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Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue is way north and Miami’s Bal Harbour Shops way south, so Fort Lauderdale is the place to find designer goods for everyone in between. Best of all, at Sawgrass Mills outlet shops, you get all the goods at a hefty discount. Smaller boutiques can be found along Los Olas and there are art galleries and artisan shops for those indigenous tsotchkes that just can’t be found anywhere else.

The Galleria

Neighborhood: Fort Lauderdale
Since opening almost 30 years ago, this upscale mall has been known for its fashionable stores, from mid-priced to upscale. Saks closed last year due to lagging sales, but anchors Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Dillard’s pick up the slack. Joining them is a string of popular mall stores, such as J. Crew, White House/Black Market, Chico’s, Banana Republic and BCBGMaxAzria, plus your usual shoe stores, kids’ and men’s clothing chains, and more. The digs are fancy, and the restaurant choices are worth mentioning, with Truluck’s, The Capital Grille and Seasons 52 among them.

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Las Olas Shopping District

Neighborhood: Downtown Las Olas
When you want to come back from your shopping expedition bearing items your friends back home aren’t likely to have, check out shops here, like Pina Boutique, where you’ll find Ungaro, Cavalli and Dismero; LF Store for cool, contemporary clothing and accessories from England, Spain and Italy; and Sophy Curson, an exclusive boutique representing a cadre of designers who create clothing, shoes, hats and accessories specifically for the Curson customer. Then there are the gourmet chocolate shops, art and home décor stores, and other assorted places to blow your dough. You may need to make this trip more than once to cover it all.

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The Gallery at Beach Place

Neighborhood: Fort Lauderdale Beach
Not just a shopping destination, Beach Place is a lively spot on A1A just across the street from the beach where Lulu’s Bait Shack, Fat Tuesday and Hooters are located. For those on vacation, in particular, it’s also a great place to pick up sandals at Maui Nix, cover-ups at Sea and Sun, sunglasses at Sunglass Hut, cute little dresses, shorts and tops at E.A. Factory, handmade jewelry at Toni Bijoux, and other desirables.

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Sawgrass Mills

Neighborhood: Fort Lauderdale
One of the 10 largest shopping centers in the country, this outlet mall contains more than 350 stores in its more than 2 million square feet. This miniature city is divided into three parts—the mall, which has four “Avenue” sections; the “Oasis,” an outdoor area with shops, restaurants, such as Cheesecake Factory, and a Regal 23 Cinema; and the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass, which features an upscale selection of shops bearing names like Kate Spade, Hugo Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry. Among the most enormous stores here are SuperTarget, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Nordstrom Rack. If you can spend a day here and not find something you like, you weren’t looking very hard. The prices really are better than retail and, while the selection may not be as full as what you’d see in these retailers’ big-city boutiques, your wallet will thank you.

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Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop

Neighborhood: Fort Lauderdale
This daily flea market and drive-in theater says it’s Florida’s second-most popular tourist attraction behind Disney World. That may be overstating things a bit, but sitting on 88 acres and open 365 days a year, the Swap Shop began life in 1963 as the Thunderbird Drive-in Theater. Three years later, the owner decided to add a flea market; eventually, an enclosed food court was added, and later, a stage, where country and pop music acts like Loretta Lynn and Three Dog Night performed. Today, products and services too abundant to list can be found here, from designer knockoff bags, watches and sunglasses, to paintings and furniture, to clothing and bedding and perfume and…well, you get the picture.

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