A trip to the mall doesn’t exactly scream romance, but the shops at the picturesque Mediterranean-style Village of Merrick Park are different. Shopping here isn’t so much as a chore as an experience, with stylish boutiques that could double as art galleries and upscale restaurants that provide a comfortable place to take in the scene, making it a unique destination to begin your next date night. The parking valet at the entrance is your first sign that this is no outlet mall, and it only gets better from there. Walk hand-in-hand with your sweetheart down palm-lined paths, pausing to watch the water shooting skyward in the dancing fountain. Then it’s time to spoil your date with a surprise gift from one of the upscale shops. With the likes of Carolina Herrera, Jimmy Choo, William Sonoma, and Neiman Marcus to choose from, you’re sure to find a gift that’s absolutely perfect, if not cheap. After your impulsive but much-appreciated splurge, let your date return the favor with a stop at CRAVE, where you can share an order of caprese flatbread and grilled artichokes as you discuss your holiday wish lists. Sipping glasses of rosé at the outdoor bar, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to some chic town in the South of France. Laden down with bags containing your new purchases, your wallet will feel inevitably lighter, but your day will have been well spent.