You’ve heard of Orlando’s famous theme parks, but you may not know that it is a global shopping destination as well. Enormous outlets filled with designer and American brand names lure shoppers from Brazil, Europe and Asia itching for a good bargain. Luxury shopping is also on the menu at upscale malls and boutiques offering plenty of options for finding haute must-haves of the season.
There’s no way you could hit every store, but there are several go-to shopping areas here in Orlando that will help you get your shopping priorities in order.
Morning Go big after a good night’s sleep under your belt and a latte in your hand: it’s time to hit the outlets. Orlando Premium Outlets on International Drive draws fans for being home to Saks Off 5th and Neiman Marcus Last Call. It also has some of the more interesting high-end shops that go beyond clothing such as Baccarat, Le Creuset and Tumi. Head west to the second OPO at Vineland Ave. You’ll find 160 stores including Barney’s, Burberry and Marni. For sportswear buys and more casual styles, go to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores; Nike, Gap and Levi’s are prime stops.
Afternoon The upscale Mall at Millenia is pretty, airy and conducive to piling on the shopping bags. Find the perfect work dress at Anthropologie or a killer bag at Jimmy Choo or Chanel. The food court offers quick vegan meals, burgers and smoothies. Or, sit down for service at The Cheesecake Factory or Brio. Forever 21 and H&M will satisfy junior shoppers, while the guys may aim for Apple for tech time or Salvatore Ferragamo for cool shoes. The next stop is The Florida Mall. Take the kids to visit the new American Girl store or go candy crazy at the M&M store.
Afternoon, Day Two Stroll along Park Avenue in Orlando’s pretty next door neighbor, Winter Park. Pop into locally owned boutiques like Sultre and Tuni’s for trendy pieces and Lily Pulitzer for juicy, polished prints. Dinner options are plentiful. Choose Dexter’s for a casual meal on the patio or Prato for Italian farm-to-table fare with craft cocktails.