Orlando's Top Shopping: Mallrats, Market Mavens & Small Shoppers Welcome

Alright so Orlando IS well known for its outlet shopping – some of the best can be found at Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland – but did you know the City Beautiful has an extensive number of unique local venues ideal for your retail (and not-so-retail) therapy pursuits? Take East End Market, for example. This indoor venue is a foodie’s fantasy come true, featuring local produce and small local businesses to tempt your palate with everything from house-made kombucha to world-class cheeses. There’s even an on-site beer-and-wine bar (not to mention some of the city's absolute-best ramen!). Come Sunday, Lake Eola erupts in a riot of colorful produce at the Orlando Farmer’s Market. Here you can shop or just come for a brunch of sorts – arepas or street tacos or a burger perhaps, chased with locally brewed beer and live music. Those more interested in a standard experience will find all the mall staples and more at Florida Mall, where the Crayola Experience is a bonus for parents looking for something colorful for the kiddies. For more upscale retail, the Mall at Millenia will fit the bill nicely. Winter Park’s Park Avenue offers up myriad shopping – both brand-name and local – its galleries and bistros are world-class and few districts are as charming, historic and easy on the eyes. You’ll want to make a whole day of it.

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

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

Audubon Park


East End Market made Orlando's already-cool Audubon Park Garden District even cooler back when it opened and has since drawn even more distinct food purveyors into the neighborhood. EEM is the city's only indoor public market. Resident...  Read More



Craft beer and wine and food and furniture and boutiques and antiques and vintage shops and boutiques and sporting goods and art and music and...and...and.... Ivanhoe Village has been called up-and-coming for more than a few years at this point....  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



Literally thousands of lost treasures await discover at Renninger's, where every weekend in Mount Dora is a "one-man's trash"-themed amalgam of flea-, farmer's- and antiques market. From classic DVDs to old license plates, antique fine China to...  Read More

Orlando Farmer's Market
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Orlando residents have been delighting in this weekly Lake Eola event since 1987 and it just keeps growing. This expansive and colorful market features more than 50 vendors all year 'round, creating a veritable cornucopia of Florida fruits and...  Read More



This beautiful, historic Main Street-style downtown has a bevy of buildings that have been on the National Historic Register since the 1970s " and more than a few are home to some wonderful shops, galleries, restaurants and more. From gorgeous...  Read More



Winter Park's famed Park Avenue and its surrounds have been delighting shoppers for ages with quaint, cobbled, oak-shaded lanes and top-of-the-line boutiques. Here you'll find names you recognize (Restoration Hardware, Ann Taylor,...  Read More

Disney Springs ®


Disney Springs is the umbrella name for this walkable, lakeside strand of shopping, dining and entertainment within the Walt Disney World complex. And its ongoing expansion (it's truly massive) has brought with it a host of new venues well...  Read More


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Amy Drew has spent nearly three decades 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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