Miami’s design district sits on the coast just across the Biscayne Bay from Miami Beach. It’s is a hub for contemporary art and high-end shopping. Visitors can get lost in the galleries, designer retailers, and celebrity chef dining that is the Buena Vista neighborhood. The design district is a destination for artists, musicians, chefs, and designers.
39th street is a who’s who of high-end fashion retailers with names like Versace, Kartell, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Armani to start. It’s a chance to browse some of the world’s most iconic names in fashion and spot resident celebrities like Ricky Martin, Craig Robins, Lenny Kravitz, and Matt Damon. You’ll also find the best in designer jewelry at Rolex Boutique, Parmigiani Fleurier, Hublot, Tiffany, and Roberto Coin. Or, come to shop for the home. JANUS deals in luxury outdoor furniture and Waterworks has a showroom here with some of the hottest trends in bathroom design.
There are more than a dozen art galleries in the design district. North Miami Avenue has two of the most popular in the neighborhood. Locust Projects stands out because of its commitment to experimental art. Locust Projects has its own in-house team of collaborators called the Huffer Collective as well as exhibiting work from guest artists. Just up the street, Swampspace is a rough-around-the-edges venue that is quickly gaining appreciation among sophisticated art crowds. This gallery caters mainly to local artists. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the Moore Building on 2nd Avenue. The atrium features an installation by London artist and architect Zaha Hadid called ‘Elastika.’
The design district has something on the menu for every type of eater. Some ‘don’t miss’ spots include Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Celebrity chef Michael Schwartz shows off his simple and pure style at this farm-to-table restaurant with an open kitchen, wood oven, and locally sourced ingredients. Lemoni’s European style café is a trendy hangout with a vibrant menu offering Moroccan and Mediterranean inspired family recipes with organic ingredients and vegan choices. Romance is in the air at Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine where chocolate making goes back seven generations. They have an amazing selection of fine and vintage wines, champagnes, and luxury chocolates.
The design district in Miami is a lively and trendy uptown neighborhood that attracts artists, architects, and designers. Galleries, boutique restaurants, high fashion and luxury shopping are what you can expect when visiting Buena Vista Miami.