Welcome to Lincoln Road in Miami, where the opportunities for eating, shopping, and people watching are in abundance. You really won’t find many streets like it in Miami, that much we can promise. This mile-long road is completely pedestrian-friendly, which means not a single car, bus, trolley or motorcycle will get in your way as you’re trying to enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of Miami. Here, The Culture Trip profiles Lincoln Road and we’ve broken down our list into two sections; eating, and architecture & shopping.
Famously known for its ‘The Bomb’ cake, which Oprah Winfrey includes among the world’s best, the Icebox Cafe sits just steps off of Lincoln road on Purdy Avenue. We start our list of things to see and do on Lincoln Road with Ice Box Cafe because there’s no better way to start an afternoon’s adventure in South Beach than with a casual lunch and a refreshing drink. We recommend you try one of their specialties for lunch, such as the delectable blackened swordfish… or perhaps you’re more in the mood for a drink, perhaps a a blood-orange Margarita is in order?
Icebox Cafe. 1855 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 538 8448
Another Lincoln Road favorite is Pizza Rustica. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick slice in between shops or on your way to the beach. Pizza Rusitca keep their customers happy by staying open late and serving up big rectangular slices of their unique and delicious pizza. Not to mention that the service is quick, the location is great for people watching and it’s inexpensive. Be warned, the temptation might be too much to walk away from.
A true standout on Lincoln Road, Sushi Samba features a fusion of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine. Easily considered among the best restaurants in South Beach, Sushi Samba’s outdoor dining with promenade seating, its indoor lounge with a mural by California-based street artist Aaron de la Cruz, and the Brazilian Copacabana inspired flooring all serve to attract guests and leave a lasting impression. Did we mention people-watching? Yeah, well we’re not joking; Lincoln Road offers an entertaining display of human life, diverse culture, and interesting characters. Sushi Samba’s outdoor patio, which flanks both sides of the promenade, presents a premier spot for enjoying this ever-lively South Beach scene.
Sushi Samba. Lincoln Road Mall, 600 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 674 5337
Another excellent option for both food and relaxation is Shake Shack, where you can choose to sit inside in the air conditioning or outside under their large umbrellas. Enjoy a ShackBurger and frozen custard, all while being surrounded by lush water gardens and the cooling shade of the 50-year-old oak trees that add an altogether more natural aesthetic to the already-beautiful Lincoln Road promenade.
Shake Shack. 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 434 7787
Dylan's Candy Bar
Candy Store, American, Ice Cream, $$$
Dylan’s Candy Bar
Attention all you sweet tooths! A new location has just opened up on Lincoln Road that you won’t want to miss out on. Dylan’s Candy Bar is here to serve the sugar-holics of Miami. With every flavor of ice cream and candy available, Dylan’s Candy Bar is pretty much guaranteed to always have a line of kids out the door, waiting for their chance to devour a tasty treat.
Dylan’s Candy Bar. 801 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 531 1988
The Frieze Ice Cream Factory
If you’ve turned down frozen custard or milkshake at Shake Shack, passed up the opportunity to buy candy at Dylan’s Candy Bar, and denied yourself any other sweet treat, then there can only be one reason. You’ve been saving your dessert stomach for an authentic homemade ice cream at The Frieze Ice Cream Factory. Located off the main strip in Miami Beach, The Frieze Ice Cream Factory is the perfect place for a summer treat. In addition to a variety of frosty ice creams, non-dairy sorbets made with seasonal fruit are also available. Beat the heat with refreshing watermelon, champagne or lychee sorbet.
The Frieze Ice Cream Factory. 1626 N Michigan Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 538 0207
ARCHITECTURE & SHOPPING
The Historic Lincoln Theatre
H&M, Madewell, Apple, J.Crew, Forever 21, and Lacoste. These are just some of the big name brands that Lincoln Road Mall has to offer. There’s a reason that we decided to include shopping and architecture as one; they go hand in hand. H&M and Madewell are both located within the historic Lincoln Theatre witch was remodeled in 2012 and converted into a two story shopping center in the heart of South Beach. Lincoln Theater was a movie theater and later a concert hall that was home to the New World Symphony. It was designed in art deco style by noted cinema and theater designer Thomas W. Lamb and opened in 1936. It functioned as a cinema until the 1980s. For a complete guide to all of the shops at Lincoln Road, click here.
Lincoln Road Mall, 541 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL, USA
It’s not everyday that someone tells you to check out a parking garage to appreciate its architecture. But that’s exactly what the 1111 Building is, a parking garage like no other. Designed by the famous Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, the 1111 is located at the western end of the Lincoln Road Mall at the intersection with Alton Road, and can house some 300 cars. On the top of this masterfully designed garage is Juvia, a fine dining restaurant with a magnificent view of the surrounding area.
Books & Books
Anybody who loves reading and wants to get stuck into a new book will pop into Books & Books, an independent book store with hundreds of titles to choose from and a large collection of tabloids and magazines to take with you on your trip down the road. Complete with a café, this bookstore is popular among University of Miami students, who can truly appreciate an opportunity to get out of the dorm room and have a place to study, eat, and (of course) observe Miami’s finest.
Books and Books. 927 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 695 8898