I am a shopaholic. There, I said it. And I’m not just any shopaholic; I’m the type who feels driven beyond all logic to buy things simply because they are a good deal. As you might imagine, that makes Orlando both a blessing and a curse for me. The city is full of some of the best outlet shopping in the South, so there are always great bargains available. (I just got a Tory Burch leather bag valued at $298 for $75… Score!) But sometimes the bargains are too good. I’ve been known to return home with a $200 dress that I’ve bought for just $20—a 90 percent off steal—only to realize that it doesn’t even really fit. So as long as you exercise more self-control than I do, Orlando can be a shopper’s version of utopia. Here’s where to look for the best deals in town.
Orlando International Premium Outlets
On the far north end of International Drive sits my favorite outlet mall in Orlando. It features outlets of Victoria’s Secret, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Lacoste, BCBG Max Azria, Ted Baker, J. Crew, Kate Spade, Banana Republic, Coach, and 170 others. Come early and head toward Victoria’s Secret or Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH for the best chance at snagging a parking spot.
Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
This is the sister property to the outlet mall on International Drive and it’s closer to Disney World; you can reach it easily via State Roads 536 or 535, both of which take you to Disney property. Parking tends to be a bit tougher here, but it’s worth it. This is where you’ll find Tory Burch, Clarins, Armani, Marni, J. Crew, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Barneys New York, Diane Von Furstenberg, and 150 others.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
Its web site touts it as Orlando’s best-kept secret for outlet deals, and I can’t argue with that. It’s off the beaten path, and locals don’t often think of this as an option, so it’s easy to score really great deals here. Old Navy, Carter’s for Kids, Gap, Reebok, Samsonite and more have outlets here, making it well worth the trip.
Just a short drive (or even a walk) away from Orlando International Premium Outlets, this small outdoor marketplace offers a handful of additional well-stocked stores, including my favorite Nine West outlet in Orlando, which always seems to carry a bigger, better variety than its sister stores. While you’re there, check out Puma, Skechers, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.
Disney’s Character Warehouse
Let’s face it, if you’re visiting Orlando, there’s probably someone at home who expects you to bring a Disney souvenir back. Instead of spending big bucks at the parks, consider stopping at this sizable store—with locations at both Premium outlet malls (see above). You’ll find overflow and out-of-seasons apparel, plush toys, artwork, jewelry, and more at a discount.