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Looking for the ultimate shopping or dining experience, or both? The malls and shopping centers around Baltimore have the best outlets, brand retailers, specialty stores and dining options where you’re guaranteed to always find everything you need and have a great time. Check our top five for more and start shopping! – Roxana Bardan

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Arundel Mills Mall

7000 Arundel Mills Circle,
Hanover, MD 21076
(410) 540-5110

Known as Maryland’s top shopping, dining and entertainment destination, Arundel Mills Mall is one of the largest outlet malls in the area. The mall features more than 200 stores, including manufacturer and retail outlets, off-price retailers and specialty stores. Some of the great outlet stores here are Calvin Klein, Loft, Nine West, Nike Factory Store and much more. The mall also offers great fast food and dining options, such as Dave & Buster’s and Chili’s Too. A very big attraction here is Medieval Times, a restaurant-arena featuring medieval jousting, knights, kings and princesses, all reenacted in a tale-like show. You’ll also find an Egyptian-pyramid movie theater that will make for the ultimate experience. See website for further information.

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The Mall in Columbia

10300 Little Patuxent Parkway,
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 730-3300

Whether you’re going to dine out with family or for a shopping spree with friends, The Mall in Columbia has all you need for a great mall experience. From famous department stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sears and JC Penney, to specialty stores, bath and beauty, electronics and apparel stores, you’re going to find them all here. The most famous restaurants located in the mall complex are P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and The Cheesecake Factory. No matter your reason for coming to this mall, you’re bound not to leave empty-handed.

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Towson Town Center

825 Dulaney Valley Road,
Towson, MD 21204-1010
(410) 494-8800

For the ultimate shopping experience that includes upscale and unique retail stores, but also great dining options, head over to Towson Town Center. The great variety of retailers includes Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Christian Audigier and, maybe most importantly for ladies, Tiffany and Co. Go for an exciting shopping trip, to eat and to be entertained; you’ll always find something to do at this mall. Check the website for a complete mall directory and hours of operation.

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White Marsh Mall

8200 Perry Hall Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 931-7100

“What brings you in today?” Whether you’re just looking to pass the time, shop, or have dinner with friends, the White Marsh Mall has everything you need for an extraordinary experience at the mall. From great retailers like Gap, American Eagle, Hollister, to excellent dining options like Ruby Tuesday, Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings, the mall has you covered. See their website for more information, including seasonal events.

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THE AVENUE at White Marsh

8125 Honeygo Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 931-0411

While in the White Marsh area, check out The Avenue at White Marsh, “the place where shopping and entertainment are as unique as you are.” You’ll be delighted by the big name retailers, the specialty shops, dining and entertainment options. Check website for more information on stores, as well as upcoming events.

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Owings Mills Mall

10300 Mill Run Circle,
Owings Mills, MD 21117-4205
(410) 363-7000

Macy’s and JC Penney? Check. Children’s, men’s and women’s apparel stores? Check. Restaurants, eateries and fast-foods? Check again. The Owings Mills Mall makes for a super time at the mall, whether it’s with your kids, family or friends. Come experience one-stop-shopping, whether you’re looking for unique gifts, special occasion ones or stunning jewelry. Then, enjoy a great movie at the AMC17 and you’ll definitely come again. See website for hours of operations, events and other details.

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Westfield Annapolis Shopping Center

2002 Annapolis Mall,
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 266-5432

Check out the Westfield Annapolis Shopping Center for your ultimate shopping experience. The brand name and many exclusive stores, like Guess? and Lush, the dining options and numerous services will definitely delight you. Check their website for upcoming movies, tickets and much more.

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White Flint

11301 Rockville Pike,
North Bethesda, MD 20895-1021
(301) 468-5777

The White Flint center provides a great mixture of national chain stores and local boutiques. The mall features many traditional department stores like Lord  & Taylor and Bloomingdale’s, and many non-traditional ones, like Borders Books – Music – Cafe and much more. Check website for a full list of exclusive stores, restaurants and much more.