Miami shopping guide • The 25 best Miami stores and boutiques
Suffering from designer chain-store overload? Need some retail therapy? Meet Miami's best boutiques, malls and more with our Miami, Florida shopping guide
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Shopping in Miami can sometimes be a strange experience. Whereas like-minded stores in other cities tend to cluster—one neighborhood might be a great place for jewelry and accessories, another might feature a vast lineup of designer storefronts—here it's not unusual to see a shop offering $5 YOLO T-shirts wedged in between two high-end couture boutiques. And the streets of South Beach's most touristy areas offer a seemingly never-ending supply of smoke shops, vintage clothing and thrift stores, sex shops, and more smoke shops. That's not to say that it's disorganized; it's just a tad schizophrenic in places.
When it comes to the latest fashions (and fashion designers), South Beach has got some true stars in Barneys, Atrium, Intermix, and The Webster, the latter offering 20,000 square feet of straight-from-the-runway styles in a gorgeously restored old building. But its main thoroughfare is Lincoln Road Mall, an outdoor mall of sorts that is packed with shops, cafés, and bars and almost acts as its own shopping guide to Miami. It's here that you'll find yet even more clothing—everything from standards like The Gap and Victoria's Secret to more interesting concept stores like Base USA and Alchemist, a couture-filled shop in one of the coolest parking garages you'll ever see. Two of Miami's best book stores are here, too: the niche boutique of books-as-art publisher TASCHEN and the more wide-ranging offerings of Books & Books, a local (and in our opinion much better) alternative to the corporate-y Barnes & Noble, where you'll find sections dedicated to local writers and small publishers. There are outposts throughout the city, but the Lincoln Road location features a great little outdoor restaurant where a shopper can easily kick back with his or her purchases.
Of course, it's impossible to talk about the Miami fashion scene without making mention of the Design District. So named because of the high-end furniture and home design dealers that have long called the neighborhood home, recent years have expanded its definition to include an impressive lineup of couture boutiques from Hermes, Cartier, Dior, Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rick Owens, Rolex, and Christian Louboutin. Yeah, it's kind of a big deal.
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Miami’s best all-rounder, Aventura Mall boasts all the biggies: Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom. It also has boutique locations for 7 For All Mankind, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Pucci and Ted Baker. In addition, there’s a 24-screen cineplex and popular restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory and Johnny Rockets. It’s easy to get to from South Beach, as several buses terminate here—it’s just a hell of a long ride. And as a taxi can cost as much as $50 each way, it’s worth the price of a one-day car rental to stock up.
- 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, (off Abigail Road)
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Design snobs shop for their children here. Find bold wooden children’s furniture by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and David Netto, plus toys designed to inspire without lighting up or blinking.
- 2800 NE 2nd Avenue, Wynwood, (at NE 29th Street)
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In addition to fancy, monochromatic threads, BASE is also known for its funky soundtrack (its CD collection is for sale, of course), coffee table books, candles and even Japanese anime. Just how cool is the stuff? Consider this: the store has a small location at the Delano hotel plus a 24/7 vending machine of goodies at the Mondrian South Beach.
- 927 Lincoln Road, South Beach, (at Jefferson Avenue)
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Do you need a drop-waist dress from the 1920s? Can’t manage without a Pucci print skirt from the ’70s? You’ll find both here, along with high-necked linen and lace dresses, funky neckties, costume jewels, shoes, furs and postcards. Brands include Gucci, Balenciaga, Chanel, Vuitton and even hard-to-find Zandra Rhodes.
- 13702 Biscayne Boulevard, at 137th Street
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Fashion legend Ralph Lauren’s daughter Dylan is like a modern-day Willy Wonka, offering more than 5,000 kinds of candy from around the world—not to mention ice-cream, macaroons and a sidewalk café serving up candy-inspired cocktails such as the Pop Rock Explosion—at this fun-for-all-ages emporium.
- 801 Lincoln Road, South Beach, (at Meridian Avenue)
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A fantastic plastic paradise featuring a wide variety of pricey products created by internationally known designers, including gnome tables by Philippe Starck, modular bookshelves by Giulio Polvara and storage units by Anna Castelli Ferrieri.
- 170 NE 40th Street, Design District, (at NE 2nd Avenue)
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Imagine Willy Wonka was diabetic and had to channel his love for candy instead into a technicolor world of glass, furniture, lighting and accessories. The result would be NiBa Home, a funky store offering cool furniture and flamboyant accessories, both new and vintage.
- 39 NE 39th Street, Design District, (at N Miami Avenue)
"Bloomies" features classy cuts from top labels such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Chanel and Fendi, plus trendier pieces such as 7 For All Mankind jeans and Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses. Homewares, gifts, accessories and shoes also feature.
- The Falls, 8778 SW 136th Street, S Dixie Highway (US 1)
The quintessential all-American department store, Macy’s offers upscale and mid-range clothing labels, homewares, fashion accessories and cosmetics.
