There are a ridiculous number of places to shop in the Orlando area. Unfortunately I can’t cover them all so I’ll tell you my two favorites in each category.
Malls this one is easy my top choice is Florida Mall it’s the largest in the region and has many stores that aren’t available in other area malls such as Nordstrom’s. There is a great variety of choices from low end Sears and J.C. Penney to mid and high end retailers. A little north of Florida mall on Sand Lake Road is one of my favorite bargain stores Old Time Pottery. They offer a huge variety of household items at really low prices. You do have to hunt however.
My second choice is the Mall at Millenia which is a beautiful mall with great dining options available as well. This mall is a high end mall and much smaller than Florida Mall. The area around it offers numerous additional shopping and dining options. Rack Room Shoes located to the east of the Super Target is a real find if you’re looking for shoes. Their prices are reasonable and the selection is incredible (they carry a lot of shoes in ‘wide’ for men which is great for me).
Other category is outlet shopping. The Premium Outlets in Lake Buena Vista and off of International Drive are the best in the area. They do have a lot of the same stores but they each have stores unique to Orlando.
I’m not going to rate any flea markets be it tourist or local because I refuse to shop at them, but they will be discussed in the near future on our site.
I hope this information was helpful in planning where to shop in Orlando. For additional information, including locations and hours of our area malls and outlet stores, please visit our Mall Shopping Directory and our Outlet Shopping Directory.