Miami shopping can mean anything from mega malls to high-end designer showrooms. But if you’re looking for local shops, you’ll want to head just 15 minutes southeast of Miami to Coral Gables. There you’ll find Miracle Mile (which is actually only half a mile long), a quaint stretch of adorable shops, trendy restaurants and high-culture museums and theaters.
Who wouldn’t enjoy exploring intimate boutiques, locally owned shops, sophisticated art galleries and outdoor cafes along pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined boulevards? A monster, that’s who!
Wandering along the lushly landscaped streets, popping in and out of specialty stores, is a great way to spend an afternoon. But if you want to make sure you hit up the best shops in the area, check out our list of must-visit shops below.
The best place to find a trendy mix of women’s clothes and accessories that won’t break the bank. They’ve got everything from cocktail dresses to bejeweled tunics to breezy blouses, most of which are less than $75. Be sure to check out the selection of jewelry and purses as well.
Address: 256 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables, FL
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm, Sun-Mon closed
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My Best Friend’s Closet Boutique
Stepping into this boutique really feels like you’re stepping into your best friend’s closet. If your best friend is rich and lives in some fancy digs. There’s everything from fancy wedding attire to casual clothing. Plus a great selection of gifts like fragrant soaps, pretty candles and other knickknacks. If you’re on a budget, they’ve got an excellent sale section in the back.
Address: 68 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun closed
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Plume is a popular home décor boutique run by a mother daughter design duo. They travel the world to source unique products like colorful handmade Turkish throw pillows and hand-blown glass vases. You’ll also find local art and tons of one-of-a-kind items you won’t see anywhere else.
Address: 218 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables, FL
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun-Mon closed
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Books & Books
This is what bookstores are meant to be. Row after row of book-filled shelves running floor to ceiling, a cozy fireplace (rare in Miami), a charming cafe, an idyllic courtyard and a calendar overflowing with literary events like book signings, lectures, writing workshops and reading groups. No matter what kind of books you like, you’ll find them here.
Address: 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL
Hours: Sun-Thu 9am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-12am
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If you like a little chakra balancing with your afternoon shopping, Silver Dragon is the place to go. In addition to things like crystals, incense, jewelry and original art, they also offer meditation classes, energy healing and personal readings. Enjoy the peaceful vibes and the rich smell of incense sourced from around the world.
Address: 81 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL
Hours: Tue-Fri 11:30am-7pm, Sat 11:30am-6pm, Sun-Mon closed
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The Golden Triangle
This colorful shop is chock full of an eclectic mix of books, jewelry, crystals, decorative trinkets and religious objects. They have a massive selection of incense and essential oils. Every nook and cranny of the store has something unique and interesting.
Address: 2308 Galiano St, Coral Gables, FL
Hours: Mon-Thu 10:30am-9pm, Fri 10:30am-11pm, Sat 9:30am-11pm, Sun 9:30am-9pm
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