• Explore a neighborhood that’s become the city’s hub for innovative design
  • Haute shops line the streets, offering the best in curated mens and womenswear
  • Have lunch at a fresh and simple salad spot or a traditional Greek bistro

It’s hard to believe that a destination as chic and ambitious as the Miami Design District barely existed just a decade ago. But there it is! An entire boutique-rich neighborhood barely 20 minutes inland from South Beach, with a complete range of retail, restaurant, and (increasingly) residential offerings. The Design District owes its growth to developer Craig Robins, who snapped up the large parcels of land on which it now stands. His dream was a comprehensive luxury retail corridor filled with the world’s best and most innovative brands. And with everyone from Louis Vuitton to Cartier to Margiela now up and running here, Robins’s dream has clearly come true. But what makes the area even more vital is its collection of local Miami haute shops, such as En Avance, which specializes in European women’s wear and home accessories; Apt 606, for expertly sourced menswear; and the Alchemist, whose Design District outpost features a finely curated selection of exquisite artisanal jewelry from across the globe in a sleek space designed by local architect Rene Gonzalez. Stroll the District for a few hours, but be sure to include time for lunch at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink for simple salads and sandwiches—including an ultra-refreshing peach salad with fennel and blue cheese—or excellent Greek classics at Mandolin; both are popular with local media types. Follow it all up with a look at Robins’s impressive public art collection—including a rare, must-see version of Buckminster Fuller’s iconic Fly’s Eye Dome.

We recommend starting your Design District experience around NE 2nd Avenue and NE 38th Street. From here, you can wander north and stop in any shop that strikes your fancy. Find Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink on NE 40th Street between NE 1st and NE 2nd Avenues. Find Mandolin just a few blocks away, on the corner of NE 43rd Street and NE 2nd Avenue.​

​​MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT: 3841 NE 2nd Ave.; 305-722-7100; miamidesigndistrict.com

MICHAEL'S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK: 130 NE 40th St.; 305-573-5550; michaelsgenuine.com

MANDOLIN: 4312 NE 2nd Ave.; 305-576-6066; mandolinmiami.com