The main shopping and dining vein of Miami Beach, consider Lincoln Road the must-see spot during any jaunt to SoBe. People watching at this pedestrian friendly promenade is also a favorite pastime, so be sure to order up a café con leche and chill at one of its many outdoor cafes while recharging your batteries.
Alchemist: Forget bringing home a palm frond-print pareo. Alchemist houses the chicest designer labels — Givenchy, Dior Homme, Rick Owens, Lucien Pellat-Finet and Natalia Brill. Also in store are vintage Chanel jewelry — tres chic. Alchemist, 438 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 531-4653.
Anthropologie: The breathtaking merchandising here alone is reason enough to pop into this shop. Anthropologie boasts an eclectic array of BoHo clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and even home accessories. Anthropologie, 1108 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 695-0775.
Banana Republic: Located inside a former bank, this two-level store carries a vast array of the label’s beloved chinos and shirts. Shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories are also up for grabs at affordable price points. Banana Republic, 1100 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 534-4706.
Base: Tired of the same ol’, same ol’? Then bounce over to Base — the epicenter of all things cool, quirky and hip. Off-the-beaten-path designers such as Miansai (jewelry), Luis Morais (jewelry), Fred Perry (clothing), Rogan (clothing), Nice Collective (clothing) and Tsovet (watches) are up for keeps. Be sure to groove to some beats at their renowned music bar. Base, 939 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 531-4982.
BCBG Max Azria: The largest BCBG Max Azria in the state of Florida, this particular door is one worth popping into. Get your paws on Max Azria’s high-end line of clothes, shoes, handbags, swimwear and more. BCBG Max Azria, 744 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 673-9997.
Brownes Beauty Lounge: This apothecary is best known for luxe beauty booty and services. Up for keeps are get-glam goodies by Darphin, Dr. Hauschka, Liz Earle, Mario Badescu, Acqua di Parma, Jurlique and more. Home items like Diptyque candles and Apothia aromatic diffusers are also on hand. As far as spa services are concerned, Some Like it Hot salon and spa awaits clients on the second floor. Brownes Beauty Lounge, 841 Lincoln Road, Miami Beac; (305) 538-7544.
Books & Books: Bibliophiles can’t get enough of this bookstore. Why? Books & Books is the anti-Borders where intimacy and one-on-one help isn’t a foreign concept. Hard-to-find titles and signing events are always on hand. Order up lunch at their café after browsing — their chicken curry salad and couscous is to die for. Books & Books, 933 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 695-8898.
CB2: Crate and Barrel’s quirky little sister, CB2, recently moved to South Beach. The two-story shop’s opening marks the mod home furnishing brand’s first freestanding store. “CB2 is very Miami — our colors and trends are ideal for South Florida living,” Buyer Raymond Pitt says. Add some fab to your pad in the form of an oversized Countdown Clock ($89.95), acrylic Peekaboo Console Table ($349), funky Keep Calm Rug ($199) or contempo White Round Aluminum Mirrors ($59.95). CB2, 1661 Jefferson Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 672-5155.
Debbie Katz: Debbie Katz’s creations are synonymous with South Beach style — colorful, vibrant and airy. While Katz’s high-quality cotton gauze tunics, dresses and pants are perfect for mustering Miami’s sweltering heat, her designs define Florida living. Just off Lincoln Road, a purchase at this shop will have you dreaming of the ocean and sun every single wear. Debbie Katz, 1629 Alton Road, Miami Beach; (305) 672-9778.
Fly Boutique: Consider Fly Boutique the locals’ favorite vintage shop. The cozy and eclectic store sells new and vintage threads and accessories by Pucci, Gucci, Dior, Chanel and even owner Jean Marie’s line called Puglia. Buzz on over for rare pieces like antique Louis Vuitton luggage and timeless Judith Leiber clutches. Fly Boutique, 650 Lincon Road, Miami Beach; (305) 604-8508.
Genius Jones: Attention all mod mamas and papas: Genius Jones is the place for modern baby goodies. Labels like Bugaboo, Dwell, Eames, Skip Hop, Oeuf and more are in store. Haute mamas adore the cool kiddie clothes here such as True Religion Jeans and L.A.M.B. shoes for tots. Genius Jones, 1661 Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach; (305) 571-2000.
Journelle: Victoria’s Secret, watch your back, there’s a new kid on the block. And her name is Journelle. Lingerie lovers can leaf through Journelle’s collection of everyday bras, comfy chemises and ultra-sexy pieces. Founder Claire Chambers says, “We’re a specialty lingerie store carrying over 50 famous brands from around the world.” Pluck a Timpa duet underwire bra ($33), Elle Macpherson dentelle bra ($65) or Bodas sheer tactel underwire ($72) from the sexy shop. Journelle, 1109 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 672-7770.
Optical Shop of Aspen: With year-round rays, a pair of stunning shades is a must. The Optical Shop of Aspen carries a spate of sunglass designers such as Cartier, Blinde, Carrera, Chrome Hearts, Oliver Peoples and Marc Jacobs. Optical Shop of Aspen, 509 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (786) 276-8003.
Steven Shoes: Consider Steven Shoes the more fabulous older sister of Steve Madden footwear. Everything from strappy sandals to wedge platforms and traditional pumps align the shop. Steven Shoes, 817 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 673-9992.
Y-3: Athletic-wear junkies love this collaborative effort between renowned Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto and the authentic sports brand, Adidas. Curious about the name? Well, the “Y” stands for Yohji Yamamoto and the “3” represents Adidas’ three signature stripes and the hyphen signifies the bond between the two. Scoop up killer duds, dunks and accessories here. Y-3, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach ; (305) 538-9302.