First opened November 1992
The Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay is one of the most beautiful shopping malls in the area with its Spanish-style architecture, lush landscape and waterfalls
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 10 AM to 6 PM
Thursday and Friday - 10 AM to 9 PM
Saturday - 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday - Noon to 5 PM
The place that we visited most often was the Fifth Avenue South area with its art galleries, design boutiques, and the Sugden Theatre which is home to the Naples Players community theatre group. There is also a hotel, cafes, bars and restaurants lining Fifth Avenue south, Naples' offical downtown MAIN STREET.
There is regular entertainment, art festivals, and live music. In addition on every second Thursday, an event called"Evenings on Fifth" is presented where free live music and other entertainment occurs.
This is a good time to point out that NAPLES WAS NAMED "THE #1 SMALL ART TOWN IN AMERICA" BY AUTHOR, JOHN VILLANI IN HIS BOOK, THE 100 BEST ART TOWNS IN AMERICA.
There are several pubs, restaurants, and cafes such as:
1. Bice Ristorante
300 Fifth Ave. S.
2. Bistro 821
821 Fifth Ave., S
3. Corks Steakhouse
863 Fifth Ave. S.
4. Kelly's Fish House Dining Room
1302 Fifth Ave. S.
5. McCabe's Irish Pub & Grill
600 Fifth Ave. S.
6. Paddy Murphy's
457 Fifth Ave. S.
What to buy: I purchased some beautiful jewelry for our neighbor who took care of our Sally Cat while we were away for one month. I purchased it on Fifth Avenue South at PEOPLE'S POTTERY. The woman who waited on me was so helpful and not at all "pushy". She carefully wrapped the box and put it in the designer bags that they give customers for their purchases.
Photo #4 shows a photo of this store.
What to pay: I though that the prices were reasonable and not "off the chart" as so many unique boutique shops usually are.
One of the more exclusive streets in Naples, Florida, is Third Street South. It is a beautiful street filled with art sculptures, lovely cafe and restaurants, Art Studios, unique shops, and fine architecture. We did notice, however, that since the last time we were here about five years ago, many places are empty [a sign of economic times].
The Third Street South shopping are includes Gallery Row which is a collection of distinctive art galleries located near the intersection of Broad Street and Third Street South.
Free music and entertainment is offered along 3rd Stree South every Thursday evening [January through May and every third Thursday from June through December].
The photographs point out the beauty of Third Street South:
Photo #1: the clever street sign announcing Third Street South
Photo #2: the great Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Shop where we ate lunch one day
Photo #3: The DeBruyne Fine Art Studio [largest in the city]
Photo #4: The Old Naples Building with its lovely architecture [one of the empty buildings today]
Photo #5: Typical street scene with Palm Trees and beautiful buildings
I would suggest that anyone who visits Naples needs to also visit THIRD STREET SOUTH
One of the most beautiful places to shop or to eat in Naples, Florida, would certainly, in my opinion, be the lovely Village on Venetian Bay
The whole area is literally on Venetian Bay. Of course, it is to mimic Venice. The architecture is just wonderful; the scenery is elegant, the shops quite exclusive, and the people watching, a real treat.
The photographs helps to express the beauty of Village on Venetian Bay:
Photograph #1: While sitting outside one of the shops having a drink, this boat went by...candy for the eyes.
Photograph #2: A view across the bay from the shops of typical living spaces. Nice real estate, huh?
Photograph #3: People enjoying a meal outdoors overlooking the bay.
Photograph #4: An outdoor sculpture in center of the shopping.
Photograph #5: A distant look at Village on Venetian Bay.
I found the fashionable boutiques, inspiring architecture, and quaint restaurants overlooking the bay to be a sheer joy.
It took me awhile to talk Allan into going here, but he admitted that he enjoyed it...what's not to enjoy?
What to buy: The shops include a deli, women's clothing, men's clothing, a children's shop, several gift shops, ice cream parlor, and several restaurants.
What to pay: This is a very exclusive place; thus, the prices reflect that fact. The quality is excellent.
For those of us who have ready access to the big name department stores and high-end chains, this little boutique was a refreshing change. We found some unique brand tops here.
What to buy: I bought a beautiful top with a city scene- very much like Sweet Pea for $60 and a cool pair of high heeled wooded sandles from Vietnam (painted with flowers) for $49.
Located in a tropical open-walkway center, features 43 famous brand name outlet stores including fashion, accessories, gifts and home furnishings.
Prices are really great, better than in the local mall%c:
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 8pm
Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day.
Tin City is just a Waterfront shops and restaurants. is Naples' original shopping sensation.
In a setting which recalls Naples' nautical past, you'll find more than 40 creative boutiques and some restaurants.
The stores are indoor and some on the waterfront, if you are lucky you will be able to see a manatee...
What to pay: there is a lot of beach stuff, like shells...
We were on a mission to build a project and thought we might find the supplies at Dollhouses. It's a little store packed full of all the supplies you need for building & furnishing dollhouses. Met the owner, Nancy. Very nice people work there.
What to buy: Dollhouse supplies, furnishings and everything you need for the dollhouse of your dreams.
By the way, they ship WORLDWIDE.
What to pay: Not cheap ... but this kind of stuff isn't.!
The most fun shop I've ever gone into. We were there before they opened along with a pretty large group. Before we left ... there were LOTS of people there shopping. I didn't even go thru the whole shop ... but then I ran out of money, hehe.
Everything is out in the open and you carry a velvet tray around to lay out what you're buying.
What to buy: Watches, jewlery, scarfs, shawls, handbags, coin purses ... lot's of stuff like that. I bought more for my grand-daughters for Christmas, PLUS a birthday gift for each for the coming year. (there are 5 girls for me to buy for). What fun! Of course I found a half dozen things for myself as well. Let's see ... 5 watches in 5 different colors. Only $10 each. Can't bet that ... and they are reall nice looking also. Gosh .... I spent $192.00. I just went crazy with the finds, hehe.
What to pay: As much as you want .... I paid only $5.00 each for charms bracelets for each of the girls. $10 each for ladies watches. $18 for a really nice barret for my hair. So not all prices are cheap ... but I'm happy with what I bought.
Although 5th Avenue South has its share of chic shops, the real haute couture salons are found down on 3rd Street South. It’s a bit quieter here for strolling & shopping, and a lunch break at the bar in Tommy Bahamas is just the thing when you need to slip off your Manolo Blahnik mules for a minute or two, to rest those perfectly pedicures toes.
The main drag of Naples is its commercial center as well, 5th Avenue South. All manner of boutiques, restaurants & galleries line the street for blocks in the restored historic city center buildings, from the main intersection at the Tamiami Trail (US41) & 5th.
My favorite discovery in Tin City (which for my personal tastes has mostly kind of junky souvenir shop stuff) was the Naples Winery. Of course it’s not for serious wine afficionados, but some of the tropical fruit wines were surprisingly sophisticated & very tasty. My favorite was the Key Limen, a very crispy and delicious fruit wine that would be perfect served in a bucket of ice on the veranda, on a sizzling hot afternoon.
Great place to quickly and inexpensively fill a new home for summer place with the furniture you need.
What to buy: Home Furnishings.
Now don’t you think just about any self-respecting wine connoiseur should have a wardrobe of these cuties for his bottles? Would Baron Von Rothschild roll over in his grave, or what?
While sampling the various Naples fruit wines at the tasing bar, I couldn’t shake off the feeling of being watched. Then a surreptitious glance over my shoulder revealed the culprits!
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