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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.

Get in[edit]

The main intersection for the Design District is at NE 2nd Avenue and NE 39th Street.

By car[edit]

As with most of mainland Miami, the most convenient way of traveling to the Design District is by car.

  • From Miami Beach, take interstate highway 195 west and exit immediately after the causeway onto Biscayne Boulevard North. Cross Biscayne Boulevard and keep going until you see NE 2nd Avenue.
  • From Downtown Miami, go north on Biscayne Boulevard. Make a left at NE 36th Street and then a right onto NE 2nd Avenue.
  • From I-95, exit at highway 195 East. Take the Biscayne Boulevard exit and continue on NE 36th Street, and make a right onto NE 2nd Avenue.

Street parking is generally plentiful, but the meters are hungry so bring a lot of quarters. Alternatively, valet parking should also be available at certain venues.

By bus[edit]

Buses are not very well oriented for tourists, but can be used to get to the Design District. [41]

  • 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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Enea Garden Lounge, 191 NE 40th Street, (305) 576-6702, [1]. 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, [2]. 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, [3]. 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, [4]. 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, [5]. Art gallery  edit
  • Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida 33137, 305.576.8570, [6]. 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, [7]. 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, [8]. 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, [9]. 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

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Design District Gallery Walk, [10]. 7PM-10PM. Taking place during the second Saturday of each month, this is an evening of art, dining, cocktails and other events in the Design District.  edit
  • The Rug Company, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137, 305-576-9868, [11]. 10:00-6:00. The Rug Company is an international design brand, founded in London in 1997, dedicated to producing the best hand knotted, Nepalese contemporary and designer rugs in the world.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

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 [42].

  • Poliform, 180 NE 39th Street, Suite 101, (305) 573-9950, [12].  edit
  • Driade, 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, (305) 438-0513, [13].  edit
  • Fendi Casa, 90 NE 39th Street, (305) 438-1660, [14]. The first U.S.-based showroom for the Italian luxury brand.  edit
  • Kartell, 155 NE 40th Street, (305) 573-4010, [15].  edit
  • Agnona, 150 NE 40th Street, Miami FL 33137, 305 571 8018, [16]. 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, [17]. 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 Miami  edit
  • Céline, 191 NE 40th Street, Space 101, Miami, Florida 33137, 305 866 1888, [18]. Céline a French luxury fashion house.  edit
  • Christian Louboutin, 155 NE 40th Street, Miami FL 33137, (305) 576-6820, [19]. Luxury shoe designer.  edit
  • Dior Homme, 161 NE 40th St., Miami FL 33137, 305.571.3576, [20]. 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, [21]. 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, [22]. New York fashion designer  edit
  • Apt 606, 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite #106, Miami, Florida 33137, 305-573-3330, [23]. 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, [24]. 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, [25]. 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, [26]. Luxury fashion store.  edit
  • Marni, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33137, (305) 764-3357, [27]. Luxury fashion.  edit
  • OC Orianne Collins, 90 NE 39th Street, (305) 915-5615, [28]. Jewellery Boutique  edit
  • Prada, 180 NE 40th Street, 305 438 2280, [29]. 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 collections  edit
  • Scotch & Soda, 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137, (305) 573-1668, [30]. 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, [31]. Sebastien James brings real European fashion to Miami.  edit
  • Abitare, 21 NE 39th Street, Miami, FL 33137, (305) 573-5200, [32]. 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, [33]. With a passion for elegant design and sophistication, ADRIANA HOYOS delivers a memorable experience accompanying our creations, never just a product.  edit
  • Miami Exotic Car Rentals (Miami Exotic Car Rentals), 2880 w. oakland park blvd #201 (They deliver and pickup free of charge.), 305-240-8501, [34]. 9-8PM. One of the most fun things to do in Miami is to rent a Ferrari or a Lamborghini and enjoy the beautiful day.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, 130 NE 40th Street, (305) 573-5550, [35]. $5-$40.  edit
  • Harry's Pizzeria, 3918 N. Miami. Avenue, 786.275.4963, [36]. Celebrity chef Michael Schwartz's pizzeria restaurant. One of three restaurants by the chef at the Miami Design District.  edit
  • MC Kitchen, 4141 Northeast 2nd Avenue, [37]. Modern Italian cuisine by Chef Dena Marino.  edit
  • Crumb On Parchment, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami FL 33137, 305-572-9444, [38]. Located in the atrium of the Melin Building. Serves breakfast, lunch and mid day snacks and pastries.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Gavanna, 10 NE 40t Street, (305) 573-1321, [39]. Drinks.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Hotel options in or around the Design District itself are fairly lacking. Travelers should look for lodging in Downtown Miami, Midtown or Miami Beach and travel in when visiting the district.

  • New Yorker Boutique Hotel, 6500 Biscayne Blvd (directly across the street from Legion Park, 2 blocks away from the intracoastal waterway of Miami), [40].  edit


  • There is a US Post Office located at 66 NE 39th Street, between N Miami Ave and NE 1st Avenue.
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