From all the shops and stores in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best offerings. We deliver a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Panama City shopping on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Best Shopping list for Panama City. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.
What could be better than strolling through an open-air mall in Panama City with a pristine white beach just a few paces away? Carillon Beach is best known as a resort getaway for families and weddings, but locals and tourists alike love to make a shopping day trip to Carillon Village. Amble along thriving Market Street and browse boutique shops, then choose from an array of fine dining options when evening settles in. (850-234-5600)
At the Antique Cottage, even the building itself is antique! Perusing this shop's wares in Panama City affords a full-on experience that's sure to satisfy the most discerning collector. The first thing guests note is the accuracy of the shop's name; this truly is a quaint little cottage brimming with authentic English antiques, tons of vintage items and a host of one-of-a-kind trinkets that make for great gifts or souvenirs. (850-769-9503)
Pier Park is arguably the premier mall in Panama City. Its beach locale means guests can enjoy the scenery while they shop, and its sprawling facilities (the grounds cover over 1 million square feet) ensure that there's something for everyone. Retail stores include American Eagle Outfitters, Justice, Paradise Found, Old Navy and Lane Bryant, and there are plenty of options for food and entertainment to boot.
No trip to the shore is complete without that perfect bathing suit, beachy attire and a shell chotchky. Find one or all at Alvin's, a fifty-year-old coastal tradition. The shop has several locations in the Panama City area, each selling a variety of clothing, sportswear and accessories. There is also a pick of collectible items or gifts for that beachcomber on the shopping list. Be sure to visit the Magic Mountain location in PC for the daily shark and alligator feedings. (850-234-3048)
Liz and Jane
Founded by two friends in 1989, this airy clothing line has become a hit with women for beach-style fashions and casual attire. Featuring bold patterns and vibrant colors, the togs from the design team are perfect for a beach vacation or a casual Saturday afternoon. The Liz and Jane Factory store in Panama City is a great place to find these lovely clothes at very reasonable prices. The shop is on Front Beach Road, near St. Andrews Bay and State Park. (850-234-7522)
Paul Brent Gallery
For shoppers in Panama City looking for more than a t-shirt and postcards, this gallery offers interesting and artistic merchandise. The colorful works feature beach and island motifs on everything from barware and home decorative items to ceramic tile, rugs and wallpaper borders. Brent's own watercolors and prints have garnered quite a reputation in local and regional art circles. (850-785-2684, 800-835-2787)
Salty Dog Surf Shop
This world-famous surf shop sells a boatful of beach items, including men's and women's clothes, brand name surfwear and sunglasses. The chain shop has stores up and down both Florida coasts, and Panama City outlet is one of the most popular thanks to its full line of gifts and souvenirs for the surf and sun enthusiast. (850-230-3430)
Shoppes at Edgewater
This inviting plaza provides a variety of choices: men's and women's clothing and accessory shops, a grocery store, a movie rental store and even an internet cafe. In addition, Edgewater features a handful of friendly restaurants, including a bagel shop, an ice cream parlor and FireFly Restaurant, as well as a 10-screen movie theater.
Anderson Seafood Market
One of Panama City's best markets for fresh-from-the-Gulf catches! Why only savor great seafood meals at the beach when you can stop by this market, hand-select from the variety of fish and seafood, and have it packed for your trip home. In other words: Be the envy of your friends by taking a bit of West Florida's delicious bounty home for your backyard grill. (850-235-3276)
Panama City Mall
This consumer paradise offers a list of specialty and department stores for every item on your shopping list, from clothes and accessories to shoes, sporting goods and gift items. Stores include Bon Worth, Dillard's, Express, Hibbett's Sporting Goods, Sears and World Market. There is also a food court, movie theater and frequent special events. (850-785-9587, 850-769-3659)