Best shopping in Florida, my selection.

Continuing with the shopping/resto food posts,  I like to share with you my best selection from my 18 years of living in Florida USA. An experience that I would never forget ,and last visited in 2009.

Shopping is a ritual, especially around the malls or shopping center. Its a way of life, social, dating, just having a good time all takes place while shopping under the Sunshine State of Florida. Some of the shopping is so near a beach a combination is sublime. Hours are usually from 10h to 21h some open at 9h and others closed at 20h. The hours are continuosly no closing for lunch as in Europe. All properties have heating and air conditioned housing. The only drawback is that public transportation is limited and the automobile is the way to go.

These are some of my favorites places, starting with malls aka shopping centers.

Aventura Mall, north of Miami. 19501 Biscayne Boulevard
Aventura, FL 33180 tel +001 305 935 1110. An upscale wonderlust of stores and restaurants, over 250 stores and 24 cinema screens, with favorites like Barney, Bakers,fossil, gap, and Macy’s, JC Penney, Johnny Rockets burgers, and the Cheesecake Factory resto. webpage http://www.aventuramall.com/

Bayside Market Place, on downtown city center Miami by the port of Miami. 401 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33132 tel +001 305 373 54 37. a wonderful tropical escape with boating cruises on Miami harbor and passing by the home of the famous. Souvenirs stores and great Latin American Cafe. webpage http://www.baysidemarketplace.com/ 

Cocowalk Shopping Center, in the small chic community of Coconut Grove right in the middle of Miami by the bay.3015 Grand Avenue Miami, FL 33133 tel +001 305 444 0777.  The cinema, the walks in a quaint village, Hooters’ on a nice breeze Florida night is sublime. webpage
http://www.cocowalk.net/ 

Broward Mall, right in the middle of Plantation a city near FT Lauderdale and close to the beaches. A huge place with wonderful stores to browse and eat. 8000 West Broward Boulevard ,Plantation, FL 33388 tel +001 954 473 8100. You have my favorites stores Dillard’s and Macy’s plus eating at Cajun Grill. webpage  http://westfield.com/broward/

Dadeland Mall, a huge shopping center south Miami and you can get there on the monorail public transport from city center Miami. 7535 N Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33156 Tel +001 305 665 6343. You have here the Disney store, and Sephora, plus eating at Cafe con Leche, and Tango Grill. webpage
http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=138

Dolphin Mall, an excellent place west of the airport, you can get there by the Dolphin expressway from Miami Beach to NW 107 ave the mall is right up the street to NW 114 ave .11401 N.W. 12 Street, Miami, FL 33172, tel +001 305 365 7446 . My favorites here were the JC Penney store, plus the cinema, the outdoor live music events under the Florida sky, just sublime. come to shop or come to party is all here. Gap, Banana Republic, the Borders Book store, FYE Entertainment for great dvd,cd, and video games purchases, Mojitos Cuban Cafe, TGIFridays, for food eating, a great place for the whole family. webpage http://www.shopdolphinmall.com/

 International Mall, another dandy right next to the Dolphin Expressway coming from Miami Beach at NW 107 ave. you see it from the Expressway. One of my favorite restaurant is here La Carreta, Cuban Cuisine at its best. 1455 NW 107th Avenue, Miami, FL 33172, Tel +001 305 593 1775. They have a friendly JC Penney store here, a Toys R Us on the parking property, Dillard’s, and Mayors Jewerlers. webpage http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=141

You will find great bargain and more city life shopping at downtown or city center Miami away from the port of Miami (cruise capital) and Bayside MarketPlace by going on Flagler street and meandering the little side streets around it, loads of stores there at bargain bazaar prices.  They have an association at Downtown Miami , Biscayne Boulevard to 3rd Avenue, SE 1st Street to NE 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33131 Tel +001 305 379 7070. webpage telling you all about shopping eating and nightlife plus hotels around this area is
http://www.downtownmiami.com/

Way down on Miami southern tip going towards Key West but still Miami you will find the Falls shopping center, an open air mall of great chic stores right off US 1 main road, they claim to be the biggest in the USA. Here you will find Bloomingdales ,Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, as my favorites stores with eating places like Los Ranchos, PF Changs China Bistro, and TGIFridays. A wonderful shopping experience under the sun, but nice AC in the stores ::) webpage http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=1232

Lincold Road, this is right on Miami Beach , a very nice shopping place right off the beach for about 10 blocks of stores, restos, art galeries ,nice. Go for the upscale YUCA restaurant while there. The News Cafe is a place to talk and mingle with the locals and visitors alike and start your day fresh with all the news!!! Not to forget Joe’s Stone Crabs restaurant, and the beautiful Art Deco hotels lining up Ocean ave. webpage
http://www.lincolnroadmiamibeach.org/

Sawgrass Mills shopping center is huge, I mean huge  ,one of the biggest if not the biggest mall in the USA, and Florida’s largest. It is in my home county of Broward, north of Miami and west of Ft Lauderdale. In the city of Sunrise, 12801 West Sunrise Blvd, Sunrise, FL 33323, Tel +001 954 846 2300.It is an outlet mall per excellence, with many visitors and locals alike filling its magnificent array of stores. Saks Fifth Avenue outlet was my favorite, as well as Book-a-Million bookstore, Burlington Coat, Bed- Bath & Beyond, Dockers, Levi’s, and K-Bee toys, they have a wonderful role playing games complex center in Wannado City , The Regal 23 theaters cinema is excellent, Gameworks arcade for children, and the TGIFridays restos, around it, the Walmart store just outside, Rainforest Cafe inside, plus many additional shops and centers around it make it one of the biggest one stop shopping in all of Florida. webpage http://www.simon.com/mall/?id=1262

