Best Shopping Malls and Centers in Fort Lauderdale

Enjoy Fort Lauderdale's Diverse Shopping Options: From High-End to Affordable

If it's serious shopping you want, you're exactly in the right place. It's right here that you can go shopping for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Fort Lauderdale's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a lot of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and affordable stores, along with dining options, should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like Riverwalk and Las Olas, the beautiful boulevard that exemplifies the true essance of Fort Lauderdale. Take advantage of the great Florida outdoors and head to Pompano Citi Centre for its variety and great indoor-outdoor atmosphere. For a touch of class, spend time at The Galleria with its convenient valet parking and array of high-end, and even glamorous, shopping venues and eateries. If it's the other end of the shopping spectrum you're looking for, where you can rummage through old treasures and mingle amoung the history lovers, it's off to Dania Antique Row in Dania Beach, or to the famous Swap Shop with its eclectic vendors and endless variety of amazing finds. And no shopping trip is complete without a visit to Sawgrass Mills. This is definitely a shopping experience unmatched anywhere, with hundreds of discount stores of well-known, and some not-so-well-known, names and restaurants. For the serious shopper: If you can't find what you're looking for here, it may just not be able to be found anywhere!














Fort Lauderdale
Swap Shop
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Reputed to be the South's biggest flea market, Fort Lauderdale's Swap Shop is an experience all in itself. You can't miss the bright yellow people bridge over Sunrise Boulevard which beckons passers-by to come on in and be surprised. Forget the malls and all that's new and shiny! This is an unbelievable place to find that special addition to your collection, or even be inspired to start a new one! With more than 2000 eager vendors that spans about 75 acres, there's something to delight everyone who comes in. And don't just plan on an afternoon of shopping as there is an added draw: "The World's Largest" 14-screen drive-in movie theater, which has lined up traffic for years. Definitely a must do if traveling with the family. Head for the Swap Shop where oldies are goodies!

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Famous the world over and a local landmark with a drive-in theater.

Dale's expert tip: This place gets busy fast so show up early for the best parking and the best deals.

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Antique lovers know to flock to Dania Beach and to the incredible finds at Dania Antique Row. From small shops to an antique mall with dozens of vendors, this antique wonderland carries everything from china, glassware to art to sculpture to linens to everything collectible. Store owners are eager to assist in finding that special something. Set aside a full to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience in South Florida, then enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many eateries, such as the famous Grandpa's Diner, which was featured on Diner's, Drive-in's and Dives on the Food Network. Dania Beach is located only one mile south of the Hollywood International Airport with plenty of parking in this lovely burb with a small-town feel.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: This is where everyone goes to find that special treasure and it's a short drive south of Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Dale's expert tip: Be sure and park and keep checking out shop after shop on both sides of the street.

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Offering open-air shopping and dining and close to cultural venues, Las Olas Riverwalk encompasses the history and beauty and pulse of Fort Lauderdale. Hailed as "Florida's Most Beautiful Mile," this popular downtown sector is a historic district and is also flanked by some exceptional scenery of the world-class yachts and boats as they sail by on the New River. Showcasing the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Museum of Art, among other magnificent landmarks, this scenic wonder offers an array of shopping in eclectic boutiques and dining in tasty eateries. Nightlife sizzles here with many popular hang-outs such as the exotic Off The Hookah and the happening Living Room. From here explore the city's historic waterways by Water Taxi or a riverboat cruise, which is especially fun for the entire family.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Some of the most amazing views of passing watercraft with its famous South Florida backdrop is right here.

Dale's expert tip: Check online for special events going on here and coordinate a day or evening here.

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Pompano Beach

Beautifully positioned just north of Fort Lauderdale along the picturesque coast, Pompano Beach has long been a delightful destination to work, live and play for residents and visitors alike. Pompano Citi Centre reflects all that. Designed to take advantage of the sunny and open atmosphere, this shopping mall is the next best thing to being out in the warm, Florida weather. Classic favorites include JCPenney's, Macy's, Ross, Lowes and Sears, coupled with over 70 specialty shops including ABC's Fine Wine & Spirits, Hallmark and Claire's. There's no need to go far to lunch or dinner. Pompano Citi Centre is flanked by the popular J Marks Restaurant and Chili's – all topped off with a stop at the temping Cold Stone Creamery.. Pompano Citi Centre is a fun and popular one-stop shopping adventure.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Convenient in Pompano Beach for residents and a short drive from the spots visitors frequent.

Dale's expert tip: Whether shopping for yourself or for an occasion, Pompano Citi Center has exactly what you're looking for.

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Downtown Hollywood
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Shopping in Hollywood, Florida's famed Hollywood Boulevard is an exceptional experience. This tree-lined boulevard offers shops, sidewalk cafes and a classic old-Florida ambiance that attracts throngs of locals and visitors alike. From fine dining to excellent casual eateries of Italian, American classics, Asian, to the best pizza restaurants, Mexican and sushi, just to name a few, Hollywood Boulevard dining options are numerous and deserve a few trips to try out. Shopping boutiques offer the finest in clothing and shoes, novelties and antiques and even a grocery store for convenience. Come and experience this famous boulevard in its welcoming and family-friendly setting.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Hollywood, Florida is old Florida as its finest and Hollywood Boulevard is a classic experience for the entire family.

