Miami Area, United States
Shopping in Miami, USA: Handcrafts, Souvenirs & Malls
Miami is a fascinating shopping destination featuring a great number of indoor and open-air malls, as well as shopping promenades and hip pedestrian streets with all sorts of specialty stores, upscale boutiques and posh art galleries. You can find shopping districts with numerous shops carrying all kinds of high quality items in all the neighborhoods. Miami is such a large and extended city that if you plan to go shopping, it is recommendable to bring a good map so you can easily find the different shopping districts. Going shopping in Miami is positively addictive. You can find from high-end retailers and designer shops, popular specialty stores, and even 3 outlet malls. Of these outlets, Saw Grass Mills is considered the 4th largest of its kind in the world, with an average of 10 million visitors yearly, 40% of them from Latin American countries.
Downtown Miami and Brickell
Brickell is located in Downtown Miami, the heart of the most important financial district in the city. It is a fantastic place to live, visit, or do business. Underneath the shade of the tall skyscrapers located all along Brickell Avenue, Miami Avenue and Brickell Bay Drive, there are charming streets with a casual and laid-back atmosphere, not commonly found in such a large and cosmopolitan city. At the center of Brickell is Mary Brickell Village, located just minutes from Miami International Airport and a short drive away from Coconut Grove and South Beach, a great place to go shopping, dining, or to see several cultural attractions. Also located in Downtown Miami, next to the American Airlines Arena, is Bayside Marketplace, a great open-air mall built by the sea. Bayside features more than 150 shops and national brand name stores, boutiques, exotic restaurants, as well as live entertainment daily.
CocoWalk, an open-air mall that was carefully designed to blend seamlessly into the exuberant natural surroundings of this unique neighborhood, known for being eclectic, sometimes eccentric, and always exciting. The mall includes open-air spaces, as well as an array of national brand name shops and original boutiques; a real shopper's paradise. CocoWalk features a movie theater gallery, restaurants and sidewalk cafes, which offer a kaleidoscope of flavors from every corner of the globe. Each night lights up with the lively ambience of its bars and nightclubs, where locals and visitors gather to listen to music, have a drink, or party until the wee hours of the morning.
Located in Downtown Coral Gables, Miracle Mile is an ideal shopping destination. It is a boulevard with a great number of stores, restaurants and cultural attractions where you can find the latest fashion trends, fine dining options and entertainment. The street is also lined with several furniture and design stores, shoe stores, jewelers, leather goods, men's clothing stores, bridal shops and much more. Surrounded by charming tree-lined streets and the Coral Gables historic downtown district, Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly destination. If you wish to take a break from shopping for a bite to eat, Coral Gables is home to more than 60 restaurants and charming open-air cafes.
Fashion and style come to life at the Village of Merrick Park, anchored by large and reputable department stores like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, as well as more than 100 world-class boutiques and restaurants. Set amidst a serene garden brimming with fountains and lush tropical foliage, Village of Merrick Park offers an upscale luxury collection of retailers such as Tiffany and Co., Gucci, CH Carolina Herrera, Juicy Couture and Pottery Barn Kids, as well as Borders Books and world-class interior design shops. Among Village of Merrick Park's boutiques, is an array of superb dining destinations, as well as exclusive spas and beauty salons.
Dadeland Mall is one of Miami's premier shopping centers where you can find Saks Fifth Avenue, JC Penney and Florida's largest Macy's, as well as major stores like Nordstrom and the biggest The Limited/Express store in the U.S. It features more than 185 specialty stores, including ZARA. Abercrombie and Fitch, Ann Taylor, L'Occitane, Sephora, and Victoria's Secret among others. Dadeland Mall offers shoppers an extraordinary collection of retailers that will please even the most demanding shoppers.
The Falls is a pleasant shopping center with lush gardens and cedar walkways surrounded by tropical waterfalls and huge colorful flowering plants that create a cozy shopping experience. Bloomingdale's, Ann Taylor, Loft, and Bebe can be found in this upscale mall. The Falls is locally acclaimed because it combines great shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Prime Outlets is an outlet mall south of Miami, right after Homestead. This open-air center boasts brand name outlet stores including Nine West, Gap, Oshkosh, Levi's, Nike, and Samsonite among others, featuring considerable discounts, as well as additional special offers or promotions offered by the stores to attract shoppers.
