Best Shopping in Miami
by Jon Simpson
More than 10 million shoppers flock to Miami every year, from Latin America to Hong Kong, such is the Miami shopping experience.
From upscale malls to unique boutiques, beachside market places to Latin American stalls, Miami has everything you could want. Here are some of the best places to burn that plastic!
19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura
Really popular with locals and tourists, this mall is ranked one of the top five highest grossing malls in the country in sales per square foot. It's a very plush place to shop, with hundreds of stores selling everything from fashion to music. With many restaurants and cafes to choose from, it's easy to spend a whole day here!
Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour
This is a dream shopping spot for those looking to bag the most exclusive designer brands. In fact it is world-renowned as a high-end shopping destination. There are a few less expensive stores here for us regular folks, or you can just window-shop if the credit card won't stretch!
401 Biscayne Boulevard
Tourists love this shopping spot as Bayside is a bona-fide Miami attraction as well as a retail haven. You'll find tons of shops, outdoor stalls, restaurants and live music, rounded off with a sunny tropical elegance.
11401 N.W. 12 Street, Miami
Dolphin Mall is the largest, most exciting shopping and entertainment destination in Miami. Dolphin Mall, a beautiful, state-of-the-art value centre, brings you the finest fashion stores including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. Dolphin Mall also offers dining and family entertainment options in a beautiful and electrifying setting. It's just a short drive from Miami International Airport.
12801 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise
Not exactly in Miami, but the super deals to be found here are worth the short drive! This enormous outlet mall is a bargain hunter's nirvana. But make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes for this one!
Pick just about any street in South Beach and you will likely find some cool shops and boutiques. The best spots to venture to are Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Espanola Way and Washington Avenue.
Miracle Mile is one Miami's most elegant shopping locations. It hosts over 170 upscale shops and 40 gourmet restaurants, all within walking distance of each other. The Miracle Mile shopping district in Coral Gables offers visitors and residents an exciting line-up of upscale retail stores and fancy restaurants.
In the heart of Coconut Grove lies this beautiful outdoor shopping complex. From shopping to restaurants like Cafe Tutu Tango to nightly entertainment in the Courtyard, come make a whole day of the unique CocoWalk. As the first lifestyle centre in Florida, CocoWalks' unique grounds and buildings were carefully designed to blend seamlessly into the surroundings of Coconut Grove, a bayside boating village known for being eclectic, eccentric and exciting. Each night, CocoWalks' variety of bars and live entertainment fill the centre with sparkling lights, music and l merriment.
The famous Lincoln Road is a pedestrian only promenade and the epicentre of the action on South Beach. It's full of stores, boutiques, art galleries, antique markets and museums with a truly distinctive atmosphere. You never know who you're going to see in this neck of the woods, so book your flights to Miami, pull up a pew at a sidewalk café and enjoy its people-watching potential!
Great shopping, restaurants and entertainment all in a lovely outdoor setting. With cedar walkways, huge flowering plants and a million-gallons of rushing waterfalls, it's hard not to notice the Garden of Eden theme. An urban escape for the bargain hunter, this open-air mall offers a more spiritual shopping experience. Bloomingdale's, Macy's and a giant cinema anchor are just three of the hundred stores, boutiques and eateries to be found here.
Right in the heart of Miami is an area that is from a Cuban travel guide. Here in "Little Havana", you can find hand-rolled cigars, fruiterias, meat markets, herbal stores and windows with cafecitos for only 25 cents. Although Miami is new, you can walk from Art Deco downtown with its high rises right into the Cuban past.
About the Author:
A true travel author, Jon loves nothing more than taking exciting journeys across the globe waiting for the next piece...