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From Outlet Malls to Name Brand Stores:
Orlando Has Shopping Options for Everyone

ORLANDO, Fla. - Whether a shopper isperusing locally-sourced goodies or keeping on trend with high fashionretailers, the diversity and quality of shopping in Orlando is like no otherdestination. All are within a 20-minute drive, from luxury malls to top-notchoutlets and theme park shopping. And while there are plenty of neighborhoodshops worth a visit, there's a day's worth of treasures right in the heart ofthe tourism district.

 

UPSCALE SHOPPING, OUTLETOVERLOAD AND LOCAL ARTISAN MARKETS

Encompassing a strip of southwestOrlando, the tourism district is home to the area's most upscale mall, CentralFlorida's largest mall and three outlet shopping centers.       

Stylish and sophisticated, TheMall at Milleniaoffers everything from the latest Apple gadgets to international high-end retailerssuch as Neiman Marcus, Saint Laurent, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany & Co. andCartier. There's high fashion from Bloomingdale's and Jimmy Choo, to Tory Burchand Kate Spade New York. The mall features the diverse dining options of CapitalGrille, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, The Cheesecake Factory, Earl's Kitchen + Barand more. With more than 150 storesand 1.1 million square feet (102,193 square meters) of retail space, there'ssomething for every taste as well as valet parking, Visit Orlando destinationconcierge and currency exchange services.

Located minutes from the OrlandoInternational Airport, Walt Disney World Resort and popular area attractions, The Florida Mallis Central Florida's largest shopping center. Spanning 1.8 million square feet(167,225 square meters), this dynamic shopping destination offers anexperiential environment featuring more than 250 retail, dining andentertainment options. Prominent department and anchor stores Macy's,Dillard's, JCPenney and Dick's Sporting Goods complement best-of-brandretailers like A/X Armani Exchange, Apple, Coach, H&M, MAC Cosmetics,Michael Kors, Mayors Jewelers featuring Rolex, Victoria's Secret and ZARA. Marketexclusives such as American Girl, Carlo's Bakery, the Crayola Experienceattraction, The Disney Store and M&M's World further distinguish theproperty.

For shopping combined with fun, PointeOrlando, in the heart of the attractions areaon International Drive, has a diverse collection of outdoor shopping, diningand entertainment venues. Home to Central Florida's biggest IMAX screen, theOrlando Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre, Minus5 Ice Bar and the "upside-down"interactive WonderWorks, this outdoor shopping center keeps visitorsentertained between purchases. Shopping skews to a younger buyer with shopssuch as Charming Charlie, Hollister, Victoria's Secret and Tommy Hilfiger. Newto Pointe Orlando is Main Event Entertainment, an entertainment and eventdestination featuring multi-level indoor karting, a full-service restaurant andbar, 12 lanes of boutique bowling, 120+ arcade and prize games, two-level lasertag, six virtual reality (VR) CXC racing simulators, 7D HD dark ride motiontheater, extreme ropes course and curved zip line.

Three outstanding outlet centers areright in the heart of the tourism district. For discounted merchandise, Mediterranean-inspiredshopping village Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, has more than 160 outlet storesincluding Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, CH CarolinaHerrera, Diane Von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari, Coach, Tory Burch and The BeautySpace.

The second, Orlando International Premium Outlets, is home to more than 180 outletdesigner- and brand-name outlet stores including LACOSTE, Michael Kors, NeimanMarcus Last Call, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Victoria's Secret, WhiteHouse Black Market and Calvin Klein.

Just one mile (1.6 kilometers) fromWalt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores offersa free shuttle to and from select hotels in Orlando. The center features thearea's only Old Navy outlet; Rawlings Factory Store sporting goods, one of onlyfour in the world; Eddie Bauer; Tommy Hilfiger and G by Guess. A Disneycharacters shop offers hundreds of character items.  All in all, there are 400 designer names in50 village-style shops.

