Orlando is home to some of the most upscale shopping venues in Florida. With low sales tax and over 2 outlet malls you are going to need some way and someone to help you hit them all inside of a small window of time if you are on vacation in the central florida area. Here are Orlando’s major malls and a little about them with links to their websites:
The Mall at Millenia: Upscale shops as well as traditional mall shops that takes the best fashion labels and some of the most unique dining experiences to the next level. Theres even an ikea right next door with the largest show floor in the state. Home to only Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom stores in Orlando. A MUST SEE!
The Florida Mall Florida Mall is one of the largest malls in the state, anchored by Macys, Dillards, JC Penney, Sears with a large selection of specialty stores. always a deal to pick up in this paradise for the shopaholic! From shoes to a custom name belt buckle that blinks, you will find something for you or for those at home. (Minus the usual T-shirt)
Festival Bay Mall at International Drive– Not the best choice for shopping but if glow in the dark golf and a movie is what you are looking for then this mall comes with the perfect companion: Fuddruckers! The theater at this mall is never crowded and the likelihood is that you will find the perfect seat.
Orlando Premium Outlets 1:Vineland Avenue bottom end of International Drive, keep going past Sea World. This is an outlet mall where huge discounts can be had! It has many unusual and exclusive outlets, including the only Baccarat/ Lalique outlet in the world. My Personal Favorite: FCUK ( French Connection UK)
Orlando Premium Outlets 2: The mall that was formerly the Belz Mall at the Northern end of International Drive is now another Orlando Premium Outlets. Another huge outlet mall that has recently been renovated and expanded. This mall has some great stores too and outdoor entertainment! The Movado outlet has Ebel, Lacoste and Juicy Couture watches at amazing prices. At Nautica, the staff is trained to help you “style” your look… best thing is that right next door you have FESTIVAL BAY MALL!
Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet Stores www.lbvfs.com Another outlet mall. This is the home of the great Vanity Fair outlet, source of many well- known brands including Lee and Jansport among others. It is far less crowded than the other malls, so head there if you don’t like crowds.
Pointe Orlando on International Drive Shopping, dining and entertainment. This mall is right in the middle of the action and international drive. It showcases the citys largest Imax Screen. (4 stories tall) dinner won’t be a problem at this hub of activity. From the world famous wings at Hooters to Taverna Opa where you can really party like a greek, you have it all! Even an upside down building known as wonder works.
Orlando Fashion Square Mall (Mostly Locals/Near Downtown) local fashions and great prices.
Do not forget to allow for sales tax in addition to the price on the ticket. (6%) Some malls will allow you to sign up for even greater savings, e.g if you register with the Premium Outlets website you can easily print off a coupon which when presented at the Information Desk in the Food Court, will entitle you to a book of coupons allowing even more savings!
Many of the tourist maps and booklets also feature such vouchers. you can find theses at any of the malls customer services desk.
In Macy’s, foreign visitors will be able to register for a 11% discount card, just go to customer services with id such as a passport or driver’s licence.
Make sure you bring a credit card and a couple of empty suitcases to load in the car. My advice is to use a reputable Chauffeur service. Order a sedan from http://i4limoservice.com/ to take you around from place to place. You won’t want to drive and you will want to save your energy. besides, who better to take you around then a local!