Not everyone likes to shop, but for those of us that do, here is a run down of some of the best places to shop around the Orlando, Florida area.
The Millenia Mall is a beautiful place to explore and shop. Valet parking is available, as well as a massive parking lot. You’ll be quietly impressed as you approach the vaunted glass entry, framed with towering palm trees. Inside you’ll see their much photographed lighting feature, fountains and elevators, which open up into a spacious Grand Court. It is spotlessly clean, usually less crowded and has a wonderful ambiance. Only 10 minutes from Universal Orlando®, 15 minutes from Seaworld® and International Drive, 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World®.
There are two floors with more than 150 shops and restaurants: One side has higher end shops like Tiffany & Co, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, the other side has more regularly priced stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch, The Gap and Aeropostale.
At the end of, what I like to refer to as, the “Designer Section” there is Bloomingdales department store. In the middle, you will find Neiman Marcus and at the other, reasonably priced, end you will find Macy’s department store. Also in the middle, on the upper floor, there is a food court and bathrooms.
Mall at Millenia also has several eateries to choose from, just inside or immediately outside the Mall: The Capital Grille, P F Chang, The Cheesecake Factory, Brio Tuscan Grille and Earl’s Kitchen & Bar.
A full-service Concierge is offered providing complimentary wheelchairs, strollers, personal shopping services and other superior amenities. They have a multi-lingual staff who are happy to provide answers to any questions you may have. Don’t have enough space in your suitcase, but ‘gotta-have’ that particular item? Millenia Mall offers credit toward international shipping for purchases made in the Mall. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the Mall and power up cell phone stations in various locations.
*Mall hours:- Sunday – Thursday: 11am-7pm and Friday – Saturday: 11am-9pm.
The Florida Mall
The Florida Mall
is moments from Orlando International Airport, which makes it perfect for that last minute stop to shop on your way home! It is also about 25 minutes from Walt Disney World®. There are over 250 shops and dining options located in the 1.7 million sqft mall, making it Florida’s largest shopping center. The stores and restaurants fan out like the spokes of a wheel, each with an anchor department store at the end such as Macy’s, Dillard’s and J C Penney.
Be on the look out for exclusive stores such as American Girl (doll store), The Crayola Experience (have fun with colour) and The Disney Store. The world-class Dining Pavilion offers more than 1,400 seating options and 23 restaurants and eateries offering everything from fast food to healthy eating options.
There is a 3,000 sqft Play Park featuring fun and room to play for families with young children. Valet parking, free Wi-Fi, currency exchange and package and baggage check are also available.
*Mall hours:- Monday – Thursday: 11am-8pm, Friday and Saturday: 10am-9pm and Sunday: 11am-7pm.
Premium Outlet Malls
Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets® The Vineland Road location features over 160 designer and name-brand outlet stores with savings of 25-65% and is the only luxury outlet mall in the Orlando area. Definitely worth the trip. At the center is the food court with 15 over the counter tasty options to choose from, plus there is a Ford’s Garage dine in restaurant located at the perimeter of the car park. There is also a children’s outdoor play area.
Orlando International Premium Outlets® The International Drive location is the largest outlet mall in Florida with over 180 designer and name-brand stores. Located in the heart of Orlando’s flourishing hospitality industry, the mall is only 5 minutes from Universal Orlando® and 10 minutes from Walt Disney World®. There are over 20 dining options, including Vinito’s a full-service Italian restaurant. Valet parking is available, wheelchair and stroller rentals are also available through Customer Services. See interactive map.
*Mall Hours:- Monday – Thursday: 11am-8pm, Friday – Saturday: 10am-9pm and Sunday: 11am-7pm.
Shop at The Loop
The Loop is located 15 minutes from Walt Disney World® and 25 minutes from Universal Orlando®. There are over 40 shops including Kohls, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Aeropostale and Old Navy. Can’t shop without having a bite to eat and The Loop has 11 dining options, including Johnny Rockets and a Chilis. Why not top a great day’s shopping off with a movie? Visit the 16 screen multiplex Regal Cinema.
*Mall hours:- Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Posner Park Mall is located just off Interstate 4 in Davenport. It is the closest mall to the majority of vacation rentals and features 32 stores, as well as several dining options and a multi-screen movie theater. Anchor stores include J C Penney, BestBuy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Ashley Furniture.
*Mall hours:- Monday – Sunday: 10am-9pm.
Large malls not your thing? Take a drive to Winter Park, where you’ll find an array of boutique type stores and fabulous dining options. Winter Park is just a hop and a skip outside Downtown Orlando and only 30 minutes from Walt Disney World®. Park Avenue is the cultural gem of the city where you can enjoy browsing more than 140 boutiques, cafés and museums, all within a stone’s throw of beautiful Central park. There are special events all year such as art shows, concerts, exotic car shows, fashion events and seasonal festivities. There are plenty of parking options available: parking garages (free and paid), street parking for up to three hours and valet parking.
Orlando, Florida is the most magical place on earth for theme parks and attractions, but there are also some of the best places to shop here too. Be sure to make time in your vacation to visit your favourite shopping center. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find something special in one of Orlando’s fantastic Malls. Take your purchases home to your rental villa and try them on at leisure. Don’t have a villa yet? Browse our Vacation Homes with extra wardrobe space to hang all those new purchases!
*Be sure to double check individual store opening hours, as they may have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions.