In addition to the beautiful beaches, one of the main attractions for visitors to Miami is the wide availability of great shopping. Some of the best places to shop in Miami are the shopping malls that are spread throughout Miami-Dade County. Whether you are in Downtown Miami, on Miami Beach or spending the day in South Beach, there are great places for shopping.

Bayside Marketplace
Located in Downtown Miami, this is a fun place to spend a day or an evening. There are many unique, small shops and plenty of places to grab a bite. If you look just north of the Marketplace, you'll see the Arena where the Miami Heat play their home basketball games.

Lincoln Road Mall
Located in the lower part of Miami Beach, a few blocks north of trendy South Beach is this outdoor mall that contains many boutiques, art deco buildings, and art galleries. There are a number of excellent restaurants and outdoor cafes where you can enjoy a Sunday breakfast. Lincoln Road used to be open to automobile traffic but was closed off a number of years ago to make it more pedestrian-friendly.

Bal Harbour Shops
Located in the Village of Bal Harbour just north of Miami Beach, this mall features many upscale shops and department stores such as Tiffany & Company, Prada, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Valet parking is available.

CoCo Walk
This outdoor shopping area is located in the always interesting area of the city known as Coconut Grove. There are specialty shops selling everything from bikinis, T-shirts and hand-crafted gifts. This is a great place to people watch, similar to Greenwich Village in NYC.

Miracle Mile & Downtown Coral Gables
Coral Way, a street lined with shops and other businesses in a section of Miami known as Coral Gables is called the Miracle Mile. Metered parking is available on the city street and you can walk up and down the wide, tree-lined sidewalks as you window shop. The Miracle Mile has retail stores, restaurants, banks, medical offices and other types of businesses.

Dadeland Mall
One of the best places to shop in Miami is this old standard that has been attracting shoppers for more than 20 years. When Metrorail was built, Dadeland became a station along the mainline that stretches from Downtown Miami to the Dadeland Office Center. There are plenty of large department stores, specialty shops and a large food court.

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