March is #ShopMiami Month! Sponsored by MasterCard Priceless Miami, take advantage of exclusive savings and incentives from participating malls, retailers and marketplaces.
Looking for some fashion tips and style advice? Celebrity stylist and blogger Irma Martinez will be taking over Visit Miami’s Pinterest page providing outfit and style inspirations throughout the month.
On Tuesday March 10, Martinez will host a #ShopMonth Style Chat on @MiamiandBeaches Twitter page from 7-8 p.m. EST where she will answer questions and talk about what’s heating up the fashion scene in Greater Miami and The Beaches.
Get ready to shop till you drop…Miami-style!
Overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay and surrounded by a dramatic downtown cityscape — including the Port of Miami and AmericanAirlines Arena — Bayside Marketplace blends shopping with pleasure as national retailers share space with culturally distinctive merchandise and nonstop entertainment. More than 150 shops include big names like Gap, Wet Seal and Victoria’s Secret, while small carts and kiosks sell local crafts and memorabilia, exotic jewelry, leather goods and gift items from around the world. An open-air plaza invites strolling and relaxing in between purchases, as shoppers take a break from browsing to take in street performances and concerts while enjoying spectacular waterfront views.
The Bayside experience continues even after the shopping ends, though. In addition to a huge Hard Rock Cafe, Bayside offers great seafood, steak and Latin restaurants, along with scores of places to savor a quick café con leche or gelato, or to linger over fruity drinks by the bay. Next, head out under the moonlight aboard one of several sightseeing and party boats departing from Miamarina.
Mary Brickell Village
In Downtown Miami is Mary Brickell Village, whose tree-shaded courtyards are lined with boutiques, restaurants and bars. The serenity can make you forget that Brickell Avenue, the financial capital of Latin America, is just a block away.
Coconut Grove was Miami’s first neighborhood and remains one of its most picturesque — an area of frequent festivals, endless street life, eccentric artists and sophisticated arts. At the heart of “the Grove” is CocoWalk, a multicultural marketplace. This open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination invokes the ambiance of a European town square amid South Florida’s tropical atmosphere, and offers something for everyone.
Unique boutiques nestle between national retail favorites like GAP, Cheesecake Factory, Fat Tuesday, Maui Nix Surf Shop, Edward Beiner Eyewear, and the exclusive First Flight Out, a Pan Am historical exhibit and retail store.
When the sun sets, CocoWalk heats up with live music and art strolls, as well as bars and restaurants for drinks, dining and desserts. Celluloid lovers can also catch a flick in the ultramodern Paragon 13 movie theaters.
Shops at Sunset Place
In the city of South Miami, south of Coconut Grove near the University of Miami, colorful streetscapes point the way to dozens of specialty stores in the Shops at Sunset Place. Spacious piazzas set a soothing tone for shopping, dining, movie-going and martini-sipping. While readers browse in Barnes & Noble, fashionistas can check out the Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters and a host of other stylish shops, or skip shopping in favor of the fun waiting at the Gametime entertainment zone, the AMC Sunset Place 24 with IMAX Theatre, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes & Dinner Lounge.
Village of Merrick Park
In Coral Gables, the Village of Merrick Park is home to 115 leading shops and restaurants that surround a courtyard with tropical gardens and fountains; Juicy Couture, Burberry, CH Carolina Herrera, and Tiffany are among the elegant choices.
Further down US-1, waterfalls and covered walkways complemented by lush flora make The Falls a serene place to shop. Boasting more than 100 shops and restaurants, anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, The Falls is one of the nation’s largest open-air shopping centers, with the first American Girl store in Florida, Apple, Michael Kors, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Build-a-Bear, and Williams-Sonoma among the specialty retailers as well as Regal Cinemas movite theater and The Fresh Market. Brio Tuscan Grille, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Corner Bakery Cafe, T.G.I. Friday’s, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Los Ranchos and other eateries await those who need to build their strength for more shopping.
Ranked as one of the top five highest-grossing malls in the country (in sales per square foot), Aventura Mall in northeastern Miami-Dade County checks in at 2.7 million square feet of retail space, anchored by Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears, along with more than 300 specialty retailers — including the new Louis Vuitton Aventura — as well as a variety of restaurants, a 24-screen movie theater, and the interactive playground Rainbow Valley.
Dadeland Mall near South Miami boasts the largest Macy’s in Florida and the largest The Limited/Express in the United States. Other anchors include Macy’s Home Gallery & Kids, JCPenney, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, while Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Coach, Sephora and Talbots are among the mall’s more than 185 specialty stores.
Bal Harbour Shops
In the stylish village of Bal Harbour, superlative shopping meets tropical sophistication at Bal Harbour Shops whose store directory reads like a Who’s Who of retail royalty — Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren — the list goes on. Frequent fashion events, including designer appearances and charity functions, keep Bal Harbour on the radar of couture, while its sunny ambience and colorful foliage make it a relaxing place to spend the day.
On the flip side of the designer offerings are the money-saving bargains to be found at Dolphin Mall, home of outlets like Calvin Klein Factory Outlet, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store and many others. Meanwhile, Dolphin Mall’s dining options reflect multicultural Miami with choices that include Kobe Japanese Steak & Seafood and Texas de Brazil Churrascaria.
Miami International Mall
A mix of upscale and casual shopping defines Miami International Mall, located right near the airport and offering more than 140 shops along with department-store favorites like Macy’s The Women’s and Kid’s Store, Macy’s Men’s and Home, JCPenney and Sears.
Mall of the Americas
Mall of the Americas is an indoor mall located just 6 miles from Miami International Airport. Many national retailers can be found inside as well as an AMC Theatre with discount matinees Monday to Thursday. The mall’s food court features international cuisine from Cuba, Honduras, Brazil and other countries.