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Shopping that excites in Orlando
Whether a shopper is perusing locallysourced goodies or keeping on trend with high fashion retailers, the diversityand quality of shopping in Orlando is like no other destination. All are withina 20-minute drive, from luxury malls to top-notch outlets and theme parkshopping. And while there are plenty of neighborhood shops worth a visit, there'sa day's worth of treasures right in the heart of the tourism district. Afavorite Orlando activity, shopping sales have launched both the Mall atMillenia and Orlando Premium Outlets into the 10 highest sales-generatingshopping locations in the U.S. for 2015, according to MSN.
UPSCALESHOPPING, OUTLET OVERLOAD 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.
The stylish and sophisticated Mall at Millenia offers everything from the latest Applegadgets to international high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus, St. LaurentParis, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier. There's high fashion fromBloomingdale's and Jimmy Choo, to Tory Burch and Kate Spade New York. The mallfeatures the diverse dining options of Capital Grille, P.F. Chang's ChinaBistro, The Cheesecake Factory, the new Earl's Kitchen + Bar and more. With more than 150 stores and 1.1million square feet (102,193 square meters) of retail space, there's somethingfor every taste as well as valet parking, Visit Orlando destination concierge, andcurrency exchange services.
Located minutes from the OrlandoInternational Airport, Walt Disney World Resort and popular area attractions, The Florida Mall is Central Florida's largest shoppingcenter. Spanning 1.8 million square feet, this dynamic shopping destinationoffers an experiential 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, Pointe Orlando,in the heart of the attractions area on International Drive, is a diversecollection of outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Home toCentral Florida's biggest IMAX screen, the Orlando Improv Comedy Club &Dinner Theatre, Minus5 Ice Bar and the "upside-down" interactive WonderWorks, thisoutdoor shopping center keeps visitors entertained between purchases. Shopping skews to a younger buyer with shopssuch as Armani Exchange, Hollister, Victoria's Secret and Tommy Hilfiger. Newto Pointe Orlando is Main Event Entertainment, 45,000 square-foot (4181square-meter) dining and entertainment complex with more than 100 virtual andinteractive games, state-of-the-art bowling and the first free roammulti-player virtual reality game in the U.S.
Three outstanding outlet centers areright in the heart of the tourism district. For discounted merchandise, Orlando Vineland PremiumOutlets, aMediterranean inspired shopping village, has more than 160 outlet stores includingArmani, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, CH Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg,Elie Tahari, Coach, Tory Burch and The Beauty Space.
A second OrlandoInternational Premium Outletsis home to more than 180 outlet designer and brand-name outlet stores includingLACOSTE, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Polo Ralph Lauren FactoryStore, Victoria's Secret, White House Black Market and Calvin Klein, Joiningthe dynamic mix of shops is the opening of Bulova and the Coach Men's FactoryStore.
Just one mile (1.6 kilometers) fromWalt Disney World Resort, LakeBuena Vista Factory Stores offers a free shuttle to and from 66hotels. The center features the only outlet for Lindt, the premium Swisschocolate; the area's only Old Navy outlet; Rawlings Factory Store sportinggoods, one of only four in the world; Eddie Bauer; Tommy Hilfiger and G byGuess. A Disney characters 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. DisneySprings, formallyDowntown Disney, features more than 40 stores including the world's largestDisney character store. Stay on-trend with shops like Zara, Lucky Brand, FreePeople, Vince Camuto, Lilly Pulitzer and all new, Oakley store. Get one- of- a- kind accessories from Unode50and geek out at the Star Wars Galactic Outpost filled with toys, apparel andcollectables inspired by the saga. UniversalCityWalk offersmore than a dozen shops and boutiques, like Quiet Flight Surf Shop, theUniversal Studios Store and the newest addition, popular street-style retailerElement.
SHOPPINGWORTH 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.
CollegePark has been votedOrlando's best neighborhood. Visitors can experience the "realOrlando" with one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, spa experiences, localart, public parks and signature events throughout the year. Shoppers becomestudents by taking classes in cooking, cookie decorating, jewelry-making andpainting. Spas and fitness facilities, offer services for a health-consciousguest, and Orlando's only public golf course is an enticing option, yetreasonably priced.
