Located north of the Miami Beach area, Aventura is a large 3 level enclosed shopping mall. With over 250 stores, there is a good range of everything, along with plenty of free parking (or valet parking if you prefer). It is also on bus routes from Miami Beach and surrounding areas.
We visited Aventura one afternoon and ended up shopping for around 6 hours, which is a pretty impressive effort for me. I was particularly keen to get to Aventura as there is a Macy's and Bloomingdales there, and these were two shops that I enjoyed exploring on a previous trip to New York, Although these stores were nowhere near as big here compared to NYC, they still had plenty to offer.
What to buy: There were plenty of chain and boutique stores to keep both Alex and I occupied. There were numerous cafes for the required caffeine hit, such as Paul Patisserie where we stopped off. There is also a large food hall and a couple of restaurants, including Sushi Siam where we had lunch (see restaurant tip for more details).
What to pay: Mix of designer and regular shops, so something for everyone
Saturday night partying on the Beach?
Those hot women or hot men
gave you the itch that needs scratching?
If you need the kind of friend
that is water proof, remote controlled
and batery operated,
head over to the Deja Vu Love Boutique,
an upscale joint featuring
tastefully sensual items
like Karmasutra lotions,
candles, edible Peter Butter,
feathers and skimpy lingerie.
The really good stuff is stashed behind
the velvet rope, (of course),
where you'll find a long, curved wall of toys
from the Phaliz collection,
blown glass dildos that look like
works of art, porn star apporved gadgets,
and lower priced devices that
keep you pocket and other parts happy.
Shy types need not worry,
Deja Vu also has some of its products
available online for surreptitious purchases.
What to buy: What ever makes you happy!
The Lincoln road mall is an outdoor pedestrian only mall. Here you can find shops, restaurants and galerias. Most of them are very exclusive and you will need a big bank account to pay for their goods.
What to buy: You could buy the most beautiful glass artworks, paintings and sculpture. But also exclusive clothing like the now so popular Von Dutch because of the exposure by Miss Hilton...
Despite the fact that even if you can't afford any of it is just nice to walk around and see it...
And it's not only very exlusive things you can buy there's are some clothing stores like GAP, Burdines and Banana Republic.
Picture taken december 7, 2004
What to pay: More than in the average mall
Inkanta's goal is to satisfy your passion for modern design, so that you can enjoy beautiful objects at work, at home and in your everyday life.
They travel the world in search of the best creations of international award winning brands such as Lamy, Alessi, Ittala, O.D.M. watches, Leonardo, Philippi, Lexon and Black and Blum.
What to buy: ODM WATCHES
ANNA G. CORKSCREW
What to pay: USD $30 -500
This shop is spectacular. Inkanta's goal is to Satisfy your passion for modern design, so That You Can enjoy beautiful objects at work, at home and in your everyday life.
They travel the world in search of the best creations of international award winning brands Such as Lamy, Alessi, Ittala, ODM watches, Leonardo, Philippi, Lexon and Black and Blum.
What to buy: LAMY DIALOG
USB FLASH DRIVES
ANNA G. CORKSCREW
What to pay: $30 - 500 USD
The Bal Harbour Shops are a European - Mediterranean style outdoor mall; ranked the #1 Shopping Mall in the U.S. by Women's Wear Daily Magazine. This is the place to go for designer clothing and elegant fashion accessories.
It's also a place to see and be seen - you never know who you will spot; whether somebody rich or poor, you can see in the clothes they wear and the cars they drives.
It has beautiful outdoor gardens, fountains, and an art gallery, surrounded by cafes, and restaurants.
There are world-class legendary boutiques such as Hermes, Versace, GAP, Lacoste, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, etc. and two department stores, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
What to buy: Rich people shop is not where I do my shopping, but I like having a look around here when we visit It does not cost anything to stroll the open-air garden with waterfalls and fountains and enjoy the beautiful grounds, fish ponds, and do lots of people watching, you can never be quite sure, whom you will run into here.
Open: Monday - Friday 10am. - 9pm, Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sunday Noon - 6pm
Hermès, the highest of the high in French fashion has its beautiful store located among its peers in Bal Harbour Shops mall. The brand is famous for their signature scarves, but there is a lot of other stuff worth buying for. If you are worthy enough... The store is really pricey, and most of can afford to buy a scarf or some other small paraphernalia.
They sell also clothing, bags and other stuff. The bags are classics, but price goes really through the roof.
The service, as usual in Hermès store, is top-notch. Attentive, focused and patient.
