Aventura Mall: Aventura Mall - everything under one roof
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
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CVS: Anything you need or may have forgotten
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.
Men's Clothing Store: Shopping for Ferni's shirt
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.
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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.
Bal Harbour Shops: Exclusive shops in a great ambiance
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
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Aventura Mall: Go on adventure in ...............
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.
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Bal Harbour Shops: Outdoor Shopping Mall
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
Bayside Marketplace: Great waterfront shopping and relaxing
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.
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Lincoln Road Mall, Collins Ave, Washington Ave: "Tan While You Shop"
"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
Collins Avenue: Clothing Boutiques
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
Aventura, Dadeland, Bal Harbour, and Sawgrass: Mall Shopping
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
Books & Books: Books and more books
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 ;-)
Hard Rock Cafe: Bayside Market
Visit at the Hard Rock Cafe of Bayside Market in Downtown Miami to complete our collection of T shirts.
- Mon to Thu : 10AM-10PM
- Fri & Sat : until 11PM
- Sun : 11AM to 9PM
What to pay: The things sold in Bayside Market are rather expensive.
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In general: Shopping in Miami
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)
The Falls Shopping Center: Let's go shopping!!
There is a mall a few minutes out of miami beach that has an open roof and a little waterfall going trhough it.. nice stores too!
Ask the locals, I'm sure they'll know..but do try and go!
What to buy: Tons of clothes for fairly cheap!
Lincoln Road Mall: Lazy Days of 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.
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