Where To Shop In Downtown Miami

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By: Jennifer Agress

Hidden between Downtown Miami’s high-rise buildings, shoppers will find a plethora of mom-and-pop stores, retail chains, small and large outdoor malls and even an entire jewelry district. From a historic shopping street that has been around since Miami’s beginnings to the dazzling Brickell City Centre with the world’s trendiest designers, shopping in Downtown Miami has something for everyone. Read below to find out more about the shops and malls you don’t want to miss.

Historic Flagler Street

Dating back to the late 1800s, when railroad tycoon Henry Flagler opened the first Miami hotel there, Flagler Street has remained a significant part of Downtown Miami. In 1898, the first Burdines department store—known as “The Florida Store”—opened there, not far from the 1928-built Miami-Dade County Courthouse that still stands. Today, where that Burdines once stood is a Macy's, and it’s surrounded by everything from small souvenir and budget-friendly electronics shops to retail chains like Marshalls and The Children’s Place.

What the area is most known for, however, is its plethora of jewelry shops. Spread across ten floors, the Seybold Building has more than 280 luxury jewelers selling diamonds, gold, silver and precious gems ranging from $100 to millions of dollars. Just next door, the three-level International Jewelry Center sits in a Downtown Miami landmark building, and offers 70,000 square-feet of luxury retail space with all-glass storefronts, marble floors and sculpted ceilings. Catering to the luxury shopper, a range of bespoke services are also available, like valet parking, armored cars and onsite shipping services.

Of course, it would be impossible to talk about jewelers in the area without mentioning Kirk Jewelers, a family-run business that has been in Downtown Miami since 1947. Along with being an authorized retailer of bespoke Swiss watches, the store has an impressive collection of fine jewelry from Roberto Coin, Chimento, Rebecca, Danhov, Mars and more. Making it extra special, Kirk’s doesn’t just sell fine jewelry and luxury timepieces; it fixes them, too. Go here for watch and jewelry repair services, battery changes, ring resizing, engraving and even jewelry appraisals.

Mary Brickell Village

Sitting just off Brickell Avenue—and named after the wife of William Brickell, one of Miami’s founders—Mary Brickell Village was the first mall to open in the Brickell neighborhood. Tucked in between skyscrapers and luxury residential buildings, this outdoor shopping center is a mecca of trendy stores selling clothes, shoes, treats, jewelry, accessories and more. Head to the Miami-born Blush Boutique for the latest trends in Miami fashion, or Edward Beiner for unique collections of superior eyewear. Cigar aficionados should stop by The Village Humidor, which sells premium cigars and cigar accessories, and even has an indoor-outdoor lounge area where customers can smoke the cigars they buy.

Bayside Marketplace
Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace

Sitting right on the water, Bayside Marketplace is an open-air marina and shopping center filled with local vendor kiosks, traditional retailers and, of course, perfect views of the sparkling-blue Biscayne Bay. Here, browse the goods at more than 140 stores, from popular retailers like Bath & Body Works, Champs Sports, Disney Store, GUESS and EXPRESS, to specialty shops selling sunglasses and cigars. For a shopping experience that’s exclusive to Bayside Marketplace, stop by Boat Rental Miami or Captain Jimmy’s! Whether you hop on a boat tour of Biscayne Bay, go tarpon feeding or rent a speedboat of your own, you can spend the day the best way Miamians know how: on the water.

Brickell City Centre

When Brickell City Centre was unveiled in 2016, it forever changed the skyline of Downtown Miami. Spread across four floors and three city blocks of prime South Florida real estate, this luxury, multi-use development has some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment in town. Anchored by a 107,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue, Brickell City Centre is home to a range of popular retail chains, from Sephora and Lululemon to Apple, AT&T, Pandora and Victoria’s Secret.

If high-end shopping is what you’re looking for, check out its designer shops and specialty boutiques! Find bespoke fabrics and home items at Trousseau, smart men’s and women’s dress wear at Mirto, sweet treats straight from Provence at Le Roy Rene, and Italian-inspired stationary and writing tools at C’art. Speaking of Italian goods, there’s even a three-level market and food hall called La Centrale, which is dedicated solely to Italian restaurants, cocktails, cooking classes, food items and souvenirs. After a long day of shopping, treat yourself to a luxury movie experience at CMX, where you can watch your favorite film from the comfort of a reclining chair, while enjoying a gourmet meal.

Wait for It: Miami Worldcenter

Right in the heart of Downtown Miami, next to AmericanAirlines Arena, The Mall at Miami Worldcenter is slated to include 765,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space. Inspired by the world’s greatest pedestrian streets, from Place de l’Horloge in Avignon to South Beach’s Lincoln Road, it will center around three open-air promenades lined by European-style cafés, bars, restaurants and boutique retail shops, as well as two parks.

The first phase of this open-air shopping area is expected to be complete in late 2019. It will run north and south, from Northeast 10th Street to Northeast 7th Street, and east to west, from Northeast 1st Avenue to Northeast 2nd Avenue.

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