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When it comes to high fashion, high style shopping, Jacksonville has always been a bit challenged. There’s nothing like Atlanta’s Buckhead district, the Miami Design  District, Coconut Grove’s shopping or Rodeo Drive. There is a smattering of art galleries showing the work of local artists, a big antiques mall and—most interesting—the outdoor Riverside Arts Market operating Saturdays from March through December.

Avonlea Antique Mall

Neighborhood: Southside

Located on the far south side of town, Avonlea Antiques Mall is about as close to Ponte Vedra as it is to downtown, but don’t let that stop you if you like antiques. This isn’t a shed full of discards—it’s an enclosed 40,000-sq.-ft. emporium with highly desirable antiques. There’s no way of knowing what will be in stock, but perennials seem to include art glass lamps, handblown bottles, painted hurricane lamps and lots of heavy wood furniture. Hours are 10AM - 6PM daily except Sunday, when it’s open 12PM - 6PM.

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Jacksonville Landing

Neighborhood: Downtown

The Jacksonville Landing has struggled to maintain occupants over the years, and some favorites have come and gone, but it’s worth an afternoon of browsing while you’re downtown. Galleries in the Landing participate in the Art Walk, which happens downtown the first Wednesday of each month. There are frequent concerts and events—recently the Landing brought in 100 tons of sand to turn the courtyard into a beach, complete with volleyball courts—so check the website to see what’s happening while you’re in town.

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Riverside Arts Market

Neighborhood: Downtown

Probably the coolest outdoor happening in Jacksonville is the weekly Riverside Arts Market, which takes place under the ramp to the Fuller Warren Bridge every Saturday March-December from 10AM to 4PM. Some local visionaries got the idea that the underside of the ramp—which stays shady and dry—would be a great place to have a weekly farmers market/art fest. It’s more than carrots and canvases, too—there’s a full stage with live entertainment and dozens of street performers mixed in between the produce tables, art booths and food vendors.

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St. Johns Town Center

Neighborhood: Southside

If you need to hook up with a chain store while you’re in town, this is the place. All of the usual suspects are here—Target, Dillard’s, Pier 1, Gap, Ross, West Elm—along with the upper end of mall dining establishments including Cantina Laredo, PF Chang’s California Pizza Kitchen and a Cheesecake Factory. There’s even an Apple Store should something unfortunate happen to your iPad while you’re on vacation.

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