Bal Harbour Shops has beautiful outdoor gardens, fountains, and art, surrounded by very high-end shopping, cafes, and restaurants. There are world-class designer boutiques including Hermes, Cartier, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Gucci, Versace, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and more. Don’t look for anything as common as a kids play land or a food court. This place is way too chic for that. I, personally, like this place very much, because of the beauty of this place.
If you want to spend money, well, than you are at the right place. Have fun!
Bal Harbour Shops is open :
Monday - Saturday 10AM - 9PM
Sunday: Mall Stores 12PM - 6PM
Neiman Marcus & Saks Fifth Avenue 12PM - 7PM
This semi-outdoor mall has many chain stores like Banana Republic, Gap, Victoria Secrets and the Disney store, many tourist t-shirt and souvenir shops, and lots of local boutiques. Bayside is in a very nice setting on the waterfront.
There are many restaurants where you can eat and where you can enjoy a beautiful waterfront view of Biscayne Bay. From Italian to Cuban, seafood to steaks, it’s hard to choose.
You can have a fruity tropical drink from a stand in the centre of the water-facing side of the market. Relax and enjoying, do some shopping. It’s a great way to spend your afternoon. A whole day is something to much for me. I’ve seen it all in about 2 hours.
For shopping, or just a lunchtime stop, I highly recommend you try the Bayside Marketplace. Many local sightseeing cruises leave from ports nearby.
Just look for the 60 foot guitar above the Hard Rock Cafe, and you know you have arrived.
Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, and more than 250 stores and specialty services can be found at the largest supermall in South Florida. The mall is three stories high and nearly a mile long. Some 10 restaurants and more than a dozen fast-food eateries are on hand for hungry shoppers. There is also a movie theater; the AMC 24 on the third floor.
Valet Parking is $4.00 (Rate subject to change) per car, all day. You'll find it at the Bella Luna entrance, JC Penney Mall entrance, the Piazza entrance and on the fifth level of the Bloomingdale's parking garage. There is also plenty of free parking with convenient access to all our mall entrances.
Regular Mall Hours:
• Monday through Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
• Sunday: 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm
• ... there are Extended hours in the Piazza
What to buy: With more than 250 stores within its walls, this place is literally a shopping theme park. So whatever you want, you probably can buy it here.
Trendy isn't even the word. Versace was in a world of his own, and his clothes still are. For me its either a love it or hate it with the Versace lines, and if I'm down here on a budget if I love the way it looks I hate the price it has tagged on it. Even then, I'll still go in here just to look around
What to pay: Expect to spend at least 125 a shirt, 125 pants, 150 shoes. That is bottom line, average is much more
I am addicted to Kenneth Cole dress shoes. I have never been dissappointed, they always seem to match my outfit, are never more than 200 and seem to sit South Beach style in a str8 mans lap.
What to buy: Shirts and shoes are nice
What to pay: How much do you expect to buy? 100-200 for a nice pair of shoes, 75-125 for a nice shirt
We took the bus ($1.25 - air conditioned - can't go wrong!) to Aventura Mall from Miami Beach. Nice drive up. Got to see all the new condos going up. Mall was nice. Plenty of shops. Decent movie theatre and food court. Not exactly Miami area specific shopping. Will go back again.
What to buy: They had a great sale on at Banana Republic.
What to pay: I got 5 shirts (button and polo) for $62.
Espanola way is lined with mediterranean revival buildings. On the weekends, the street is closed to traffic and turns into a outdoor shopping market - We saw wares from Indian and Egyptian to Turkish and Chinese.
What to buy: Evil Eye items are available in many stores on Espanola way.
Other interesting items are north african and cuban music, brazilian jewelery and hand woven rushmats - all sold in outdoor stalls flanking espanola way on the weekend.
What to pay: Negotiable if you buy from the outdoor stores. Indoor stores are more expensive.
"Tan while you walk and shop!" I saw this line in a pamphlet for Lincoln Road Mall and it struck me as amusing, I really don't know why! It was a true statement, I just found it funny ! Lincoln Road Mall is an attractive pedestrian mall which is a mix of stores,cafes,fountains,galleries and restaurants. Many of the stores are the same as you will see in every other shopping mall in the US ( for example Victoria's Secret, The Gap etc) , but there are some independent shops as well. I wouldn't call this a "must see" , but it is worth a stroll through.
