By: Kara Franker
What to do on Lincoln Road.
There’s little that compares to a day on Lincoln Road. Perfect for shopping, dining and people-watching alike, this open-plan, miles-long outdoor mall is built for pedestrians only. Wake up early for a cup of coffee at one of its casual cafés and spend the day strolling in and out of trendy restaurants, boutiques and fine art galleries. With awe-inspiring window displays and street performers sure to catch your attention, a day on Lincoln Road is a day well spent.
Where to Shop
When it comes to shopping, there’s nowhere on Miami Beach you want to be other than Lincoln Road. The promenade is lined with everything from food stands and restaurants, to local vendors and big-name designers. Stroll from Washington Avenue to Alton Road, and peruse the handcrafted jewelry, origami and homemade wares strewn on card tables or dotting textiles laid out on the ground. Go on a weekend, and you’ll see food market stands selling everything from local produce and homemade salsas, to organic spices, cold-pressed juices, bakery treats and more.
And of course, Lincoln Road is home to a wide variety of name brand stores. From giant, multi-level shops like H&M and Forever 21, to brands like J. Crew, Lacoste, Madewell, Scotch & Soda and John Varvatos, this verified shopping street has something for everyone.
There are also shops like Books & Books– an independent bookstore that doubles as a café – your neighborhood Apple store, and even a Romero Britto gallery, celebrating one of Miami’s most popular hometown artists.
Where to Eat
Lincoln Road has no shortage of places to grab lunch, dinner, an afternoon cup of coffee, a casual drink or even a fancy dinner. For a coffee with a side of people-watching, choose from more than a dozen cups of perfectly-made java at Nespresso, or hop over to Books & Books and pick up a good book to read while you sip.
For a nice lunch or dinner, try Meat Market. Sit back in an intimate ambiance, sip on a good vintage, munch on bites from the haute crudo bar, and for a real treat, order the fried lobster mac & cheese burger: a certified Angus chuck and short rib patty topped with Applewood smoked bacon and gouda cheese.
At SushiSamba Miami Beach, get a taste of Japan, Brazil and Peru with its drink, sushi, sashimi, and small and large plate menus of inventive favorites like tiger shrimp tempura, local pork belly confit, Japanese Wagyu, pisco sours, Sake cocktails and more.
Head to Haven for electric vibes, a good social scene, tasty food and artistic cocktails like the “GuaVa”– a mix of botanist gin, lime, basil, and of course, guava nectar. To pair those quality drinks with stunning views, hit Juvia. Located on top of a parking garage, this terrace bar-restaurant boasts sexy patrons, top-notch drinks, and some of the best views the Magic City has to offer.
What to Do
The best thing to do on Lincoln Road is shopping and eating, but if that’s not your thing, take advantage of its iconic architecture and nightlife.
In terms of architecture, few are more impressive than the 1111 Building. Home to Juvia, this is a towering, open-style parking garage that actually looks more like a spaceship than a car park. It’s across the way from a movie theater, boasts gorgeous Japanese-style fountains and gardens, and was designed by none other than the prestigious Herzog & de Meuron architecture firm.
Just down the street, iconic Art Deco buildings have been transformed into modern-day stores and bars. The Colony Theatre, for example, was once home to Paramount Pictures in the 1930s; and today, it puts on music, dance, opera, comedy, and film shows in its now-refurbished venues. The Lincoln Theatre now houses a multi-level H&M store, and even in Lincoln Road’s more modern storefronts, remnants of Miami Beach’s architectural past still exist.
The nightlife on Lincoln Road offers a little something for everyone. The Euro-style café, Segafredo, has couches and outdoor tables perfect for a late-night cocktail with close groups of friends – while Haven keeps the electric cocktails coming all night long.
For an authentic nightclub experience, head to SET. Here, you’ll find trendy locals lined up on a red carpet, top DJ’s playing the hottest beats, and Miami’s finest out to have a night to remember.
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