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. Also of note? Club Monaco to open here the week of Art Basel, too.
1111 Lincoln Road — Inside the uber-cool Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road building you’ll find boutiques like Coltorti Miami, Babalu, Adidas, Juicy Couture, Osklen, 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.
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, high-brow boutiques, art galleries and gourmet restaurants galore. During this year's Art Basel, a spate of new store openings from IWC Watches, Chrome Hearts, Bulgari, Miu Miu and Omega Watches are in order.
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. 32 N.E. 39th Street, 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.
En Avance — Locally loved, En Avance offers a cool mix of clothing, accessories and home goods for both men and women. Off-the-beaten-path designers such No. 21, MSGM, Protagonist, Sofie D'hoore, Sacai, Marques Almeida, Anjuna, as well as exquisite fine jewelry from Irene Neuwirth, Rosa Maria and Ek Thongprasert make this shop's edit a thoughtful one. 53 N.E. 40th Street, Design District; (305) 576-0056.
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, Ross and West Elm.
Alessandra Gold Concept Store: Sneaker heads, this is the shop for you. Local shoe designer Alessandra Gold creates her own collection of kicks called Kruzin which are wearable works of art. Every Art Basel, she teams up with various artists for one-of-a-kind collaborations. 3226 N. Miami Ave., Miami; (786) 518-3357.
Romona La Rue: Think easy, breezy dresses in whimsical prints — perfect for Miami's climate. This local designer's women's collection comprised of dresses, tops and pants has feminine and flirty on lockdown. 3400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; (786) 360-4126.
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 — 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. Support our local artists and pop in for a visit. 561 NW 32nd Street, Miami; (305) 576-2828.
Del Toro Shoes: All the cool kids wear Del Toro slippers and now you can see what all the fuss is about compliments of the shoe label’s first brick-and-mortar shop located in Wynwood. Peruse the expertly crafted collection of men's and women's customizable loafers, sneakers, wigntips, chukkas and drivers which boast a celebrity following. 2750 N.W. 3rd Ave., Wynwood; (305) 571-8230.
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.
MVM — This women's boutique offers modern, fresh clothing and accessories that fuse everyday essentials with Miami's culture of all-things chic. Designers such as Smythe, Mother, Elizabeth and James, Derek Lam 10 Crosby, Torn by Ronny Kobo and more are in store. 175 N.W. 23rd Street, Wynwood; (305) 573-4885.