Dale's expert tip: Weekends get crowded so plan a leisurely day of strolling along the Boulevard then to Young Circle for its beautiful park and art displays.

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Fort Lauderdale
Coral Ridge Mall
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For over 40 years Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale has been a staple shopping center and the go-to place for locals and visitors alike. Just blocks from the very popular Fort Lauderdale Beach and easy to find at the crossroads of Oakland Park and Federal Highway, there is always a friendly crowd to mingle with and plenty of stores to browse. Coral Ridge Mall was constructed back when Fort Lauderdale was getting its footing as a true vacation getaway in the sun and a popular city to relocate for the best of the good life, and also at a time when shopping malls were a new thing and springing up across America, and it has never lost its luster. The stores here are a list of America's most treasured: Home Goods, Marshalls, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Game Stop, Famous Footwear, the newly enlarged anchor store, Target, and, of course, everyone's favorite, the AMC 10 Theatres. Stick around for lunch, too, at Einstein Bros. Bagel or the delightful and delicious Galaxy Pizza or Subway.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: A shopping landmark in Fort Lauderdale and a convenient stop for last-minute beach items.

Dale's expert tip: Located on a busy corner with plenty of parking and security.

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Located west of Fort Lauderdale in the upscale suburb of Plantation is Broward Mall. On the cross streets of Broward and University Boulevard, this popular local mall is the stop to make for a weekend shopping trip or an evening out. Classic tried-and-true favorites like Sears and JC Penney attract shoppers to this traditional shopping center. Retail venues include Gap, Ann Taylor Loft, Brookstone, Foot Locker and Nine West. Broward Mall's food court provides a quick, leisurely stop for a quick lunch between stores with such favorites as Cajun Grill, Panda Express, Subway and Haagen-Dazs. This popular local mall is conveniently neighbored by Target, Barnes & Noble, Kohl's, Office Max, and Plantation's popular shopping area, The Fountains. This newly-renovated attraction boasts of such restaurants as Chili's, Olive Garden and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, along with even more shopping possibilities such as Dick's Sporting Goods and The Dollar Store. This area can get a bit crowded on weekends, but it's certainly worth the waiting time.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: One of Western Broward County's most popular malls with everyone's favorite shopping and eating venues.

Dale's expert tip: This area is ever-expanding with other retail being built up around it.

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Billed as the second most popular tourist attraction in the state of Florida after Disney World, this Fort Lauderdale sprawling shopping mall's more than 350 stores are brimming with unbeatable bargains. Also noted as being Florida's largest outlet mall, Sawgrass Mills is home to such popular retailers as Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Rack, Sacks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and TJ Maxx. Shoppers also find high-end designers, including Kate Spade, Coach and Burberry. After a successful shopping spree, the adjacent IMAX theatre and nearby offering of restaurants such as P.F. Chang's and The Cheesecake Factory, offer exceptional ways to unwind. And don't worry: There's more than enough parking!

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Everything anyone could want is probably right here. When the world travelers to shop here, why not take a short drive to shop here?

Dale's expert tip: Best time to visit is during the week as weekends are incredibly busy and can be crowded.

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Probably the most popular street in Fort Lauderdale, trendy Las Olas Boulevard features one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, restaurants, boutiques and nightclubs. But the fun doesn't stop there. This is where the city comes to play. Check the calendar and plan to visit the popular Las Olas Art Fair, which draws in thousands of locals and visitors to mingle with gallery owners and artists. Las Olas Boulevard is also where food lovers enjoy the annual Las Olas Food and Wine Festival, where local celebrity chefs and dedicated foodies indulge in their passion for food and wine. The beautiful architecture of Las Olas boasts a picturesque Mediterranean influence and showcases finely landscaped green space. This is definitely a place for eyeing up the latest styles and enjoying the sights and sounds of an upscale Floridian crowd.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Great for people watching, shopping and eating while taking in the South Florida weather.

Dale's expert tip: Check ahead on some weekends as the boulevard can be shut down for various functions and a cab is the best way to get there.

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Keeping with Fort Lauderdale's grand world-class image, The Galleria has set a new standard in shopping for residents and its many visitors alike. It's easy to see why this upscale shopping mecca is one of the most popular malls in Fort Lauderdale. Not far from the beach on Sunrise Boulevard, this inviting two-story, upscale shopping center is home to well-loved stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, Macy's, Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic and the Apple Store. Take advantage of the convenient valet parking and shop to your heart's content, then enjoy a leisurely meal at popular eateries like P.F. Chang's, Blue Martini and Trulucks, all within walking distance.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Clearly a Fort Lauderdale landmark with world-famous retailers and restaurants.

Dale's expert tip: Valet parking available for convenience.

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Meet Dale Mack

Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition...  More About Dale