What is the best shopping experience in Orlando?

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Hameed Jasat

When visiting Orlando, you might want to bring an extra (empty) suitcase so you can fit all the amazing things you will purchase while you are here. Orlando has plenty of shopping opportunities for everyone, from some of the finest outlets to high end boutique shops.
 
There are two main malls closest to The Peabody Orlando, The Florida Mall and The Mall at Millenia. The Florida Mall is the larger of the two malls with over 250 stores, with Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, JC Penny and Sears as the department stores. Millenia Mall has fewer shops than The Florida Mall but higher end stores such as Tiffany & Co., Channel, Jimmy Choo and Luis Vuitton, with the department stores being Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus.
 
Also, if you happen to visit Orlando in December, Millenia Mall has one of the best Winter Wonderlands around! Local families will drive the extra distance to have their child’s picture taken with the “Millenia Santa”. Both are fully enclosed malls, however, Millenia has all glass ceilings in the main areas of the mall, which gives it a nice, open feel. The Florida Mall and Mall at Millenia are open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
 
However, if conventional shopping malls are not your thing and you are in the mood to find a bargain, then the Premium Outlets are just the thing for you. The Premium Outlets are two outdoor outlets that have any and everything you could ever need (or want). Both outlets are open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. If all these options were not enough to entice you, The Peabody Orlando is perfectly located for all this shopping. Both outlet malls are only about 3 miles from The Peabody Orlando and both malls are less than six miles away. 

Susan Barnes

If you simply must shop ‘til you drop while in Orlando, you’re spared from having to just buy merchandise from Mickey or Shamu. From shopping malls to tree- and boutique-lined streets and outlet malls, Orlando has the retail exercise you’ll need to keep that credit card in shape.

The Mall at Millenia runs the whole gamut of shopping classes, with department stores such as Bloomingdales, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus; designer outposts of Louis Vuitton and Gucci; casual favorites such as Gap and luxury jewelers such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier and David Yurman.

At the Florida Mall, you’ll surely find something at Orlando’s only Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue or perhaps Clarks England, Adidas or the European trendsetting shop, H&M. Your kids will beg to spend the day at M&M’s World, and to build a new friend at the ever-popular Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Make your way to downtown to Winter Park for boutique- and tree-lined streets; whether you’re window shopping or shopping for real, something in the boutiques and galleries will catch your eye. Spend the day shopping, then pop into a sidewalk café for a bite to eat, if that tickles your fancy.

And with the abundance of tourists, outlet shopping reigns supreme in Orlando. Labels such as Betsey Johnson, Coach, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Polo Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th come together at Orlando Premium Outlets. Just make sure you’ve left enough room in your luggage to haul all your newfound booty back to your home island.

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