Your description of a mall as an enclosed place makes sense to me, but where I 
live they seem to call anything a “mall”.

Here is the "Watchung Square Mall”: 
and the “Valley Mall”: 
(both of those are really shopping centers, not malls)

Anyway, I avoid the `shop=mall` and `shop=shopping_centre` completely.  I 
usually tag `landuse=retail` for the area and `building=retail` for the 

IMO, `shop=*` should really just be for a single shop.

> On Oct 21, 2014, at 7:21 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer <> 
> wrote:
> To me analyzing the given examples it seems as if a mall was necessarily a 
> closed place while a shopping center would/could have outdoor connectivity. 
> They appear to be similar as they both have several independent shops and 
> collective facilities like toilets and parking. Maybe a mall has to have 
> restaurants and other eating facilities, while a shopping center doesn't have 
> to (but could have). I think small sets of shops with collective parking 
> won't qualify as "mall" but they might constitute a shopping center.
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