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Shopping is a popular pastime in Palm Beach, simply because there’s so much money here waiting to be spent. Fortunately, you don’t need an American Express Centurion Card to enjoy the experience. In addition to the extravagant Worth Avenue, there’s City Place in West Palm, an outdoor mini-metropolis that mixes fashion boutiques with cafes and salons, and the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, for those who prefer to remain in air-conditioned comfort at all times. More than 40 antiques shops comprise Antique Row in West Palm Beach, which for 25 years has been the place to shop and browse art galleries and specialty stores. And in Delray, you’ll find galleries, novelty shops, locally designed jewelry, books, music and beach gear.
Neighborhood: Palm Beach
The closest thing to Rodeo Drive on this side of the continent, Worth Avenue is a mélange of well-known designer boutiques (Gucci, Cartier, Chanel and Tiffany & Co., among them), banks and offices, salons and eateries such as Victor’s Café and Renato’s. Tucked in among these are original destinations such as Tracy Dara Kamenstein, where the Palm Beach jewelry designer of the same name sells her handmade, 24K gold and platinum pieces, and de Corato Boutique, for posh menswear (they only have three other locations in the U.S.). For a detailed list of what’s here, visit www.worth-avenue.com
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Neighborhood: West Palm Beach Art & Design District
Seventeenth- through 20th-century antiques, from art deco to moderne furnishings and more, are lined up and waiting along this renowned stretch. The stores include the Scandinavian designs of the famous Lars Bolander and the hopelessly hip, 6,000-square-foot Objects in the Loft, offering such obscure finds as vintage movie posters from Brazil, along with 20th-century art objects and furniture. Then there are the home décor specialty shops, such as Palm Beach Designer Fabrics, while Glam! Vintage of Palm Beach caters to the stylista in search of costume jewelry, accessories and timelessly cool items from the 1920s - 1980s. We saw some nice Nancy Sinatra-style go-go boots recently. And you thought Antique Row was just for grandma.
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Neighborhood: West Palm Beach
One of the first mixed-use developments in South Florida, City Place is home to almost 20 restaurants, a 20-screen movie theater, sidewalk cafes and stores. It contains nearly 600 private residences, built with the idea that it’s convenient to live in a place where you can walk out the door to instant entertainment. That entertainment might be defined as picking up new shorts at Tommy Bahama, grabbing a beer at Brewzzi or taking in a comedy show at the Improv. Since it has residents on site, City Place tends to stay busy, and it covers all ends of the shopping/entertainment spectrum: It has a Sephora and a Sunglass Hut, a BB King’s Blues Club and a Blue Martini.
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Neighborhood: Palm Beach Gardens
More than 160 stores are under the roof of this v-shaped mall anchored by Macy’s, Sears, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Between the department stores is a mix of high-end designer stores, such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Michael Kors, as well as your usual mall go-tos, like GAP, Banana Republic, Mayors Jewelers, Pottery Barn and Sunglass Hut. From Interstate 95, you can access the mall entrance directly from PGA Boulevard and State Road 811.
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