Jacksonville, Florida’s top shopping spot is the St. John’s Town Center located on the Southside of town. The outdoor shopping center is a village atmosphere lined by moderate average to high end designer stores. The St. John’s Town Center has 150 stores, which include some of the hottest fashion stores like Louis Vuitton, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Coach, and Steve Madden.
The day can start with the famous scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where Audrey Hepburn is standing in front of Tiffany & Co. with her dark black sunglasses on and Starbucks coffee in one hand. The one exception is that Audrey Hepburn didn’t have Starbucks back in 1961 and this is Tiffany in Jacksonville, not New York. The Town Center has something for every visitor from the upscale to the price conscious shopper. There is everything from hair and nail salons to even a clothing cleaner.
Some of the clothing stores include Dillard's, Banana Republic, Gap, Buckle, J. Crew, Talbot’s, White House Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Hollister, and BCBGeneration. The largest shoe store for men and women is DSW Warehouse that contains rows upon rows of footwear. The list goes on of stores to fit any shopping need with electronics, hair, furniture, bedding, children’s clothing, and of course jewelry. If make up and body items is the forte than the stores include L’OCCITANE, MAC, Sephora, the Art of Shaving, and Bath and Body Works.
Not only does the Town Center offer shopping, but also a cultural explosion for any taste bud. The main street is set with a grand entrance featuring the Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Changs. Strolling further down the street beyond Barnes and Noble bookstore is California Pizza Kitchen, which originated from Beverly Hills, California. Across the street is a koi filled pond with an esthetically pleasing resting spot that leads up to Maggiano's Little Italy family style Italian restaurant. On the one end of the street is Ted’s Montana Grille, which is famous for their bison burgers.
The other end of the street has the Capital Grille, which is known for their dry aged steaks and sophisticated atmosphere. Fresh Seafood can be found across the street at Mitchell’s Fish Market, where the menu changes twice daily with over 80 fresh selections. Reservations would be recommended for most restaurants on the weekends. Valet parking is offered at Maggiano's Little Italy, the Cheesecake Factory, and in between the Capital Grille and Mitchell’s Fish Market. People not looking for sit down dining can still find fast food restaurants or a smoothie from Smoothie King.
Jacksonville’s St. John’s Town Center has created its own city within the city. This is the highly recommended place to not only shop, but a place to take in the atmosphere.