Miami's well known for sunny weather, beautiful people, and fabulous shopping experiences. If you are looking to spend some cash while in the Magic City, here are the best places to splurge, save a few bucks, or just window shop.
The Dolphin Mall, located just west of Miami International Airport, offers shoppers over 200 retail outlets, name-brand discount stores, and fast fashion favorites like Forever 21. Popular stores and outlets include Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall's, Saks OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Old Navy.
There is also a 19 screen movie theater, and four dining options on site. Guests can enjoy sushi and handcrafted cocktails at Kona Grill, Italian favorites at Brio Tuscan Grille, Argentinean delights at Milanezza, and American classics alongside a bustling arcade at Dave & Busters.
Every Sunday, year-round, shoppers can also visit the outdoor farmer's market that features over 25 vendors selling locally-grown produce, bakery items, fresh flowers, plants, and more.
Dolphin Mall has also partnered with Grayline Shuttle Service to offer easy and affordable transportation to the mall from the Miami International Airport, Miami Beach, and select hotels in Downtown Miami.
If you are looking for some high-class shopping, few places in the world compare to Bal Harbour Shops. This gorgeous, outdoor mall is located on Collins Avenue in the wealthy suburb of Bal Harbour.
Stores include high-end designers such as Louis Vuitton, Versace, Gucci, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Tom Ford, Valentino, Tory Burch, Celine, Prada, Stella Mccartney, and Oscar de la Renta, world-famous jewelry stores like Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef & Arpels, Rolex, Harry Winston, and Chopard, as well as classic department store favorites Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus and luxury intimates shops like Wolford, La Perla, and Agent Provocateur.
Hungry shoppers can snack on Parisian-style macarons at Lauduree, or sit down for something more substantial at one of the on-site restaurants, including Carpaccio, Le Zoo, Makoto, Santa Fe News & Espresso, The Grill at Bal Harbour, and Zodiac at Neiman Marcus.
While not quite as high end as Bal Harbour Shops, the Aventura Mall still caters to lovers of luxury goods, as well as more budget-conscious shoppers. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Macy’s, Aventura Mall boasts more than 300 specialty stores, including including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, COS, MCM, Tag Heuer, Christian Louboutin, Calvin Klein, Lacoste, and Fendi, and more affordable options like Zara, Topshop Topman, H&M, Adidas, Banana Republic, Aldo, and Ann Taylor.
Aventura Mall is also home to practical amenities including a full-service Equinox fitness center, Avis car rental, Apple store, AT&T store, movie theater, and several restaurants.
Whether you're looking for a sweet treat at Haagen Dazs, fresh seafood dishes at My Ceviche, a burger and fries at Shake Shack, or even a lobster roll, the Treats Food Hall has it all. You can also enjoy an elegant sit-down meal at Serafina Miami, Sushi Siam, CVI.CHE 105, or Tap 42 Kitchen & Bar.
Unique to Aventura Mall is a contemporary art collection that includes sculptures and installations crafted by local artists as well as pieces commissioned by artists from all around the globe.
Located about 15 miles south of Miami in Dade County, the Dadeland Mall has around 200 retail stores and restaurants. It is a nice way to escape the city for a few hours, and since it's conveniently located right next to the Dadeland North Metrorail station, you don't even need a car to visit.
Dadeland Mall's stores include Michael Kors, Macy's, Lush, Louis Vuitton, J Crew, Henri Bendel, Gap, Free People, Coach, Bath & Body Works, Aldo, New York & Company, Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, NYX, Alex and Ani, Cotton On, the Disney Store, Foot Locker, GNC, Nordstrom, and many more mid-range retailers.
Enjoy a live chef presentation at Aoki Teppanyaki classic American fare at Bobby's Burger Palace, The Cheesecake Factory, and Earls Kitchen + Bar, or South American fusion cuisine at Texas de Brazil.
The Falls is also located in Dade County and is an open-air shopping mall. Containing 100 upscale stores anchored by Macy's and Bloomingdale's, a movie theater, and plenty of dining options, you will no doubt find what you're looking for.
