Best Open-Air Shopping and Malls in Sarasota

When you’re staying in Lido Key, there is no limit to the number of
fun activities that you can experience.

You can spend your days soaking up the sun on the beach, you can enjoy mouthwatering seafood at one of the local Lido Key restaurants, or you can explore nature or a local museum for a truly unique look at the area. However, you’re going to want something to remember your travels by! It’s good news, then, that there are tons of options for Sarasota shopping near our Lido Key rentals!

sign for farmers market and produce exchange

Sarasota Shopping at the Farmers Market

Every single Saturday of the year, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Sarasota Farmers Market welcomes guests from far and wide. They’ve actually been doing so since 1979! You can get any farmer’s market good you could think of here, from fresh produce and homemade snacks to candles, soaps, apparel, home décor, and so much more! All the businesses here are Sarasota locals, so you can get a unique piece while enjoying the weather and supporting local enterprises! 

margarita and chips with salsa

Experience Gulf Gate

Head down to south Sarasota to experience Gulf Gate. This hidden gem destination allows you to travel the world without ever leaving Florida! You’ll find restaurants and markets representing all different areas globally, from Mexico to Australia to Belgium, France, Hungary, Korea, and more! Again, this area is full of small local businesses, so you know you’re going to find a one-of-a-kind piece here. You can come to Gulf Gate simply to grab a bite to eat or find a unique souvenir at one of the gift shops. And since this area is a bit hidden, not many tourists will be fighting you for a parking spot! 

Be Our Guest

When you’re done exploring all the best downtown Sarasota shops, you’ll want a relaxing place to unwind, enjoy the evening with your loved ones, and gear up for the next day of your vacation. What better place to do that than in one of our Lido Key rentals? We are proud to offer luxurious Lido Key vacation rentals that will have you feeling like royalty. Our rentals are suitable for any group, from couples on a romantic getaway to bigger families on a fun vacation. Not quite sure which of our rental properties is right for your next trip? Contact us today, and one of our dedicated staff members will be happy to help!

womans arm holding shopping bags and credit card

Check Out Downtown Sarasota Shops on Main Street

If you want to travel back in time and experience a simpler way of life, don’t miss your chance to stroll down Main Street. This area is full of amazing shops, restaurants, services, and Sarasota bars for you to enjoy, all while soaking in the rich history of downtown Sarasota. They truly have everything on Main Street, from jewelry stores to home décor, boutiques, hair salons, restaurants, bookstores, and more! You might even find that there’s so much you want to look at here; you have to come on more than one day! 

family of four eating ice cream cones

Stroll St. Armands Circle

Finally, the last destination we have here is even closer to our rentals, check out  St. Armands Circle on Lido Key. As soon as you arrive here, you’re sure to be blown away by the beauty of the area. Its lush landscaping is perfect for strolling through the shops or making your way to the Circus Ring of Fame, honoring circus moguls, including the legendary John Ringling, who made his home in this area. Get a sweet treat, find a new piece for your closet, or simply enjoy the view of the water. It all makes for an unforgettable experience!