Dining and Shopping in Orlando
Orlando is quickly becoming a rival for those American cities traditionally known as a "shopper's paradise". No wonder. It has state-of-the-art malls with designer and high street brands, outlet malls for great bargains, individual boutiques and craft shops.
Eating in Orlando is an experience in itself, and it's not just about fast-food; Orlando is home to some of the finest dining in America.
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- You get more for your money in Orlando and there's a fantastic selection of clothes, jewellery and household goods waiting to be snapped up. Look for free shuttles between your hotel and shopping destinations
- Florida Mall, east of I-Drive, has more than 250 stores to suit everyone including the popular store Macy's
- Mall at Millenia, north-west of Universal Orlando® Resort, has high-end designer shops, Bloomingdale's famous for that "little brown bag" and the Apple store
- Artegon Marketplace on International Drive (I-Drive) has 155 artisan shops and boutiques, as well as a brand new cinema
- Orlando Premium Outlets International Drive has clothes, electronics, cosmetics and household goods at prices much cheaper than at home
- Orlando Premium Outlets Vineland Avenue is close to Walt Disney World® Resort and has more than 100 stores with up to 75 per cent discounts
- Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores has over 30 brand-name shops
- Outlet malls have lockers where you can store your purchases
- There's a choice of restaurants at malls and shopping outlets
- Malls don’t close until 10pm or 11pm and are less busy in the evenings
- You pay between 6 - 7 per cent tax in Orlando and this is added on at the till
Wherever you are staying in Orlando you will find great restaurants to satisfy your every craving.
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- Orlando's "Restaurant Row" is located on West Sand Lake Road with over 30 restaurants
- Orlando takes pride in looking after families so restaurants cater for kids of all ages
- Orlando offers a massive choice of themed dining. Watch the kids' eyes light up at a character meal in the parks or resort hotels. Character sign autographs and pose for pictures while you eat. Character dining is very popular so be sure to book early
- Dinner shows are huge hits in Orlando for both couples and families
- Some restaurants take reservations while other have 'call ahead seating'
- Tip rates are usually 10% of your bill at buffet restaurants or 15% - 20% if served, dependent on the level of service
- Many eateries are open 24 hours
- You must be 21 years old to be able to drink alcohol in a bar or restaurant
- Price is where Orlando scores. You can eat cheaper than at home and generally the portions are huge so you can even share
- It’s common practice to ask for a "doggy bag" if you can't manage all your food and want to save it for later
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