Tampa ShoppingYou’re on vacation in Tampa, FL, and have loved spending time in the sand and on the ocean. You’ve taken the kids to Lowry Park Zoo and checked out some of the local parks.

However, you have a few hours to call your own, and you are ready to do some serious shopping. Well, hop in that minivan and head out to some of these top places to shop in Tampa.

1. Ellenton Premium Outlets

Do the names Saks, Michael Koors, or COACH appeal to you? Then you will want to spend some time at this outlet mall that carries these and other designer brands at seriously discounted prices.

2. Big Top Flea Market

If you’re in it for a good deal or a unique find, then head on over to the area’s best flea market. Big Top Flea Market features booth after booth of new and used clothing, accessories, antiques, produce, and more.

3. Hyde Park Village

With a little bit of everything, Hyde Park Village is a much-loved shopping destination in Tampa. From well-known names like West Elm and Anthropologie to smaller boutiques and local restaurants, this shopping center is bound to please whatever type of shopping itch you’re trying to scratch.

4. Old Tampa Book Company

If you’re a reader or collector, stop what you’re doing, and go directly to Old Tampa Book Company. They sell unique books, including titles that are rare, out of print, or just a little loved. You never know what you might find!

5. Seventh Avenue Apothecary

This family-owned and -operated shop has fantastic natural, soy wax candles. They’re made in small batches, so each candle is unique. Seventh Avenue Apothecary is a great place to grab a small gift or souvenir.

We could go on and on about all the great shopping destinations in Tampa, but these five will get you started. 

If you need a minivan to take home all your finds (or if you’re a big shopper, a 15-passenger van), call Carl’s Van Rentals for the most affordable and reliable van rentals in the area. We are a Florida-based company that has just the rental to get you around town with comfort and ease. Check out our current specials, and contact us at (813) 872-7111 to make a reservation.


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