualities but perhaps best is what it lacks: an admission fee. Spend big or simply soak it in, your choice.
Local Expert Tip: "Downtown Disney, like all the Disney parks and properties, is rife with Hidden Mickeys. Finding them -- inside signage, landscaping, furniture, you name it -- makes for a great secondary activity while you explore."
Just a stone's throw from the delights of downtown or nearby Winter Park, Altamonte Mall makes a great... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Altamonte Mall has great stores and myriad dining options in and out, but parents especially appreciate the kids' play area with cushioned banquette seating around its perimeter and a hand-sanitizing station. Sometimes it's the little things.... "
OPO offers luxury for less. $200 for a pair of hot shoes is doubtless pricey; you'll feel better when you see them retail for $695.
Local Expert Tip: "Visiting from abroad? No worries. Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Ave. has an on-site currency exchange. Note that parking can be a challenge if you don't come early."
A location convenient to the Orange County Convention Center make Pointe Orlando a no-brainer for business... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "If you decide to make Pointe Orlando your retail therapy destination and have options, make it an afternoon jaunt so you can hit one of it's many drinking, dining and/or dancing establishments to soothe your weary swiping hand. "
OPO-I Drive has ranked on several ranked lists of outlet malls in the United States -- often within the top 10, five or higher. Not bad.
Local Expert Tip: "Post-season deals often abound, making this an excellent place for shoppers who hail from colder climes with longer winters or locals planning a cool-weather trip. "
- Type: Clothing Stores, Furniture / Home Decor, Gift Stores, Malls, Men's Clothing, Shopping Centers
- Neighborhood: Winter Park
Mixed-use malls don't always get it right. Winter Park Village does such a nice job you'll wish it were a little bigger.
Local Expert Tip: "Catching a movie? Grab your tickets early online or at the kiosk and grab an al fresco cocktail or two at Taps."
Lake Buena Vista Shops' location near the parks -- it's just four miles from SeaWorld, for example -- make... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook for extra savings. Coupons and other discounts are posted regularly. You can find them in those free local travel books around town, as well. "
- Type: Malls
- Neighborhood: South Orlando
Between the shopping, dining and the on-site, 511-room Florida Hotel & Conference Center, the Florida... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Not visiting Disney? Florida Mall is home to the only off-park Disney Store in the region. "
- Type: Childrens Clothing, Clothing Stores, Furniture / Home Decor, Gift Stores, Malls, Perfume, Cosmetics
- Neighborhood: East Orlando
Waterford Lakes and the extensive retail/entertainment venues across the street are the best option for... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "The Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 also has an IMAX theater. Good to know if there's a particular feature out that lends itself to the medium."
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