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Miami Beach may have its fair share of retro and kitschy surf shops, but they are far outnumbered by its extensive offering of upmarket stores. From South Beach’s trendy spots and Bal Harbour’s exclusive boutiques to chic art museum gift shops and brand name retail thoroughfares, this city’s fashionable retailers help keep the beautiful people looking the way they do.

Shopping streets

 

Stroll along the stretch of Lincoln Road between Alton Road and Washington Avenue and you’ll find local artisans selling handicrafts, as well as recognizable tenants like Guess, BCBG Max Azria, J.Crew, and Steve Madden. A favorite pedestrian plaza since the 1950s, Lincoln Road Mall offers alfresco dining and nightlife options, in addition to a plethora of brand name stores. Around the corner between 5th and 9th streets, the Collins Avenue Shopping District presents more famous chains like Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, and A/X Armani Exchange.

 

Luxury clothing

 

If you’re on the hunt for the latest designer fashions, you can start your spending spree at The Webster. A go-to shop for the celebrity set, this 20,000-square-foot boutique housed a historic art deco building carries high-end designers like Chloé and Lanvin. To continue splurging, take a 30-minute drive north on Collins Avenue to Bal Harbour Shops. Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue anchor this open-air mall accented with fountains and fishponds. The directory of stores reads like a who’s who of fashion and includes outposts for Chanel, Prada, Gucci, and The Webster’s second location.

 

  • The Webster, 1220 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; Tel: +1 305 674 7899; Website: The Webster
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  • Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour 33154; Tel: +1 305 866 0311; Website: Bal Harbour Shops

 

Art and design shops

 

Home to the annual Art Basel Miami Beach fair as well as an impressive array of art deco architecture, there’s no question that this city is dedicated to bringing art into every aspect of its inhabitants' lives. You can take some of that art home by visiting one of its many design shops. The Wolfsonian gift shop at Florida International University sells everything from books to clothes, including artsy home decor items like Todd Oldham welcome mats and retro-inspired Miami Beach magnets. At DesignShop, you’ll find unique furniture and accents like novelty enamel mugs and René Magritte plate sets.

 

  • DesignShop, 5582 NE 4th Court, Suite 7A, Miami 33137; Tel: +1 786 762 6949; Website: DesignShop
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  • Wolfsonian Museum Shop, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 33139; Tel: +1 305 535 2680; Website: Wolfsonian Museum Shop

 

Books

 

Books and beaches go hand in hand. So why not check out Miami Beach’s array of bookstores? At the local chapter of Books & Books, you can stop in for an author event, then browse its selection of art, fashion, and design books while enjoying a healthy snack at The Café at Books & Books. The elegant shelves of Taschen, the world-renowned art book publisher, are filled with specialty titles focused on photography, vintage commercial art, design, and famous artists. You'll find rare books with eyebrow-raising prices as well as mass-market editions of well-known titles.

 

  • Books & Books, 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 33139; Tel: +1 305 532 3222; Website: Books & Books
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  • Taschen, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 33139; Tel: +1 305 538 6185; Website: Taschen

 

Gourmet food and wine

 

To pick up some gastronomic gifts, you can check out the fare at Epicure Gourmet Market & Café. You’ll find an award-winning bakery, extensive cheese selection, daily fresh caught fish, and prepared foods like matzo ball soup and lobster bisque that are as delicious as they are pricey. For the perfect wine pairing, stop by WD555, a wine shop located inside the inviting warehouse space of the French restaurant of the same name. It has a wide assortment of over 180 international and domestic vintages, and also holds weekly wine tasting events.

 

  • Epicure Gourmet Market & Café, 1656 Alton Road, Miami Beach 33139; Tel: +1 305 672 1861; Website: Epicure Gourmet Market & Café
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  • WD555, 555 Jefferson Avenue, Miami Beach 33139; Tel: +1 305 672 6161; Website: WD555