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Shopping in Miami


Most of Miami's shopping happens at the many malls scattered from one end of the county to the other. So if you're not into sunbathing and outdoor activities, or you just can't take the heat, you'll be in good company in one of Miami's many malls, and likely not to emerge empty-handed. In addition to the strip malls, Miami offers a choice of megamalls, from the upscale Village of Merrick Park and the mammoth Aventura Mall to the ritzy Bal Harbour Shops and touristy, yet scenic, Bayside Marketplace.

Miami also offers more unique shopping spots, such as the up-and-coming area near downtown known as the Biscayne Corridor, where funky boutiques dare to defy the Gap, and Little Havana, where you can buy hand-rolled cigars and guayabera shirts (loose-fitting cotton or gauzy shirts).

As a general rule, shop hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Many stores stay open late (until 9 pm or so) one night of the week (usually Thursday). Shops in Coconut Grove are open until 9 pm Sunday through Thursday and even later on Friday and Saturday nights. South Beach's stores also stay open later – some as late as midnight. Department stores and shopping malls also keep longer hours, with most staying open from 10 am to 9-10 pm Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 pm on Sunday.

Shopping Areas


On Biscayne Boulevard between Miami Gardens Drive and the county line at Hallandale Beach Boulevard is a 2-mile stretch of major retail stores including Best Buy, Borders, Circuit City, Linens N' Things, Marshall's, Sports Authority and more. Also here is the mammoth Aventura Mall, housing a fabulous collection of shops and restaurants.

Calle Ocho

For a taste of Little Havana, take a walk down 8th Street between SW 27th Avenue and SW 12th Avenue, where you'll find some lively street life and many shops selling cigars, baked goods, shoes, furniture and record stores specialising in Latin music.

Coconut Grove

Downtown Coconut Grove, centred on Main Highway and Grand Avenue and branching onto the adjoining streets, is one of Miami's most pedestrian-friendly zones. The Grove's wide sidewalks, lined with cafes and boutiques, can provide hours of browsing pleasure. Coconut Grove is best known for its chain stores (Gap, Banana Republic, etc) and some funky holdovers from the days when the Grove was a bit more bohemian, plus excellent sidewalk cafes centred on CocoWalk and the Streets of Mayfair.

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