Lincoln Road has been a bohemian staple of Miami Beach since Carl Fisher established it in 1912. Now a thriving pedestrian strip filled with shops, cafes and restaurants, Lincoln Road is full of different cultures and characters, much like the rest of Miami. It’s common to see tourists in bathing suits walking alongside locals in business suits. And there are few places in the 305 that are better situated for people-watching. Here are our top picks of places to check out next time you’re strolling Lincoln Road:
1111 Lincoln Road
Perhaps Lincoln Road’s biggest appeal is its one-stop shopping experience. Best to park your car and walk as you check off your to-do list rather than driving from place to place. 1111 Lincoln Road is one of the many parking garages and lots adjacent to Lincoln Road, but this architectural gem is a piece of art in and of itself.
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A fashion boutique worth checking out, Alchemist is a women’s clothing store with a bright and airy feel to display the most in-trend styles. We like the range from high-end to streetwear, with brands like JW Anderson, Vetements and Balenciaga showing work and dress clothes next to luxury sneakers.
Lululemon and Nike
Want new workout gear for that summer health kick? Check out Lululemon or Nike, located just steps from each other, and gear up for free yoga every Wednesday and Sunday on Lincoln Road.
CB2, Babalú and Jo Malone
You may realize on your walk that your home is missing a few accent pieces. Remedy that with CB2’s modern furniture, Babalú’s luxury knick-knacks, or Jo Malone’s classic fragrances and scented candles.
Dog Bar and AMC Theater
We love the dog-training classes every third Thursday at Dog Bar. And there’s something for the whole family at the state-of-the-art AMC Theater, complete with a VIP lounge for pre- or post-movie beverages and bites.
For timeless entertainment, the Art Deco-style Colony Theatre this summer is running the play One Night in Miami and is working on Cocaine Cowboys, based on the acclaimed documentary about Miami in the 1970s.
Books & Books, Chotto Matte, Meat Market, Jezebel and Havana 1957
Besides entertainment, food is in high supply on Lincoln Road. Looking for a book and a bite? Head to Books & Books. The locally owned bookstore/cafe offers a fresh and flavorful menu. Try the Tropical Salad, made with ingredients gathered from farmers markets, like the one that takes place on Lincoln Road every Sunday. The sidewalk cafe is great spot to people-watch while sipping a Passion Fruit Iced Tea.
If you want to try a newer spot, Chotto Matte combines the best of Peruvian and Japanese food for a sensational culinary experience. The restaurant has a very unique and funky interior with a huge boulder and palm trees in its center and a retractable roof. Night owls should check out their “Dark Hour” from midnight to 2 a.m. and fill up on poke and Japanese beer.
Longtime Lincoln Road staple Meat Market is always a good choice for a hearty red wine or martini paired with juicy cuts of steak.
For your last stop, visit Jezebel or Havana 1957. Grab a casual cocktail in the nostalgic old-timey settings: Jezebel will remind you of an old-world speakeasy while Havana 1957 will have you relive the glamour of classic Cuba. Both offer an enjoyable experience of indulging in a cocktail and diving into the past.