- Aventura Mall, 19535 Biscayne Boulevard, at NE 196th Street
Where the ladies who lunch go with their lap dogs, and where the PYTs go with their GWMs (guys with money), the oh-so-exclusive Bal Harbour Shops has long been pinned as Miami’s Rodeo Drive. In this two-story, modernist Bali Hai, you’ll find big-bucks labels, including Prada, Gucci, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Versace, Bulgari, Oscar de la Renta and Chloé, rubbing padded shoulders with upscale department stores Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
- 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour, (off Park Drive)
Residents of this one-time boho ghetto howled at the arrival of corporate America in the form of this multi-story, semi-outdoor mall. It’s everything you’d expect from a block whose residents include Gap, Victoria’s Secret and Starbucks. There’s also a 13-screen Paragon movie theater.
- 3015 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, (at Virginia Street)
Cashing in on the outdoor mall trend, the Falls aims to calm with lush foliage, wooden plank walkways, waterfalls and reflecting ponds. Anchors include a United Artists megaplex, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, though you’ll also find Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap and Brooks Brothers for fashion, plus beauty products from Origins and the latest gadgets at the Apple Store. There’s no tacky food court; try upscale eateries such as Brio Tuscan Grille and BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse.
- 8888 SW 136th Street, South Miami, (off S Dixie Highway (US 1))
With its over-the-top architecture, giant man-made banyan trees and waterfalls, this is the Disney World of malls. Stores include Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Gap, Urban Outfitters and Victoria’s Secret. A GameTime arcade, 24-screen multiplex and luxury bowling alley make this a hotspot for teens with time to kill.
- 5701 Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street), South Miami, (at US 1 & Red Road)
South Florida’s newest upscale mall is anchored by department stores Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Three open-air stories boast 115 shops and boutiques, including the likes of Burberry, Gucci, Etro, Adolfo Domínguez, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg and Agent Provocateur. Jewelery brands include Tiffany and Tourneau.
- 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, at Ponce de León Boulevard
Yes, it’s a bookstore. But don’t be surprised to stumble across a must-have hardcover with a price tag of $3,000 or more. Many of this 34-year-old art publisher’s titles are extremely limited editions and made of the highest-quality materials (hence the hefty price tag). But even some of the priciest books—which focus on the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion and cinema—have discounted, paperback counterparts.
- 1111 Lincoln Road, South Beach, (at Alton Road)
A South Beach unisex shopping hotspot, Atrium is also a great place to stalk celebrities if you don’t feel like breaking the bank on a $2,300 Alexander McQueen clutch. With designer brands at designer prices, don’t be surprised if you see the same $200 white T-shirt on a Kardashian in the latest issue of your favorite tabloid.
- 1931 Collins Avenue, South Beach, (at 19th Street)
Oh-so-trendy Intermix gathers the choicest styles by top designers such as Derek Lam, Stella McCartney, Current/Elliott, Givenchy and Helmut Lang.
- 634 Collins Avenue, South Beach, (at 6th Street)
This emporium features 20,000 square feet of labels, labels and more labels. Straight-off-the-runway pieces include exclusives for both sexes from Tom Ford, Balenciaga and Miu Miu. Steer clear if you haven’t got a platinum card. Even window-shopping will feel painfully pricey.
- 1220 Collins Avenue, at 12th Street
At the base of the The Rabbit Hole’s thriving online business is this small North Miami shop, which the New Times has declared one of the city’s best. Among the curated selection of vintage clothing is a great range of party dresses from the 1970s and ’80s, offering one-of-a-kind looks for $50 to $100 a pop. Modern threads—dresses, skirts, tops and accessories—can be had for half that price.
- 17032 W Dixie Highway, North Miami, (at NE 170th Street)
Though designed by local Teresa Turchin in her shop studio, these pricey, vaguely New Age baubles are crafted using materials from around the world, including Tibet, Nepal, India and Africa. Each piece is blessed by a Buddhist monk.
- 130 NE 40th Street, Design District, (at NE 2nd Avenue)
The light pink walls give this shop, which bills itself as a "playground for your imagination," a cool vintage feel. But the affordable boudoir getups are utterly contemporary. For those looking for some sexy swagger to go with their purchase, Sexy Secrets offers pole- and belly-dancing classes.
- 6572 SW 40th Street (Bird Road), South Miami, (at SW 67th Avenue)
All the organic produce you could possibly desire, including fresh fish and seafood, plus a café.
- 1800 West Avenue, South Beach, (at 18th Street)
A favorite of movie prop scouts for nearly 50 years, Stone Age also sells old posters, military memorabilia, cowboy gear, primitive tribal masks and stuffed animals. You know, all the stuff you really need.
- 3236 NW S River Drive, North Miami, (at NW 32nd Street)
This glass box showroom is a beacon for buyers of classic modern furniture by the likes of Le Corbusier, Arne Jacobsen and Jasper Morrison. It is practically a Design District poster child. It features a greatest hits medley of modern designers, with pieces by Ron Arad, Arne Jacobsen, Philippe Starck, Zaha Hadid et al.
- 2331 Ponce de León Boulevard, Coral Gables, (at Aragon Avenue)
Poliform Miami takes industrial chic to new heights. The style is pristine verging on the clinical: the cutting-edge kitchens almost look too clean to eat in. But these are the coolest wardrobes, wall units and furnishings this side of Milan.
- 180 NE 39th Street, Design District, (at NE 2nd Avenue)