Fort Lauderdale is a shopper’s paradise, with a bevy of exceptional stores for people to choose from. But if you’re looking for the absolute best retail experience in the city limits, locals will point you to the Galleria Mall. Originally opened in 1954 as the Sunrise Center, a completely open-air shopping facility, the entire structure was demolished and rebuilt in 1980 as an enclosed mall.
It’s undergone a great deal of renovations and improvements since then, and now boasts almost one and a half million square feet of retail space and more than 120 tenants. Anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus, the mall's retail roster includes Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, Coach, J.Crew, Vans, Zales, Pottery Barn, and many more.
The Galleria Mall is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
The Galleria Mall
2414 E. Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
One of the best places for furniture that perfectly suits the Fort Lauderdale lifestyle is the Broward Design Center. Specializing in imported furniture from Indonesia, Thailand, India, and China, Broward Design Center boasts an enormous selection. Plan to spend at least a few hours taking the whole place in!
Amazingly, despite the high quality of the merchandise, prices are incredibly reasonable, so you won’t break the bank decorating. One of the best things about the place, according to regulars, is the constantly changing nature of the merchandise on offer. Regular deliveries from all over the globe make every trip a new and rewarding experience.
Broward Design Center
795 E. Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Free admission is just one of the many reasons to visit Children’s Science Explorium. Located in Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, the Explorium offers kids of all ages and interests a place to play and learn. Parents will value the educational aspect of the Explorium while kids will love exploring the interactive exhibits. Whether you’re taking a group or just have just one kiddo in tow everyone will love spending time at the Explorium. Some recent and current favorite exhibits include a study of popular toys, as well as a collection of famous robots past and present and a peek into how common household items work. The Explorium even offers programs to foster interest in science among children of all ages. A range of topics are covered as well, including biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. Little scientists in training can a get jump on their peers by learning what makes the earth tick. An afternoon spent at the Children’s Science Explorium might just leave you and your kin impressed by the wonders of science.
Children's Science Explorium
300 S Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486
There are wine stores, and then there are stores like Tuscany Wines, a Pompano Beach wine boutique and tasting room. Here, the focus is on small batch, family-owned, award-winning wines. The selection includes quite a few Italian wines, including many bottles you may never have seen before! (The helpful staff is happy to offer recommendations.)
Stop by, try a glass, and talk about what you like. The owners can guide you to a fine wine in your price range. You'll also find imported cheese, crackers, and pretty much everything you'd need to host your own at-home wine tasting.
Want to visit this Pompano Beach wine shop? Check the Tuscany Wines website for current stock, gift baskets, and a calendar of events.
1412 SW 13th Court
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Maybe you grew up with Diamond Strike Lanes. It’s been South Florida’s #1 fun zone since 1958, with 32 bowling lanes and an arcade. Your playground now has a whole new look, with refurbished lanes (including eight big screens), a revamped arcade, a sound/light show, pro shop, and a brand-new sports bar, grill, and nightclub.
Bowling is always fun, and rates are reasonable. Visitors say the bar has decent food and friendly, generous bartenders. Bands play Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m. until close, and there’s daily Happy Hour.
Check Diamond Strike Lanes’ website for information on rates, leagues, parties, menus, and special events.
Diamond Strike Lanes
2200 North Federal Highway
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Shop and people watch at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. This upscale outdoor shopping center just a short trip from St. Andrews at Palm Aire is filled with restaurants, boutiques, and speciality stores. Favorite clothiers include Tommy Bahama, Rhythm of Grace, Bolfufe, and Plattinni. Lord & Taylor will open in October as a new anchor store. You can grab a bite or a beer at Dubliner, an Irish pub, Yard House, or Tanzy. Many shoppers come to Mizner Park for entertainment at the iPic movie theater, the gorgeous Boca Raton Museum of Art, and concerts at the amphitheater. Mizner's palm tree lined center promenade is great for people watching. All told, it might be one of Boca Raton's best spots for people watching, shopping, and more!
Don’t let the name fool you; Bagelsnack is more than just bagels. Think of them as Grandma’s house on South Powerline Road, with bagels, rolls, cakes, and pastries baked in-house daily; farm-fresh eggs served your way; New York-style double and triple-decker deli sandwiches, made with freshly cooked meats; and catering that will jazz up every occasion.
Exiled New Yorkers say that the bagels and Reuben sandwiches remind them of home, and praise like that doesn’t come cheap! Breakfast does, though: Before 11 a.m., two eggs and a bagel is about $3.
Bagelsnack’s website is basic, so check Yelp for more praise, or come see for yourself.
Cheese Culture serves up a unique concept in South Florida by following the formula of a European charcuterie house. It’s a ‘Whey of Life’, with a sumptuous selection of cheeses, cured meats, wine and beer served in a quaint, cozy setting. Order a glass of wine from their extensive selection and a cheese plate with a variety of tastes to sample. Charcuterie plates are also an option, with meats like prosciutto di Parma, truffle mousse pate, Genoa salami and French ham. Salads and sandwiches are available, with taste pleasers like Supreme Decadence with French ham, double crème brie, cornichons & stone ground mustard, Croque Monsieur with French ham, cheese, & shredded green apple, and the Italian with mortadella, Genoa salami, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, greens, tomato & garlic basil oil. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
813 E. Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
When John Ritter (no, not that one) was a kid in Chicago, he worked in an ice cream shop. It was just for pocket money, and he soon left to join the Navy. He got married, had kids, and had a long career in film animation. But the marvel of fresh, creamy, handmade ice cream stayed with him throughout his life, and when he retired in the late 1980s, John finally opened his own shop serving frozen custard, the rich, premium treat made with eggs in addition to milk and sugar.
Ritter's frozen custard recipe has struck a chord among nostalgic Midwesterners, and today Ritter’s is expanding across the country. Regulars say that the Pompano Beach location would make John proud, giving it high marks for taste, variety, and service. That Midwestern sparkle is still here, too — on Mondays, your dog gets a free treat!
Check Ritter’s site for the menu and more information.
6700 West Atlantic Boulevard
Pompano Beach, FL 33063
Dandee Donut Factory brings you coffee, donuts, breakfast, and lunch all day. Think you’ve seen that before? Not so fast. With just two locations, Dandee Donut Factory offers variety and quality. Regulars report that the donuts here are big, memorable, and gourmet-worthy treats that would sell for much more than $1.29 each in a big city.
Alongside the rest of the menu — full home-style breakfasts, New York-style deli sandwiches, burgers, and more — Dandee Donut Factory stands apart from the competition. Lines are often out the door, and locals love the service and value. Best of all? This place is open around the clock.
Check Dandee Donut Factory’s website for the full menu.
Dandee Donut Factory
1900 East Atlantic Boulevard
Pompano Beach, FL 33060