Notable stores include the American Girl store which also has an in-store doll hair salon, as well as a bistro where people and their dolls can dine, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Columbia, Pandora, Sephora, Charming Charlie, Talbot's, Williams Sonoma, Chico's, Victoria's Secret, White House Black Market, Swarovski Crystal, and Origins.
You can also satisfy your craving for caffeine at Starbucks, grab an Asian-fusion dish at P.F. Chang's, dine on fresh fish at Sokai Peruvian & Sushi Bar, or even do a week's worth of grocery shopping at The Fresh Market.
Famous for its factory outlet stores, Sawgrass Mills Mall offers great bargains and outstanding dining opportunities. It's located in Broward County just about 30 minutes north of Miami. There is also a movie theater showing IMAX films, and an arcade to entertain your little ones.
Save on your favorite brands including 7 for All Mankind, Armani Exchange, DKNY, Converse, Ann Taylor, Barney's New York, Calvin Klein, BCBG Max Azria, Samsonite, Ugg, Stuart Weitzman, Vince, Theory, Hugo Boss, Versace, Kate Spade, Superdry, Bose, Saint Laurent, Brooks Brothers, Tommy Bahama, Tory Burch, and more.
When you've had your fill of shopping, fill up on Italy's answer to ice cream at Bertoni Gelato Caffe, grab a pretzel at Auntie Anne's, or go for something a little more upscale at Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar.
Lincoln Road Mall
Arguably Miami's most well-known shopping center, the Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach is full of stores, boutiques, art galleries, and museums. Nearly the entire area of this open-air mall is closed to automobile traffic, making it a great place to stroll and people watch.
You'll find Urban Outfitters, Madewell, Steve Madden, Melissa Shoes, Scotch & Soda, Nike, Lacoste, Forever 21, Adidas by Stella McCartney, BCBG Max Azria, Anthropologie, Ted Baker, Zara, Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle, Zadig & Voltaire, Lululemon Athletica, and more.
There are over 50 eateries in this 10-block stretch, so it is a true diner's paradise. These restaurants include Sushi Samba, Yard House, Mr. Bing, Pizza Rustica, Meat Market, Yuca, La Provence South Beach, Lokum Mediterranean Grill, Nexxt Café, and Rosa Mexicano.
There are also a few breweries and hookah lounges like D’Vine Hookah Lounge, Hofbrau Beerhall, and The Abbey Brewing Co.
In the heart of Coconut Grove lies this beautiful outdoor shopping complex. From shopping to seeing a movie, to enjoying nightly entertainment in the Courtyard, you can make a whole day of exploring the Cocowalk.
Stores include Coco Cigars, Gap, Maui Nix Surf, Coco Sun, Sportive, Victoria’s Secret, and 305 Wireless & Accessories.
There is also a 15-screen luxury movie theater that serves wine and beers, as well as small-plates and desserts. You can also grab a bite at Duffy’s Sports Grill of Coconut Grove, Inc., Hong Kong Café, Fat Tuesday, the Cheesecake Factory, or Bice Bistro.
Located right on the waterfront, Bayside Marketplace offers a variety of shops, restaurant and entertainment options just steps away from downtown Miami.
Shop for everything you need at stores like Express, Foot Locker, Sketchers, Sunglass Hut, Toy Factory, Harley Davidson, Miami Jet Ski, Magic Hut, M & R Sweet Candy Store, Guess, Havana Nines, GNC, Claire's, the Disney Store, Bath & Body Works, Baby Gap, and more.
Dine at casual spots like the Hardrock Cafe, Hooters, Bavaria Haus Beerhall, Pizza Pizza, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Chili's, and more.
Miracle Mile is one of the Miami area's most beautiful shopping locations. There are over 150 shops and 40 gourmet restaurants, all within a short walking distance of each other.
These shops include a wide range of bridal boutiques, kitchen and appliance stores, men's apparel shops, jewelry stores, hair salons, spas, and more. Alessa's Bridal, Daisy Tarsi, Emporium, La Cuisine Appliances, Klein Jewelers, Twinkle Twinkle, are among the favorites, and many brides-to-be come to the Miracle Mile not only to shop but order wedding invitations, get a dress fitting, and enjoy a full day of pampering at one of the salons and spas.
If you're looking for a one-stop-shop, check out the Wal-Mart locations in the area.