It’s an open secret that brick and mortar stores are taking a hit from the booming e-commerce industry. Besides being able to shop in our PJs, e-tailers further entice us by waiving shipping fees, sending us exclusive promo codes, and even allowing free returns and/or exchanges. What’s not to like? So when it comes to your day-to-day wardrobe, online shopping is definitely the way to go. But there is an exception: Luxury shopping. And we aren’t talking about tai-tais who have the dough to squander at fancy designer boutiques. We’re referring to the majority of us who love a chic, designer tote as much as a good bargain.
And where else to score such good deals than at outlet malls! After all, there’s nothing quite like picking up your dream bag and carrying it home. So if you’re heading to the +1 any time soon, check out our list of the top designer outlets in the U.S.:
#1 Mall of America, Minnesota
Address: 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425, USA
Opening hours: Wed to Thur, 10am – 9.30pm; Fri to Tues, 10am -10pm
Home to more than 500 stores, 50 restaurants, and an indoor theme park, there’s little wonder why this 25-year-old establishment is one the most popular outlet destinations. For luxury shopping, check out designer brands like Burberry and Chanel. But that’s not all: The teens will adore shopping the American Girl store (see their themed bistro!), while the little ones can have a blast at the mega Lego store. You can find literally almost anything; from plenty of food options to massive department stores (there’s Nordstrom and Macy’s).
#2 San Marcos Premium Outlets, Texas
Address: 3939 S Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm
The San Marcos group comprises two outlet malls: The Premium Outlet and the Tanger Factory Outlet Centre. The former promises 25 to 65 percent discounts on American favourites like Coach, Nike, Gap, and more. Work your way through the 140 stores, which also include international labels like Fendi, Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, and others. Bonus perks? Free mall WiFi and a spacious car park!
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#3 Desert Hills Premium Outlets, California
Address: 48400 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, CA 92230, USA
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 9pm
The charming outdoor shopping mall sits nearby the popular Palm Springs Resort (it’s ridiculously scenic, too!). There are three main areas, so we recommend you check out the map and plan your shopping route beforehand! Desert Hills features a good balance of casual and designer brands like Forever21 & Gap and Gucci & Prada. Need a break? Get you coffee fix at one of the cool cafe and bask in the picturesque surroundings!
#4 The Grove
Address: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Opening hours: Mon – Thur, 10am – 9pm; Fri – Sat, 10am – 10pm; Sun, 10am – 8pm
For a relaxing afternoon, head to The Grove! Adjacent to the lovely Farmers Market, this outlet street is dotted with chic boutiques and is an absolute delight to stroll along. There’s even a trolley that’ll take you from the end of the street to the market! Apart from the usual brands to shop at, there’s the Bar Verde at Nordstrom, which is part restaurant part bar.
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#5 Tysons Corner Centre, Virginia
Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons, VA 22102, USA
Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 10am – 9.30pm; Sun, 11am – 7pm
Boasting over 300 stores (plus a theatre and stadium), Tysons is one of the biggest outlet malls in the country! There’s even the posh Hyatt Regency Hotel nearby for you to take a break from all the shopping. Plus, don’t miss the 1.5-acre outdoor plaza: There’s a kids play zone, as well as the popular burger joint, Shake Shack.
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