Just half an hour north of Miami, Pembroke Pines is the southernmost city in Broward County, allowing visitors to experience a quieter and more laid back side of sunny South Florida. The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is just as laid back and is worth a look whether you’re just passing through or hanging around in town for a night or two. This outdoor mall has more than 75 shops and restaurants and will keep you busy with an ever-changing list of events, which include a farmer’s market, trivia nights, and multiple happy hours. If you are thinking about stopping by this shopping plaza, read on for a list of stores and tips that will help you make the most out of your visit.
When to Visit
Open daily, you can visit this open-air mall anytime, but it's best experienced when the weather is nice. Dining there? Opt for a table outside in the cooler months (November through February), when you’re more likely to get hit with a soft breeze than a torrential downpour. It rains a lot in South Florida so visiting this outdoor mall in the summer could get tricky, especially since it tends to rain through the season, sometimes all day long, but especially around midday. Visit in the morning or in the evenings when rain (and intense heat) is less likely to make an appearance or plan for all weather by wearing something light and carrying an umbrella with you.
A $30 or so Uber ride from Miami, it’s almost a straight shot to the Shops at Pembroke Gardens via I-95 North. If you are driving, take the express lanes for a smoother ride with less traffic and hiccups. You also have the option of taking the bus from Miami (Line 109) or the Metro Rail train with a bus transfer. If you’re headed south from someplace like Fort Lauderdale, it’s about the same time and distance as from Miami, but there are a few different route options. The two easiest routes are I-595 W to I-75 South or Florida’s Turnpike South which will put you at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens in just about 30 minutes.
Whether you want candles or sneakers, an athleisure outfit or home decor, this lifestyle shopping center is sure to have you covered. Expect mall classics like Chico's, Yankee Candle, and Sephora along with Barnes & Noble, Lululemon, and Z Gallerie, to name a few. While the mall is currently open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., some stores have differing hours to be sure to verify opening hours.
Dining and Drinking Options
With over 20 restaurant options, the Shops at Pembroke Gardens offers up everything from coffee and frozen yogurt to Latin food and classic offerings like Cheesecake Factory (that brown bread and butter!) and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, with its frozen margaritas and burrito bowls. Have a sweet tooth? Misha’s Cupcakes and Haagen-Dazs both have you covered. Grab a burger, cooked to order, and fix it with your favorite toppings at Fuddrucker’s, catch up with a friend over a cheese plate and a glass—or a bottle—of wine at the Cheese Course or watch a game and cheer on your favorite sports team over a pair of beers at The Pub. RA Sushi Bar has a fun and laid back atmosphere and the menu is endless; delight your palate with Japanese-fusion sushi rolls or a bowl of piping hot ramen. Toast to the good times with a bottle of sake and don’t forget dessert—you don’t have to choose between a sweet mochi ice cream trio or a coconut creme brulee. Why not get both?
Tips for Visitors
- The Shops at Pembroke Gardens often host events including a weekly farmers' market and plenty of happy hours at restaurants. Upcoming events will be posted to the mall's website. Be sure to check before heading out.
- One of the great things about the Shops at Pembroke Gardens is that the mall is always offering up some kind of deal or discount as well as weekly lunch specials. Check the shopping center’s website for the latest, which might include everything from a promo on CBD products at the spa to 40 percent off fine jewelry at Swarovski.