Both Walt Disney World Resort andUniversal Orlando Resort have their own shopping and entertainment complexes.  Disney Springs, formally Downtown Disney, features morethan 40 stores including the world's largest Disney character store. Stay on trendwith shops like Zara, Lucky Brand, Free People, Vince Camuto, Lilly Pulitzerand an Oakley store.  Get one-of- a-kindaccessories from Unode50 and geek out at the Star Wars Galactic Outpost filledwith toys, apparel and collectables inspired by the saga. Meanwhile, Universal CityWalk offers more than a dozen shops andboutiques, like Quiet Flight Surf Shop, the Universal Studios Store and popularstreet-style retailer Element Store.

 

SHOPPING WORTH A DRIVE

For a change of pace, five key shoppingdistricts showcase Orlando's eclectic side: Winter Park, College Park, IvanhoeVillage and Thornton Park in downtown Orlando.

In CollegePark, visitors can experiencethe "real Orlando" with one-of-a-kind boutiques like Annabelle Hartfor apparel, jewelry and more, while handmade. Shoppers can even make their owngoods by taking classes in cooking, cookie decorating, jewelry-making andpainting at several venues in College Park, like Truffles& Trifles, namedone of the top five cooking schools in the country by the Food Network. InfusionTea offers loose-leaftea for sale alongside local artwork. NakedBar Soap sellshomemade, natural skin care products created locally in Orlando. Bijou'sBoutique hascarefully selected items to bring different tastes from around the world toOrlando. For a high-end selection with a vintage feel, shoppers can visit andsell clothes at Dechoes Resale.

IvanhoeVillage, locatedalong Orlando's Lake Ivanhoe, is comprised of locally-owned antique stores,vintage clothing shops and one-of-a-kind gifts. Rock& Roll Heavenstill sells vinyl LPs and singles for as little as $1. WashburnImports features uniquefurnishing from India, Thailand and Indonesia, while the store doubles as anightlife venue in the evenings, becoming Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden. QuantumLeap Winery is alocal winery that values quality over quantity when creating their sustainableenvironmentally-friendly wines for both tasting and purchasing on-site. Boom-Art sells award-winning, hand paintedartwork coated with a thick plastic layer to ensure preservation for years. Bluebonnet Clothing features local designers' and artists' work, as well asclasses on various crafts. Paper Goat Post provides customized stationary forany event, letter or banner and hosts workshops on calligraphy, typography andsocial media.

ThorntonPark, a colorful commercial district justeast of Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, is a local favorite where visitors canshop the latest trends at shops like Zou Zou Boutique and LaurenNicole or design acustom T-shirt at Mother Falcon Clothing. More than a dozen lounges andrestaurants create a lively atmosphere for the trendy shopper.

WinterPark offers a wholedifferent look at life in Central Florida with brick streets, historicbuildings and a mini-version of Manhattan's Central Park. The main shopping is10 tree-lined blocks on Park Avenue, with nearby Hannibal Square offeringadditional shopping and dining.  Visitorswill find everything from boutiques like LillyPulitzer and Alex& Ani, to shopsselling fine wines and pooch-friendly pastries. National retailers like WilliamsSonoma and EthanAllen share sidewalkspace with locally-owned boutiques like Tuni and VioletClover. The artsy RiflePaper Co. offers avast assortment of beautifully designed stationary items like calendars,greeting cards, notepads and postcards. Tugboatand the Bird offers aselection of children's clothes, with toys and gifts for every occasion. Writer'sBlock Bookstore is anindependent community bookstore with bestsellers and Indie picks.

 

THE "ART" OF SHOPPING 

For discoveries with a local flair, hereare some favorite destinations:

The OrangeCounty Regional History Centerin downtown Orlando carries items that reflect thecultural history of Central Florida, such as rare vintage photographs, quirkyFlorida souvenirs, delicious Florida treats and classic toys and books, alongwith seasonal merchandise.

The Museum Shop at the OrlandoMuseum of Art is theplace to find unusual buys like Chihuly glass and creative, one-of-a-kindjewelry, paintings, sculptures and crafts by Florida artists.

CityArts Factory is downtown's largest collective ofart galleries and the place to find original art by local, national andinternational artists.

