A Guide to Outdoor Shopping in Miami

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

In Greater Miami & Miami Beach, you don’t have to sacrifice time in the sunshine for retail therapy: Fashionistas can have the best of both worlds. Swaying palm trees, lush grounds and waterfalls, the sun on your face — you can experience it all at these outdoor shopping destinations that offer pretty much any type of store or boutique you’re looking for. Plus, these are all one-stop spots for refueling with food and drinks after setting your credit card on fire.

Bal Harbour Shops

The Bal Harbour Shops located in the swanky village of Bal Harbour boasts 100 luxury retailers with a who’s-who in high fashion like Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Valentino and Balmain, along with an ever-growing roster of brands like Aquazzura luxury footwear, De Beers jewlers and Australian fashion plate Zimmermann. Guests can meander through three floors of boutiques tucked into a lush landscape of palm trees, koi ponds and fountains — and then find a seat at a trendy restaurant such as Carpaccio, Makoto or Le Zoo to watch as a parade of fashionistas strut by. Looking ahead, Bal Harbour Shops is planning an expansion that will nearly double the space and make way for approximately 40 additional luxury boutiques.

Merrick Park
Enjoy upscale options at Shops at Merrick Park

Shops at Merrick Park

The Shops at Merrick Park, in Coral Gables, is another shopping destination where you’ll find upscale stores in a gorgeous outdoor setting. With a central courtyard dotted with soaring water fountains and winding walkways flanked by palm trees, this three-story mall offers nearly 100 high-end stores and restaurants, ranging from big retailers like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom to trendy spots such as Anthropologie, Eberjey and Madewell. You’ll also find several eateries — like the popular sports bar, Yard House — a movie theater and even a fitness center.

Bayside Marketplace

With a prime location near PortMiami, Bayside Marketplace is a lively and colorful waterfront marketplace with stunning views of Biscayne Bay. You might arrive to energetic live music (which will surely boost your shopping mood) to peruse a mix of national retailers along with locally owned spots where you can pick up souvenirs or vacation items like flip flops or a hat. If all that shopping makes you hungry, there are several restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Hard Rock Café, along with local favorites like Segafredo. Our suggestion? Grab a bite to eat and sip a classic mojito by the water.

Lincoln Road Mall
Stroll along the pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road Mall

Lincoln Road Mall

This pedestrian-friendly mall on South Beach should always top your shopping list—the eight-block mecca of shopping, dining and entertainment is constantly bustling with a mix of locals and tourists. It's the ultimate spot for people-watching. Expect mainstream stores that you’d find at an indoor mall like Zara and Forever21 as well as some intriguing locally owned shops. Grab a seat at an al fresco restaurant to catch a constant parade of local characters, street performers and well-dressed dogs, or grab a bite at one of the two food halls.

Española Way

Not too far from Lincoln Road is Española Way, a pedestrian-only street tucked between Washington and Pennsylvania avenues that’s always alive with activity. The cobblestone street is adorned with hanging lights and lined with dreamy Mediterranean-style buildings, along with a few unique specialty stores. Cozy up at sidewalk cafes like the authentic French restaurant, A La Folie Café; or find other spots that offer live music and even flamenco dancers.

The Shops at Midtown Miami

This is the place to mingle with locals running errands or popping in for some shopping and a bite to eat. With more than 40 restaurants and shops like Target, West Elm, HomeGoods, Nordstrom Rack and Marshalls, the open-air mall is always bustling. This shopping destination, which takes up several blocks, cranks up at night as people flock to some of Miami’s best restaurants such as Blackbrick Chinese and Sugarcane.

Village at Gulfstream Park

Betting on fast horses and fast-paced shopping – it’s a win-win. This shopping center is an outdoor maze of major retailers, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, a casino and a world-class horse track. If you’re in the market for household items and furniture, expect trendy stores like West Elm and Crate & Barrel, along with clothing stores and a variety of dining options ranging from Christine Lee's to Texas De Brazil.

Upper Buena Vista

This shopping sanctuary is built around towering trees. While shopping can often be a frantic experience, at Upper Buena Vista, you'll feel as if you’ve escaped to a calming oasis that encourages you to linger. What’s truly different is the small size of the 20-plus shops, appropriately called micro boutiques. You’ll find rare vintage pieces at The House of Findings; a curated selection of beach accessories from Latin America representing Miami’s tropical vibes at P De Palma; and clothing and accessories splashed with inspiring quotes and messages at True Joy.

The Shops at Sunset Place
The Shops at Sunset Place have options for the whole family

The Shops at Sunset Place

Situated in South Miami, consider the Shops at Sunset Place, a one-stop destination for shopping and entertainment where you can roam the expansive piazza to find a store of your liking. Those looking to redecorate their home will find modern furnishings at Z Gallerie; the retro crowd looking to score unique vintage gems should scour Twice Vintage; and teens and tweens will love Forever21 and a host of other stylish shops. When you’re done shopping, check out a movie at the AMC Sunset Place 24 with an IMAX Theatre, or aim for a strike at the upscale bowling alley, Splitsville.

The Falls

One of Miami’s largest open-air shopping centers, The Falls in Kendall is another relaxing spot to browse high-end shops like Aéropostale and kids’ favorites like American Girl. Bring the whole family to stroll the covered walkways flanked by lush tropical foliage and a million-gallon waterscape, as you swipe your credit card at a wonderland of 100 stores and restaurants.

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