Whether perusing locally sourced goods or keeping on trend with high-fashion retailers, the diversity and quality of shopping in Orlando, Florida, is unlike any other destination.
“Orlando offers something new and different for visitors to experience each time they come back,” said Elaine Blazys, associate vice president of travel industry sales, Visit Orlando. “Groups visiting the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World’ will enjoy our unmatched entertainment along with a flourishing dining scene and diverse and upscale shopping options that together create vacation memories to last a lifetime.”
Visit Orlando supplied the following itinerary for groups looking to shop until they drop.
Lake Buena Vista area
Start the day off at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, a Mediterranean-inspired shopping village, offering a variety of merchandise in the heart of the tourism district.
Next, explore an eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants and entertainment at Disney Springs. The curated collection of more than 40 shops makes it easy to stay on trend with shops like Zara, Free People and Lilly Pulitzer, while also getting a dose of Disney at the world’s largest Disney character store.
Hop aboard a faux riverboat at Paddlefish and feast on fresh seafood, savory steaks and a vast menu of fine wines. Be sure to check out the live entertainment, concerts and stage shows found throughout the complex.
International Drive area
Make a quick detour and grab breakfast before a full day of shopping at Market On South. This local foodie favorite is a restaurant, bakery and bar offering locally sourced and artisan-crafted goods. Then, head straight to the sophisticated shopper’s paradise that is The Mall at Millenia. There, groups can find everything from the latest Apple gadgets to international high-end retailers such as Gucci, Prada, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier.
Grab lunch at the new Earl’s Kitchen + Bar, a sleek restaurant serving gourmet burgers and global comfort food. End the day at Pointe Orlando, a diverse collection of outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Have dinner at Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant and chow down on Japanese fusion cuisine with inventive cocktails.
Take a stroll over to I-Drive 360 and enjoy a glass of champagne and breathtaking views on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, a 400-foot observation wheel.
Winter Park area
Venture away from the tourism district and experience another side of Orlando at a change of pace. Go straight to East End Market, a two-story neighborhood market, garden and food hub located in the Audubon Park Garden District of Orlando. Browse through independently owned businesses offering fresh baked bread, bold roasted coffee and artisan cheeses.
See why shopping is worth a drive in Central Florida with tree-lined brick streets, historic buildings and a miniature version of Manhattan’s Central Park in Winter Park. National retailers like Williams Sonoma and Ethan Allen share sidewalk space with locally owned boutiques. Enjoy a tasting at The Wine Room, which offers more than 150 wines from around the world.
End the night at one of Winter Park’s many trendy eateries such as Chez Vincent. Take a trip to Paris in this cozy little bistro in Winter Park’s historic Hannibal Square, with candlelit tables and classic French cuisine and wines.