Cruising from Fort Lauderdale: Must-Try Shopping Destinations

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Fort Lauderdale might be known for its beaches and sunshine, but it’s also a destination for shoppers. Whether visitors are looking for a quick buy or a high-end shopping excursion, there are plenty of options for both — and everything in between.

We’ve highlighted the top five shopping experiences below, in order of distance from Port Everglades, for your convenience.

Dania Beach’s Antique Row, 10 minutes

Just 10 minutes from Port Everglades is a quaint row of antique shops, offering everything from china, glassware and linens to art, jewelry, furniture and more. Stroll through the friendly and welcoming stores to peruse the collectibles, or simply admire the historic buildings that house the shops. While the popular row that once held more than 100 vendors has become smaller in size within the last few years, there are still plenty of reasons to visit the unique shops and restaurants. After a long day of hunting for antiques, visitors can stop for a bite at Grampa’s Bakery & Restaurant, which was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, or they can grab dessert at the old-fashioned Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant.

Las Olas Boulevard, 17+ minutes


Not only are there dozens of restaurants with a variety of menus along the main stretch of downtown Fort Lauderdale, but the boulevard is also home to 65 unique boutique shops and 10 international art galleries. Visitors can find specialty apparel for the entire family, as well as shoes, jewelry, furniture and, of course, an extensive selection of artwork. While the boulevard is not the spot to find everyday wear, you’re sure to find eclectic pieces that will add Fort Lauderdale charm to your home and wardrobe. Plus, with a day pass to the Water Taxi, which acts like a trolley with 18 stops within Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood (including a stop at our next entry), there’s no need to drive. A day pass on the Water Taxi is $26 per adult and $12 per child.

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 20 minutes

This property offers more than 100 specialty stores for men, women, teens and children, as well as department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s and Macy’s. After a day of shopping, head over to the number of full restaurants (including Seasons 52, Blue Martini, Truluck’s, P.F. Chang’s and more) for a meal or drinks. Buses, the Sun Trolley and Water Taxi make stops at the mall, which is within walking distance to a number of hotels, making it easy to catch a shuttle back to the port.

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304. 954-564-1036,

Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, 23 minutes

Looking for a bargain? Head over to South Florida’s second-largest tourist destination (with more than 2 million visitors a year), for shopping, entertainment and more. Featuring over 2,000 vendors selling men’s, women’s and children’s fashion; furniture; luggage; jewelry; antiques; art and more, there’s something for the whole family — and best of all, at notoriously affordable prices. You’ll also find a family section with an arcade and amusement rides, as well as a food court and farmers market. Make sure to bring cash when you visit; vendors are happy to haggle but will give deeper discounts to cash-carrying customers. Also, be wary of knock-offs!

Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, 3291 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33311. 954-791-7927,

Sawgrass Mills, 30 minutes


The largest outlet shopping center in the country, this mall is about a 30-minute drive from the port, but it is well worth the trip. The mall has more than 350 stores on its property, including dozens of stores that are regional exclusives. Sawgrass Mills features a variety of price points in its stores, from budget-friendly brands like Old Navy and Forever 21 to haute couture labels like Jimmy Choo and Burberry. With such a large tourist population spending their time here, the mall provides shipping options for shoppers — from delivering your goods to your hotel, to shipping anywhere in the U.S. and designated countries around the world — as well as shuttles to Miami and Fort Lauderdale hotels.

Sawgrass Mills, 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, FL, 33323. 954-846-2350


What was your Fort Lauderdale shopping experience like? Let us know in the comments below!


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