The Ultimate Miami Shopping Guide: From Boutiques to Shopping Streets

Miamis Art Deco District in South Beach offers plenty of outdoor spots to relax after a day of shopping
Miami's Art Deco District in South Beach offers plenty of outdoor spots to relax after a day of shopping | © byvalet / Alamy Stock Photo
Karina Castrillo

In the mood for a spending spree? We’ve rounded up the best places to get your shopping done in the Magic City.

Miami Design District

Prepare to drop a few thousand when heading to the illustrious Design District in central Miami. The luxury open-air mall is home to major brand names from Gucci to Louis Vuitton, as well as art galleries, and cafés to quench both your artistic thirst and your appetite. Throughout the Design District, everything from parking lots to boutique galleries is illustrated with installations and Instagrammable wall art. “Netscape,” a 24-seat web of hanging chairs created by designer Konstanin Grcic is only matched by murals like “One Day At A Time.”

Lincoln Road Mall, a mile-long promenade, boasts a happening street scene with abundant shopping and dining options

Lincoln Road Mall

The hallmark of South Beach, akin to Los Angeles’ Third Street Promenade or New York’s Broadway in SoHo, Lincoln Road Mall is a shopping staple. Stretching a lengthy 10 blocks, there’s plenty of ground to cover and options range from high- to low-end shopping. The pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare is dotted with a seemingly endless selection of stores including Zara, H&M, CB2 and Apple and, on weekends, street markets engulf Lincoln Road with the smell of coconut slabs and fresh arepas, providing a tried-and-true Miami shopping experience. Ideal for a daytime or evening stroll, you can even catch a show at the mall’s historic Colony Theatre dating back to 1935.

Miracle Mile and Merrick Park

If you’re visiting the suburbs of Coral Gables, don’t miss strolling along the charming Miracle Mile. Located along Coral Way, the shopping pathway features wedding dress boutiques, art galleries, quaint cafés, a bookstore and several antique shops. It’s also quite a popular spot during happy hour, when local business professionals hang out at the local bars along the strip.

In an alternate vibe but still central to Coral Gables is Merrick Park – an upscale outdoor mall catering to a more high-end crowd. Decorated with lush palm trees and water fountains, Merrick evokes a tropical oasis atmosphere, making a shopping spree here all the more enjoyable. The three-story open-air space boasts clothing designers such as Hugo Boss and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as a swanky gym and a few gourmet restaurants.

Bordalo II’s ‘Cat Plane’ sculpture in Wynwood, a neighborhood in Miami known for its graffiti and street art

Wynwood

In contrast to the plush South Beach lifestyle, the art hub of Wynwood offers a more eclectic take on shopping, where boutique stores and endless street art provide the ideal setting for that unique-piece search. The arts district, famous for its graffiti murals, is a popular spot to shop for artworks and exotic goods, too. For a collection of rare objects and clothing made from recycled materials, browse the socially conscious store, Nomad Tribe. If contemporary art is on your mind, don’t forget to check out Wynwood 28.

Aerial view of Miami Bal Harbour and Shops

Bal Harbour Shops

The stereotype of Miami Beach’s rich, expansive, over-the-top luxury is alive and well at Bal Harbour. While the streets are lined with six-figure convertibles and designer dogs to boot, the Bal Harbour Shops are home to stores like Chloé, Tiffany, and Prada. Lovingly thought of as the Rodeo Drive of Miami, Bal Harbour lives up to its reputation as the heartland of luxury retail therapy – and it doesn’t stop at the clothes: the cuisine is just as illustrious, with artisanal chocolate at Vasalissa Chocolatier and uni and quail eggs at Makoto amongst your options.

Biscayne Boulevard and the skyline of Miami

Biscayne Boulevard

Shopping for a luxurious bed or a unique side table? Drive over to the busy Biscayne Boulevard, where you’ll find an extensive selection of furniture stores. From moderately priced contemporary pieces by Italian brand Modani, to high-end designer furniture from French brand Roche Bobois, the boulevard is dotted with options for every budget and style. Start your browsing from Biscayne Boulevard and 29th street, and continue north.

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