Miami Shopping For The Gay Shopaholic

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By: Gino R. Campodónico

Miami has everything you need to shop ‘til you drop, with a number of stores that appeal to the LGBTQ+ traveler and every type of budget and taste.

From Haute Fashion to Campy Fun on South Beach

During the 90s, South Beach reigned as the "It" place for all things fashion. Gianni Versace ruled; while Christy, Naomi, Linda and Cindy made Ocean Drive their catwalk. Today South Beach's fashion sense continues to soar as a source of inspiration for many designer collections.

The Alchemist on Lincoln Road by Kevin Sprague
The Alchemist on Lincoln Road by Kevin Sprague

Lincoln Road Mall, a few blocks off the beach, is a world-famous entertainment promenade in the heart of South Beach. You definitely don't want to miss Lincoln Road's Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Building carrying hotspots including Babalu Miami, Y-3, Taschen, Osklen and Alchemist – 1111's crown jewel specializing in high-end couture such as Alaïa and Givenchy. It’s worth a visit just to experience the dramatic glass-and-steel space with stunning views of Miami Beach!

Love thrifting? Then plan a visit to Lincoln Road’s seasonal Antique and Collectibles market, which is open on select Sundays from October through May. The flea market features close to 100 local vendors selling funky clothes, jewelry, furnishings, old magazines, comic books and other collectibles.

On Collins Avenue, you’ll find well-known brands such as Zara, MAC, Club Monaco, SEPHORA and Armani Exchange, but do not miss The Webster. Housed in a gorgeous, historic Art Deco building, The Webster is a three-level boutique devoted to men and women’s luxury, ready-to-wear items made by fashion’s biggest names. You will want to visit these fabulous fashion spots to find your next runway ready garb - especially if the runway is the line into Twist.

In a sharp contrast, Washington Avenue is the perfect place to pick up those delightfully tacky souvenirs. Beatnix, a hidden treasure, is a drag paradise, carrying outlandish costume wear, trendy club gear, wigs, wearable art and more.

Wynwood Walls in Wynwood
Wynwood Walls in Wynwood

The Wynwood district is home to Miami’s art scene, best known for its iconic colorful murals by renowned street artists from around the world. In addition to the murals, the area is also full of restaurants, lounges and of course, stylish stores. After you’re done admiring the works of prominent artists such as Kenny Scharf, Retna and Shepard Fairey, leave some time to peruse the array of small boutiques and concept stores specializing in design and lifestyle goods.

The flagship Base store stocks creative apparel, albums, books, scents and other gifts. This hip spot carries brands like Herschel Supply Co., Boy Smells, Comme Des Garçons, Kidrobot and more. Basico and OFY are two lifestyle boutiques in the area known for their trendy fashions, shoes and sunglasses from around the globe.

The Wynwood Shop is a creative, highly-curated space with hand-picked local brands that span fashion, home decor and accessories, making for the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and gifts for people back home. For the best in Latin American fashion design, don’t miss Boho Hunter. If you’re looking for fair-trade and upcycled fashion, visit Nomad Tribe, a socially-conscious store showcasing a global array of items for both men and women.

Located just outside of Wynwood in Midtown Miami is Creative Male, a men's apparel store. Creative Male is a unique boutique store offering a tremendous selection and range of products from clothing, novelty tees, men's jewelry and even personal lubricants. A few blocks away is Out of the Closet, a one-of-a-kind thrift store selling clothing, books and housewares. All profits go to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation so you won’t feel guilty about all your purchases!

Cartier in the Miami Design District, by Richard Patterson
Cartier in the Miami Design District, by Richard Patterson

Living Luxe in the Miami Design District

Once known only for its home design stores, the Miami Design District has fully transformed into a luxurious destination for shopping reminiscent of Fifth Avenue in New York or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Major fashion houses such as Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Fendi, Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tom Ford, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Versace should take care of all your high-fashion looks. Need a little sparkle to go with that new outfit? Cartier, Harry Winston, Tag Heuer, Rolex and Tiffany & Co. are ideal shops for a fabulous jewelry piece or watch. For edgier pieces, Lower East Coast is a go-to shop for coveted streetwear brands like Stray Rats, Delicate Porcelain, The Good Company and Days. Unique items can be found at Gelareh Mizrahi which specializes in whimsical, colorful handbags and accessories, while newcomer SIMONETT, founded by Miami-based designer Simonett Pereira, offers beautifully crafted garments defined by fluidity.

Museum Garage
Museum Garage

In addition to the incredible fashion, make sure to check out the interior design of the shops themselves (which are just as eye-catching) along with the various sculptures, art installations and murals found throughout the Miami Design District’s Palm Court, Jungle Plaza, Museum Garage and iconic Moore Building.

Unique Miami Shopping Spree on NE 2nd Avenue

A few blocks away from Miami Design District on NE 2nd Avenue, shoppers will stumble upon an adorable Grecian-inspired lifestyle boutique known as Mrs. Mandolin. Founded by Anastasia Koutsiouki – who also happens to be co-owner of the beloved Mandolin Aegean Bistro – Mrs. Mandolin carries homeware and garments that exude a carefree Mediterranean flair that perfectly complements Miami’s beachy aesthetic. Brands such as Carolina K and Pili Restrepo will up your beach or pool attire with chic swimwear, airy kaftans and sandals. And don’t leave without a classic cuff by Miansai, a Miami-based men’s and women’s jewelry and accessory designer that’s taking the fashion world by storm.

The Citadel
The Citadel

Continue north on NE 2nd Avenue for some more shopping at Upper Buena Vista, a bohemian oasis featuring micro boutiques, homegrown culinary concepts and artisans. More than 20 boutiques surround the outdoor market’s breathtaking 120 year-old banyan tree, but don’t miss The House of Findings, which will immediately draw you in with its quirky collection of vintage clothing, jewelry art, and décor ranging from the 1890s to 1990s. Finish your NE 2nd Avenue adventure at the newly launched Pivot Market. Located inside The Citadel in Miami’s Little River neighborhood, Pivot is the first market in the US to exclusively house brands that have a deep commitment to sustainability.

Bal Harbour Shops
Bal Harbour Shops

Miami Malls as Fashion Hubs

Experienced shoppers will be more than satisfied with a day at one of Miami’s many malls. You can check out one-stop shopping destinations such as Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall or Dolphin Mall to get the most out of your shopping trip. Don't miss out on the luxurious outdoor malls, like Bal Harbour Shops or the Shops at Merrick Park, for high-end pieces or check out the hottest Downtown shopping mecca, Brickell City Centre.

Last Stop

If you have time on your way to Miami International Airport, then make a pit stop in Westchester at La Tiendecita by Martha of Miami to score some of the most Miami souvenirs, tees and accessories ever. Originally launched as an online shop four years ago by Miami native Martha Valdes, the brand’s clever designs, which are hyper-focused on the city’s vibrant Cuban culture, quickly gained huge popularity on Instagram and ultimately led to Valdes opening her first brick-and-mortar store on Bird Road. Shoppers can expect showstopping items boasting funny Miami-centric sayings such as “But First, Cafecito,” “Cuban Bred,” “Hoops as Big as My Dreams,” “Raised on Croquetas,” “Chancleta Power,” and “Tranquilo y Tropical” to name a few. These “Only in Miami” mementos are a great gift to yourself or a friend back home. Either way, it’s a win-win.

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