Miami City Guide

By: Heidi Tyline King

Miami Shopping

©2006 Greater Miami CVB You may want to stick to window-shopping atthe haute couture shops of Bal Harbour.

If you set out to visit every shopping venue in the Miami metropolitan area, you might as well move south. No matter where you find yourself, you are never more than 15 minutes from a major shopping area.

Beachy souvenir shops with towels and T-shirts are mixed in with Latino grocers and Cuban clothing stores offering 100 percent cotton Cuban guayaberas shirts. At the other end of the spectrum is tony Bal Harbour, and in between are the traditional shopping malls teeming with department stores, specialty shops and retail chains.


Insider's Guide: The Best of Shopping in Miami

Dolphin Mall (11401 NW 12th St) is a mix of affordable retailers, like Old Navy and Payless ShoeSource, and bargain-basement clearance centers, such as Off 5th from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance. It also houses Guayabera World, a one-stop shop for Cuban apparel. The mall is divided into three sections, including The Playa District for South Beach-inspired casual apparel and housewares, Moda for fashion, and Ramblas for restaurants.

CocoWalk (3015 Grand Ave) is a Mediterranean-style shopping village filled with high-end boutiques, chain stores, colorful shops, and outdoor cafes. Its 38 shops include Banana Republic, Beyond Innovations, Coco Kids and Elegant Accents.

The Falls Shopping Center (8888 SW 136th St) is a scenic outdoor mall with more than 100 upscale and specialty stores like Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Laura Ashley and Williams-Sonoma.

For haute couture, you'll find everything you need to sail aboard the Queen Mary II at the Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Ave), including fine jewelry from Christofle and the latest fashions at Armani.

The Shops at Sunset Place (5701 Sunset Dr, 305-663-0873) is home to some of South Florida's exclusive retail shops like Armani Exchange, Mayors Jewelers and American Eagle Outfitters.

The secret is out: Many leading designers trek to Opa-locka/Hialeah Flea Market (12705 NW 42nd Ave) for one-of-a-kind finds for their latest decorating projects. As one of the largest flea markets in South Florida, the market has 1,200 vendors hawking their wares daily. Everything from painted Aunt Jemima bottles to antiques can be found in this bustling market.

Shop like a local by enjoying Sunday morning at the Farmers Market on Lincoln Road, the perfect pedestrian destination for South Beach bums. Homemade breads, flowers, fresh produce and orchids are some of the locally grown and produced items for sale. If you visit from May to October, you'll have the chance to shop the seasonal Antiques and Collectibles Market, with everything from vintage '60s attire to attractive antiques.

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