A Guide to Luxury Shopping in Miami

Aventura Mall
Aventura Mall | Courtesy of Aventura Mall
Photo of Laurence Kidd
13 September 2016
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In Miami, shopping isn’t just a pastime, it’s a sport. While some are hunting for great deals, others want the ultimate star treatment from high-end fashion brands. If you want to play in the big leagues, then these shopping districts are where you should start.

Bal Harbour Shops

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Courtyard with ponds, palm trees and plants in the Bal Harbour Shops, Miami
Explore luxury brands at the Bal Habour Shops | © Hemis / Alamy
Bal Harbour Shops was designed to celebrate the balmy beauty of South Florida. Ideally situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay in the affluent village of Bal Harbour, the lushly landscaped, open-air mall doesn’t look or feel like any other shopping center in the United States. With luxury department stores Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue as the mall’s anchors, you won’t find any run-of-the-mill brands here, only high-end heavy hitters. The current store roster includes the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Versace, and more.

Miami Design District

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Woman with shopping bags walking past pond in the Miami Design District
Peruse upscale boutiques in the Miami Design District | © Image Professionals GmbH / Alamy
The Miami Design District is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture, and dining. This once-overlooked area of Miami has been transformed into a glamorous international luxury shopping destination; it is a place where residents and visitors alike can shop for their favorite brands while admiring the Miami Modernist architecture that lines the halls and streets. Shop at boutique Aerin for floaty kaftans and colourful print dresses, followed by lunch at vegetarian restaurant, Le Jardinier.

Aventura Mall

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Ground floor with upper mezzanine, filled with shoppers, in Aventura Mall, Miami
Discover three storys of designer shops at the Aventura Mall | © John Kellerman / Alamy

Ranked as one of the most-visited retail destinations in America, the Aventura Mall is anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Macy’s and features luxury brands such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Burberry, Sandro, Tiffany & Co., and more. Aventura Mall also features more than 50 eateries and restaurants, including Treats Food Hall; The Aventura Farmers Market, which showcases over 50 vendors; and the experiential Arts Aventura Mall program highlighting 20+ museum-quality pieces in a range of mediums.

Shops At Merrick Park

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People shopping at booths set up in the outdoor open area of the Shops at Merrick Park, upscale shopping mall in Coral Gables, Florida, USA.
Venture to this quieter area of Miami for the Shops at Merrick Park | © Cecile Marion / Alamy
The Shops at Merrick Park is a shopping mall located in the heart of Coral Gables. Anchored by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, this luxury shopping destination opened in 2002 as an open-air shopping center featuring Mediterranean-inspired architecture, beautiful natural landscaping, and outdoor fountains in the center of the complex. It includes a mix of classic and high-end retailers, including Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Kate Spade to name a few.

Lincoln Road Mall

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Boulevard down Lincoln Road Mall with cafe seating, umbrellas and palm trees
Soak up the sunshine as you stroll through the Lincoln Road Mall | © John Kellerman / Alamy
Just a few blocks from the beach and world-famous Ocean Drive is Lincoln Road Mall, South Florida’s premier outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. This mile-long, pedestrian-only promenade boasts a happening street scene with throngs of local and out-of-town visitors, who come here for the chance to experience luxury shopping in the heart of Miami. Those who have visited Lincoln Road will tell you that it really is a unique shopping venue. Discover an exciting mix of national retailers and specialty stores, such as Zara, H&M, Gap, and Forever 21.

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