By Angela Caraway-Carlton
Find all the deals and steals you can handle at this epic outlet shopping destination in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Power shoppers, bargain hunters, and fashionistas who worship the luxe houses of Prada and Jimmy Choo can all find common ground at the sprawling Sawgrass Mills. Located in Sunrise, just minutes from the airport and port, the enclosed shopping center touts itself as the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the country. Let that sink in!
Think of Sawgrass Mills mall as a one-stop shopping destination where you can literally spend an entire day navigating the first-floor maze of 350 stores/outlets, some of which are exclusive to South Florida. There’s something for every style and budget.
Since its opening 30 years ago, Sawgrass Mills has seen several facelifts and is still evolving. Expect to see new renovations to the original portion of the mall, while the food courts will transform into on-trend “food halls,” and a new AC Hotel by Marriott is being developed for those who want to stay and shop when one day of shopping just isn’t enough.
The Retail Rundown
With more than 350 stores, where do you begin? You’ll want to slip on comfy shoes because you will be doing a ton of walking; to cut down on extra walking, free shuttles will drop shoppers off at various main entrances. Don’t be surprised to see shoppers dragging around suitcases jampacked with the deals that they’ve scored—that’s just how good the savings are at these stores and outlets.
You’ll want to map out your strategy of the Sawgrass stores, choosing from women and men’s fashion, home accessories, jewelry, electronics, sporting equipment, beauty products, toys, and more. Expect to find popular outlets like Michael Kors, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren, along with trendy stores such as Maje, Rag & Bone, Scotch & Soda, Lululemon, Lacoste, H&M, Forever 21, and new spots like Primark, the European version of Forever 21. You can even leave with a fresh face by stopping in shops like Luxury Beauty Store, Clarins, Bare + Beauty, and MAC, or get a new hairstyle at MasterCuts.
The Luxe List
Those looking for the finer things, but at deep discounts, can stroll The Colonnade Outlets, which boasts more than 70 high-end outlets. You’ll be runway-ready thanks to stores like Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Versace, Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and many more. In the main level shopping area, you can also scan luxe retailers Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and Nordstrom Rack.
For the Home
Sawgrass also makes it easy to mark off all your home errands thanks to big-box retailers like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshalls, and electronics superstore BrandsMart USA or even Bose. Those in search of fine bed linens for the home should peruse Frette 1860.
When you’re ready to refuel, there are two food courts and 15 full-service restaurants where you’ll find anything you’re craving. In the Colonnade Outlets, try delicious sit-down restaurants like Grand Lux Cafe, Italian favorite Villagio, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Paul Maison de Qualite, P.F. Chang’s, and Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro; or you’ll find other favorites like Cheesecake Factory, Texas de Brazil, Seasons 52, and Yard House.
If you’re rushing to get back to your shopping spree, expect plenty of quick eats sprinkled throughout the food courts. Grab one of those coveted burgers from Shake Shack, arepas from Amaize, fresh ceviche from C’viche Bar, vegetarian options from Maoz Vegetarian, warm churros from Churro Mania, or an ice cream sandwich from The Baked Bear.
When you’ve shopped ‘til you’re about to drop, sink into a seat at the Regal Sawgrass & IMAX for a movie. This will give you some time to plot your next shopping trip to the Sawgrass Mills stores.