Shopping in Fort Lauderdale? This is clearly more than the usual malls and shopping centers that are otherwise found in American cities. You should take your time because the shopping centers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida offer more than just elegant shopping temples. Our first acquaintance with the shopping possibilities in Ft. We do Lauderdale in the Gulfstream Mall in the southern part of the city. The site is officially called "Gulfstream Mall and Race Track". It looks chic here when we turn off Highway 1 into the parking lot in front of the shopping center, which actually doesn't look like one. We park our car and are actually standing in front of a village in the city - with restaurants, boutiques and shops grouped around a large central square. Various streets and alleys lead into the center of this shopping mile, punctuated by pretty and well-kept squares on which fountains splash. And the focus of the whole thing is different than we imagine a shopping mall to be: one restaurant is lined up around a large square. And in the center of this square is a parade ground, on which, however, no music groups circle. Here jockeys present their horses to the enthusiastic spectators, who are eager to choose their favorite among the expensive racehorses that show off their skills on the nearby course. From the speakers, a metallic voice introduces each one of the pedigree horses, along with his rider. We sit down in one of the nearby restaurants and watch the goings-on for a while. An exciting hustle and bustle that takes place here: more and more gamblers appear, place their bets at one of the betting desks behind the parade area and watch the course of the race, which is displayed on large boards above the area. We almost feel like in the opening credits of the television series "Miami Vice", transported to a world of the rich and beautiful.
Shopping in Fort Lauderdale is also different. Just a few miles from this mall, the Las Olas Boulevard runs through the center of the city to the Atlantic Ocean. One store joins the next, and one boutique follows the next. In between, there are always nice street cafes, where shoppers can relax from the strenuous shopping or window shopping and watch other shoppers. Pretty things can be found here: paintings and handicrafts as well as second-hand shops, hat shops and fashion designers who want to bring their current collections to the man or to the woman. We stroll along the street and let the flair of this street affect us. It somewhat reminds us of old world charm, unlike what we otherwise experience in American shopping centers.
And if you're older, there's nothing better to do than visit one of the flea markets in Fort Lauderdale. We choose a rainy morning for the visit of the Festival Flea Market in the north of Fort Lauderdale A good choice, as it turns out, because in this huge area you can spend a whole day well. Here you will find everything from second hand bathing suits over elegant hats from bygone times to jewelry and trinkets from old jewelery inventories. But what we like best is the Hillsboro Antique Mall at one end of the shopping area, where you can find everything from old toys to historic advertising signs to used porcelain and old furniture. If you want to rummage in the American past, this is just right. And authentic souvenirs can nowhere be found better than here.
And finally, Fort Lauderdale has Sawgrass Mills, one of the largest outlet malls in the US. Here, too, one should take a whole day, because the factory sales here occupy a whole neighborhood with its own access roads and a variety of different shops, in which one has to find their way first. If you are looking for reasonably priced designer clothes then this is the place for you. The names that stand above the shops bear witness to the exclusive branded products that are often offered at discounted prices in stores. If you want to come here, fly away from home with a half-empty suitcase and refill it on site. Because I can not imagine that you will not find exactly what you are looking for - at a reasonable price.
A visit to one or more of these temples is worthwhile for those who want to take home American souvenirs from their Florida trip and, above all, have fun.
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