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I don't know if either of the Floridians on my friends list (I think there are just two) could help me with finding the biggest and best shopping (for computer good at least) in either Orlando or Tampa, and also the location of a good second-hand bookshop or bookshops. I vaguely remember a very large shopping centre off International Drive.

Failing that, anyone know of a US or Florida based community? (That doesn't hate tourists ;-)

Is there an equivalent of livejournal_uk for the US? (Shudder)

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I'm not a Floridian but I've been to Orlando ten times so I know a little bit about the area. There's a "factory outlet" shop called Belz. You can read a bit about it here.

There's also this website that lists the top 20 shopping malls around the Orlando area.

Hope this helps ..

Excellent! Thanks for your help :-)

I would head to the Florida Mall area. The mall itself has quite a few stores and the area around the mall is pretty concentrated with different stores. For computer stuff I go to Best Buy, which is right across the street from the mall. (I don't shop much for computer stuff so I don't know too many stores.) There are also two bookstores, Barnes & Noble and Borders, right near the mall. I stay away from anything to do with International Drive. It's just too touristy and too congested. I really don't like any of the shopping around that area. But then again, I'm not a tourist. ;)

I also like the Mall at Millenia, my husband works there. It's a little pricey but it's a very nice mall. And there are a lot of stores around that area as well.

I would like to get away from the malls and visit some smaller towns and shopping areas if possible for at least a day. We're spending the second week in Tampa, which is when we'll have more of a chance to visit other things (or revisit missed theme parks). That's kinda why I wanted to find places like secondhand bookshops. I also remember visiting a comics type shop with all sorts of crazy stuff, again on International Drive I think (8 years ago?).

I know it's best to check this stuff before going, as when you're there it can all get a bit bewildering, aside from the driving aspect.

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