Yes, it's the new home of luxury shops like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and others, but the Miami Design District began its life as a regenerated "creative neighborhood" and along with its tony new tenants, it remains an important mecca for style and art. Every second Saturday of each month, for instance, the area shows off its creative roots during its Art and Design walk when galleries and design showrooms offer drinks, snacks, and entertainment to touring art aficionados. During Design Miami and Art Basel Miami the neighborhood's shops and galleries become a hive of glitterati cocktail parties. Must-see stops include Design District founder Craig Robins's personal art collection at The Craig Robins Collection's Brick Street Building and the revolving exhibits of contemporary art at the de la Cruz Collection. The Institute of Contemporary Art, temporarily housed in the landmark brick Moore Building, will soon move to a new multi-million dollar steel and glass building and sculpture garden designed by the Spanish firm Aranguren & Gallegos. See Design Miami's signature landmark, Buckminster Fuller's Fly Eye Geodome (shown here), in the district's new pedestrian-only Palm Court after a bite and a home brewed American Ale at local eatery Michael's Genuine Food and Drink—a Miami Design District institution known for its "gourmet comfort food."
As you explore the latest in design in the neighborhood, include the Burberry store on your itinerary.