8 Best Shopping Destinations in Miami

There are many considerations that go into home selection. Location is one of the top priorities, and with the location choice, conveniences like schools, churches, public transportation, and markets have to be nearby. Another consideration that people take into consideration is if there are places to shop nearby.

This may be the reason why more people choose to live in cities and towns that have great shopping centers in them. In Miami, there are a few places that fit all of the criteria most people look for in a residential address. If shopping is on the top of your list, you might want to consider these neighborhoods:

1. Aventura

Considered the shopping district of Miami, Aventura houses quite a few malls for you to visit. Aside from the very popular and massive Aventura Mall, there are a few more that you might want to explore here. There is The Village at Gulfstream Park, The Shoppes at the Waterways, Aventura Commons, Promenade Shops, and Town Center Aventura.

There are also a few other shopping destinations nearby, such as Sky Lake Mall and Mall at 163rd Street in North Miami Beach.

2. Coral Gables

Another city in Miami that is considered a great place to live in if you are into shopping is Coral Gables, and this is due in part to the famous Miracle Mile, which is the city center of the area. Also called Downtown Coral Gables, this shopping destination features numerous retail outlets, restaurants, art galleries, cafes, pubs, bookstores, and just about every specialty store you can think of. This area was once developed to become a business park but instead became a mile-long stretch of shopping heaven.

Also within the city’s limits are other shopping areas, like Merrick Park, which is home to numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, and specialty stores.

3. Miami Beach

If partying and shopping are your greatest joys, then Miami Beach is the best place for you. Lincoln Road is considered the go-to place here when you are into retail therapy. This is where you will find the Lincoln Road Mall, which houses a long list of shops, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, art galleries, and designer brand outlets. This is also a great place to people watch, if you are into that thing, since many people walk around this area to window shop or explore.

Other places you can go to in Miami Beach for your shopping needs include The Shops at Fifth and Alton, which is just north of Fifth Avenue, and Washington Avenue, which has boutiques and specialty shops for you to browse through.

4. Coconut Grove

For a truly tropical vibe with a distinct Caribbean flavor, the neighborhood of Coconut Grove is where you should go. The shopping malls here are vibrantly colorful and features numerous boutiques, art galleries, vintage clothing shops, antique stores, and gift shops. The two shopping malls that you can visit here are actually standing beside each other, and these are the famous Coco Walk and Shoppes at Mayfair in the Grove.

There are also many small retail outlets that dot this landscape, and most of these are either mom-and-pop stores with special items for sale, florists, bridal shops, and combination outlets that sell books, vintage clothing, and coffee in one shop.

5. Design District

If you are into unique fashion trends and up-and-coming designer labels, then the Design District is your best bet for this. Numerous boutiques can be found scattered here, from Wynwood to Beverly Terrace, and from Edgewater to the border of Allapattah. From chic modern outfits to bohemian style clothing to vintage apparel, this area of Miami has it all.

There are also malls that you can visit here, like the Shops at Midtown Miami, and small popular stores, like the MIMO Market.

6. Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami is not known as a great place for shoppers since it is considered the business hub of the area, but if you explore it, you will find some gems in the CBD when it comes to retail enjoyment. There is the ever popular Bayside Marketplace, which is located right next door to the American Airlines Arena, which houses restaurants, mainstream clothing brands, and other shops.

Also found in Downtown Miami is every jewelry lover’s dream destination, the Jewelry District, which has lots of fine baubles on sale. Still in the area are department stores like Marshalls, designer clothing shops, discount clothing outlets, and shoe stores.

7. Pinecrest

While many perceive Pinecrest as a quiet yet opulent community far removed from the crazy and hectic pulse of city life, it is still a neighborhood that enjoys shopping. And this is evidenced by the numerous shopping centers found here. These include The Falls, Dadeland Mall, Colonial Palms Plaza, and Koko & Palenki.

The area is also dotted with boutiques and specialty stores along the Pinecrest Parkway, which include furniture stores, women’s clothing stores, spiritual new age shops, and fast food joints.

8. Bal Harbour

For luxury items and designer labels, everyone in Miami knows that the place to head for is the famous Bal Harbour Shops. Designer brands like Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Yves St. Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, and Versace are all found here. Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior, Saks Fifth Avenue, and even Harry Winston have shops here too.

If you want a less extravagant shopping experience in the same area, the Surfside Plaza which is just south of the opulent Bal Harbour Mall, is where you should go. Bargain shoes, salons, coffee shops, and reasonably priced clothing can all be found here.