Shopping malls can be hectic places, especially with the crowds and parking hassle. But there's no denying their convenience. Nestled under one roof (or in some cases no roof) are many stores and restaurants mixed with entertainment options. All have the same goal: to please you, the shopper.
It's best not to waste your time with a basic mall. We all want places that offer a little something different to get us ready for Christmas. Besides, we thought it was time to update our list from last year. Taking into account all the new developments, here are Miami's five best shopping malls.
5. The Shops at Sunset Place
Where else can you find a mall that has a movie theater, a bowling alley, a nightlife scene across the street, and plenty of shops and eateries that spill out around it? We can't think of any place better than the Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami. You can get your shopping done, have something to eat at one of the dozens of options, and maybe even get creative at Color Me Mine. Then watch a movie and walk over to Bougainvillea's or the Irish Times to start your night out — a true one-stop shopping mall. Downside: You have to pay for parking, and paying for parking is lame (but worth it in this case).
4. The Falls
Tucked away by Killian Drive and near a local YMCA, the Falls is one of those classic malls that make shopping an experience rather than a fleeting moment. Although you might be in a rush, the second you walk into the outdoor shopping area, the natural-looking fountains and foliage make you stop and take it easy. During the holidays, the place is decked out with festive lights and jolly decorations. Aside from options such as Bloomingdale's, the Apple Store, Macy's, and several restaurants, there's a United Artists movie theater in the center of it all.
3. The Shops at Merrick Park
Not only does Merrick Park have great stores — there's Burberry, Carolina Hererra, and Kate Spade — but it also has great dining options. The beauty of this mall is its open design, so while shoppers stroll around, they're enjoying the outdoor gardens and pleasant South Florida weather. Located in the heart of Coral Gables, Merrick Park is also a convenient spot for shoppers who want a little more than the stores found along Miracle Mile. And if you get the urge to buy a luxury car, the Collection is within walking distance. However, this is the only other mall on our list where parking isn't free.
Dadeland comes in a close second.
Courtesy of Simon Malls
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2. Dadeland Mall
The most notable trait of Dadeland Mall is the large "D" that stands atop a tall teal tower that can be seen as you exit the Palmetto Expressway. Operating for more than 50 years, the mall is practically a Miami icon. Dadeland has your classic department stores — Nordstrom, JC Penney, and Macy's — acting as sort of bookends for the mall. Recently, the mall was renovated and added a wing featuring more sit-down dining options and an Urban Outfitters store. Another cool feature: The mall has its own
1. Dolphin Mall
We know what you're thinking: Dolphin Mall might not be your choice for number one. But face it, this mall has it all. With the addition of an H&M store that opened earlier this month and a combination of outlet and name-brand stores — such as Bose, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, and Saks 5th Avenue — there really is something for everyone. Plus, there are plenty of choices when it comes to food, two cinemas (Cobb Theatres and CinéBistro), a bowling alley, and an IKEA store next door. One can get lost at Dolphin Mall and spend a glorious day of dining, shopping, and entertainment.