ONLY IN MIAMI CAN YOU GO ON A MILLION-DOLLAR SHOPPING SPREE AND SAVOR A WORLD-CLASS MEAL, ALL IN ONE SPOT.
Aventura Mall: Just when you thought Aventura Mall (one of the top-five highest-grossing malls in the country) couldn’t get any better, an upcoming $200 million expansion will bring 315,000 square feet of space for even more popular retail stores (Topshop and Zara, to name a few) and restaurants (including everyone’s favorite happy hour and brunch spot, Tap 42). What’s more, the new wing will be just as fun to shop in as it is to look at, with the addition of a 93-foot tubular called Aventura Slide Tower that shoppers can slide down to get to their next destination! 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-1110; aventura mall.com
Bal Harbour Shops (ƚƛƨưƞ): Miami’s longest-standing high-fashion destination (opened in 1965 by the late developer Stanley Whitman) is where you can hit some of the leading design houses, including Chanel and Louis Vuitton, while also stopping for steak frites at Stephen Starr’s famed Le Zoo or exquisite Japanese robata at Makoto. Look out for a $400 million, 340,000square-foot expansion. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-866-0311; balharbourshops.com
Brickell City Centre: This $1.05 billion hub that includes everything from high-end shops to restaurants, bars, and the East, Miami Hotel has everyone flocking to Brickell. After stocking up on designer duds, you can get pampered at Brickell Nail Bar while sipping (never-ending) bubbly, or chow down at culinary hot spots like Tacology and Luke’s Lobster. For the ultimate Brickell experience, there’s also East’s rooftop drinking spot Sugar, with incomparable views and Asian-inspired cocktails. 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-350-9922; brickellcitycentre.com
Miami Design District: Miami developer Craig Robins had a vision when he opened the Design District in 2009. Not only can you shop tons of luxe labels, you can also check out mega sculptures like Mark Quinn’s Myth
Fortuna (the Kate Moss lookalike caught in a nearly impossible yoga pose), and stop for coffee at David Grutman’s trendy OTL. Even better, you might find yourself perusing the latest looks alongside supermodel Karolína Kurková or former
Ocean Drive cover star Olivia Culpo
#ATMDD. 3841 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-722-7100; miamidesigndistrict.com