A city filled with several cultural institutes, notably the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota is also recognized as the pathway to the nation's best white sandy beaches such as Lido Key and Siesta Key and of course, some great shopping! We researched the malls to the boutiques and came up a where to find the best shopping in Sarasota. With the holiday season upon us, it's a great resource for shopping in Sarasota as well as finding holiday events around town.  

Tourists looking to find a memorable item after a visit to Sarasota will find fair trade goods from 70 different countries, frog kites, picture books, musical instruments, and jewelry are some of the items available inside the Artisans’ World Marketplace. A non-profit retailer providing support to low-income artisans and drawing awareness to the Gulf Coast community on a global scale.  Certainly, a great way to find your treasure and pay it forward! 

A favorite hunt for Sarasota locals and visitors 'must see' is the Woman's Exchange. Featured by Lara Spencer on 'ABC's Good Morning America' this resale store supports the arts of Sarasota and Manatee County as a non-profit shop. A hard-working and friendly staff makes for a great experience here as they help you find anything from high-end fashions, art, unique home decor and furniture. There's always something to be said about a special piece in your home. Antique items are no longer a thing of the past at the Sarasota Trading Co.  Here you'll find sculptures, custom antique furniture, fine art, and collectibles. 

When getting your wardrobe in shape, there is no lack of options in Sarasota! St. Armands Circle Shops offers a fabulous outdoor village shopping experience as it hosts trendy hi-end brand boutiques, such as Apricot Lane, Oh My Gauze, Little Bo-tique and Terra Nova. A quick walking distance from the beach, St Armands attracts guests looking for great entertainment, fine dining and art galleries in the circle. Want more fashion? Head over to The Mall at University Town Center. Style yourself or your little ones with fashions for men and women from popular brand stores like Calypso St Barth, H&M, and Anthropologie.

If you'd like more shopping or holiday ideas, visit us on 941area where we also cover things to do in Sarasota, including New Year's Eve events too. Registration is always free!