The Miami Guide
When most people think of Miami, they picture the glitzy hotels and parties of South Beach. And while that quintessentially South Florida scene is as fabulous as ever, in the fifteen years since Art Basel made its second home here, the city has gained a reputation as one of the world’s cultural capitals as well. Both the Miami Art Museum (now the Pérez) and the Bass Museum have undergone significant renovations in recent years, with a brand-new building for the newly formed ICA on the way, and two of the major neighborhood renaissances of recent years—the Wynwood Arts District and the Design District—have centered around the city’s newfound sway in the art world. You’ll find evidence of the city’s artistic sensibility across Biscayne Bay, too, touring South Beach’s historic Art Deco gems or peeking inside the newly unveiled, Rem Koolhaas-designed Faena Forum, on the same block as a showstopping hotel of the same name. Below, our favorite places to stay, eat, shop, and play in the Magic City—with options for every occasion from a romantic getaway to a girls weekend.
Base2215 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood | 305.531.4982
Cool as they are, concept stores have a tendency to wither comparatively quickly, so the fact that Steven Giles' men's shop—now nestled in colorful Wynwood—has been in business since 1989 is the first sign that it merits a second look. In addition to his excellent assortment and spot-on limited editions, Giles has supported his business by expanding BASE into a brand consultancy that's worked with design-centric hotels both locally (EDITION) and in other cities (Ian Schrager's Public Hotel in Chicago). That said, his exquisite taste is best experienced via the shelves and racks of his shop, where you'll find everything from cargo jackets from cool-kid Japanese brand Nanamica, to Herschel dopp kits in neutral greys and blacks, to drop-crotch silk pants from Daniel Patrick's LA-made Knomadick.
Boho Hunter184 NW 27 St., Wynwood | 786.558.4486
In the heart of the Arts District, four friends who met in Miami run this fittingly beach-ready shop that sells a mix of designers from Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico. Look for wrap headbands perfect for lounging by the pool from Verdelimon, printed ruffled skirts from Pink Filosofy and cheeky woven totes adorned with pom poms and sayings like, “Ohlalala!” from Agua De Mar.
Books & Books265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables | 305.442.4408
One of the country’s preeminent indie booksellers, Miami native Mitchell Kaplan opened Books & Books at the beginning of the 1980’s, originally in Coral Gables. There are now three locations in Miami—one on Lincoln in Miami Beach, and one at Bal Harbour Shops, in addition to Coral Gables (plus a Grand Cayman and Westhampton Beach location). The staff recommendations will help you land on the perfect beach, plane, etc. read. Literary lovers must go.
Eberjey1905 Purdy Ave., South Beach | 305.763.8839
Eberjey's long been a favorite for soft-as-butter pajamas and dainty lingerie that perfectly skirts the line between comfortable enough for everyday and sexy enough for a special occasion. The company is headquartered in Miami, and their two boutiques (in South Beach and Mid-Beach) are very conveniently located for on-site swimsuit shopping.
Frangipani2516 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood | 305.573.1480
This Wynwood boutique with an LA vibe is brilliant for gift shopping—from quirky kid toys to playful stationery, vintage monogramed napkins, art books, handmade home decor, Spiritual Gangster tanks, Soludos, and jewelry.
Gee Beauty1845 Purdy Ave., Sunset Harbour | 305.868.3533
Sunny, airy, and meticulously edited, this new Sunset Harbour space (larger than their old Bal Harbour studio) is actually a full-service beauty destination. Come here for brow shaping, facials, and a lengthy menu of waxing options—then, take some of the magic home with you at the on-site boutique. The team behind Gee—mom Miriam, and daughters Natalie, Stephanie, and Celene—keep the shelves brimming with tried-and-true beauty favorites, including Rodin, Sunday Riley, plus goop by Juice Beauty.
