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Best Atlantic City Shopping

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The best shopping in Atlantic City can be found, well … anywhere, really. There's hardly a square foot in the city that doesn't have something for sale. Given the number of top stores for shopping in Atlantic City, there's really nothing you can't find here. Whatever your likes, whatever your needs, this is the kind of place where your concierge knows where it's sold and what it will cost you. You can grab memorabilia by the cartload along the beach, go high-end at the shops at the finer hotels, or browse among the many outlets with reduced designer duds in central Atlantic City.

James Salt Water Taffy

Neighborhood: Marina District
Here's the truth about salt water taffy ... there's no salt water in it. There are two versions revealing the heavy truth about how Atlantic City's most famous candy got its name, but we won't put any spoilers here. Instead, swing by James Salt Water Taffy on the boardwalk, where you can get the whole history--and stock up on the chewy, gummy, sweet treat that's now synonymous with Atlantic City.

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Central Square

Neighborhood: Marina District
Fans of youthful designers, such as Alice + Olivia and Foley + Corinna, will want to find time to rifle through the latest oeuvres among the boutiques at Central Square in downtown Atlantic City. This is one of the top places to shop in Atlantic City for its promising collection of quaint, mom-and-pop type stores that aim for an edgier tone than can be found at the big chains at The Walk. There's also the plus of frequent sales, especially in winter, when prices can drop anywhere from 30% to 70%. And Central Square is not just about clothes, either. Shoppers can pick up handcrafted jewelry, local artwork and even homemade chocolate in the heavily-trafficked sweets shop.

Atlantic City Outlets - The Walk

Neighborhood: Marina District
The name is right--you have to walk a lot to get to this cluster of outlet stores in Atlantic City. Watch out for busy intersections. You'll cross plenty as you stroll to stores like Old Navy, Calvin Klein, American Eagle Outfitters, Timberland and so on. Outlet prices are discounted, but not always cheap; many of the best deals can be found in the off-season during winter sales. During peak sales times, like after Christmas, there will be great discounts, but long lines to accompany them.

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Pier Shops at Caesars

Neighborhood: Marina District
When you strike it rich at the craps table, this is the best Atlantic City shopping you will find and where you go to upgrade your wardrobe. Caesar's Pier Shops is the place where lovers of A/X Armani Exchange, Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Salvatore Ferragamo gather to pay homage to the genius of Italian design. American and English brands aren't overlooked either: Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Betsey Johnson and Hugo Boss also have outposts here.

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Atlantic City Boardwalk

Neighborhood: Marina District
Shop 'til you drop along the high-energy boardwalk, which has every type of commemorative Atlantic City key chain, T-shirt, coffee mug, hat or towel the human mind can imagine. Tucked between the souvenir sellers are all sorts of gourmet eats--from fantastic fudge to artery-clogging "stuffed pizza" (two thin crusts with cheese piled between) stromboli, hot dogs, cheesesteaks and more. The city planners had the foresight to limit shops to the west side of the walk, so your beautiful beach view isn't blocked by all the crass commercialism.

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