Miami is the sophisticated crossroads of the Caribbean, the place where all Latin America comes to shop. If you’re in the market for competitively priced electronic goods, gold jewellery and clothing, follow the crowds downtown to Flagler Street or over to the Miami Free Zone (NW. 107th Street). Please be carefully about electric voltage – if you are not US resident – and check with attention the model you are to buy.
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For ethnic items, explore the emporia of Calle Ocho in Little Havana, as well as the small shops in Coconut Grove, where merchants stock all kinds of pottery, handicraft and imports.
And don’t overlook Cauley Square, south of town on US 1.
Collectibles and arts and crafts are the speciality in this village of wood-frame shops dating from the Flagler era. Some of the best window shopping in town is along Decorator’s Row (40th Street between N.E. 2nd Avenue and Miami Avenue).
Showrooms here display furniture, fixtures and fittings garnered from across the nation and around the world. Certain establishments open their doors “to the trade only”, but an air of confidence will generally carry you across the threshold.
For the most part, Miami’s department and chain stores are concentrated in vast, air-conditioned malls like North Miami’s Aventura, Omni International in Biscayne Boulevard and Dadeland (largest in the south-east), off US 1 in North Kendall Drive.
You can also take a look to the Bayside Mall just in front of Flager Street. You can spend some time relaxing in front of the sea. There are restaurant, lounge bar and a lots of shops. If you are a fan of the cuban coffee, there is in the middle of Bayside a small bar with this specialities. You can also take a boat tour around the Port of Miami and to the Celebrity Island.
The exclusive big stores (Neiman Marcus, Bonwit Teller, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Bloomingdale’s) and designer boutiques as: Lanvin, D&G, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, Bottega Veneta have premises in the prestige malls of Bal Harbour – about 30 minutes from South Beach by car – Mayfair in the Grove and The Falls in South Dade all distinguished by their inventive architecture, landscaping and display.
Check in the local papers – you can find it on the famous News Cafe in the middle of Ocean Drive – for details of sales and special offers. Or shop in Fashion District outlets (NW. 5th Avenue between 24th and 29th streets) for all year-round bargains in designer clothing and accessories and Miami manufactured articles. Certain retail chains carry nothing but discounted merchandise, notably Loehmann’s (clothes) and Luria’s (houseware and small electrical appliances).
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