With the Florida sun overhead, it’s best to shop outdoors.
Formerly an artists’ hangout, Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road Mall has turned the corner, becoming more prominent retail. The outdoor pedestrian area is still charming, though. Art galleries still exist, like Peter Lik’s. Our destination of choice is—we love a good design book—is Books & Books in the historic Sterling Building. It’s a place to linger; nab a sweet table under an umbrella in the café to watch the holiday-shopping scene unfold. BASE, however, is the place. Shopping the flagship store will spur ideas of gift-giving, as curated by the hippest people on the planet (BASE is the hippest people on the planet).
Other finds: Cityscape-patterned ballerina flats at Bagghy, which also sells the patterns on bags, belts, and wallets. And classic Italian style reimagined for the tropical climate at Coltorti. You can take a look at Miami’s famous parking garage by Herzog & de Meuron, the 1111 (Lincoln) Building.
Naturally, in Miami, you must catch up with a happy hour. Hofbräu Beer Hall, a German beer hall, keeps the tradition alive by brewing 400-year-old recipes from the Duke of Bavaria. A hot Euro-spot is Segrafredo for champagne cocktails.