The Lincoln Road Mall—or, in local shorthand, "the Road"—had its heyday in the 1950s, when it was designed by iconic architectural guru Morris Lapidus and dubbed the "Fifth Avenue of the South." And just as Lapidus went through an unpopular period before coming back into fashion in the 1990s, so Lincoln Road waned before experiencing a resurgence as the prime South Beach spot, especially for locals jaded with the preening crowds on Ocean Drive. Gussied up in 1997 with a $16-million facelift, the mall sits between 16th and 17th Streets and stretches from Washington Avenue to Alton Road. It's wall-to-wall sidewalk cafés, clubs, boutiques, high-end retail shops, restaurants, cultural venues and galleries. Once, those businesses might have qualified as legitimately avant-garde, but after the renovation, rents soared and today most of the shops on Lincoln Road are chains—it now has more Starbucks than entire cities in America's Midwest. The Road crowd—male and female, both—come equipped with airdogs and wheeled feet. Busiest time is late evening, when the dozens of cafés and restaurants set up sidewalk tables for the bridge and tunnel crowd. Sundays are popular for the antiques and farmers' market (Oct–June, every second & fourth Sunday). Cultural venues on Lincoln include the Colony Theatre, a deco gem that hosts theater, dance and music performances. At the mall's western end is the fairly recent addition of the Regal South Beach cinema.
Lincoln Road Mall
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Between 16th and 17th Streets from Washington Avenue to Alton Road