IvanhoeVillage, locatedalong Orlando's Lake Ivanhoe, is comprised of locally-owned antique stores,vintage clothing shops and one-of-a-kind gifts. Rock & Roll Heaven stillsells vinyl LPs and singles for as little as $1. Washburn Imports features uniquefurnishing from India, Thailand and Indonesia, while the store doubles as anightlife venue in the evenings, becoming Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden.Quantum Leap Winery is a localwinery that values quality over quantity when creating their sustainableenvironmentally friendly wines. Guests can choose red and white flavors, somewith distictive names like "My Best Friend" and "Dog Watch".
ThorntonPark, a colorful commercial district justeast of Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, is a local favorite where visitors canshop the latest trends at Zou Zou Boutique or design a custom T-shirt at MotherFalcon Clothing. More than a dozen lounges and restaurants create a livelyatmosphere 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 Lilly Pulitzer and Alex and Anidesigner jewelry to fine wines and pooch-friendly pastries. National retailerslike Williams Sonoma and Ethan Allen share sidewalk space with locally-ownedboutiques. Get artsy at Rifle Paper Co., which offers a vast assortment ofbeautifully designed stationary items like calendars, greeting cards, notepadsand postcards.
THE"ART" OF SHOPPING
For discoveries with a local flair, hereare some favorite destinations:
The OrangeCounty Regional History Center Emporium in downtown Orlando carries items that reflect the cultural history of Central Florida, such as rarevintage photographs, quirky Florida souvenirs, delicious Florida treats andclassic toys and books, along with 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.
City Arts Factory is downtown's largest collective ofart galleries and the place to find original art by local, national andinternational artists.
TheCharles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art features the world's largest collection of the works ofLouis Comfort Tiffany and The Museum Shop features exclusive merchandisederived from the works of Tiffany, including jewelry, stained-glass panels,glass bowls and vases, and a wide range of items inspired by other artists inthe museum's collection. The shop also carries an extensive selection of bookson the art of Tiffany and late 19th and early 20th-Century decorative art.
Just off the lobby of the GrandBohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando, the GrandBohemian Galleryfeatures an eclectic collection of paintings, photography, sculpture, glass andjewelry by internationally and locally renowned artists.
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 also includes a demonstration kitchen, an incubator kitchen, retailshops and 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 eleven independently-owned browse worthy businesses offering sushi,daily baked bread, freshly roasted coffee and artisan cheeses. 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, iscreating a bold eco-friendly statement and becoming a champion of Orlando'sgood food movement by being the first local-only famers market in Orlando.Since its start in 2007, Audubon Park Garden District (APGD) has been theexpanding with their Fleet Farms' urban farming program, and farm to tablerestaurants and bakeries. As a result, APGD received the 2016 Great AmericanMain Street Award for their eco-friendly efforts and district revitalization.
MarketOn South, located in Orlando's Milk District, is arestaurant, bakery and bar offering locally sourced and artisan craftedgoods. Artists and producers showcase their wares, ranging from home goodsand beauty products to bakery treats and holistic self-care items.
PeterbrookeChocolatier, also onPark Ave, 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, issituated in Winter Garden's historic downtown and is the community food hub.This local favorite features 20 vendors selling natural, organic and handmadefood products all in one building. The cornerstone of the market is the CrookedCan Brewery which boasts an onsite tap and tasting room complete with two barsand indoor and outdoor seating.
Orlando's farmers markets worth a visit:
Audubon Park Community Market (Mondays) College Park Farmers Market (Thursday) Orlando Farmers Market (Sundays) Winter Garden Farmers Market (Saturdays) Winter Park Farmers Market (Saturdays)
Visitors can head out to Orlando'scountryside for some fresh air (and fresh eggs) at Lake Meadow 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 visitors head to the Mills 50 District for the authentic Asian restaurants, but theneighborhood grocery stores like Tien Hung Oriental Foods Market are also atreat, with exotic produce and spices and unusual Asian ingredients. Or head to Dong A Imports for gifts andimported goods, including elegant textiles.
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 Hung OrientalFoods Market are also a treat, with exotic produce and spices and unusual Asianingredients. Or head to Dong A Imports for gifts and imported goods, includingelegant textiles.
The Orlando Destination
Hometo seven of the world's top theme parks, Orlando - Theme Park Capital of theWorldSM is the No. 1 family vacation destination and most visiteddestination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of uniqueexperiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary themeparks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks,entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports andnightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options thannearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquelythemed hotels.
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