Time to get those wallets out!


Whilst you may think Orlando is famous for its enormous theme parks and superb weather, that’s not all it is famous for! Orlando is also for its shopping; with its large selection of malls, premium outlets, markets and supermarkets, it truly is a shopper’s paradise!

What is the shopping like in Orlando?

There are many different places to shop; see below for a summary of each to help you plan your shopping trips and some general shop tips to ensure you make the most out of your time in Orlando.

Malls – the two most popular, ‘must visit’ malls include the Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia. B e prepared to spend a good couple of hours at each of them as there are hundreds of shops where you will find great gifts as well as plenty of cuisines to dine in. However, don’t forget about other malls in Orlando, such as Almonte Mall and the Ovedio mall.

Outlets – Bargains? Yes, that’s a guarantee! With Orlando’s two main premium outlets (International and Vineland outlets) you can expect great discounts off many designer brands! Make sure you also visit the Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlets as they also offer good prices off designer labels.

Districts – More shopping choices available? … indeed there is! Take the chance to immerse yourselves among the shops by your favourite theme parks including Universal City Walk and Disney Springs. These are great places to shop and dine if you are looking for something unique, or just a get away from the chaos of the theme parks. Other popular shopping complexes to visit are Winter Park Village, Old Town Orlando and if you haven’t already come across it, the International Drive which consists of many shops and eateries.

Supermarkets –  whilst dining at a different restaurant each night is fun and adventurous, sometimes you just fancy a night in with the family or a change of scene. Supermarkets including Walmart, Target/SuperTarget, and Publix are just a few where you can buy groceries of every kind, including fruits and veg, meat, fish, and much more! Don’t forget to check out other funky and unique markets in Orlando, including flea markets and the Artegon Marketplace.

Some Shopping Tips:

Unlike in the UK, Florids sales tax is not counted in the displayed purchase prices so you may need to add on 6 or 7% to work out the total price you will need to pay!

By picking up the Orlando Setinel newspaper (issued on Sundays), you will be able to see all the best discounts shops will be giving in the upcoming week.

Try to avoid buying electrical goods from the US if you live in the UK as most devices will not work unless you have a specific converter for them. Whilst most hand held US games are compatible with UK devices, many game systems such as a PS4 in the US will not work with UK players.

Have a picture card/Photo ID on you when shopping as some shops may ask you to provide ID before purchasing a product.