Miami: An Unexpected Shopping Wonderland

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In Miami, temptation comes in all forms – each one, more enchanting than the other. For shoppers, this means high-end designer sunglasses, fashion, books, vintage clothing, records, Latin American crafts, gourmet goodies, artwork, and much more – all in one place. You can also find a number of sprawling air-conditioned malls that serve as popular retreats when the weather gets sour. Regardless of where you shop in Miami, you will always be able to find quality restaurant options nearby, as the populace here surprisingly loves both shopping and food equally. Without further ado, here are some of the most popular spots for shopping at this unexpected wonderland. Take a look.

Shopping Miami Beach

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The Miami Beach is as picturesque as it is fascinating. Furthermore, there are a number of shopping rewards that you can collect. Among the crowd favorite areas of shopping explorations in recent times, you have the Sunset Harbour. The spot features several few colorful boutiques along with restaurants serving mind-blowingly great coffee and pastries). Below about 9th Street at the southern end of Collins Ave, you can get a chance to find a mix of midrange chains and indie boutique and like Club Monaco, Steve Madden and the Banana Republic. Located one block over, the Washington Ave also features a variety of stores including surf shops, footwear retailers such as Vans and liquor shops. Lovers of shopping can also find their favorite retreat along Ocean Dr itself, where souvenir, antique stores, and T-shirt shops are available in plenty.

The Lincoln Road Experience

 

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Being an outdoor pedestrian thoroughfare, the Lincoln Road Mall is all about seeing and being seen. Located between Washington Ave and Alton Rd, the Lincoln feels more like a runway and less like a road, most of the times. Its origin date back to the time when the father of Miami Beach, Carl Fisher envisioned it as a Fifth Ave of the South. Furthermore, many parts of the mall are designed by Morris Lapidus, who was also one of the founders of the neo-baroque, loopy Miami Beach style. No wonder, the characteristic shady overhangs, traffic barriers that resemble giant marbles and waterfall structures are all aspects that come together to elevate the Lincoln Road experience to epic proportions.

The Design District & Wynwood

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On the mainland, here in Miami, you can more than a few exciting shopping destinations. Wynwood has some of the most alluring collections of indie designers, along with galleries and crafty stores that sell unique items such as hand-blown vases, stationery, and Detroit-made watches at competitive prices. If you are one of those who craves for high-end everything, be it clothing, artwork, accessories or even baked goods, you can explore the neighboring Design District to find what you were looking for.

Other Prominent Shopping Strips

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The Downtown area in Miami, which are once regarded as desolate, features a few pioneering stores opening up shortly. In future, a number of condos and hotels are slated to don the skyline here in this beach city. Alongside, the area of Brickell, lying just south of the Miami River, is also becoming the new nexus for high-end retailers. The spot features the Brickell City Centre (its luxury shopping mall) along with dozens of couture labels, drinking and dining options spread around three blocks in the city. Further out, you can also explore Little Havana, which is popular for it’s cigar and rum stores, Latin American handicrafts, and clothing (guayaberas!) retailers.

 

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