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By Tim Roadcap Submitted On January 02, 2011
If shopping malls are your thing then you’ll have several choices of inside shopping options in Jacksonville. The two largest are The Avenues mall located on Southside Blvd. near I95, and the Orange Park mall. There is an also an outlet mall in St. Augustine 20 minutes south of Jacksonville if you’re watching your budget.
They say the day of the indoor mall is fading and the two newest and largest shopping centers in Jacksonville seem to support this theory. St. Johns Town Center is an outdoor shopping center that boasts 11 anchor stores and 150 brand name retail stores. You’ll also find many restaurants to choose from including, The Cheese Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Cantina Laredo, and may more. There are also apartments and condos close by.
River City Marketplace is on the North Side of Jacksonville near the airport. Built in 2006, they have a movie theater with 18 screens and a vast array of retail stores including a huge Wal-Mart Super Center, Best Buy, Michaels, Office Depot and many others. Restaurants include; Olive Garden, Chili’s, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel, and many other types of restaurants to suit your taste buds and your budget.
If you want something a little more quaint and historical then you should check out the San Marcos Square. This is an upscale shopping area just south of downtown Jacksonville. There’s an eclectic mix of locally owned stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. Be sure not to miss Peterbrook’s Chocolatiers. They have everything from chocolate covered popcorn to chocolate covered french fries! Also located in the San Marco area is The Little Theater. It opened its doors in 1937 and claims to be the oldest continuously operating community theater in the nation. There is also a movie theater that sells pizza and sandwiches allowing you to eat at little tables while you watch your movie.
If you decide you need to eat healthier, try The Farmer’s Market. It’s open every day of the year and offers over 200 vendors selling a huge assortment of fresh farm produce. It’s located at 1810 West Beaver Street, which has been its home since 1938. The Jacksonville Farmers Market is known to be the oldest farmers market in Florida.
If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, George Street in St. Augustine offers a variety of small shops and deli’s offering unique menu items. Taking a trip to Centre Street on Amelia Island makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Enjoy the specialty shops, then have a cup of coffee at Seattle’s Best or stop by the bakery for a fresh-baked treat.
No matter what kind of shopping experience you enjoy, you’ll never have a shortage of places to shop in Jacksonville.