Bal Harbour Shops is a convenient shopping mall for anyone interested in luxury clothing and accessories. Don't let the raw concrete fool you -- there are mostly luxury brands in the shopping center together with a few cafés and restaurants. The available brands include, among others, Chanel, Hermes, Prada and Bulgari. The industry heavy-weights, so to speak
The mall is located a bit away from the busy southern end of the Miami Beach island, and is best accessible by a car -- black luxury sedan preferred. The stores are not for people with thin wallets, unless there is one gold or platinum card for the expenses. As there is plenty of shops, the selection in the mall is generous, eclectic and pricey.
Books & Books is a small bookstore chain that has a few outlets in and around Miami region -- there's one also in the Caribbean... The store we visited is located on a nice shopping street in Miami Beach.
The store is not extremely big, but is has a wide variety of books and magazines, and some toys for smaller children. All major literature categories are present, which is quite a feat for such crammed space. There is also an excellent café in front of the store, so you can start savouring your finds with a cup of mocha immediately.
The location is good for popping over from the beach to get more books or magazines to read. However, it is not on the seashore, so be prepared to walk a few blocks.
Ferni was in search of a fabulous trendy shirt for the heat in Miami Beach and we found exactly what we were looking for.
The shop has so many wonderful shirts to choose from. From short sleeve to long sleeve, trendy t-shirts, dress shirts (like the one Ferni got), slacks, jeans and all sorts of accessories, it was like heaven for my babe.
What to buy: A Fabulous shirt for my babe. The shirt is a light linen with a cut out design which makes it a perfect shirt for the heat in Miami Beach.
Will be back with store information
What to pay: Ferni shirt was about $89 on sale, but there were plenty of other shirts ranging from $59-$129. Jeans were about $89 and up and the dress slacks started at $129 and up.
The accesories ranged from trendy bracelets, chains and rings which all started at about $15 and up.
CVS is a great place to get a few items you may need during your visit to Miami Beach. Not only do they have the usual drug store items, but this particular CVS also has Miami Beach souvenirs, towels, t-shirts, hats, flip-flops and your usual destination items.
They also have a large selection of snacks, water, drinks, sandwiches, etc.
Bal Harbor mall (outdoor) is very exclusive. About 20 min. north of South Beach on Collins Avenue and 96th Street. The place is very well maintained with luxury stores.
Lincold Road Mall is okay, nice to walk up and down and check out the different stores, def. not fancy like Bal Harbor.
Collins Avenue south of 14th Street and Washington Avenue south of Lincoln Road has plenty of stores to choose from.
There are a few areas in East Miami to frivil money away.There's the high end Bal Harbor Shoppes in North Miami Beach, the shops that line Collins in South Beach (typical mall-type stores and unique boutiques), scattered shops of Coconut Grove (some touristy, some funky and artsy) and the tourist trap, Bayfront.
Each of these destinations can be reached from Interstate 95, heading east, towards the ocean.
What to buy: Bal Harbor is ultra high-end. Think couture, couture and more couture. It's lovely to walk around though...
South Beach shopping entails fun beachwear, club wear, eclectic jewelry, and stores like Banana Republic, Sephora, Armani Exchange and Urban Outfitters.
Coconut grove shopping runs the gamut- It feels geared to tourists, but it's got local flavor as well. You'll find souvenir shops and cool boutiques.
Bayfront. This is wear they dump the people from the cruise ships. It's within walking distance of the ships and it's rather kitschy. There are a couple of decent shops and boutiques here but it's mostly geared to tourists.
What to pay: Depends on where you go and what your budget is really. (re: how much you can expect to spend)
If you're coming from a 3rd world country,
visiting an American grocery store
can be an exhilarating experience!!!
probably of more brands
than you have ever heard of,
or skin milk, whole milk, etc. etc.
Wait till you get to
the soft drinks aisle.
There, the products go on and on.
No natural juices here!!!
What to buy: The Publix on 20th Street between
West and Bay Avenue can be a great
pick up joint.
Your grocery cart just happened to
bump into one of those many models
doing their grocery shopping?
One of my favorite things to do in South Beach is to spend a lazy afternoon shopping in Lincoln Road Mall. They have a number of interesting shops in here, some good cafes, and its also a great place to people watch as well. Again, like the rest of South Beach, this is not a place for those on a budget. Shop around, take in lunch or an early dinner at a cafe, or justenjoy the relaxation of the many fountains through the centert of this open air mall.
What to buy: They have many shops here, my favorite is one of the main art and sculpture shops, I'm not sure of its name, but its on the North side of the Lincoln mall about 2 blocks in and it has some amazing sculptures and statues as well as some nice canvas art.