Shopping

By KARA FRANKER

Florida is a shopping mecca and features tons of opportunities to shop ‘till you drop.

The Brickell City Centre is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and features a variety of luxury, premium and contemporary retailers, including Sephora, 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 2018, Aventura Mall, Miami’s premier fashion destination and one of America’s most visited shopping centers, 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 is the much-anticipated return of Zara to the mall and an array of inviting restaurants and cafés. 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. Additional Miami malls you might want to include on your list are 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.

Dolphin Mall is Miami-Dade County’s largest outlet shopping center where you’ll find over 240 value-priced and outlet stores, including H&M, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and more. Shuttle service to the mall is available from Miami International Airport, Miami Beach and select hotels.

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 + Taylor, to your bucket list of shopping malls. 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 world-class 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 some 2,000 vendors selling brand-name items at bargain prices. Florida shoppers in-the-know also head to the Festival Market Mall, a veritable shopper’s paradise in Pompano Beach.