An Insider's Guide to the Miami Design District

So much more than a winter fling.

Each week seems to welcome a new attraction at the Miami Design District, whether it is the unveiling of a façade for its riotous parking garage or a new high-fashion flagship (Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Céline are just a few of the tenants). Plus, this past December the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami opened alongside the De La Cruz Collection and the Rubell Family Collection, adding more than a little fine art to the mix.

Developer Craig Robins (who also founded Design Miami/, naturally) is intent on making the Design District a shopping hub to rival Bal Harbour, drawing in famous architects and artists to realize his dream of a year-round design destination. Don’t know where to begin? T&C asked Robins to share some of his Design District recommendations—you’ll be sipping, shopping, and snapping selfies like a local in no time.

Favorite spot for a drink?

The Mayhaw Bar inside St. Roch Market.” (T&C tip: Pronounced “Saint Rock,” this is the second outpost of the super-popular New Orleans’s food market and cocktail bar.)

Best meal in town?

Michael’s Genuine Food + Drink. Start by sharing the stracciatella with heirloom tomatoes and definitely order the jumbo stone crab claws if they are in season.”

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink is known for its raw bar

Must-see events?

Design Miami/, of course. Besides that, Emilio Estefan’s Palm Court PerformanceSeries (weekly live musical performances) is returning for a second season. Watches and Wonders is also returning in 2019, which means you no longer have to go to Basel to see the latest in luxury watches.”

The Palm Court

Insider’s secret?

“The amazing arches in Jade Alley were designed by architect Daniel Toole specifically for this space just off the Paseo Ponti between Christian Louboutin and Céline.”


The Arches by Daniel Toole

Best places to take a selfie?

“It’s hard to pick, but Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome, Urs Fischer’s Bus Stop, and FENDI might be my top three.”

URS Fischer's Bus Stop

Exclusive to the Design District?

Aubi & Ramsa, which serves decadent, boozed-up ice cream. And Italian clothier Empresa and Istanbul jeweler Sevan Biçakçi both have their sole U.S. locations here.”

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