Shopping in Fort Lauderdale ranges from vast malls housing well-known brands to eclectic flea markets, catering for just about every style and budget. You’ll have plenty of options for shopping in its pedestrian-friendly boulevards and promenades. A short drive out of the coastal town takes you to vibrant beach towns and friendly suburbs, where more shopping options are within easy reach. Dania Beach has a block-long street lined with antique stores and art galleries, while Pompano Beach is known for its vast indoor flea market.

    Whether you fancy browsing the fashion-filled rails of outlet stores or hunting for vintage finds in hipster-filled swap shops, our guide to the best places to go shopping in Fort Lauderdale has something that’ll pique your interest.

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    Sawgrass Mills Mall

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    Head to the suburb of Sunrise and the Sawgrass Mills Mall to fill your bags with designer bargains in this slice of outlet heaven. Boasting over 350 stores, including Nike, Gap and Ralph Lauren, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of storefronts calling your name.

    As one of the largest value retail shopping destination in the whole of the States, it’s easy to spend the whole day here. The massive food court means you don’t have to leave when you get hungry, and there’s an 18-screen cinema in the northeast corner for when you need a break from buying.

    Location: 12801 W Sunrise Blvd, Sunrise, FL 33323, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9.30 pm, Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 954-846-2300

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    Las Olas Boulevard

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    • Food
    • Budget

    Las Olas Boulevard is the perfect place to take a morning wander, with eclectic boutiques, bustling restaurants and inviting cafés. From Sienna Fine Art to the Bellagio International Gallery, gaze at hidden treasures and feel the sea breeze in between antique window shopping. Hungry? Grab a powdered sugar treat to go at La Bonne Crepe before strolling along New River.

    This dream destination is also a dream to get to, connecting Downtown Fort Lauderdale with the Atlantic Ocean. Fly straight in and if you get there early enough, take in a sublime sunrise over the beautiful boats lining this enigmatic boulevard.

    Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, USA

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    The Galleria Mall

    Fort Lauderdale’s high-end shopping centre

    • Families
    • Shoppers
    • Luxury

    The Galleria Mall is anchored by Macy’s, Dillard’s, H&M, and Neiman Marcus, along with over 100 stores by internationally recognised brands. Some of the mall’s most popular stores include Coach, Michael Kors, Free People, and Pandora.

    There are also excellent dining options to enjoy, such as P.F. Chang's, Blue Martini, and Truluck's. Families can spend some time at the onsite Florida Children's Theatre, which showcases live performances and creative drama classes. You can find The Galleria on Sunrise Boulevard, about 1 mile west of Fort Lauderdale Beach. An excellent way to get there is by taking the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi.

    Location: 2414 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 954-564-1015

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    Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop

    One of South Florida's biggest flea markets and drive-in theatres

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    The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop combines shopping, dining and entertainment in a 180,000-sq-ft complex on West Sunrise Boulevard. It’s one of South Florida’s most popular tourist attractions, housing a 14-screen drive-in theatre, international food court, and an 88-acre flea market with over 2,000 local vendors.

    Car enthusiasts can explore the Ferrari Museum for free – highlights include the ultra-rare Ferrari 275 GTB/C and the Ferrari Testarossa, which was featured in the Miami Vice TV series. Established in the 1960s, the Thunderbird Drive-in attracts those looking to catch the latest films without having to leave the comfort of their vehicle.

    Location: 3291 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, USA

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +1 954-791-7927

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    Design Center of the Americas

    Over 45 showrooms displaying contemporary home furnishings

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    The Design Center of the Americas is a modern home furnishing centre on Griffin Road, about 6 miles west of Dania Beach. The 782,000-sq-ft building has more than 45 showrooms full of stylish and contemporary pieces for homes, yachts, and offices. Some of the many brands represented here are Giovanni Rossi Fine Art, Michael Taylor Collections, and Armazem Design.

    If you're feeling a bit hungry when exploring the Design Center of the Americas, visit Cay Café to enjoy modern American dishes – must-tries include the classic Caesar salad, Cuban sandwich, and beef burger.

    Location: 1855 Griffin Rd, Dania Beach, FL 33004, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +1 954-920-7997

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    Westfield Broward Mall

    A classic mall in Plantation

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    Westfield Broward Mall is anchored by Macy’s, J.C. Penney’s, and Dillard’s, as well as over 70 stores by popular high-street brands. The shopping centre is located in the suburb of Plantation, about 7.5 miles west of Fort Lauderdale. You can find a wide range of fashion brands, including Aldo, Spencer’s, Pandora, and Victoria’s Secret.

    There are more than 20 dining outlets within the mall – Starbucks, Panda Express, and Chick-Fil-A are among its most popular options. Regal Cinemas is Westfield Broward Mall’s onsite movie theatre, where you can take a break from shopping by catching the latest films. The Art Society is a rotating gallery space that supports mostly local artists.

    Location: 8000 W Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33388, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 954-473-8100

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    Coral Ridge Mall

    Find some of America’s most recognised brands

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    Coral Ridge Mall, located at the crossroads of Oakland Park and Federal Highway, is one of the oldest shopping centres in Fort Lauderdale. It’s home to over 45 stores and is anchored by Target, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Some of America’s popular brands are available here, including Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, and Home Goods.

    Besides shopping, you can watch the latest films at AMC Dine-In, which also has a restaurant and bar. Stick around for lunch to enjoy Coral Ridge Mall’s many restaurants, including Einstein Bros. Bagel, Subway, and Publix.

    Location: 3200 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 954-537-2700

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    The Gallery at Beach Place

    Dining and shopping in an open-air setting

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    • Food

    The Gallery at Beach Place covers 100,000 sq ft of retail and dining space near Fort Lauderdale Beach. It’s more of a place to eat rather than to shop, though you still can find around a dozen stores within the 3-storey complex. CVS Pharmacy is an excellent choice to pick up beach essentials like sunscreen.

    Dining-wise, you can find chain restaurants and bars such as Hooter's, Taco Bell, Beach Cigar Bar & Hookah Lounge, and Häagen-Dazs Beach Place. Live musical performances and events often take place at The Gallery, especially in the summer.

    Location: 17 Florida A1A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 954-760-9570

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    Festival Marketplace (Festival Flea Market)

    A large indoor market on Pompano Beach

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    Festival Marketplace is an indoor market with more than 250 independent stores selling jewellery, cosmetics, home décor, and clothes. Established in 1986, it’s on Pompano Beach, around 15 miles north of Fort Lauderdale. Most of the stores within this European-style marketplace offer off-season branded goods at affordable prices, along with the latest fashion and accessories by independent designers.

    You can also shop for fresh produce and speciality food like olives, cheeses, and artisan bread at the onsite Going Bananas Farmer's Market. Festival Marketplace has over a dozen restaurants serving global cuisines, including Chinese, Italian, and Middle Eastern.

    Location: 2900 W Sample Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33073, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 954-979-4555

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    Arts and Antiques district

    Over 100 shops selling vintage goods

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    The Arts and Antiques district covers a block-long street along US-1, close to Dania Beach Boulevard. You'll find over 100 locally-owned art galleries and antique shops selling just about everything, from vintage furniture, glassware and linens to paintings, jewellery, and sculptures. The friendly store owners are always happy for a chat in case you need help finding a unique souvenir to take back home.

    After a day of shopping, head to one of many cafés and restaurants in and around Dania’s Arts and Antiques district for a bite. You can also make your way to West Lake Park to enjoy a picnic with views of its onsite marina.

    Location: US-1, Dania Beach, FL, USA

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