Where To Shop In Bal Harbour

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Bal Harbour Shops

Bal Harbour Shops

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Sushi at Makoto

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

The swanky village of Bal Harbour, tucked away on the northern tip of Miami Beach, is the epitome of luxury, and when it comes to shopping, the enclave boasts some of the best thanks to the famous Bal Harbour Shops. This is not your average mall. The open-air shopping center, which sits just across from the Atlantic Ocean, has been around since the 1960s and is still family-owned and operated. The center boasts 100 luxury retailers with a who’s-who in fashion like Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and many more notables. Guests can float around three floors of boutiques tucked in between a lush landscape of plants, palm trees, koi ponds and fountains — who doesn’t need that zen-like vibe when shopping? After soaking in those relaxing vibes, visitors can then find a seat at a trendy restaurant to watch the parade of fashionistas who pull up in fancy cars and are dressed as if they’re walking the runway at a fashion show.

Fashion Forward

Bal Harbour Shops is constantly evolving, including a 241,600-square-foot expansion which will nearly double the space and make way for around 40 additional luxury boutiques. One of the most anticipated names to sign a long-term lease is Barneys New York; the luxury specialty retailer is set to open its first Florida location, along with the iconic Freds at Barneys New York restaurant, in 2023.

A Mix of Old and New

Part of what makes the shopping center so unique is the blend of old and new boutiques with a forever-growing roster of brands like luxury footwear Aquazzura, diamond ring favorite De Beers, contemporary women’s fashion brand Pinko, Italian high-fashion sneaker brand Golden Goose and the Australian fashion plate Zimmermann, which opened its first Florida store in Bal Harbour. With 100 stores, it’s hard to choose just a few, but here’s a short list of the must-shops at Bal Harbour Shops — along with where to dine for a shopping refuel.

Balmain

Bal Harbour Shops is often the launching pad for many coveted international brands — boasting many firsts in the U.S. or Florida — and this French luxury fashion house chose to open its first flagship in Miami at the mall. Shoppers are transported to Paris as they weave through a series of connected rooms, meant to look like living spaces such as a boudoir, garden or library, and decked out with sparkling chandeliers, mirrors and curtains. Expect well-curated spaces lined with women and men’s apparel, handbags, denim and eyewear.

Richard Mille

While Bal Harbour is home to luxury watchmakers like Rolex by Tourneau, true collectors will want to peruse the sleek Richard Mille boutique — designed to look like the mechanism of a watch — for uniquely complicated timepieces. Known as one of the most exclusive Swiss watch brands in the world, and worn by the rich and famous, the watches mimic the world of architecture, sports and art. You’ll be blown away by the innovative and sometimes playful designs.

The Webster

Sometimes a boutique is so special that you need a second location, and that’s the case with this Miami fashion favorite. While the first boutique primely sits on Collins Avenue in South Beach, the second location opened in the Bal Harbour Shops in 2013. You’ll think you’re shopping in an opulent living room with vintage wallpaper and artwork, or a chic walk-in closet, as you peruse multiple high-end brands of women’s ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories. This is one of the best places to shop if you want to blend in with the stylish Miami crowd.

Versace

As soon as you pass through the grand glass door, it’s as if you’re in a fashion fantasy world. Look up at the floating-effect brass ceiling or look down at the floor’s mosaic carefully assembled by hand by Italian artisans. Directly operated by Versace, the boutique store carries all the sultry lines and collections for both men and women and even some Versace Home Collection items. Cool fact — the boutique has a holistic design and is LEED Gold certified.

Vasalissa Chocolatier

This is so much more than a chocolate shop — this is a fairytale experience. You’ll want to spend some time perusing this beautiful store filled with trays of chocolates playfully shaped like lips and hearts, delicate truffles, bonbons bursting with fruit, gourmet pastries, oversized macarons and more. While your treats are tucked away in the store’s signature red-and-white gift boxes, grab a table to sip tea, coffee or a glass of bubbly.

Shopping Break

When you’re done blazing a trial with your credit card, or just need a moment to recharge, locals-in-the-know gather at longtime staple Carpaccio for their razor-thin salmon carpaccio, crispy Margherita pizza and heaping plates of pasta; this is a scene and the most coveted tables are on the sun-drenched patio. For another trendy scene and some of the best sushi in Miami, grab a table at Makoto for crispy rice topped with tuna, melt-in-your-mouth miso seabass and items from the robata grill; or splurge on dinner at Le Zoo for classic French bistro fare like steak frites.

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