The Miami Design District is a small neighborhood in Miami about two miles north of Downtown, with several blocks of filled with furniture showrooms, art galleries, fashion boutiques and hip eateries. Many creative services, such as architects and graphic designers, have also set up shop within the district. The district was founded in the 1920s to create and market furnishings for hotels during the South Beach art deco boom, but withered, along with much of Miami, when crime rates soared in the 1970s and 80s. In the 1990s a local developer began revitalizing the area and looking for hot, brand-name tenants, and the Design District is returning as an area for shopping and dining.
Buses are not very well oriented for tourists, but can be used to get to the Design District. 
From Miami Beach, take the #110 J-Airport bus from W 41st Street and Collins Avenue. Buses come every half hour and the trip takes around 15 minutes to arrive. Exit at NE 2nd Avenue or NE 1st Avenue on NE 36th Street. Walk north underneath the highway overpass for about three blocks.
From South Beach, there is no direct bus line so you will need to transfer. One way of doing this is to catch the "C" or #120 bus from Washington Avenue (or the "M" or "S" from Alton Road), then transfer at the Omnitert bus station to the #9 or #10 163 St Mall bus. Exit the bus at NE 2nd Avenue and NE 40th Street and you are right in the Design District. This trip can take up to 45 minutes.
From Downtown Miami, take the #9 Aventura Mall bus anywhere along NE 1st Avenue. Buses come every half hour and the trip takes around 15-20 minutes to arrive. Exit the bus at NE 2nd Avenue and NE 40th Street and you are right in the Design District. Alternatively you can use the free City of Miami Trolley Biscayne-Brickell line.
From Miami International Airport: Take the J bus from the airport to Biscayne Blvd.
Enea Garden Lounge, 191 NE 40th Street, ☎ (305) 576-6702, . This little urban oasis is difficult to miss when walking along 40th Street. Look for a wooden screen wall with dark brown steps. Inside, you can lounge on the couches amidst bamboo thickets and water-filled planters. It's designed by Enzo Enea, a German landscape designer who has a branch office locally in Miami. It can be rented for events such as parties and weddings, but during the day visitors can walk through and rest while touring the rest of the district. Be sure to check this place out during the Gallery Walk (see below).Free. edit
Plumer Alley/Oak Plaza, (perpendicular to NE 1st Avenue and NE 2nd Avenue, connecting NE 39th St and NE 40 St). edit
Adamar Fine Arts, 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 107, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ 305-576-1355, . Full service fine art gallery representing Contemporary Masters and mi-career internationally recognized artists.edit
Arevalo Gallery, 151 NE 40th St. Suite 200, Miami FL 33137, ☎ (305) 860-3311, . Arevalo gallery has been established both for the promotion of 20th Century Latin American and International Art, and also of a greater understanding of the relationships between modern art movements and their influence on contemporary art.edit
de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, 23 NE 41 Street, Miami, Florida 33137, ☎ (305) 576-6112, . The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space houses works from the personal collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz and serves as an extension of their home, which has been available for public viewing for the past fifteen years. edit
Etra Fine Art, 50 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ (305) 438-4383, . Art galleryedit
Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33137, ☎ 305.576.8570, . This once fledgling organization has burgeoned into a recognized art institution, becoming a landmark in the Miami art scene. edit
Primary Projects, 4141 NE 2nd Ave, Suite 104, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ 954 296 1675, . Primary Projects is a multidisciplinary project space and art gallery, which aims to explore and promote multiple forms of aesthetic expression from established and emerging artists.edit
Swampspace, 150 NE 42 Street, . Launched in 2008 from the studio of artist Oliver Sanchez in the Miami Design District, Swampspace Gallery presents monthly exhibitions of innovative talent.edit
Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 NE 2nd Ave, Suite 105C, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ 305 371 5988, . As the only museum of its kind in the United States, the award-winning Haitian Heritage Museum has provided art exhibitions, cultural arts events, and educational programming to the Miami-Dade County community and South Florida since 2004.edit
The Design District has a large amount of art galleries and retail showrooms, mostly for furniture manufacturers. These are just a small handful of stores worth checking out here. For a complete selection, you can browse the Design District's official listings .
Poliform, 180 NE 39th Street, Suite 101, ☎ (305) 573-9950, . edit
Driade, 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, ☎ (305) 438-0513, . edit
Fendi Casa, 90 NE 39th Street, ☎ (305) 438-1660, . The first U.S.-based showroom for the Italian luxury brand.edit
Kartell, 155 NE 40th Street, ☎ (305) 573-4010, . edit
Agnona, 150 NE 40th Street, Miami FL 33137, ☎ 305 571 8018, . Womens luxury brand that has been part of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group since 1999. Agnona has 40 stores worldwide.edit
Cartier, 151 North East 40th Street, Miami FL 33137, ☎ (305) 864-8793, . Founded in 1847 in Paris, Cartier stands as one of the world’s most esteemed and respectful companies in the luxury goods industry. The shop in the Design District is the sole free-standing Cartier boutique in Miamiedit
Céline, 191 NE 40th Street, Space 101, Miami, Florida 33137, ☎ 305 866 1888, . Céline a French luxury fashion house.edit
Christian Louboutin, 155 NE 40th Street, Miami FL 33137, ☎ (305) 576-6820, . Luxury shoe designer.edit
Dior Homme, 161 NE 40th St., Miami FL 33137, ☎ 305.571.3576, . Dior Homme Miami offers a sophisticated shopping environment that reflects Dior’s heritage of timeless elegance, luxury, and innovation.edit
En Avance, 161 NE 40th Street, Suite 101, Miami FL 33137, ☎ (305) 576-0056, . Over 20 years in Miami, En Avance has become a "global showcase" for a full range of merchandise for men and women, from clothing and accessories to beauty products and jewelry to home and gift items.edit
Anya Ponorovskaya, 35 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ (305) 677-5008, . New York fashion designeredit
Apt 606, 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite #106, Miami, Florida 33137, ☎ 305-573-3330, . Apt 606, a high-end fashion boutique on the northern end of the Design District.edit
Hermès, 175 NE 40th Street, Miami FL 33137, ☎ 305-868-0118, . The temporary space featuring women's ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, swim, handbags, menswear collection, swimwear, shoes and accessories collections, as well as silk fashion accessories, equestrian, home, furniture, tableware, puiforcat, St Louis and more. edit
Louis Vuitton, 170 NE 40 Street, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ 305-573-1366, . The new Design District location offers an engaging experience in a distinctive neighborhood store.edit
Maison Martin Margiela, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ (786) 718-1931, . Luxury fashion store.edit
Marni, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ (305) 764-3357, . Luxury fashion.edit
Prada, 180 NE 40th Street, ☎ 305 438 2280, . The Prada store in the Miami Design District is designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi. The shop offers the women’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories and footwear collectionsedit
Scotch & Soda, 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ (305) 573-1668, . Scotch & Soda offers the latest trends in fashion for men, women, and kids.edit
Sebastien James, 130 NE 40th Street, Suite 2, Miami FL 33137, ☎ (305) 576-4470, . Sebastien James brings real European fashion to Miami.edit
Abitare, 21 NE 39th Street, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ (305) 573-5200, . Multi-brand high-end Italian furniture store. With brands such as Minotti, Rimadesio, Bonacina, Mattograssi, Gallotti & Radice, and more.edit
Adriana Hoyos, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 105, Miami, FL 33137, ☎ (305) 572-9052, . With a passion for elegant design and sophistication, ADRIANA HOYOS delivers a memorable experience accompanying our creations, never just a product. edit