Pembroke Lakes Mall, the closest to my house in Pembroke Pines , this is a nice family mall, very nicely done in a  belle epoque art deco style inside. 11401 Pines Blvd., Suite 546, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33026, Tel +001 954 436 35 20. The great Toys R Us store, the JC Penney, American Eagle, Bakers, Bath & Body Works,Macy’s, Sears, Radio Shack, GNC, Churromania resto with Spanish churros pastries! An excellent food court with Nathan’s famous hot dogs, and Godiva Chocolatier. Come on in and relax. Webpage
http://www.pembrokelakesmall.com/

Volusia Mall, by the international speedway in Daytona Beach, 1700 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. My old reliable place while in my college and post college days in the area. JC Penneys my old nice clothing place (purchase my wedding ring here lol!) , Sears for all those tools, American Eagles, the Applebee’s resto with succulent ribs, Radio Shack, and eat at Wetzel’s pretzels, Mr Dunderbaks german eatery, and Sbarro’s pizzeria. Great memories here, Webpage http://www.volusiamall.net/shop/volusia.nsf/index

Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs, just before reaching Orlando coming from Daytona Beach on the I4 inter state highway on your way to Disney. Better prices ,great surrounding, nice place. 451 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701, Tel +001 407  215 51 00.  Barnes & Nobles bookstore, Bahamas Cruise resto, Barnie Coffee & Tea, Perfumania, and nice surrounding. webpage http://www.altamontemall.com/

The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, another distinctive location of fine shops and eateries near my old home and a family favorite. Here you will find the great burgers Fuddruckers, DSW shoe warehouse, Barnes & Nobles bookstore,and old Navy store.  527 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 , tel +001 954  450 15 80.  webpage http://www.pembrokegardens.com/

A great area to do shopping,eating, drinking ,partying ,and all family fun in Ft Lauderdale is at Las Olas blvd area, in a quaint village atmosphere.  Gourment farmers market, galleo belgian chocolates, are two of my all time favorites there. Mango’s , Cafe la Bonne Crepe ,and the Café de Paris are fine eating habits of the family when in the area. You will find in the link info on hotels ,art galleries ,and many other tidbits of the area, if need more let me know, dont want to write a book ,its just a blog Lol!! http://www.lasolasboulevard.com/

Centro YBOR in Tampa is another wonderful Florida combination of shopping, Food, and games for the whole family. Another favorite when visiting relatives or Busch Gardens. An escape when coming to play soccer at the Univ level Div 2,and summer leagues semipro Lol!!!  One of the oldest and the oldest Cuban enclave in the USA.  1600 East 8th Avenue, Tampa, Fl 33605. Get on the Muvico theater for great movies, try Hamburger”s Mary for the real beefeater in you, try a homemade beer at Tampa Brewing. See a Cuban cigar being roll in front of your eyes ,and many more. Webpage http://www.centroybor.com/

St Augustine Premium Outlet, its an outlet stores mall in the historical city north of Daytona Beach, was a family hangout for lunches many weekends. The city of Saint Augustine is the oldest city in the USA, founded by Spaniards in 1565. Jockey, banana republic,levi’s are all great here, as well as Van Heusen shirts, Carters  and Oshkosh B’ gosh were our daily routine for our kids growing up ,Bass shoes were my favorites, and the Book Warehouse. 2700 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 32092, tel +001 904 825-1555.  webpage   http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=55

A similar outfit was visited too in International Drive, Orlando near Disney, at the Orlando Premium Outlet mall, 4951 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 . tel +001 407 352 9600 . Favorites here were façonnable, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Samsonite (where I bought my first luggage for Europe!) , and the usual Sbarro pizzeria chain. webpage http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=96

Town Center at Boca Raton, to go up and get some French goodies we usually stop at this shopping center, great stores in a very nice setting. For Sephora and Godiva Chocolates indeed !!! 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431. tel +001 561  368 60 01. You go there from Miami on best by I95 north to Glades Rd exit and follow to mall at town center drive left. webpage http://www.simon.com/mall/?id=144

My regular all time wine stores were ABC or Crowns in Florida, I became a wine aficionado while working at an ABC store in Ormond Beach while my college years, and was in charge of stock and ordering the wine section. 725 South Yonge Street, Ormond Beach ,that is the US 1 highway near the intersection with Granada Blvd going to the beach about 6 miles. I did shop in their Aventura, Fl store at 16355 Biscayne blvd.. , so the overall webpage is  http://www.abcfws.com/. Later on as I moved south, my interest turn to Crown a more French look and friendly folks which I entertain for years there, guided by able senior wine purchaser Chip Cassidy. My favorites stores were in the north Miami area at 12555 Biscayne blvd, North Miami ,33181 tel +001 305-892-9463. and the most frequented for wine tastings and shopping was at 1590 South Dixie highway, Coral Gables, 33146 tel +001 786-621-9463. webpage here http://www.crownwineandspirits.com/

Well the list is endless if I get to it, but I think these will give a pretty clear picture of shopping in Florida from central to south of the State. And I just got some Tommy Hilfiger polos for my kids from the family yes!!! Happy shopping everyone ::)

Some photos on what I have as never thought of taken pictures while living there lol::::) Needed to come back as tourist ::) to take more photos Lol!!!.

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