South Beach shopping on Lincoln Road is a true Miami Beach tradition. This famed pedestrian thoroughfare is closed to traffic, and located right in the heart of South Beach. It runs between busy Washington Avenue toward Alton Road, near the mansion where Gianni Versace lived until his death.
Lincoln Road Mall has long been a magnet, drawing locals and visitors to its cache of unique boutiques, trendy outdoor bistros and late-night lounges. On the second and fourth Sunday of each month from January through May, this eye-popping walking mall hosts an unparalleled antique and collectibles market.
It’s not unusual for the city’s most accomplished and trendiest designers to frequent the flea market in search of vintage and modern finds for their clients: everything from vinyl records to designer duds and furnishings. You’ll also find locally produced foods like honey and produce. Street performers and skateboarders mingle with fashionistas, DJs, students, couples, nannies … pawing through the likes of classic vinyl, vintage duds, Modern furnishings and collectibles from local estates. This event draws a savvy cast of colorful characters; with a good eye, great finds can be had.
Whether you visit Lincoln Road by day or night will be determined by your own interests and vacation intentions. Find a parking space (this can be tricky but just be patient and pay attention to restrictive signage). Once you’re parked, start your walking adventure and don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity.
Wild parakeets will likely be flying overhead as you peruse the fun collection of boutiques, gelato shops and quirky retail stores that nestle up to names like Banana Republic, Pottery Barn and Victoria’s Secret. Bagghy in the 700 block is the place to find interesting Italian-made bags. Base Boutique, in the 900 block, tempts with chill CDs, eye-popping wall art, bold socks, man bags, books, and sundry gifts you won’t find elsewhere. Pop in and test your willpower.
Other must-shop destinations include Alvin’s Island tropical department store, American Eagle Outfitters, Anthropologie, the Dog Bar pet boutique, Euro Cameras and Electronics, John Varvatos, Kiehl’s and KiKo for cosmetics, Nespresso for higb-end coffee drinks and coffee machines, Original Penguin, Red Zebra, and (why not at least look?) Swarovski.
A wide variety of bistros line the thoroughfare with umbrella-shaded tables. You’ll likely have a hard time choosing where to eat: Pizza Rustica III, Yuca, Sibilla, Doraku, Balans, CVI.CHE 105, D’Vine Hookah Lounge and Spris all vie for your business. Do opt for a table with a view of passersby: that’s half the fun. You’ll likely witness an endless parade of stylish, high-heeled Miami girls, and you’ll definitely hear a mind-boggling melange of foreign languages floating about. South Beach shopping lends itself to those of you who are very cosmopolitan.
Nighttime brings its own delights, with numerous bars, lounges and coffee bars attracting a different crowd (most of whom sleep in until 10 or 11, when the city starts to awaken). Nexxt Cafe 700 Lincoln) is a fun place to enjoy daily happy hour before starting the evening. So is Oolite Restaurant + Bar (Lincoln Road at Pennsylvania), among others.
Your Lincoln Road Miami Beach experience is sure to be memorable. See what you want. Buy what you want. Make the day what you want.