As TheCharles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art features the world's most comprehensive collection ofthe works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, The Museum Shop features exclusivemerchandise derived from the works of Tiffany, including jewelry, stained-glasspanels, glass bowls and vases, and a wide range of items inspired by otherartists in the museum's collection. The shop also carries an extensiveselection of books on the art of Tiffany and late 19th and early 20th-centurydecorative art.

Just off the lobby of the GrandBohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando, TheGrand Bohemian Galleryfeatures an eclectic collection of paintings, photography, sculpture, glass andjewelry by internationally and locally renowned artists.

 

LOCAL FOODIE FAVORITES

Orlando's blossoming locavore sceneincludes seven community food hubs, weekly farmers markets and a farm worth avisit. Plus, an expanding neighborhood of Vietnamese, Korean, Thai and Chineserestaurants and storefronts known as Mills 50 bring authentic Asian cuisine andshopping to adventurous visitors.  

AncientOlive, located in Park Ave., Winter Park, is the first tasting bar in CentralFlorida for ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars fromaround the globe.

EastEnd Market is a two-story neighborhood market, garden and food hublocated in the Audubon Park Garden District of Orlando. This culture haven ishome to an eclectic mix of chefs, food entrepreneurs, artists and tradespeople.The space includes a demonstration kitchen, an incubator kitchen, retail shopsand a large event space. Unique to the East End Market is its full-time,award-winning caterer and a world-class restaurant. On the first floor guestscan find 11 independently-owned browse-worthy businesses offering sushi, dailybaked bread, freshly roasted coffee, artisan cheeses and more. Guests can alsopurchase farm-fresh items like organic root vegetables, local beers, Floridamade dairy, heritage meats and locally grown fruit from the farm storm, LocalRoots.

Audubon Park Garden District is creating abold, eco-friendly statement and becoming a champion of Orlando's good foodmovement by being the first local-only famers market in Orlando. Since itsstart in 2007, Audubon Park Garden District (APGD) has been expanding with itsFleet Farms' urban farming program, and farm-to-table restaurants and bakeries.As a result, APGD received the 2016 Great American Main Street Award for theireco-friendly efforts and district revitalization.

Farrisand Fosters is achocolate shop with products handmade to customer specifications. Visitors havethe option to hand make 1 pound of their own chocolate to take home, completewith difference flavors, styles and add-ins. Chocolate treats range from customchocolate boxes, caramel apples, chocolate baskets and even sugar-freechocolate.  

MarketOn South, located in Orlando's Milk District,is a restaurant, bakery and bar offering locally sourced and artisan-craftedgoods. Artists and producers showcase their wares, ranging from home goods andbeauty products to bakery treats and holistic self-care items.

PeterbrookeChocolatier on ParkAve. is a locally-owned chocolate-lovers' heaven. With freshly made treatsranging from chocolate-caramel apples to chocolate-covered popcorn, Oreos andmore, visitors with a sweet tooth can treat themselves or purchasespecially-made gifts.

PlantStreet Market is thecommunity food hub situated in Winter Garden's historic downtown. This localfavorite features 20 vendors selling natural, organic and handmade foodproducts all in one building. The cornerstone of the market is the Crooked CanBrewery which boasts an onsite tap and tasting room complete with two bars andindoor and outdoor seating.

Orlando's farmersmarkets worth a visit:

  • Audubon Park Community Market (Mondays)
  • College Park Farmers Market (Sundays)
  • Orlando Farmers Market (Sundays)
  • Winter Garden Farmers Market (Saturdays)
  • Winter Park Farmers Market (Saturdays)
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    Visitors can headout to Orlando's countryside for some fresh air (and fresh eggs) at LakeMeadow Naturals farm in Ocoee. Just minutes from the major attractions,farmer Dale Volkert opens his egg farm to the public with tours and a farmstore on property.

    Most visitorshead to the Mills 50 District for the authenticAsian restaurants, but the neighborhood grocery stores like Tien HungOriental Foods Market are also a treat, with exotic produce and spices andunusual Asian ingredients. Or head to Dong A Imports for gifts and imported goods,including elegant textiles.