Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Shopping in Orlando

Forget about Disney and Universal, Orlando's greatest rides are its shopping opportunities. If you concentrate on the many outlets malls rather than the souvernier shops, I promise you'll make a better deal than a pair of overpriced mouse ears.
Here's a small guide:

Orlando Premium Outlets
Located just a few miles away from Disney World, this boardwalk styled outlet mall lives up to its name. Many of the big chain's own outlet concepts are found here; Barneys New York outlet, Banana Republic Factory store, Final cut BCBG Max Azria, Nike Factory, and Gap outlet - just to name a few. The rest of the 100 stores offers goods marked down by 25-70 percent. However, not everything is on sale. I found a pair of sunglasses that was actually $20 more expenisive than in NYC, so check your references.
My best bargain here was a pair of yoga sweatpants from Lululemon Athletica (love that store!). These were marked down from $86 to $25. If I had time, there would probably be more...
For more information about Orlando Premium Outlets check out their website.

Prime Outlets Orlando
This outlet mall is kind of the same as the Premium Outlets, only slightly bigger (!), and is situated at the north end of International Drive (a cheesy drive jammed with concept restaurants, miniature golf installations and various factory outlets). For a Norwegian, used to everything being expensive, this is a shopping haven! Go wild for Vans ($10-$20), Nike at H&M prices and everything that a fashion economist would dream of. When you're here, time (and bucks) flies fast, so make sure your hubby is occupied for a good while. If the shopping makes you hungry, head to the busy food court for an authentic mall experience.
Click here for more information, store directory and hours.

Florida Mall
With more than 270 stores you'll  presumably not walk empty handed out of here. The mall contain all the big fashion retailers including a 850 m2 huge XXI Forever (Forever 21's flagship store concept) , Apple,  and sooo much more.
Florida mall is located here.

If you want to learn more about shopping in Orlando, please leave a comment:)

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