Add another “s” to the sun, surf and sand that Southeast Florida is famous for: shopping. Whether you love the supreme luxury of a Bal Harbour, or the intimate confines of a pedestrian-friendly district teeming with vibrant street fare, I’ve found 11 places where the shopping can’t be beat.
I’ve made sure to cover a whole range of options in this list, from farmer’s markets to fine jewelers; indoor and outdoor locales; antiques shops to luxury clothiers. Now you know what to do: get those credit cards ready, make sure there’s enough space in the trunk for shopping bags—and have fun. If it’s true that shopping is a sport, then it’s always better when it’s of the leisure type.
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL 33180
While not as much of a cash cow as the neighboring Bal Harbour Shops, Aventura Mall is still ritzy enough to recently tie for 15th on the top-earning list of malls worldwide on a list compiled by Shopping Centers Today. Opened in 1985, it’s also one of the top five grossing malls in the country. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Macy’s, Aventura Mall boasts 300 specialty stores, including internationally renowned names such as Louis Vuitton, Herve Leger, Burberry, Montblanc, Faconnable, Henri Bendel, Ulysse Nardin, Michael Kors, Breitling and Hugo Boss. Aventura also houses 10 full-service restaurants and an exclusive contemporary art collection featuring 10 installations positioned throughout the shopping center.
700 S Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401
If you’re looking for a shopping experience that goes well beyond the norm, check out CityPlace, which serves as the center of Downtown West Palm Beach. The 72-acre mixed-use site is home to more than 80 specialty shops, national stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, like B.B. King’s Blues Club and the Improv Comedy Club. But don’t think you have to head indoors to appreciate CityPlace. Many shoppers relish the opportunity to enjoy the development’s Mediterranean architecture, especially prevalent in an amazing fountain and an open-air plaza. Shoppers get the benefits of a European shopping experience, all without leaving Florida.
401 Biscayne Blvd. R106, Miami, FL 33132
Wrapping along the banks of the Biscayne Bay, Bayside Marketplace opened in 1987 and is uniquely situated as easy to access by public transportation. Adjacent to the American Airlines Arena, it’s served by the Metrorail at the Government Center, and directly by the Metromover at College/Bayside station. Laid out on two levels and five zones, its unique blend of shops run the gamut from Peterson’s South Beach Harley Davidson to a half dozen jewelry stores, and technology shops including Brookstone. You can also take a local bilingual narrated cruise from Bayside via Island Queen Cruises.
14851 Lyons Rd., Delray Beach, FL
Practical advice dictates that one should never shop on an empty stomach. Of course, we’ll ignore that this directive is probably meant for grocery shopping and not shoe shopping but hey, good advice is good advice, so we’ll take it. You should too. If you feel like filling up before hitting the stores, one of the many restaurants at Delray Marketplace is sure to please your palette and give you the nourishment to scan the sales racks. From upscale stores like Chico and White House Black Market to fun specialty shops like It’Sugar and Charming Charlie, the Delray Marketplace offers all sorts of shopping options.
Downtown Delray Beach Shopping District
Downtown Delray Beach
Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary? Stroll the streets of Downtown Delray Beach for an eclectic shopping experience that is sure to break you out of your run-of-the-mill mall endeavors. Grab some friends, have a quick bite to eat and hit the decoratively-lit streets, stopping in various shops to browse through collections of unique clothing, original works of art and adorable knick-knacks, all while enjoying the cool Florida breeze.
11401 NW 12th St., Miami, FL 33172
Opened in 2001, the Dolphin Mall is unique in its layout among area malls. At 1.4 million square feet, it’s divided into three districts — Playa (Beach), Ramblas (Boulevards), and Moda (Fashion) — and features a fresh racetrack layout with stores ranging from Burlington Coat Factory to Bass Pro Shop. Dolphin Mall also has an 850-seat food court with some unique Miami twists, including empanadas, Cuban specialties and other Latin treats right next to American favorites. It’s also home to a 19-screen movie theater, a Strike Miami bowling alley, and at least four yummy places for frozen treats, including the sleek 4D Gelateria.
Galleria Fort Lauderdale
2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
The Galleria has come a long way since its days as Sunrise Center, originally an open-air mall built in the 1950s. Redeveloped in 1980, today it’s arguably the most swank place to shop in the Ft. Lauderdale area, anchored by three major department stores: Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Dillard’s. Other famous retailers and specialty shops include Coach, Mayors, Williams-Sonoma, Cole Haan, J.Crew and Pottery Barn. There’s also an Apple Store there for there tech fan in your life, and the premier restaurants there include The Capital Grille, P.F. Chang’s, Seasons 52, Blue Martini and Truluck’s.
327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
If you’re one of those “go-big-or-go-home” people, you’re probably going to be a huge fan of Mizner Park, one of Boca Raton’s premier mixed-use locations and home to numerous apartments, offices, restaurants, stores and more, including a movie theater and a cultural center. With nearly 400,000 square feet of retail space, Mizner Park is home to Lord & Taylor, Z Gallerie and numerous other shopping outlets, providing Florida residents with the perfect pre- or post-dining experiences.
Northwood Village District
West Palm Beach, Fla. (near Dixie Highway)
Located just two miles from Downtown West Palm Beach off Dixie Highway, Northwood Village has a creative, lively and friendly vibe you’d expect from a neighborhood-flavored shopping nook. With its mix of home furnishings stores, salons, galleries and clothing shops, Northwood Village offers a more intimate shopping experience compared to area megamalls. And its Art & Wine Promenade, held on the last Friday of every month, draws thousands to the area to enjoy a free night out with wine tastings, streetside artists, and live entertainment.
12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, FL 33323
You’d have to be a shopping hermit not to find something to your liking at Sawgrass Mills, which sprawls out at 2.4 million square feet, making it the largest single story outlet mall in the U.S., and the second largest in Florida. With more than 350 retail destinations, the stores at Sawgrass Mills include some of America’s most beloved brands, including Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Marshalls. Sawgrass Mills also includes 40 exclusive outlets not found anywhere else in South Florida, including Burberry Factory Outlet, David Yurman, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo Company Store and Tory Burch. If luxury’s your thing, make sure to seek out the Colonnade Outlets within Sawgrass Mills.
Town Center at Boca Raton
6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431
You want some options with your upscale shopping? Then head over to Town Center at Boca Raton, where you’ll find some serious choices at the shopping center’s 220 stores, which include department-store staples like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Sears. Specialized smaller stores like Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer and The Apple Store, among others, will help bring even more variety to your shopping excursions.
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Article courtesy of Lou Carlozo, Brand Publishing Writer