In barely a decade, the half-mile pedestrian mall that runs through the heart of South Beach has transformed from a collection of bohemian shops, gay-friendly establishments, and tchotchke-filled retailers into an open-air orgy of international brands and restaurants. Whether the scruffy Lincoln Road of yesteryear is better than the gleaming version of today is up for debate, but this fact is indisputable: The blocks of shopping and dining from Washington Avenue to Alton Road have never been more popular. Zara, H&M, Gap, Lululemon, Apple, Nike, Victoria's Secret, Scotch & Soda, Urban Outfitters, Meat Market, Shake Shack, Starbucks, and many others can be found here, making a drive to suburban areas like Aventura and Kendall unnecessary for urbanites. The Morris Lapidus-designed promenade still holds onto its old-school charm thanks to street performers working for tips and shirtless rollerbladers zipping up and down the strip. Plus, the people-watching is still free, and there's still no Orange Julius in sight. Sure, you won't be able to escape the heat like at a traditional indoor mall, but you can cool down with a scoop of ice cream at the Frieze or a cocktail at Segafredo.
Readers' choice: Aventura Mall