Shopping in Orlando
Shopping is an art in itself in Central Florida, where a wealth of stores,
boutiques and outlets cater to travelers. Winter Park welcomes shoppers to
its own “Rodeo Drive” on Park Avenue, where upscale shops and trendy stores share the streetscape
with pleasant outdoor cafés. Downtown Orlando’s Thornton Park area features boutiques and eateries,
and Orlando’s shopping malls boast designer brands at upscale fashion retailers like Neiman Marcus,
Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Tiffany’s and Cartier.
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What a difference a few years make.
At least that’s the case in Orlando where nearly overnight,
the area has exploded onto the retail scene with a myriad of luxury
department stores, upscale boutiques, outlet malls, antique shops and farmers markets.
In many cases, entertainment complexes are also part of the mix, combining shopping with
dining and high-energy fun. From Versace gowns and Tiffany diamonds to Ocean
Pacific flip flops and second-hand treasures – plus everything in between – Orlando has
boldly emerged as an international shopping dynamo. And, with more than 52 million square feet
(4.6 million square meters) of retail space – and growing – visitors can bet that all tastes and
budgets will be delightfully satisfied!
Orlando is now home to eight world-class malls, which offer
great shopping options for the entire mind, body and spirit.
Among the newest on the scene is Festival Bay at International
Drive, featuring trendy beachwear and popular names in outdoor gear and
western and collegiate garb. Many of Festival Bay’s retailers, including National
Book Warehouse and Zirbes’ Emporium, are new to the Orlando shopping scene, adding to the
mall’s attraction. Anchor stores including Ron Jon Surf Shop, Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, Steve & Barry’s
University Sportswear, and Vans Skatepark, plus restaurants like Murray Bros. Caddyshack and Fuddruckers,
offer a lineup sure to attract the Generation X in everyone. New in 2005 will be Ron Jon Surf Park,
offering lessons and waves for all levels of experience.
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