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Best Shopping in Palm Beach / West Palm Beach

Get Your Shopping Fix at These Top Palm Beach County Shopping Centers

Palm Beach/West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas are a shopper’s paradise. There is something for every budget thanks so whether you have loads to spend or you’re looking for a great bargain, this list will definitely help you plan out your excursion. Thanks to the new Palm Beach Outlets right off of I-95 in West Palm Beach, it is now possible to stay up with the trends and still have some money to spare. The outlets have many favorites such as Gap and J. Crew as well as specialty shops like Under Armor and Rawlings so there is something for the whole family.

If it’s high-end design you’re looking for then and that familiar mall feeling, you’re going to want to check out the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. With plenty of parking and air conditioning to beat the Florida heat, your main focus can be perusing the merchandise at Jimmy Choo and Tory Burch.  Of course these same retailers can be found on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach if you want to explore the well-known street and shop like a Palm Beach local.

It can be easy to be overwhelmed with all of the great designer options on Palm Beach and the Gardens Mall but it’s definitely worth saving some time, and money, to navigate your way through Antique Row and Northwood Village. Both shopping areas offer some of the best antique and vintage finds the area has to offer and one visit to either will show you how easy it is to let yourself get lost among the treasures.



Clematis Street, along with nearby CityPlace, has evolved into West Palm Beach's signature district, a place where people can stroll the sidewalks and take in the city's energy and exuberance. Browse intriguing shops, stop off for a snack or an incredible meal, and then make sure to dance, drink, or partake of great music at any of the fabulous nightclubs. Free outdoor concerts are held regularly, and Clematis by Night, a weekly festival that pulls in tons of visitors and locals, is a much-loved and well-attended event. Several blocks of shops and eateries grant opportunity for distraction no matter when you go, all providing a taste of West Palm hospitality and charm.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Clematis isn't a shopping center by design, but there are a bunch of hole-in-the-wall type places (great bookstore).

Kristopher's expert tip: Like City Place, get your shopping out of the way during the day, as the night scene is hectic

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Downtown at the Gardens is a multi-faceted neighborhood center providing shopping, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife options for human beings of all ages. One of the cornerstones of the property is a massive Whole Foods with large interior dining room. Listen to live music in the background while checking in at top stores like Urban Outfitters and Izod. A movie theater is on campus, so if you get tired of walking around, pop in for a quick flick. If you are with the kids, and can tell they are getting grumpy, there is a Sloan's Ice Cream. A cone with a few scoops and a topping will keep those eyes from falling.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Downtown at the Gardens has plenty of specialty stores, and also ancillary activities in case your are toting around children.

Kristopher's expert tip: If you are here during the summer months, check out their free rock concerts

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Legacy Place, on Palm Beach Gardens, has more than 40 shops and restaurants and hopes to make your to-do-list simpler by offering so much in one location. The shops are open daily with stores ranging from home furnishings like Ethan Allen and Pier 1 imports to men and women's fashion options like Jos. A. Bank and New York and Company. Make sure to stop by Petco while you're here for those furry extended family members and take advantage of the salons like the Avant Garde Salon when it's you that needs a little pampering. There are also specialty stores like Best Buy and Barnes & Noble so you're covered whether your hobby requires technology or you like the simplicity in a good book. Legacy Place is sure to have something that everyone in your group is looking for so consider making this your first and only stop on errand day.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Legacy Place has a great collection of big box stores.

Kristopher's expert tip: A great place to go to when you need furnishing for your condo or rental

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The Shops at the Breakers make it possible to have the best of luxury options right at your fingertips during your stay on Palm Beach. No trip to Palm Beach is complete without Lilly Pulitzer as her vibrant patterns are now synonymous with classy beach wear for men, women and children. Find her patterned pieces in the boutique or head to Absolutely Suitable for swimwear carrying the same iconic designs. Of course there are many other designers showcasing swimwear items here and so there is bound to be a style for everyone. The Shops also offer a children's boutique, Coconut Corner, a jewelry store, Mix at the Breakers, as well as the new complement to that- Match at the Breakers, a resort shoe salon. There are several more stores that offer indulgent salon products as well as the essentials needed for a great day out on the golf course. If you've already headed home from your trip to Palm Beach but wish you would have picked up something special then be sure to check out the online shopping through The Breaker's website.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Shops at the Breakers are a collection of high end stores featuring Breakers-acceptable fashion items.

Kristopher's expert tip: Lilly Pulitzer has a great shop inside

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This stretch of wonderful shops occupies six city blocks and features a diverse mixture of merchandise that's sure to please connoisseurs and casual shoppers alike. Almost anything you could need or want to beautify your home is available, from accessories and lighting fixtures to antiques from a variety of periods and countries. If you've got time to browse, this district will provide hours of enjoyment. If your time is limited, you can quickly press through and check out what catches your eye first or interests you most. The famed Antique Row is located on S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Antique Row is a collection of neat shops that collect and sell priceless pieces from history.

