Shopping options in the very central hub of Downtown Orlando are relatively restrictive – that’s if you’re after one of the city’s famous malls out outlet stores which are all found just a few minutes’ drive away from the city center (most are located around the prominent International Drive).
That said, the Downtown Orlando area does have a good lineup of more ‘niche’, less commercialized places to shop, such as boutique stores, local markets and local fashion design stores. Below, find our top 5 places to shop in Downtown Orlando!
East End Market
Orlando’s quaint East End Market just a few minutes’ drive northeast out of the downtown area. Open every day apart from Monday, this two-story market-cum-arcade aims to showcase the best of what Central Florida has to offer in terms of cooked food, art, and fresh produce. The market also features some world-class restaurants, a large event space, a live cooking area and office space.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (closed Mondays)
- Location: 3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
- Tel: +1 321-236-3316
If you’re in the downtown area anytime on a Sunday between 10:00-16:00, be sure not to miss out of Lake Eola’s very own farmers market located at the corner of E. Central Boulevard and N. Eola Drive. Expect handicrafts, locally-sourced produce, plants, a pet section, ready-to-eat food and live music and the beer garden. Definitely one of the best shopping options in Downtown Orlando – just a shame it’s not every day! Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sun 10:00 - 16:00
- Location: Lake Eola Park
For malls, the immediate Downtown area is a little lacking (head just outside of the center to find Florida Mall or the Mall at Millennia for better choices). One of the only (therefore the best by default) is still a short taxi ride away, located just next to the city’s second airport. Orlando Fashion square is a modest mall that specializes in cheap to mid-range fashion garments and is anchored by Dillard’s JC Penney, Macy’s and Sears. There’s also a movie theatre on site and plenty of restaurants for a post or pre-shopping energy boost. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00, Sun 11:00 - 18:00
- Address: 3201 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803, United States
- Tel: +1 407 896 1132
Shops at Church Street
Downtown Orlando’s central Church Street is well known for many things – it’s historic old train depot, it’s long list of restaurants and cosmopolitan bars as well as a good range of late-night clubs attracting a younger crowd. Most of the action here happens after dark, but if you’re heading this way in the day there’s still plenty of shopping options to keep you busy. You won’t find any big malls or outlet action here; think more small arts and crafts shops, fashion boutiques, antique dealers and souvenirs stores on both sides of the road, most of which are clustered towards the western end of Church Street.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - late (varies on shop)
- Location: Church Street, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Zou Zou Boutique
One of the top fashion boutiques in Downtown Orlando, the well-known Zou Zou stocks a fine range of domestic and international designer brands such as Ella Moss and Tracy Reese. The small shop house also has a good (but slightly pricey) range of luxurious accessories to go with your new dress, as well as shoes and tailoring services. Find Zou Zou Boutique on North Summerlin Avenue, just one block south-east of Lake Eola Park.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 daily
- Location: 2 North Summerlin Avenue, Downtown Orlando, Florida
- Tel: 407 843 3372