New in town for Art Basel? Bienevenidos a Miami! Sure, the Magic City is home to copious amounts of sun, beaches, hipsters and mojitos — but it also boasts spectacular shopping spots. Here are our top picks:
LINCOLN ROAD: The main shopping and dining vein of Miami Beach, consider Lincoln Road the must-see spot during your jaunt. People watching at this pedestrian-friendly promenade are also a favorite pastime here.
1111 Lincoln Road — Inside the uber-cool Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road building you’ll find boutiques like Coltorti Miami, Babalu, Adidas SLVR, Journelle, Nespresso, Alchemist, MAC Cosmetics, Artsee, Y-3 and more. Each store’s space is easy on the eyes — modern masterpieces, if you will. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
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), Area Ware (artistic objects) and Tsovet (watches) are up for keeps. Be sure to groove to some beats at their renowned music bar. 939 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 531-4982.
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. 1629 Alton Road, Miami Beach; (305) 672-9778.
Madewell — Think of Madewell as J. Crew’s younger, more easygoing sister with a penchant for bumming around the beach. Recently opened on South Beach, the boutique is the brand’s first foray in Florida. 714 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; (305) 534-8079.
DESIGN DISTRICT: This de rigueur area across the pond from Miami Beach is home to design stores, art galleries, gourmet restaurants and unique boutiques galore.
Brownes & Co. — Need a manicure, wax and some beauty booty? Brownes & Co. has got you covered. 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. 87 N.E. 40th St., Design District; (305) 573-5221.
Marni — This Milanese-based company made its debut during Art Basel Miami Beach 2008, which is fitting considering the small corner space is a work of art in its own. Floating stainless steal racks around the store’s perimeters carry dresses, knee-length skirts and tops in Marni’s signature pastel patterns. 3930 N.E. 2nd Ave., Design District; (305) 764-3357.
Tomas Maier — Leave it to the Bottega Veneta creative director to create a lifestyle boutique chockfull of cashmere cover ups, bold bikinis, killer coffee table books and CDs. Upstairs there’s a 1,000 square-foot gallery with rotating exhibits usually featuring photography, too. 170 N.E. 40th St., Design Districti, (305) 576-8383.
Duncan Quinn — For the expertly tailored suit — natty men hit this London-born designer’s store. Clients will discover collar stays, croquet shirts, cufflinks, hanks, helmets, scarves, shirts, socks, ties, tees, umbrellas and sunglasses. Bespoke pieces are also in store. The Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., #102, Design District; (305) 671-3820.
MIDTOWN: Neighboring the Design District, there’s Midtown Miami located between 29th and 36th Streets. The urban oasis is brimming with boutiques, cafes, lounges and big chains like Target, Marshall’s, Loehmann’s and West Elm.
Cherry Bomb — This shop is chockfull of contemporary clothing, swimwear, handbags, jewelry, shoes and even candles. Scoop up labels such as Joie, Myne, Alice + Olivia, J Brand, BB Dakota, Dolce Vita, Indah, J.J. Winters, Sabina NY, Gemma, Aaron Ashe, Splendid, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Ella Moss, Ark & Co, J and Ali Ro. 3101 North Miami Avenue, #120, Miami; (305) 573-1170.
Dog Bar — Got a four-legged friend? Then this is the shop for you. Dog Bar has got anything and everything could imagine (holistic dog foods and treats! Collars! T-shirts! Dog travel totes! Beds!) for Fido. 3301 N.E. First Avenue, Miami; (786) 837-0904.
ISA Boutique — With a hip, high-end assortment of women’s clothing and accessories, ISA is every Miami glam gal’s go-to shop. Indie and well-known labels like RaMona La Rue, Claudine Stark, Kai Lani, Bianca Coletti, Torn by Kobo, Sherri Bodell, Bitter, Nikko Poulus, Blank, Bella Dahl, YFB and more are on hand. 3400 North Miami Avenue, Miami; (786) 558-8027.
WYNWOOD: Locals tout Wynwood as “The Art District” and reasonably so. Located on the fringes of the Design District and Midtown, it’s home to over 70 galleries and is peppered with hip shops.
Bakehouse Art Complex — Now in its 25th year as a non-profit, the BAC in Wynwood Arts District is dedicated to attracting emerging and mid-career artists in South Florida to a workplace that provides affordable studios, exhibition galleries and professional development opportunities. 561 NW 32nd Street, Miami; (305) 576-2828.
GAB Studio’s Ground Up Collective — Located within this photography and art studio, locals adore eco-chic Ground Up Collective boutique. A collaborative platform for Miami-based organizations, artists, musicians and designers the store is brimming with green and anomalous finds. 105 NW 23 Street, Wynwood; (305) 200-5349.
Plant The Future — Ditch the dozen of roses. In fact, skip the generic flower idea altogether and score points with a Plant the Future living arrangement of succulents, cacti, air plants, orchids, bromeliads and even butterfly cocoons. 2511 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood; (305) 571-7177.