Worn out with art? Take a break with shopping of different sort.
The main shopping and dining vein of Miami Beach, consider Lincoln Road the must-see spot during your jaunt. People watching at this pedestrian-friendly promenade are also a favorite pastime here.
• 1111 Lincoln Road: Inside the uber-cool Herzog & de Meuron-designed 1111 Lincoln Road building you’ll find boutiques like Coltorti Miami, Babalu, Adidas SLVR, Journelle, Nespresso, Alchemist, MAC Cosmetics, Artsee, Y-3 and more. Each store’s space is easy on the eyes — modern masterpieces, if you will. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
• Base: Tired of the same ol’, same ol’? Then bounce over to Base — the epicenter of all things cool, quirky and hip. Off-the-beaten-path designers such as Miansai (jewelry), Area Ware (artistic objects) and Tsovet (watches) are up for keeps. Be sure to groove to some beats at their renowned music bar. 939 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305- 531-4982.
• Debbie Katz: Debbie Katz’s creations are synonymous with South Beach style — colorful, vibrant and airy. While Katz’s high-quality cotton gauze tunics, dresses and pants are perfect for mastering Miami’s sweltering heat, her designs define Florida living. 1629 Alton Road, Miami Beach; (305) 672-9778.
• H&M: After suffering an H&M draught for years, Miami finally got a store on Lincoln Road. The just-opened two-floor South Beach store boasts 24,000-plus square feet and is among the largest of the company’s 259 stores in the U.S. 555 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 855-466-7467.
• Madewell: Think of Madewell as J. Crew’s younger, more easygoing sister with a penchant for bumming around the beach. Recently opened on South Beach, the boutique is the brand’s first foray in Florida. 714 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305-534-8079.
This de rigueur area across the pond from Miami Beach is home to design stores, art galleries, gourmet restaurants and unique boutiques galore.
• Emèna Spa: Need a manicure, wax, facials, massage or some beauty booty? Emèna has got you covered. Up for keeps are get-glam goodies by Eminence, Phyto, Aromaland, Lip Smart and Adonia. Emèna Spa, 4100 NE 2 Ave, Suite 301; 305-438-3777.
• Louis Vuitton: The just opened Design District door offers a unique experience for shoppers. The main entrance possesses a specialized Travel Room teeming with classic trunks, luggage and travel-specific accessories — ideal for bon vivants. Replete with antique Parisian furniture, the ground floor houses a curated selection of men’s and women’s leathergoods, ready-to-wear, shoes, fashion jewelry, eyewear and textiles. 170 NE 40 Street, Design District, 305-573-1366.
• Marni: This Milanese-based company made its debut during Art Basel Miami Beach 2008, which is fitting considering the small corner space is a work of art in its own. Floating stainless steal racks around the store’s perimeters carry dresses, knee-length skirts and tops in Marni’s signature pastel patterns. 3930 N.E. 2nd Ave., Design District; 305-764-3357.
Neighboring the Design District, there’s Midtown Miami located between 29th and 36th Streets. The urban oasis is brimming with boutiques, cafes, lounges and big chains like Target, Marshall’s, Loehmann’s and West Elm.