Shopping is a beloved activity in America, and as a woman, I thoroughly enjoy it. The thrill of searching for the perfect item and the excitement of discovering a great deal is incomparable. While men may prefer watching sports on TV, the real competition lies in navigating through sales and returning home with a bargain. Personally, I prefer to shop alone, quietly maneuvering through aisles, always on the lookout for unexpected treasures or enticing discounts. However, some of my girlfriends prefer to shop in groups, resembling hunters and gatherers. They swiftly descend upon the racks, seize the best deals, and promptly make their purchases before their competitors even realize what happened. We all reside in the Boynton Beach area, and these are some of our favorite places to indulge in our shopping endeavors.
For our everyday shopping needs, we prefer the Boynton Beach Mall. It boasts a highly convenient location and offers a pleasant shopping experience that seamlessly combines excellent retail options with a comfortable neighborhood ambiance. The prominent stores found within the mall include Macy’s, Dillards, JCPenney, and Sears, alongside a diverse array of more than 135 specialty stores and eateries. The mall has recently undergone renovations, and it now exudes a charming Florida garden atmosphere. Additionally, there’s a delightful kids’ play area featuring an enchanting merry-go-round. Many retired individuals, whom we affectionately refer to as “mallwalkers,” arrive before the mall officially opens to engage in brisk walks, enjoying exercise within a secure, air-conditioned environment.
CityPlace in West Palm Beach stands out as an exhilarating downtown destination, situated in an open-air plaza reminiscent of a European town center. It captures the essence of old-world architecture, adorned with beautiful fountains and bustling sidewalk cafes. CityPlace offers a wide range of renowned shops, fine dining establishments, and even a 20-screen movie theatre.
Another favored shopping location is the Mall at Wellington Green. This Mediterranean-style mall showcases over 170 specialty shops and restaurants, along with four department stores spread across two levels: Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney, and Nordstrom. Spanning an impressive 1.3 million square feet, this mall serves as the premier year-round shopping destination for both Boynton Beach residents and tourists alike.
When it comes to upscale shopping adventures, my friends and I have two preferred destinations nearby: Town Center in Boca Raton and the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. Shopping at Town Center is always a thrilling experience. It boasts around 220 specialty stores, including renowned brands such as Tiffany, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Cartier, Cole Haan, Burberry, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Sephora, Tourneau, Swarovski, Godiva, Anthropologie, Chico’s, The Walking Co., Coldwater Creek, Easy Spirit, Lilly Pulitzer, and many others. The department stores at Town Center are Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sears. Moreover, the people-watching opportunities are truly amazing.
Shopping at the Gardens Mall is simply divine. This opulent shopping center spans 1.4 million square feet and features over 160 upscale specialty shops. Anchored by Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Sears, the Gardens Mall offers prestigious brands like Chanel, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren. It is a world-class shopping destination that combines award-winning architecture, exquisite artwork, and beautiful natural landscaping with an innovative mix of retailers. Visitors can also enjoy casual and fine dining options, including P.F. Chang’s, Brio Tuscan Grille, California Pizza Kitchen, and Ruby Tuesday. A shopping trip to the Gardens Mall is an elegant affair, and both malls offer convenient valet parking.
For our love of garage and yard sales, we satisfy our cravings at two favorite flea markets: the Carnival in Delray Beach and the Festival in Pompano Beach. The nearby Carnival Flea Market is a spacious, air-conditioned building spanning 35,000 square feet. It houses over 180 booths filled with brand new merchandise at discounted prices, allowing you to shop to your heart’s content.
The massive Festival Flea Market Mall stretches a quarter-mile long and offers over 500 shops, restaurants, fragrance and cosmetic stores, shoe shops, clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, home furnishing retailers, and gift boutiques. Some of my friends consider this to be the finest flea market in South Florida.
Lastly, on my list of favorites, is Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. With more than 350 renowned brand-name stores and a staggering 2,380,000 square feet of retail space, Sawgrass Mills ranks as the sixth-largest mall in the United States and the largest outlet mall in South Florida. A shopping excursion here requires a full day and comfortable footwear, as it is designed for dedicated shoppers, not leisurely strolls.
Well, that concludes my list of the best shopping spots in the Boynton Beach area, starting from the top. I absolutely love living here, as does my family, especially when I return home bearing gifts from my shopping expeditions.