If America is the mall capital of the world, then Orlando is the mall capital of America and essential to Orlando tourism – epic worlds of consumerism are chock-full of everything from children's toys to designer dresses. The Florida Mall is home to over 250 stores and you'll find plenty of bargains. For something more high-end, there's the Mall at Millenia, where Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Neiman Marcus all have outlets.
An award-winning shopping destination, the Mall at Millenia is a top fashion playground. Those with a little more coin to spare will be delighted with the abundance of exclusive high-end brands on offer, from Louis Vuitton and Gucci to Tiffany & Co and Michael Kors. There’s also three huge department stores onsite, Macys, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus. After lapping up a good dose of retail therapy, you can dine at the Cheesecake Factory or unwind at the upscale cocktail lounge, Blue Martini.
Holding the title for the largest shopping mall in Central Florida, the Florida Mall boasts over 270 specialty stores and restaurants. The big names include Macys, J C Penny, Saks, Nordstrom and Sears. Expect to also find all the popular American mainstream brands, from Abercrombie to Forever 21. After all that shopping, pick up a snack or two, whether it’s a bounty of colourful sweets from Dylan’s Candy Store or a salty morsel from Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.
Only a short drive from Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Vineyard Premium Outlets is home to over 160 outlet stores including many exclusive fashion brands. Grab a bargain from Coach or stock up on the latest fitness gear from Nike or Adidas. You can expect extraordinary savings, with up 65 percent discount on standard prices. There are also plenty of eateries to satisfy your appetite, including Subway, Starbucks, Ben’s Dog House and more.
Located north of downtown Orlando, the magnificent Altamonte Mall is home to 160 fantastic stores. Considered a premier shopping, dining and entertainment complex, the mall boasts an 18 theatre cinema and a child’s play area. You’ll also find a bounty of reliable brands at reasonable prices, so keep your eyes peeled for excellent discounts. After a day of shopping, enjoy innovative Caribbean cuisine from the restaurant, Bahama Breeze.
Another spot for the bargain hunters, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores offers incredible savings every single day. Find well known brands including Gap and Old Navy, selling merchandise at a fraction of their normal retail offerings. If you have the kids in tow, take advantage of the open-air playground where little ones can whittle away their boundless energy. For a quick snack, head to the mall’s food court and don’t forget to take home a few souvenirs from the Lindt Chocolate Shop.