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Ten Best Outdoor Malls for Dining and Drinking in Broward and Palm Beach

South Florida is famous for its surf, sand, and sun. And, so it seems, shopping too. 

Lucky for us, much of Florida is blessed with year-round sunny weather, making it the ideal spot for outdoor shopping malls. In the past 20 years, they've slowly replaced windowless indoor malls designed to shut out the exterior environment.

These roaming retail playgrounds allow guests to enjoy the weather, bargain hunting, and — oftentimes — a great meal while basking in the Florida sun and Atlantic breezes.

There's entertainment destination CityPlace in West Palm Beach with its eclectic array of bars and restaurants, and pedestrian-friendly Weston Town Center where mom-and-pop restaurants dominate. The chain-happy Shops at Pembroke Gardens feature a range of restaurants, while food-centric Downtown Abacoa has a number of specialty shops including a brewery and coffee roaster.

No matter where you are in Broward or Palm Beach counties, you can find an outdoor mall to fit your needs, budget — and appetite. But us, we're in it for the food. Here's our list of the top outdoor shopping spots where the dining can’t be beat

10. Downtown Abacoa 
1200 Town Center Drive, Jupiter. Call 561-575-6455, or visit
The town center at Abacoa in Jupiter is less about shopping and more about food. There are over a dozen restaurants and specialty shops to be found here, everything from locally roasted coffee at Crux Coffee Roasters to Palm Beach County's newest craft brewery, Civil Society Brewing Company. The newest addition: Aaron's Table & Wine Bar, a small plates farm-to-table concept featuring housemade pastas, fresh seafood, and prime meats. There's also Copacabana, a family-owned and -operated restaurant that offers an authentic taste of Cuba and the Caribbean. Das Biergarten serves up craft beers, hot dogs, sausages, and German-style small plates. Hankering for sushi or a meal cooked right before your eyes? Hokkaido Hibachi & Sushi has both. And if you're in the mood for a lazy afternoon ballgame, head to J Muggs Stadium Grill where you can get everything from creative appetizers and wings to pizza, soups, salads, hot dogs, and burgers. 

9. Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach
1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call 561-515-4405, or visit
In 2013, the Palm Beach Outlets became the newest open-air mall in West Palm Beach when they replaced the demolished indoor Palm Beach Mall, originally built in 1967. As the county’s first outlet center, the area features over 100 stores including brand favorites Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, J. Crew|Crewcuts, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, and White House Black Market. Additionally, Marketplace at the Outlets is an adjacent shopping center that features a dynamic mix of restaurants from fast-casual pizza with Cucina Pizza by Design to the craft beer bar BJ's, and fast food with Chichenow, Sbarro, Red Robin, and Subway. Need to do some grocery shopping? There's even a Whole Foods Market.

8. Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens
3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-626-0796, or visit
Located just steps from the Gardens Mall you can find another type of mall: an outdoor one with plenty of meandering walkways that offer an upscale mix of retail shopping and dining. Here, you can shop till you crave a cold beer, ice cream, or slice of pizza. Aside from a Whole Foods Market, the shopping center boasts the Blend Bistro, the Cheesecake Factory, and Yardhouse. You can also grab a great steak at Texas de Brazil, pizza at Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria, or a sandwich at TooJay's Original Gourmet Deli. If you need an after-shopping drink, look no further than Dirty Martini. And for a sweet treat, there's a Sloan's ice cream shop, Fro-Yotopia, and It'Sugar.

7. Delray Marketplace in Delray Beach
14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-865-4613, or visit
No one should ever shop on an empty stomach. That's not only true of grocery shopping but also shoe and clothing shopping. All that walking around will get you tired, and refusing is necessary. Luckily, you can do both while hitting up the shops at Delray Marketplace. From upscale stores like Chico and White House Black Market to fun specialty shops like It’Sugar and Charming Charlie, the Delray Marketplace offers all sorts of shopping options. There's even a bowling alley and movie theater, after which you can recharge your batteries at places like Apeiro, Burt & Max's, Cabo Flats, or Shula Burger.

6. Weston Town Center in Weston
1675 Market St., Weston. Call 954-349-5900, or visit
This one-of-a-kind shopping center is located just minutes from I-75 on the corner of Royal Palm Boulevard. The Weston Town Center features a diverse selection of upscale salons, boutiques, offices, and — of course — a solid array of casual and fine dining options. There's a Duffy's Sports Bar and Smoke on the Water Cigar Bar for the guys, or the Cheese Course and Yogurtland for the ladies. Larger establishments like Tarantella, Graziano's, Japan Inn, and Primetime Restaurant and Bar offer more traditional options. The center also hosts a number of signature events throughout the year, from live music to food and wine festivals. 

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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