Tampa Bay, Florida

Top 10 Shops

Discover the best shopping experiences throughout Tampa Bay

By Jane Adler

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1. International Plaza and Bay Street

International is the key word here. Visitors from around the world who come to Tampa Bay to shop have this two-level, enclosed center near Tampa International Airport on the top of their lists. Shop global luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci, then choose from 15 restaurants and bars on Bay Street that keep with the global theme.

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2. Ybor City

This neighborhood just east of downtown was once the center of cigar manufacturing in the United States, so it’s no wonder that traces of its past linger on today. Boutique cigar shops rub elbows with exotic restaurants, coffee shops, gift and vintage boutiques, giving Seventh Avenue its legendary vibe. After dark, shopping gives way to only-in-Ybor entertainment.

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3. Hyde Park Village

The tree-lined streets and brick walkways of Tampa Bay’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood carry over to this open-air shopping and entertainment district. Find big brands such as Anthropologie and Pottery Barn alongside local fashion boutiques and gift shops. Great restaurants and nightlife options keep the charming village buzzing after dark.

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4. The Shops at Wiregrass

For shoppers who seek only what is trending at this moment, this collection of 100 specialty shops anchored by Macy’s and Dillard’s aims to please. The outdoor lifestyle center north of downtown includes great restaurants, too, such as GrillSmith and Primebar—perfect places to step out in your new outfits.

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5. Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center

Located on the ground floor of downtown's Tampa City Center, this shop offers the perfect souvenirs built, crafted, written and whipped up by local artisans and authors. Stop in for insider knowledge from the local staff and to pick up a Tampa Bay CityPASS® to get discounted admission on many of the area’s top attractions.

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Best of the rest

Westshore Plaza

In addition to major department stores and 100 specialty shops, this indoor shopping mall boasts a 14-screen movie theater with a full bar. Also on site, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Besito Mexican Restaurant, Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery and Mitchell’s Fish Market offer fancy sit-down options for lunch and dinner, while the bustling food court is a popular and quick choice.

Oxford Exchange

Need a gift, a book, a great cup of coffee and a bite? This curated collection of home decor, unique finds and delectables is as interesting as the building itself—the former stables of the Tampa Bay Hotel circa 1891. Browser beware: Stroll through this stunning venue near the University of Tampa and you will stop to look at everything.

Davidoff of Geneva

Talk about a specialty store. Picture thousands of the finest luxury cigars on the market, all on display in a 5,000-square-foot humidor. Head to the largest Davidoff store in the world, in the upscale Westshore district, and experience your time beautifully filled.

Weekend Markets

Love an open-air, community vibe? Weekend markets are just the thing. Located in Tampa Bay’s Historic District, Ybor City Saturday Market supports local entrepreneurs and offers goodies such as fresh produce, raw honey, gourmet pet treats, fine cigars and one-of-a-kind art. For a trendy, funky kind of market, there’s The Tampa Indie Flea. It pops up on the third Sunday of every month at Armature Works (an equally trendy mix-use facility in the Tampa Heights neighborhood).

Tampa Premium Outlets

Just north of town, find luxury brands deeply discounted at Tampa Premium Outlets. Spend some quality time in Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and browse more than 100 specialty shops such as Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and Tumi.

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