SHOP­PING

Travel Guide to Florida - - SOUTHEAST FLORIDA -

Mi­ami is a shop­ping mecca and fea­tures tons of op­por­tu­ni­ties to shop ‘till you drop. The new Brick­ell City Centre is an­chored by Saks Fifth Av­enue and fea­tures a va­ri­ety of lux­ury, pre­mium and con­tem­po­rary re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing Sephora, Hugo Boss, Tommy Ba­hama, lu­l­ule­mon, Ar­mani and oth­ers, and nu­mer­ous din­ing es­tab­lish­ments. Nearby, the su­per-luxe Mi­ami De­sign District show­cases the crème de la crème of high-end fash­ion, in­clud­ing Burberry, Cartier, Chris­tian Louboutin, Dior, Gucci, Her­mès, Louis Vuit­ton, Prada and Ver­sace.

To the south in Wyn­wood Arts District you’ll find more art gal­leries, re­tail stores, an­tique shops and hip bars as well as one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.

In late 2017, Aven­tura Mall, Mi­ami’s premier fash­ion des­ti­na­tion and Amer­ica’s most vis­ited shop­ping cen­ter, de­buted a new three-level, 315,000-square foot ex­pan­sion wing, fea­tur­ing dy­namic shop­ping and din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences blended with ex­pe­ri­en­tial, artis­tic el­e­ments, in­clud­ing a nearly 93-foot-tall sculp­ture by Bel­gian artist Carsten Höller, down which vis­i­tors can slide. High­light­ing the new wing are a two-level Top­shop Top­man store and the much-an­tic­i­pated re­turn of Zara to the mall. Perched atop the ex­pan­sion, a 7,000-plus-square-foot VIP Lounge pro­vides a pri­vate am­bi­ence and a stylish VIP es­cape. An­chored by Bloom­ing­dale’s, Nord­strom and Macy’s, Aven­tura Mall fea­tures more than 300 iconic re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing Givenchy, Gucci, Fendi, Burberry, Ap­ple, Michael Kors and other shop­per fa­vorites. Other Mi­ami malls you might want to add to your list in­clude Dade­land, The Falls, Shops at Mer­rick Park and Bal Har­bour Shops.

Con­sid­ered among the most fash­ion­able venues in the Sun­shine State, Fort Laud­erdale’s Gal­le­ria Mall fea­tures brand-name re­tail­ers from Ap­ple to Neiman Mar­cus, din­ing and a cur­rency ex­change kiosk.

And don’t over­look Las Olas Boule­vard with all its trendy bou­tiques, gal­leries and restau­rants.

To score some impressive deals, head to Saw­grass Mills in Sun­rise, where you’ll find 350-plus stores and the largest out­let shop­ping des­ti­na­tion in the USA. An­other great spot for out­let shop­ping, Palm Beach Out­lets fea­tures more than 100 stores in­clud­ing brand fa­vorites Saks Fifth Av­enue OFF 5TH, Ann Tay­lor Fac­tory Store, Ba­nana Repub­lic Fac­tory Store, Brooks Brothers Fac­tory Store, J Crew Fac­tory, Tommy Hil­figer and Vera Bradley.

Be sure to add Mizner Park Boca Ra­ton, an­chored by Lord and Tay­lor, to your bucket list of shop­ping malls. The Town Cen­ter at Boca Ra­ton is an­other high-end shop­ping des­ti­na­tion an­chored by Nord­strom, Neiman Mar­cus, Saks Fifth Av­enue and Bloom­ing­dale’s, while the Gar­dens Mall in Palm Beach Gar­dens is a spa­cious, 1.4-mil­lion-square-foot shop­ping cen­ter with more than 150 world­class brand names. Del­ray Beach’s At­lantic Av­enue is lined with trendy bou­tiques and pop­u­lar restau­rants—it’s not un­com­mon to see all ages walk­ing along this main-street style neigh­bor­hood hot spot. While you’re in town, check out the Del­ray Mar­ket­place.

Don’t over­look South­east Florida’s pop­u­lar flea mar­kets. The gi­gan­tic flea mar­ket at the Swap Shop in Fort Laud­erdale fea­tures 2,000 ven­dors sell­ing brand-name items at bar­gain prices. Florida shop­pers inthe-know also head to the Fes­ti­val Flea Mar­ket Mall, a ver­i­ta­ble shop­per’s par­adise in Pom­pano Beach.

TOP: Shop­ping along Las Olas Boule­vard in Fort Laud­erdale. LEFT: The mon­u­men­tal tubu­lar Aven­tura Slide Tower by Carsten Höller at Aven­tura Mall in Mi­ami.

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