Collins Avenue. If you are looking for a concentration of designer stores such as Armani,Ralph Lauren,Versace and Benetton go the the southern part of Collins Street
Sprinkled along Washington Avenue are some cool boutiques with funky clothes. I loved the dresses there. It was just window shopping for me. I really wanted to buy one, but being from a small city, probably the only place I would have the chance to wear one of these dresses would be while I was there in South Beach.
What to buy: Clothing and swimwear. You will go to the beach frequently while you are here. If you want to buy some new beach
wear, you will not have to look far. There are shops everywhere with a range of selections. From a functional $20 bikini to interesting nonfunctional creations worn only to be seen in. I must admit, the bikini with the silk flower top was awfully darn cute, but with the hit of one wave, it would be gone!
What to pay: What the tag states
Huge complex which went on for miles and miles. Our hotel arranged for the bus private car to pick us up from the hotel to take us the 1 hour journey near fort lauderdale.
Bus was aircon which was a godsend.
Spend a good 4 hours speed-shopping, still didn't manage to go to the green zone. Apparently people have been known to spend days there.
Good amount of bargains if you are prepared to look and don't be scared to haggle with some of the bigger stores. Levis were dirt cheap (compared to london prices).
Get a map and plan you day!
You name the high end brand, and they have the store or a store that has it in South Beach. And I thought the plane tickets were expensive...my wife put us in the poor house!
Actually we had a lot of fun shopping in South Beach. The service was either spectacular (for some reason 30year old men ruled) or sucked bad (early 20's women). But we managed to do some damage.
Everything you can want in the highly fashionable SoBe.
What to buy: What not to buy, as my wife would say.
What to pay: too much
Bal Harbor shops is an upscale area featuring Sacks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Fendi, etc. Its where the "ladies who lunch" and the upper crust go to shop. The rest of us like to browse!
What to buy: Designer clothes at Neiman's, shoes at Gucci, purses and Ferragamo, lingerie at La Perla, suits at Brooks Brothers, croissants at the cafe and cookies and chocolates at Kron.
What to pay: If you purchase all of the above, you will spend a great deal
Books & Books it’s a charming little bookstore, located in Lincoln Road. They have a wonderful book selection, including fascinating works about Art Deco architecture. While browsing among the books, you could enjoy a cup of coffee in the terrace.
What to buy: The staff recommendation section includes some of the funniest books I’ve ever seen. I was tempted to buy ’em all ;-)
If you are interested in going mall shopping, I would suggest, depending on your budget and what you are looking for:
Aventura or Dadeland: in both of these you will find department stores such as Burdines, as well as all the franchise stores like Guess, Gap, ZARA, Abercrombie, Victoria's Secret, etc... Aventura is bigger and has more variety though. Aventura is located at 19501 Biscayne Blvd and Dadeland on Kendall Dr (SW 88th St) and US1.
Bal Harbour on the other hand has all the very high end boutiques like Gucci and Hermes. location: 125th Street and Collins
Last but not least, Sawgrass Mills, which is further away near Fort Lauderdale, but is cheaper as it has all the outlets.... located at 12801 West Sunrise Boulevard
One of the world's most popular shopping destinations and Florida's largest retail and entertainment center, Sawgrass Mills features almost 2 miles of more than 400 name brand stores, pushcarts and kiosks with such names as Off 5th-Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Last Call! The Clearance Center from Neiman Marcus, Disney's Character Premiere, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Mikasa Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Calvin Klein Outlet Store, Gap Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and more.
Shopping in Miami usually happens in malls, such as Aventura or Dadeland. It is not like in other places like NYC or Europe where you are able to walk in the streets and wander different boutiques. The only good exception is Collins Avenue on South Beach where you can walk around and shop designer's boutiques as well as all the franchises. If you have time, you can also take the side streets off Collins and wander around Washington but the shops are more sparse.
Coconut Grove also has that but in a much smaller scale.
What to buy: Men's and women's clothing