If you have money that burns a hole in your pocket, there are many places in Tampa to clear your pockets. From indoor shopping centers to outdoor shopping malls and outlets, your experience will change depending on the location you choose.
When you think about where to shop, keep in mind what kind of shops you are looking for, places to eat nearby to recharge and parking availability. Without further ado, here is the definitive guide to shopping in Tampa:
Indoor shopping centers
International Plaza and Bay Street
International Plaza in Tampa is the place where you want to go for luxury brands as their stores include, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Mayors Jewelers, one of the best Rolex retailers in the South East. Although this is the destination of luxury brands, they feature common brands you'd expect to see in a mall, including their stores like Dillard's and Nordstrom.
The shops are scattered on two floors with their food court on the second floor. One thing that people love about International Plaza is their dining opinion outside of their food court on Bay Street. There are many sit-down options to choose from such as Brio, Cheesecake Factory and Rocco's Tacos. Parking can be found around the mall with surface level, garage and parking options.
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Photo courtesy of Westfield Brandon's Facebook page
Westfield Brandon Town Center
The Brandon Mall, as the locals call it, is what you can imagine as a mall. The mall is inside and everything is on one floor. There is a main room in the middle of the mall with some wings protruding from it.
The center of the shopping center has a carousel and the food court with options such as Chick-fil-A, Panda Express and Charley's. If you are looking for a high culinary experience, there are also restaurants, but be sure to book at the weekend because they are usually busy.
There are no luxury stores in this mall, but there are common brands with four anchor points in JCPenney, Sears, Dillard's and Macy's. All around the mall, there is free parking at self-service surface level.
Westshore is right down the street from International Plaza and, like International Plaza, is an indoor multi-level mall in Tampa. They do not have luxury brand stores, but have one of the few Old Navy stores in the area.
Make sure you watch where you are walking because their square layout has been known to confuse new buyers. Westshore also has a cinema connected with AMC. If it weren't for movies or shopping, Westshore offers two seating restaurants, Maggiano and Mitchell's fish market. Parking can be found around the mall with both surface and garage level options.
Westfield Citrus Park
Citrus Park shares many similarities with the Brandon Mall, starting with the fact that both are shopping centers run by Westfield. Also, both have a similar layout with the main hall in the middle of the mall.
The center of the Citrus Park shopping center houses a carousel and a food court with options like Subway, Villa and Chick-fil-A. The mall does not have luxury brands, but has popular common stores and anchor stores in Macy's, JCPenney, Dillard's and Dick's Sporting Goods.
In addition to shopping, you can take the latest films to go to the theater in the related Regal Cinemas. Parking is available throughout the complex with surface-level parking.
Tampa Premium Outlets
Tampa Premium Outlets is the place where you want to go for the best deals. With the outlets present here, there are often seasonal closeout offers and expanded settlement sections. Some of the most famous shops include Nike, Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
The complex is outdoors, but has awnings all around so you can navigate protected from the sun and rain for most of the complex. If you are hungry, there are many options from the food court in the center of the complex to the surrounding resorts.
Parking is available throughout the complex with surface-level parking, but it will fill up quickly on busy shopping days.
Photo courtesy of The Shops at Wiregrass Facebook page
The Shops at Wiregrass
The Shops at Wiregrass is the place where you want to go for the experience. It is an outdoor mall with a road running through the shops. Although there are parking spots on the street, it is advisable to park in the surface-level parking lot around the shops for a simpler parking experience.
The mall offers shops that you might expect to see in a regular mall with anchor stores at JCPenney, Macy's and Dillard's. They also have many food options to choose from with quick service locations like Moe's and Charley's to sit in locations like Red Robin and Yamato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. Wiregrass is especially nice to buy during the holidays because they bring Christmas trees and make light shows.
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