Clearwater offers plenty of opportunities for shopping, thanks to its variety of malls, markets and speciality shops. The city in Florida’s Tampa Bay area is mostly known as a sunny holiday destination with beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast. However, you can find plenty of good places to hit the shops beyond the white sand and crystal-clear waters.

    The city has many large shopping malls housing familiar local and international brands, but you can also find more intimate places with boutique stores and markets specialising in local products. Whether you're after some new beachwear for your holiday or just everyday items, Clearwater offers a shopping experience for everyone.

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    Westfield Countryside Mall

    One of the most popular shopping malls in Clearwater

    • Shoppers
    • Families

    Westfield Countryside Mall is one of the largest and most popular shopping centres in Clearwater. The huge retail and entertainment complex is located northeast of the city centre on US Route 19. It covers over 1 million sq ft of retail space, with over 150 stores across 2 levels.

    Its current anchor stores include Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack and Whole Foods Market. The mall also includes a 12-screen cinema, a full-sized ice-skating rink and numerous restaurants. It’s considered one of the most popular shopping malls in the city serving an astounding 9 million customers a year.

    Location: 27001 US Hwy 19 N Ste 1039, Clearwater, FL 33761, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 727-796-1079

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    Cleveland Street District

    The bustling main street in Downtown Clearwater

    • Shoppers

    The Cleveland Street District is the main thoroughfare and entertainment strip in Downtown Clearwater. The vibrant street has several retail shops, entertainment venues and a selection of restaurants.

    Cleveland Street is pedestrian-friendly, thanks to wide palm tree-lined sidewalks. One of the highlights of the district is Blast Friday, a free food and craft festival on the last Friday of every month. It hosts a market and live music in front of the Capitol Theatre building on Cleveland Street. It's a great place to pick up unique art and crafts, as well as enjoy entertaining shows.

    Location: Cleveland St, Clearwater, FL 33755, USA

    Open: 24/7

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    Pelican Walk Plaza

    A stylish shopping mall with boutiques shops and restaurants

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    The Pelican Walk Plaza is a stylish shopping centre on the bustling Mandalay Avenue near Clearwater Beach. The complex offers a different experience to regular malls, with a range of more exclusive boutiques, bars and restaurants.

    One of the standout stores is Hogan’s Beach Shop, a sports memorabilia store that specialises in wrestling clothes and gear. There’s also a great gift store called Frenchy’s Off The Hook, where you can pick up all your Clearwater souvenirs and beachwear. You can find a selection of pubs, takeaway restaurants and even an escape room within the plaza complex.

    Location: 483 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 3 am

    Phone: +1 914-961-0406

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    Clearwater Mall

    A popular open-air retail complex

    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Clearwater Mall is a classic shopping centre in an open-air complex, nearby the coast of Old Tampa Bay. The mall covers almost 75 acres, with over 100 retail stores and restaurants. It’s a great place to go for clothing, shoes, homewares and beauty products.

    Some of the most well-known stores include Target, Lowe’s, Sketchers, PetSmart, Michaels and Costco. You can find popular dining options such as Smokey Bones Bar and Grill and Saki Endless Sushi. The open-air complex is built around a large carpark with palm tree-lined walkways.

    Location: 20505 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33764, USA

    Open: Daily 9 am to 9 pm

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    Sunset Point 19

    A popular strip mall home to some big retail brands

    • Shoppers

    Sunset Point 19 offers a wide range of homewares and clothing brands. The strip mall is located on US Route 19, one of Clearwater’s busiest intersections. It’s not as large as some of the other major shopping centres in the city, but the quality of stores and brands attracts plenty of shoppers.

    Popular retailers at Sunset Point include Barnes and Noble, Cost Plus World Market, Bed Bath and Beyond, Old Navy and Hobby Lobby. There are limited food and dining options, but you can find 2 restaurants, Teriyaki Madness and Mr and Mrs Crab, as well as a couple of takeaway options outside the mall.

    Location: 23666 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33765, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 407-894-3601

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    Dunedin Downtown Market

    Open-air seasonal market with local food, crafts and music

    • Shoppers
    • Budget

    Dunedin Downtown Market is a local food, crafts and music event that takes place in Pioneer Park. The market is around 3.5 miles north of Clearwater’s city centre. The market runs seasonally from November to June on Friday and Saturday mornings.

    Plenty of vendors at this local market offer fresh produce, handmade crafts, artwork, jewellery and hot food. It’s a great place to wander on a weekend and support local businesses and artists. You can also find some live music and local musicians playing while you shop.

    Location: 420 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698, USA

    Open: November–June: Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm

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    Oddities and Antiques

    A unique antique store with old trinkets and obscure art pieces

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    • Unusual

    Oddities and Antiques offers a unique shopping experience in Clearwater. This antique store is located to the south of the city centre, on Clearwater Largo Road. Whether you're interested in purchasing or not, the store is still worth checking out for it's incredibly bizarre and interesting ornaments.

    The store is owned by Frank Miranda, who collects the eccentric items from his many travels. It’s all kept in a crowded old house that you can spend hours sorting through and constantly finding new items. The collection includes creepy dolls, skulls, old medical equipment, antique furniture and one-off collectable décor pieces.

    Location: 1764 Clearwater Largo Rd N, Clearwater, FL 33756, USA

    Open: Thursday–Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm (closed from Saturdays to Wednesdays)

    Phone: +1 727-793-5088

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    Mandalay Avenue

    A busy shopping strip near Clearwater Beach

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Nightlife

    Mandalay Avenue is the main thoroughfare on Clearwater Beach Island. The wide road is lined with hotels, bars, restaurants and retail stores. It’s a lively place, particularly in the evening when the bars and restaurants begin to fill up. Whereas during the day, it’s a popular shopping strip for beachwear and summer holiday essentials.

    Popular stores along the avenue include Ron Jon Surf Shop, Waves Gift Store, Freaky Tiki Surf Shack and Surf Style. In between these surf shops, you'll find many good restaurants and bars, including Jimmy Hula's, Spotted Donkey Mexican, and Jamminz Bar.

    Location: Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA

    Open: 24/7

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    Shoppes on Sand Key

    A harbourside retail strip in Sand Key

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Nightlife

    Shoppes on Sand Key is a strip of retail stores and restaurants along the waterfront boardwalk in Sand Key. The small open-air mall has several exclusive boutique stores and waterfront dining options. It’s a particularly popular place to wander through in the morning or late evening.

    Some of the popular stores include POOLSIDE, a beautiful beach-inspired fashion brand, and Merry Mouse of Sand Key, a fun gift store with a range of unique t-shirts. Shoppes on Sand Key has some great dining experiences with Backwaters Seafood and Columbia Spanish right on the waterfront – great for a romantic stroll after dinner.

    Location: 1261 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 727-596-8465

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    Robert’s Christmas Wonderland

    Arguably the city’s greatest festive shopping experience

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    Robert’s Christmas Wonderland has been a Tampa Bay family business for over 40 years. It’s widely considered as one of the country’s largest Christmas stores. The store is just east of the city centre, on the Gulf to Bay Boulevard.

    You can find an incredible selection of Christmas-related decorations and ornaments. Robert’s Christmas Wonderland is well-organised into sections, so you can find just about everything you could need for the festive season. From lights to trees and thousands of ornaments, it celebrates Christmas year-round.

    Location: 2951 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33759, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 727-797-1660

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    Elisha Donkin | Contributing Writer

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