Courtesy of: Claudia Abma, Head Concierge at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach
If there’s one thing Miami does not lack, it’s the opportunity to shop til you drop. With amazing designer stores and outlet malls that stretch for miles, this is a true shopper’s paradise. Claudia Abma, Head Concierge at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, will guide you through all of the neighborhoods, shopping districts, and malls that this city has to offer, giving you the most “bang for your buck.” On your Miami shopping excursion, let no sales rack be unturned or luxury boutique left behind!
Day One: Unparalleled High End Shopping
Morning – Bal Harbour Shops
For high-end designer shopping, few places in the world compare to Bal Harbour Shops. There are over 100 luxury retailers, such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in a tranquil, open-air setting. You’ll find luxury apparel at the likes of Prada, Dior, and Chanel. For the shoe obsessed, ogle over the collections at Jimmy Choo, Sergio Rossi, and Giuseppe Zanotti. If bling is your thing, then Bulgari, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. will not disappoint.
Burberry, in particular, offers an incredible personal shopping experience. If you have a specific item in mind that’s not in the store or on the market, they will have it made custom for you—amazing!
The Shops feature eight restaurants with everything from the upscale La Goulue French bistro to casual dining experiences like Santa Fe News & Espresso. My personal favorite is Carpaccio. Their pastas are delicious and it’s been there forever!
Afternoon – Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Miracle Mile is one of the toniest shopping districts in Miami with over 170 upscale shops and 40 gourmet restaurants all within walking distance. I love the boutiques dotting the Mile and can literally spend hours wandering from store to store. Some must-see shops include Acqua and Curves ‘N Waves for great swimwear finds. If you get hungry on your trek, consider John Martin’s Irish Pub, Café con Leche, or Rocks on the Mile for a bite.
Evening – Shop the Fontainebleau
Head to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach to splurge at our collection of shops and luxury boutiques. At Ida and Harry, find the perfect designer outfit for a night on the town in South Beach. Aquamarine offers fashions for lounging poolside while Bleau Signature has both vintage and new items related to the resort’s rich history.
Now, it’s time for a luxurious late night dinner at one of our signature restaurants: Gotham Steak, Scarpetta, or Hakkasan. Your concierge will be happy to assist you with reservations.
Day Two: Outlet Mall Shopping
Dolphin Mall is Miami’s mega-outlet mall, located just a couple miles from Miami International Airport directly off the Florida Turnpike. Shop at stores including Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Michael Kors, Coach Outlet, Kenneth Cole Outlet Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, and Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store.
If you’ve got kids in tow, let them blow off steam at Dave & Buster's game room. For an adults only evening, enjoy the movie/dining experience at CineBistro, where you can enjoy cocktails, wines and a menu of savory appetizers, entrees, and desserts during the movie. Fine dining options at Dolphin Mall include P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, and Taverna Opa for Greek food and entertainment. There’s live music on Ramblas Plaza every Friday and Saturday night. Dolphin Mall also has a Shuttle Bus Service which transports tourists to the mall from select hotels in the Miami International Airport area, Downtown Miami, and Miami Beach area for $10 round trip.
Day Three: Only in Miami
Morning – Lincoln Road, South Beach
Full of stores, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, seven of Lincoln Road’s ten blocks are closed to traffic, making this the perfect place for a morning stroll. Always bustling, the unique atmosphere lends itself to some interesting people watching. You never know exactly what you’re going to see.
Afternoon – Bayside Marketplace, Downtown
Located right on the water, Bayside Marketplace offers a variety of shops, restaurant and entertainment options. Take in the sights and sounds of Biscayne Bay while you browse stores such as Bath & Body Works, Express, and Victoria's Secret. Opt for a quick lunch at the food court.
Evening - CocoWalk, Coconut Grove
In the heart of Coconut Grove, CocoWalk is an open-air shopping district with a variety of specialty stores. End your day of shopping here, and when the sun sets enjoy a quiet dinner and drinks at a sidewalk café.
Day Four: It’s a Mall World
There are tons of shopping malls all over the Greater Miami area. Dedicate a day to exploring one with all of the shops, restaurants, and entertainment options on hand. The Falls is an open-air shopping mall perfect for the whole family. Aventura Mall is one of the upscale options around town. Another great option is Dadeland Mall in South Miami.
At the end of any day of shopping, a retreat to Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau is a fabulous idea to relax and recharge. You don’t even have to book a treatment to enjoy the spa’s expansive water lounges. On the other hand, the reflexology massage would be an ideal massage for pampering tired feet and muscles.