The Shops of Sarasota
It’s All Here!
From Florida-style fun to chic elegance, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Sarasota’s eclectic collection of specialty shops. Find the treasures you’re looking for among the 130 shops and gourmet restaurants of St. Armand’s Circle, a world famous shopping destination full of elegant and fashionable boutiques, antique and precious gems merchants, in a setting with definite continental flavor.
And, if you favor galleries, working studios, and open air cafes, you won’t want to miss Towles Court Arts District. For collectors and admirers, The Towles Court Arts District is a colorful collection of Old Florida bungalows. You’ll find all styles and mediums of art from realism to abstraction along the shaded sidewalks located just three blocks south of Main Street between Washington Boulevard and Osprey Avenue.
Downtown Sarasota, Historic Palm and Pineapple Avenues are home to dozens of galleries, antique shops and are boutique havens for collectors of nearly every kind. With wonderful eateries from seafood and traditional Italian to homemade barbeque and organic cafés, spending a day exploring in this comfortable and easy walking district is a delight.
Downtown Historic Venice, which is completely surrounded by water and accessed by three bridges, offers lovely boutiques, charming cafes and specialty shops all in a very relaxed walking district. Whether you are seeking Florida-style fashions or a fabulous antiquity or decorative item for your new home, more than 100 unique shops await you. And, after lunch or dinner at one of the many dining spots, take a stroll down the tree lined boulevard to world-famous Venice Beach.
Newly developed Downtown Lakewood Ranch has a charming collection of shops and dining venues. At the center’s hub is a Pavilion where special events, farmers market and concerts fill the community with energy. With nearly every type of cuisine imaginable represented in its restaurants, Starbucks Coffee, and a wonderful ice cream shop within a less than one mile stretch, picking a place to settle down for a bite is a activity in itself. A cinema sporting six auditorium-style theaters is also located here.
Whether you are searching for the perfect gift to send off to your children or grandchildren, seeking a distinctive decorative item for your home, looking for that perfect piece of jewelry to complement your favorite frock, or a rare book, enjoy the experience of strolling down palm lined streets with an enchanting ambiance only found in Sarasota. Best of all, the shopping districts are easy to access, there is plenty of parking and some of Sarasota real estate premium properties are just steps away.
And of course, Sarasota also offers a number of shopping malls to choose from. Sarasota’s unique Florida malls, many combining indoor and outdoor boardwalks to take advantage of the beautiful environment, have all the national retail chains you would expect, plus some you wouldn’t!