Lincoln Road is basically a pedestrian friendly road (no cars, bikes, buses etc.) that has everything you need for a good day’s fun. Eating, shopping and people watching are all good option. Shop ’til you drop at the historic Lincoln Theatre, which has been re-furbished and converted into a shopping mall that includes big name brands such as H&M, Apple, Forever 21, and J-Crew. There are also plenty of independently owned boutiques and popular outlets on Lincoln Road that offer a wide assortment of everything you could possibly need or want.
Miracle Mile (Coral Way)
Miracle Mile is located in Coral Gables, an affluent neighborhood of Miami, and has earned a reputation as a place with a lively atmosphere that appeals to the needs and desires of a wide range of clientele. One of Miami’s most bustling mainstays, which features boutiques and specialty stores that lure in thousands of shoppers from around the world each year, this appropriately-named street is so filled with wondrous options that it would take you a week to visit all of the shops. Miracle mile truly is a shopper’s paradise!
Historic Flagler Street is the heart of the City of Miami. Hundreds of stores and shops make up the Downtown Shopping District, anchored by Macy’s, Marshalls, Ross Dress for Less, and La Epoca (imported from Havana). Also the premier destination for jewelry shopping, Flagler Street is home to the famous Seybold Building, which boasts an impressive selection of more than 280 jewelers. Everything from wholesale to retail to specialty crafts and more, Flagler Street is bound to deliver.
NE 4oth Street
Located North of Wynwood and South of Little Haiti, NE 40th street is at the epicenter of Miami’s design district. Stores such as Christian Louboutin Men’s Boutique, Celine, and Fendi, all offer the most trend-setting clothing and accessories, and they’re all part of a larger group of boutiques and shops that are committed to being the leaders in a competitive and ever-evolving world of fashion and design.
If any street is synonymous with South Beach, it’s Ocean Drive, which features (along with many restaurants, art deco hotels, and galleries) more than 30 designer brands, such as Guess, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kenneth Cole. Located in the heart of South Beach, Ocean Drive is, by default, the linchpin street in setting the fashion trends of Miami. With a clothing boutique around every corner, Ocean Drive has been referred to as the Capital of Cool, due to the youthful fashions and unique accessories that appeal to those of us who like to stay ahead of the curb.
Close to Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue Shopping District is an upscale and cosmopolitan location that features more than 30 designer shops such as Armani, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, and Sephora. On Collins Avenue you’ll find Bal Harbour, a Swanky shopping mall that features luxury designer shops & chic eateries amid landscaped gardens & ponds.
Purdy Avenue is home to Sunset Harbour, yet another great place to spend an afternoon in South Beach if you want to get a little shopping done. Nothing is more inviting on a hot and humid South Florida day than a shopping outlet full of air-conditioned boutiques and retailers. Purdy Avenue links up with Bay Road to form a two-block loop that overlooks Biscayne Bay and is home to locally-owned fashion boutiques like Frankie, Sunset Clothing Co. and Eberjey.
Washington Avenue and Española Way
Washington Avenue is a hot destination for the latest club wear, designer jeans, vintage clothing and collectibles. Shops stay open late, which is a huge benefit to those who want to do everything with their time in South Beach but don’t want to miss out on a shopping bonanza. This shopping destination offers vintage and club-wear shops, reflecting its status as a mecca for nightlife and clubbing. From here, you might as well work your way north and head inland a couple of blocks to Española Way.
This charming pedestrian-only street, tucked between 14th and 15th streets just west of Washington Avenue, features delightful boutiques and cafes set against a backdrop of Spanish Mediterranean architecture. Are you looking for a souvenir from Miami, or perhaps a gift for a special someone? If so, Española Way has you covered, with plenty of one-of-a-kind products and collectibles stores that will have you wanting to learn more about the history behind this culturally different part of South Beach.
By Laurence Kidd