Miamians dress to impress, whether they’re donning an itty-bitty bikini for a day at the beach, or a chic black number for a night of dinner and dancing. It seems there is a department store or boutique on every corner, but with so much selection, it can be hard know where to start. Take the guesswork out of the equation and indulge your inner fashionista at the four best malls in Miami.
Bal Harbour Shops
Bal Harbour Shops is the crème de la crème of malls in Miami. This tranquil outdoor shopping paradise boasts top luxury brands like Saint Laurent, Chanel, Fendi, and Valentino. Its high-end repertoire caters to the rich and famous from around the world. Browse the exquisite selection of runway collections and fine jewelry. As you walk by the tropical plants, trickling koi ponds, and charming fountains, it feels as though you’re walking through a botanical garden rather than a shopping mall. Bal Harbour Shops offers a truly indulgent shopping experience without ever feeling overly commercial or crowded. The open breezy walkways allow for plenty of space to cruise the whimsical window displays for the latest fashion trends and newest styles.
Lincoln Road Mall
With a wide selection of big-name stores, sidewalk cafes, and lux fashion boutiques, Lincoln Road Mall is South Beach’s premiere shopping and dining promenade. Stretching east to west from Washington Avenue to Alton Road, this pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare is perfect for a day of open-air shopping. With shops like Lululemon, Zadig & Voltaire, Gap, and Zara, Lincoln Road Mall caters to every taste. After a morning on the beach, slip on a cover-up for a casual lunch at a sidewalk cafe before browsing Lincoln Road to find the perfect outfit for dinner—then, in true South Beach style, head back to the beach and repeat.
Village of Merrick Park
Situated in beautiful Coral Gables, the Village of Merrick Park is undoubtedly one of the most elegant malls in Miami. Anchor stores Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are perfectly complemented by an assortment of brands like Burberry, Furla, J. Crew, and Jimmy Choo. The Village of Merrick Park features three levels of open-air retail space, complete with a sunny landscaped ground-level courtyard adorned with a large fountain, peacock sculptures, and meandering walking paths lined with rows of royal palms. Celebrate your shopping day at the upscale-casual Yard House by ordering a pepper crusted Gorgonzola burger with a side of truffle fries to accompany your glass of craft IPA or classic mojito.
With premiere department stores, the upscale Aventura Mall is a shopper’s dream come true. When you walk into this largest conventional shopping mall in Florida (and third largest shopping center in the United States) you immediately realize you’re spoiled for choice. Three floors of retail space offer everything from Italian men’s suits and designer stilettos to imported perfumes and popular children’s toys. For the watch aficionado in your life, head into Jaeger-Lecoultre for unique Swiss-made timepieces whose faces reveal the intricate cogs and gears that make them tick. Plan to spend a good portion of the day here finding the perfect summer wardrobe—the sheer number of stores is no easy feat to tackle, but there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and comfy seating areas to help you refuel. And the skylights, fountains, and a feeling of airiness help create a pleasant shopping experience.