A Day in the Design District

Tucked away from the glamour and sunburnt tourist populations of South Beach, you can find the Miami Design District, a new luxury hotspot brimming with art, design, luxury retail, restaurants (and soon, more real estate) to satisfy both Miami locals and sophisticated visitors. For decades, Bal Harbour Shops was the only place in the Miami area with the widest range of luxury goods, but now the Design District is a competitive counterpart, with a more low key and creative, artsy vibe.

After years of being an area that hasn’t garnered much attention, the Miami Design District has now skyrocketed into an elite destination for shoppers seeking art, design, luxury fashion or simply a great meal. Every retail store or showroom is designed to be architecturally stunning, each with a unique storefront and boutique style. Retail has indeed expanded over the years and transformed the Design District into a luxury shopping destination, including high-fashion names like Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Cartier, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Rolex, Valentino, and Christian Louboutin. With more than 40 upscale stores already established in the neighborhood and 50-plus new stores set to join the ranks, the district is posed for consistent growth.

Design showrooms have flourished in the District as well, with Armani/Casa, Boffi, Henge & Listone Giordano, Holly Hunt, Ornare, Luminaire, and Versace Home all calling this area home. For art lovers, fine art galleries and showrooms complement the sidewalks, with visually pleasing stunners like the Buckminster Fuller Fly’s Eye Dome taking up space in the Palm Court, and Zaha Hadid: Elastika, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami and Galleria Ca’ D’Oro- all found within the Design District’s radius. For even more attractions, Wynwood Miami, the hub of all things art, is a neighborhood that is a hop, skip and a jump away, just south of the Design District.

For the eager foodies, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Cypress Room are both cult favorites in Miami, concepts perfected by James-Beard award-winning chef & restauranteur Michael Schwartz. Schwartz also opened a cutesy café pop-up named Ella (in honor of his daughter) this summer which serves up healthy sandwiches, light breakfast and fresh coffee. For the best in Mediterranean and a cozy-chic atmosphere, Mandolin is tough to beat, and for delicious, authentic café fare, Buena Vista Deli is an amazing French bakery/café to mingle alongside the Miami locals. For those with an aching sweet tooth, Michelle Bernstein’s Crumb on Parchment has arguably the most mouthwatering cookies and cakes in all of Miami.