Best Places to Shop in Miami
When you think of Miami, two powerful words often come to mind…fashion and wealth. The Miami metro area is home to some 5 million residents, making it one of the largest and most fashionable metro areas in the Country. Haute Couture abounds throughout the greater Miami area, attracting not only Miami’s trendy locals, but a huge international clientele base as well. And the most frequented of Miami’s shopping destinations? South Beach of course! South Beach is loaded with one of a kind boutiques, popular retailers, and fashion power-houses. Take a stroll along Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road, Collins Avenue, Espanola Way, or Washington Avenue and you’ll run into fabulous shopping opportunities at stores like Armani, Nicole Miller, Barneys New York Co-op, Diesel, Intermix, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren, and Steve Madden just to name a few. The area is also home to some amazing restaurants, clubs, and people watching opportunities as well. Just a short hop north of Miami’s South Beach is the fabulous Bal Harbour Shops. This ultimate upscale open-air shopping destination is home to many top names in the fashion world including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, Chanel, David Yurman, De Beers, and Ralph Lauren.
For those of us with smaller bank accounts, Miami does not disappoint. Several of the area’s malls offer a nice mix of mid to upscale retailers, giving you plenty of shopping options regardless of your credit card balance. The Dadeland Mall, south of downtown Miami is home to Florida’s largest Macy’s department store. And with over 185 retailers to choose from, Dadeland Mall will surely satisfy the retail needs of the entire family. At Dadeland, you will find popular stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, A|X Armani Exchange, bebe, Betsey Johnson, Coach and many others. Head west of downtown Miami, and you’ll find the Miami International Mall, offering in excess of 140 specialty stores including the likes of Ann Taylor Loft, Coach, and Hollister; five department stores including Dillard’s and Macy’s; and a plethora of scrumptious restaurants. For open-air shopping, dining and entertainment at its best, head southwest of downtown Miami to The Falls Shopping Center, an 821,000 square foot retail playground with over 100 shops and boutiques including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Apricot Lane, and Coach. Head south of Miami to Coral Gables and you’ll find The Village of Merrick Park, home to a melange of over 115 distinctive stores and restaurants in a dazzling ambiance. The Village of Merrick Park is home to stores like Adolfo Dominguez, Blumarine, Diane von Furstenberg, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Donald J Pliner and Jimmy Choo. For those of you that just happen to be visiting the north Miami suburb of Aventura, stop what you’re doing and check out the Aventura Mall. Here you’ll find shopping favorites like Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Express, and Miss Sixty.
Located north of Miami is the city of Fort Lauderdale, a popular tourist destination in its own right, and much of the city’s popularity is due to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, the premiere shopping and dining destination of Broward County. The Galleria at Ft. Lauderdale showcases over 1.4 million square feet of retail space with a line-up of popular retail favorites like Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma, Cole Haan, Guess, and Sephora. And just north of Ft. Lauderdale is where you’ll find Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs north of Ft. Lauderdale. Coral Square Mall is a good neighborhood shopping mall with stores like Gymboree, Aeropostal, Coach, Gap, and Macy’s.
Other Miami area shopping destinations worthy of exploring if you get the chance are The Shops at Pembroke Gardens and the Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines, and The Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami. And for all the deal seekers, Miami’s outlet mall lineup includes the gargantuan Dolphin Mall, Sawgrass Mills and the Florida Keys Outlet Center. Enjoy!