Where is the best shopping in Sarasota?

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Jessi Smith

You’ll be tempted to shop ’til you drop during your visit to Sarasota, a city that has a variety of boutiques, unique gifts and treasures at every turn.

St. Armands Circle is widely regarded as Sarasota’s primary high-end shopping district. Located within walking distance of North Lido beach, St. Armands is designed for balmy, sea-breezy strolls around the Circle, where chic boutiques feature the latest trends in leisure fashion and footwear; galleries showcase unique art, gifts and home décor; spas and salons offer luxury pampering treatments; and outdoor sidewalk cafes tempt the appetite with a cornucopia of casual and fine dining options. The numerous ice cream shops and gourmet confectionary establishments throughout St. Armands provide sweet-toothed window-shoppers with delectable distractions as they explore the coconut-palm-lined sidewalks around the Circle.

Whereas the boutiques and shops on St. Armands are polished and posh, Sarasota Architectural Salvage in downtown Sarasota features a rough-around-the-edges, shabby-chic aesthetic that appeals to treasure hunters. The 10,000-foot warehouse space is home to a variety of unique antiques and functional art for the home crafted from historic architectural and industrial salvage. From elaborate stained-glass windows to nautical artifacts, vintage circus relics, bizarre antique farm tools and high-end furniture crafted from discarded materials from historic buildings like the John Ringling Hotel, Sarasota Architectural Salvage is recognized among design authorities and tastemakers around the world as home to some of the coolest and most unique “junk” in the United States.

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