Shopping in Miami
Shopping in Miami abounds with opportunities, with a broad assortment of sophisticated malls to small specialist boutiques. As the city is quite sprawling, it pays to know beforehand which district to head for.
The Miami Design District is a hub for designer fashion from Marni to Louis Vuitton. Miracle Mile in Coral Gables has quality galleries, boutiques and department stores, while the 6.4-hectare (16-acre) waterfront Bayside Marketplace, in downtown Miami, offers an unusual mix of retail shops and local artisan stalls. Other key areas include the funky boutiques of South Beach (most notably the Lincoln Road shopping district), The Gallery at CocoWalk and the exclusive Streets of Mayfair shopping centres in Coconut Grove and the numerous malls scattered about Greater Miami. A stretch of Collins Avenue, between Sixth and Eighth Streets, in South Beach, has a handful of local boutiques and medium-price chain stores like Banana Republic and Urban Outfitters. Ocean Drive is lined with designer shops.
Miami has a plethora of farmers' markets, including Coconut Grove every Saturday between 10am-7pm and Lincoln Road close to Miami Beach every Sunday between 9am-630pm. Both are open year-round.
Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, is one of the most popular malls, featuring Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Sears, JC Penney and over 200 smaller shops. Bal Harbour, 9700 Collins Avenue, is renowned for its high-end designer boutiques, such as Gucci and Tiffany.
Sawgrass Mills, 12801 West Sunrise Boulevard, in Fort Lauderdale, is the world's largest outlet mall with more than 350 discounted brand-name stores.
For chic interiors and objects for the home, nothing surpasses the Miami Design District where high-end décor and furniture shops are open to the public.
Look out for arts, crafts, jewellery, fashion and trendy homeware.
Sales taxes are 7% on all goods - and there is no system for claiming this back. Credit cards are widely accepted.