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If you want to know about the best shopping in St. Augustine, we have just two words: outlet malls. Located off I-95, you'll find two of Florida's largest outlet shopping centers — St. Augustine Premium Outlet Mall and St. Augustine Outlets. At the Premium Outlet Mall, 85 designer-label stores await, including Calvin Klein, Coach, Ralph Lauren and Movado. More than 75 shops are set inside St. Augustine Outlets; go there to peruse Cole Haan, Dooney & Bourke and Gucci’s only outlet in the southeastern United States.
Don't spend the entire savings in the outlets, though — there's a lot more shopping to do. The brick-lined streets of historic downtown St. Augustine are filled with local boutiques and retailers that sell everything from antiques to custom-created jewelry, hand-blown glass and pottery. Some of the best antique shopping can be done here, so make sure you save time for a stroll.
If you're driving to St. Augustine on I-95 South, you can't miss the two outlet malls that comprise the bulk of St. Augustine's shopping clout: St. Augustine Premium Outlets and the St. Augustine Outlets. Both options are comparable for size and quality of retailers (you'll find factory stores for Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Nine West and Coach at the Premium Outlets, and favorite designers like BCBGMAXAZRIA, Cole Haan and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the St. Augustine Outlets). It's worth noting that a large portion of the St. Augustine Outlets mall is indoors, which is a huge benefit in the hot summer months; really, though, even the outdoor shops at its competitor are close enough so that the trek between stores is bearable.
A number of independent boutiques, antique shops and souvenir shops fill the historic downtown St. Augustine area, peddling everything from rhinestone-encrusted belt buckles to canvas photo printing services. Window shopping on St. George Street is a fun way to spend an afternoon, and if you have your heart set on picking up a special Florida souvenir like a seashell windchime or beach-chic jewelry, this area of town is the best place to find it.