Glottman219 NW 26 St., Wynwood
Glottman is both a design firm and a purveyor of international interior design; here, you’ll find virtually everything you can think of to furnish the most stylish, modern interiors from top to bottom. Their well-appointed Wynwood is uplifting and inspiring even just to peruse, with soft, gorgeous textiles and rugs on display from Nordic/Scandinavian designers like Kinnasand, as well as luxurious modern furniture and light fixtures that skew from high-concept design to reimagined classics. But not everything here is a major investment: They also sell small gifts, home accessories, kitchen utensils and serveware you can take home easily. There's another location in MiMo/Biscayne Bay.
goop GIFT Miami151 NE 41 St., Suite 127, Design District | 786.534.7020
Just in time for Art Basel, goop GIFT is setting up shop in the Design District through Dec. 24th. To make seasonal shopping as stress-free as possible, goop editors and buyers have done all the legwork for you, and with twelve personality-driven gifting categories there's something for everyone (and we mean everyone—pets included). Whether you need a special gift or token for the health nut, the cook, the dreamer, the host, or the lover in your life—to name but a few—we've got you covered. Shoppers will find everything featured in our goop gift guides IRL, alongside the very best of the goop shop across skincare, homewares, clothing, and accessories jewelry jewelry in a pretty, blush-colored space. The Bond St. outpost (other locations include Newport Beach and New York City) operates as a legit one-stop-shop. Once you've completed your shopping, enjoy the convenience of in-store wrapping, personalization (why not?), plus, local delivery to your home.
I on the District51 NE 40 St., Design District | 305.573.9400
Smack in the middle of Miami’s Design District (a must for any designer-brand shopper), this is the destination for designer and vintage sunglasses and optical glasses. This chic minimalist space houses the coolest international eyewear brands, from the avant-garde (e.g. Mykita, Matsuda, Thierry Lasry) to the tried-and-true (Cutler and Gross, Thom Browne, Oliver Peoples).
Maison Margiela3930 NE 2 Ave., Design District | 786.718.1931
Maison Martin Margiela’s Miami outpost looks/feels like a piece of Versailles dropped into a cavernous black-washed warehouse loft—which pretty much sums up the inimitable, endlessly cool, and iconoclastic aesthetic of this legendary fashion house (founded in Paris in 1988). The shop is located, naturally, in Miami’s Design District, which one might describe as a hipper, artsier Rodeo Drive. Avid shoppers will want to allot some quality time to hit all the stops: Virtually every big-deal designer is accounted for here.
Plant the Future2511 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood | 305.571.7177
Living plants arguably make better gifts than run-of-the-mill floral arrangements: Done right, a great plant or terrarium can be an uplifting interior décor element in itself, and they don’t wilt or die a few days later. Plant the Future is the place to go for beautiful, lively, inspired living plant arrangements, from vibrant flowering cacti to moss art (like a chic Chia Pet!) to actual works of art with plants in them. There's another location in Mid-Beach.
Taschen1111 Lincoln Rd., Wynwood | 305.538.6185
It’s hard to find a Taschen store that isn’t cool, but the Miami outpost is really fabulous, with a bright, aesthetically pleasing array of oversized books on art, pop culture, photography, fashion, architecture, film, erotica, and more. For a different spread of books, after Taschen, walk a couple blocks west on Lincoln to indie Books & Books.
The Webster1220 Collins Ave., South Beach | 305.674.7899
While everyone else in fashion was developing e-commerce platforms, retail pioneer Laure Hériard Dubreuil decided to open a 20,000-square foot brick-and-mortar shop in South Beach in a 1939 Henry Hohauser-designed Art Deco building. The space itself is impeccably designed, each room has a slightly different vibe (some, dark and moody, others light and bright), but it’s all the better to browse in, and ultimately spend hours wandering through. Exclusives like palm-leaf printed silk PJs from For Restless Sleepers, Olympia Le-Tan clutches, Gigi Burris Millinery woven hats, and even a Pantone Universe iPhone case in—you guessed it—The Webster Pink. While Miami was her first location, she’s since opened locations in Bal Harbour, Costa Mesa, Houston, and New York.