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Aventura Mall

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By Lori Kahn

Aventura Mall, located in the northern part of Miami, is the second largest shopping center in the United States and has recently undergone a huge $214 million expansion. The new additions include a massive food hall, a new 315,000-square-foot three-level wing, world-renowned art installations and several new world-famous tenants.

The Slide and New Wing

The crown jewel of this incredible expansion has got to be the 93-foot "Aventura Slide Tower," designed by German sculptor Carsten Höller and the Miami firm Permuy Architecture. This massive spiral landmark is not just art, but an actual functioning slide that is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free to those over 44-inches tall. Get ready for a nine-story climb to the top, which will get your heart pumping with anticipation for the inevitable high-speed plunge to the ground so far below.

This beacon to glass and steel is also the entrance to the newly opened wing, which is fronted by an 84-foot glass by 50-foot glass wall topped with an expansive skylight shining sunlight over ground level shoppers. As a glorious finale, there will be a rooftop garden and a 7,000-square-foot VIP lounge available for private events to be completed next year.

The Shops

The mall currently includes a collection of upscale boutiques, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Fendi as well as more than 300 shopper favorites such as Apple, Ted Baker, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. It’s also anchored by Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, JCPenney, Macy's, and AMC Aventura 24 Theatres. In the new wing, you will find such illustrious new tenants as Tesla, British clothier Topshop Topman, a flagship Burberry's and a two-level, 34,000-square-foot Zara.

The Art

This new three-level expansion wing is also accentuated with additions to the “Arts Aventura Mall” program which includes the aforementioned Slide Tower as well as artwork by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone and art-furniture master Wendell Castle. An outdoor splash fountain at the wing's main entrance also showcases bronze sculptures by The Haas Brothers, making this mall one of the most art focused in the country.

The Food

There is also a new and impressive lineup at the revamped Treats Food Hall, which occupies the third floor of the new wing. Included in the illustrious list is Luke’s Lobster, My Ceviche, Shake Shack, Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen, Figs by Todd English, Hank & Harry’s, Poke 305, GOGO Fresh, Sliderz and The Bol. Other restaurants in the wing's outdoor plaza include Genuine Pizza, CVI.CHE 105 and Blue Bottle Coffee. Joining them this spring will also be Tap 42, Pubbelly Sushi, Serafina and Rosetta Bakery.

The Hours

Aventura Mall is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. With so much new to do and see and shop, you will want to come early and spend the whole day.

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