A Visitor’s Guide to Shopping in Tampa Bay

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From expansive malls with luxury brands to vintage stores and flea markets, Tampa Bay has everything you need for the perfect day of retail therapy. Whether looking for Florida-themed souvenirs or designer handbags, you can shop until you drop after a day soaking up the sun at the beach. Local tip: you’ll probably want to splurge on a second carry-on.

Here’s your go-to guide for shopping in Tampa Bay.  

Popular Hot Spots

Situated in Tampa’s Historic Hyde Park neighborhood, the trendy tree-lined Hyde Park Village is a must-visit thanks to its expansive collection of stores. From Pottery Barn to Sephora, Anthropologie, and the unique The Candle Pour (you can make your own custom candles), it’s a place you’ll want to spend the whole afternoon.

Hyde Park Village in Tampa, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Madison Marquette.

Next up, it’s the International Plaza & Bay Street for all things designer and global fashion, along with trendy boutiques. Pick up a luxury handbag at Louis Vuitton. Put together a new outfit at Nordstrom. And remember, diamonds are always a girl’s best friend, so visiting Tiffany and Co. is a must. Finally, if you’re feeling hungry after an afternoon shopping, there are various restaurants on Bay Street, from steakhouses to Mexican and Italian cuisine.

The International Plaza Mall in Tampa, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Matthew Paulson.

For souvenirs and budget-friendly shops, Westshore Plaza is the place to be. Located across the street from Tampa’s Beach Park, this popular shopping destination features stores such as Macy’s, H&M, Forever 21, and Old Navy. It is also home to Selfie WRLD Tampa, an interactive D.I.Y photo shoot space filled with fun props and backdrops.

Waterfront Shopping

Shopping with a view? Yes, please!

Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Sunshower Shots.

Channelside Bay Plaza received a major makeover in 2019, leading to the development of Sparkman Wharf. This hip waterfront is the ideal destination for dining and shopping, thanks to the beauty of Tampa Bay as your backdrop. Discover colorful new fashion trends at the lifestyle boutique, Joyful Notion. Pet parents will want to check out The Modern Paws, where you’ll find cute chew toys and all-natural treats. And between shopping, pose for photos in front of the wharf’s colorful murals.  

Of course, no waterfront shopping excursion is complete without a trip to Tampa Riverwalk. Nestled in the heart of Downtown Tampa along the Hillsborough River, the 2.6-mile-long walkway features many eateries, live music events, and shops like the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts Store and the Tampa Bay History Center Museum Store.

Tampa Riverwalk in Tampa, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Viaval Tours.

At night, take a moment to see the vibrant nightly art installation Lights On Tampa. Afterward, you can sip on yummy craft cocktails at Remedy!  

Antique and Vintage

Shoppers seeking off-the-beaten-path stores to snag vintage clothing and other rare finds should first head to Gaslight Antiques. Located in South Tampa, the rustic shop looks like a set from a Hallmark movie with its quaint, small-town charm style. You’ll find a variety of antique kitchenware, light fixtures, furniture and picture frames here.

Providing vintage goods to the Tampa Bay area for more than 60 years, Retro Mania Vintage Market offers great deals on vintage cookware, artwork and home décor. You never know what you’ll find here, from old-school radios to 1970s floral couches.  

Vintage Roost is a fantastic 3-day market in Ybor City, where visitors will find many beautiful and unique goods. It occurs monthly from 9 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth weekends. Some items you may find at this market include antique glassware, collectible action figures, and vintage home décor and furniture.

Best Bargains

As the largest flea market in Florida, it is no surprise that Tampa’s Oldsmar Flea Market is a must-visit for bargain shopping in Tampa Bay. Over 280 vendors frequent the market annually, offering artisan goods, funky hand-crafted jewelry, plants, vintage clothing, and more. Oldsmar Flea Market is open on Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm and on weekends from 9 am to 4 pm. Please note that there are usually fewer vendors on weekdays, but there are even better sales! 

Who doesn’t love a good deal on designer goods? Hit up the Tampa Premium Outlets to take advantage of sales at stores like Coach, J Crew, Nike, and Saks of Fifth.

The Tampa Premium Outlets in Tampa, Florida.

For over two decades, numerous vendors set up shop inside Centennial Park in the Ybor City Historic District every Saturday. You will find almost anything inside this flea market, from artisan jewelry to hand-rolled cigars. In addition, Ybor City Saturday Market recruits food vendors serving fresh produce, baked goods, and snackable bites.  

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