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Miami Design District

18 square blocks of high-end shopping
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Design District is Miami's Soho, where the hip go when they want something special for their homes, their closets or their palates... more »

Tips:  Shops, showrooms and galleries are scattered over an 18-square-block area with much of the activity on NE 2nd Avenue and along NE 40th... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Buick Building

The Buick Building, built in 1926 at the southeast corner of NE 2nd Avenue and NE 39th Street, can be seen from I-195 and Biscayne Boulevard. Front and back of the former automobile agency are medallion murals inspired by Roman mythological figures added in 2000 by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R&R Studios. Those in the back may... More

2. Luxurious Interiors

You'll find a new cluster of high-end furniture showrooms at the western edge of the district on NE 39th Street at Miami Avenue -- three European and one "California Look."

10 NE 39th St.
Tel: (305) 573-4331
The new kid on the block with a 3,600-sq.ft. (340-sq.m.) showroom offering elegant furniture, tableware, bedding, fabrics and... More

3. Storefront Shopping

Walk one block north on Miami Avenue and turn east at the Orange Café + Art, an art gallery-café where the locals go weekdays for an inexpensive breakfast or lunch or bubble tea pick-me-up. Sandwiches here have artsy names like Frida Khalo, Picasso and Leonardo.

Amble along shady NE 40th Street, lined on either side with storefront showrooms... More

4. Art Galleries

Not counting the activities that spill over into the neighborhood during Art Basel/Miami Beach each December or the pop-up exhibits that can happen most any time, the Design District has more than a dozen galleries and exhibition spaces. Special art, music, shopping and dining events are staged at Art+Design night, the second Saturday each month ... More

5. Plummer Alley

This pedestrian alley between 39th and 40th streets is named for Richard Plummer, interior decorator to the rich and famous of Miami back, well, when. He worked with Moore Furniture to make the Buena Vista neighborhood a home furnishings center.

The model for passages to come, it is a convenient short-cut to a variety of shops and the inviting... More

6. Old Buena Vista

Thanks to a pineapple grower, the Buena Vista neighborhood has been a home furnishings mecca almost from the start. T.V. Moore turned land developer at the start of the 1920s land boom, creating homes for snowbirds and a bustling business center to serve them.

His Moore Furniture Company, one of the first stores in the US selling only furniture,... More

7. DASH -- Design & Architecture Senior High School

Founded in 1990 when the Design District was only beginning to revive, DASH is ranked Florida's #1 high school and the nation's #2 magnet school by U.S. News & World Report. Among its graduates is the Columbian-born Esteban Cortázar, who was head designer at Emanuel Ungaro and now has his own brand.

Look at the nearly transparent wall in... More

8. Upper 2nd Avenue

Head north from 40th Street to explore bespoken suits and rugs, silk flowers that look more real than real and a Greek taverna recreated in a 1940s Miami cottage. On the west side of the street, you'll come to:

Duncan Quinn
4040 NE 2nd Ave.
Tel: (305) 671-3820
Tues - Sat: 11am - 7pm
Sun, Mon: By Appointment
Namesake shop of the London barrister ... More

9. de la Cruz Collection of International Contemporary Art

When Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz's international contemporary art collection outgrew their bayfront home on Key Biscayne, the Cuban-born couple built a three-story, 30,000-sq.ft. (almost 3,000 sq.m.) space in the northwest corner of the Design District to make room for more. They launched the building, designed by John Marquette, just in time for ... More