To sun, sea and sand, let’s add a fourth “s” to the list of reasons to visit Miami: shopping!

Miami is a major shopping city, with indoor malls, outdoor shopping centers and retail districts within easy reach of its north-south arteries, I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike. From sprawling Aventura Mall to the petite-and-pricy Design District, Miami has “shopportunities” to suit every taste and budget. Here’s your guide.

Aventura Mall

With more than 300 stores spread over 2 million square feet, this Miami-Dade County retail playground is the largest non-outlet mall in Florida, and is convenient to both Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Anchors, including Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, seduce spenders equally well as high-end merchants such as Chanel, Cartier and Louis Vuitton, and Aventura boasts the highest sales-per-square-foot of any mall in the country. So, hold on to your credit cards!

Must-Shop Stores

What can’t you find at Aventura? Macy’s, Nordstrom, J.C. Penney and Bloomingdale’s have everything you’d expect, and several specialty stores carry everything an aficionado could desire. There’s Italian linen specialist 120% Lino, Swedish-designed minimalist clothing at COS and dreamy lingerie and sleepwear from Miami-based Eberjey. The new wing (which opened last November) features Zara, French cosmetic company Clarins’ only non-outlet Florida store and men’s shirt retailer UNTUCKit.

Where to Eat

Options in Treats food hall and throughout the mall reflect Miami’s diverse culture. Sample Mexican specialties at El Pastor Taco House, exotic fruit-flavored Puerto Rican-style frozen treats at Gourmet Paletas and Peruvian fare at CVI.CHE 105. Dine in-store in the Nordstrom Cafe Bistro, or indulge at Caviar & More, where fine caviar and foie gras top the menu.

Surprising Feature

The mall’s art collection includes a dozen site-specific installations. Don’t miss Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s 92-foot-high stainless steel Aventura Slide Tower, open for sliding (wheeeee!) every afternoon.

Bring It Back

Bought too much for your bags? There’s a UPS store less than a mile north on Biscayne Boulevard/U.S. 1 so you can safely ship it all home.

In the Vicinity

Just off the I-95 Ives Dairy Road exit, the mall is only a 30-minute drive from Port Everglades and PortMiami. It’s surrounded by several outdoor shopping centers and West Country Club Drive, a popular 3-mile running path, is right behind the mall.

Where to Stay

DoubleTree Resort & Spa by Hilton Hotel Ocean Point – North Miami Beach

Miami’s Design District

What was once a blighted neighborhood of industrial warehouses has, since the early 2000s, been re-born as a high-end retail, cultural and dining destination. Its 18 square blocks are occupied by more than 100 boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. If money is no object, a visit to this tony quarter is a no-brainer!

Must-Shop Stores

Hermes’ three-story flagship (one of only three in the U.S.) carries all of the French brand’s collections, such as crystal, cashmere suits, silk scarves and leather saddles. Perhaps you’ll finally score that Birkin bag and sweep down the store’s stunning central staircase with it on your arm. If not, there are plenty of other luxury brands to tempt: Van Cleef & Arpels, Saint Laurent, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana among them. Fendi’s fluorescent orange façade makes it hard to miss — and the merchandise makes it equally hard to leave.

Where to Eat

For a quick bite, head to St. Roch Market and find everything from sushi and Vietnamese cuisine to vegan cupcakes and oysters. The Design District’s more than 20 restaurants include two from James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Harry’s Pizzeria), as well as Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Cuban eatery, Estefan Kitchen. And what makes a more fitting finale to your visit than Mad Lab Creamery’s soft serve ice cream topped with edible glitter?

Surprising Feature

An art critic guides twice-monthly complimentary tours of the area’s public art, including the 24-foot-tall Fly’s Eye Dome by Buckminster Fuller.

Bring It Back

Too much stuff to schlep? The United States Post Office is conveniently located on 39th Street.

In the Vicinity

At the intersection of Midtown, Buena Vista, Edgewater and Wynwood, the Design District is just off the North Miami Avenue exit of 1-95, a 20-minute drive from Miami International Airport. In the heart of the neighborhood, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, on 41st Street is free to visit year-round. And just south, Perez Art Museum Miami, The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, and waterfront Museum Park offer contemporary art, a planetarium, aquarium and outdoor sculpture installations between them.

Where to Stay

Book a room at the Hilton Miami Downtown and you’ll be just a 10-minute ride away on the complimentary City of Miami trolley, which stops near the hotel.

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