Miami's very own Design District, an area comprising of only several blocks, is the place where trends in international interior design are being set. The whole neighborhood is home to a conglomerate of outlets and shops carrying design resources, art galleries, antique shops, and top restaurants. It's a community of innovators and artists in international design that have moved here in the last few years to open showrooms and sell their designs. In the Design District, you can find rustic warehouse-like shops with edgier and more contemporary home furnishings and art. Located in Midtown, north of Miami and near the Design District, is Shops at Midtown, Miami's newest shopping center. You can see it coming from I-195 (also known as Julia Tuttle Causeway) an expressway that runs from east to west connecting Miami Beach to the mainland. Shops at Midtown offers consumers national chains including Target, West Elm, Loehmann's, PetSmart, Marshall's, and Ross Dress For Less.
Considered Miami's most elegant and exclusive shopping venue, Bal Harbour Shops is located north of Miami Beach near North Miami. It is set in a charming oval-shaped open-air locale, surrounded by a lush garden with fountains and cascades. This center features an unparalleled selection of 64 world-renowned designer shops with an exclusive collection of clothing, shoes, jewelry, as well as top restaurants, a book store, art galleries, and gift shops. It is anchored by two large department stores, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, located at both ends of the mall.
North Miami Beach
Near North Miami Beach is Aventura Mall, a multi-level mall that has recently undergone a $150 million dollar renovation featuring dramatic new architectural design. Aventura Mall is home to more than 280 stores and restaurants, a 24-screen movie theater, an artist-designed interactive playground, which offers shoppers the chance to leave their kids there while they shop. Voted "Best Local Shopping Destination" by the Miami Herald, Aventura Mall is certainly one of the best shopping centers in Miami.
Miami Beach and South Beach
With a fashion shoot around every corner, South Beach is an unbeatable beach destination where everyone tries their best to keep their bodies looking tanned, toned up, and dressed like a runway model.Famous Ocean Drive offers countless boutiques with chic and original clothing designs. Just steps away from Ocean Drive, you'll find the Collins Avenue Fashion District, a dazzling collection of hip designer shops. Big-name designers like Armani, Versace, Nicole Miller, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kenneth Cole have all set up a store here, catering to their hip and stylish clientele with super chic, A-list service. A lively weekend craft and farmer's market, eye-catching art galleries, and European style cafes welcome you to Espanola Way. This pedestrian street is famous for being a gangster lair in the days of Al Capone, as well as a location for the filming of the 80's television series Miami Vice. Nowadays, Espanola Way is a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle happening elsewhere on South Beach. With charming Mediterranean architecture and a stately fountain in the middle, Espanola Way is a fabulous place to pick up unique clothing, collectibles, and art.
Nearby Washington Avenue is a place to shop for the latest club wear, designer jeans, vintage clothing, and a wide selection of collectibles. All shops stay open until late, so you'll have enough time to shop after spending the whole day at the beach. On Lincoln Road, also in South Beach, you'll find one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries, and trendy home design shops. Besides staying open late, Lincoln Road is a cultural hub featuring several theaters and music venues where you can see plays or performances by the Miami Symphony, book shows, as well as a number of restaurants and bars for dining and spending a delightful time.
Dolphin Mall is conveniently located just 5 miles west of the Miami International Airport at the intersection of the Dolphin Expressway (836) and the Florida Turnpike. With more than 240 stores, it is the largest outlet mall in Miami offering a variety of merchandise at discount prices. It features a large parking lot and all sorts of services, such as kiddie play areas and dining and family entertainment options, in a beautiful and electrifying setting. Dolphin Mall has numerous stores carrying clothing, shoes, and top brand name accessories, home furnishings, electronics, and many more.
Sawgrass Mills is conveniently located at the crossroads of West Sunrise Blvd. and Flamingo Road, 15 miles from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and 30 miles from the airport of Miami. With more than 350 retail outlets, dining and entertainment venues, this mall is so big that you'll probably need 2 days to see it all. It is definitely worth visiting because of its huge discounts. Sawgrass Mills was built in the 90's and another whole new section was added in 2006, called Colonnade Outlets, featuring a wide collection of upscale outlets and fine dining options surrounded by lush tropical gardens. One of this mall's main attractions is Wannado City, an indoor role-playing amusement center, where kids can play for hours while you shop at your leisure. If you visit Sawgrass Mills, we recommend seeing the newest addition first and wearing comfortable shoes for walking.
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