Kristopher's expert tip: Many famous pieces from the estates of the wealthy end up here

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Northwood Village, located just mere miles from the hustle and bustle of Clematis St. and City Place in West Palm Beach offers the old town vibe as antique shops and boutiques line the streets. This place is great to go if you are looking to browse one of the many art galleries or have the time to search for treasure in one of the vintage shops, like Something Lively or Nancy's Vintage Warehouse . The eclectic feel isn't lost once you stop for a bite to eat either, so consider making it more than just a shopping trip - support a local restaurant while you're in the area. If you are holding out for a special occasion to get out to Northwood Village, then consider going on the last Friday of the month for the Art & Wine Promenade for wine tastings, live entertainment and many street artists. Most of the antique shops stay open late for this award-winning event so it really is the perfect time to explore the area.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Northwood Village is like the SoHo of West Palm Beach - a quaint subculture of artists, musicians and shop-keeps.

Kristopher's expert tip: Plan to check out this shopping center during one of the monthly art/music festivals

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The Gardens Mall, located in Palm Beach Gardens, is not only beautiful inside, but has everything you need whether you are shopping for a loved one or picking up a special treat for yourself. Walk around the mall and you'll quickly notice the luxurious feel thanks to the high-end designer stores like Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Burberry and Tory Burch. If you want more bang for your buck, then Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Express, and H&M, may the perfect stops for you. The Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma offer great home shopping options. The full food court as well as P.F. Chang's China Bistro and the California Pizza Kitchen offer plenty of food choices when you need a recharge from the endless shopping available.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Gardens Mall is one of the nicest traditional shopping malls in the country - you will be impressed.

Kristopher's expert tip: Park by the P.F. Chang's entrance for easy access.

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Perhaps the quintessential emblem of Palm Beach affluence, Worth Avenue is a paean to wealth and style. The Mediterranean-inspired architecture, much of it designed by local architect Addison Mizner, is endlessly charming. The primary street is lined with delicious shops and light-wrapped palms, while vias (small side streets) branch off the main avenue and expand into lush, vine-laden courtyards that are oh-so-European. Retailers include a who's who of fashion and prestige, including Chanel, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., Herm�s, Cartier, Escada and Van Cleef & Arpels. Even if you don't buy, make sure to wander through the area. Its wonderful ambience is as intoxicating as its top-quality merchandise.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Worth Avenue is where the fanciest, classiest people shop for the latest in international fashion trends.

Kristopher's expert tip: Make sure your wallet is equipped with no limit credit cards

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The Palm Beach Outlets are open for business, beckoning deal hunters off Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. Over 100 stores have opened so far, with more to come as the construction on the property progresses. There are shopping opportunities for everyone, with big names like Nike, Saks, Express, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein and more pleasing customers with great sticker prices. The outlets are open-air, but are covered by massive tents to provide shelter when the afternoon rains come. At night, the tents light up, changing colors constantly to draw further foot traffic to the shopping mecca. The Outlets correctly anticipated that people would get hungry during their shopping binges. There is a Starbucks, Subway and BJ's Brewery on site as well as a Haagen Dazs which kids will surely enjoy.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Palm Beach Outlets offer up the newest shopping experience to the Palm Beaches. Every store you can imagine has frontage here.

Kristopher's expert tip: The outlets are brand new, and parking fills up. Come early and plan to walk a good bit from your parking spot.

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City Place is great for shopping; the stores are laid out in a way that walking around them is a pleasant experience. Stop in Starbucks or Panera Bread for a coffee and treat before you get started, then make your way through any of the more than 40 stores ranging from high-end to budget friendly. There are staples like Gap, Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, and Macy's as well as specialty stores like Sephora, Cache, and Anthropologie. If you're visiting from out of town and looking for a souvenir from your trip then you'll want to stop by Destination Palm Beach. If you're just getting to town but are low on beachwear, then Tommy Bahama's is where you'll need to be. Don't let the downtown location make you worried about parking fees because when you park in the City Place garage, spend $50 shopping, and show the attendant your same-day receipt, you get four hours free. City Place is great for one-stop shopping too thanks to Publix in the area, so come and spend several hours enjoying the stores, fountains, and many dining options.

Recommended for Best Shopping because: Plan to shop at City Place during the day. There is less crowding.

Kristopher's expert tip: The ultimate spot in town for eat, drink, shopping and nightlife.

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Meet Kristopher Neild

Kris is a South Florida resident, living close to the coast in West Palm Beach. The area lets him delve into his vices - beaching, bar-hopping and baseball. Besides writing about travel &...  More About Kristopher