Explore Miami May 28, 2019
As one of Miami’s legendary shopping and dining districts, Lincoln Road is a destination in and of itself. Filled with boutiques, fabulous restaurants, and entertaining street performances, South Beach’s world-famous promenade has something for everyone. Here’s your guide to Lincoln Road’s storied history and multitude of options for places to grab a bite to eat and indulge in a little retail therapy.
The History of Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road was one of the first developed areas in all of South Beach. The social center became the heart of the island, featuring offices and premium retail destinations like Bonwit Teller, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cadillac, and Packard car dealerships. After a 1950s redesign, Lincoln Road (named after the 16th president) was elevated with gardens, fountains, and an amphitheater. As visitors continued to flock to the happening street, traffic eventually shut down and Lincoln Road became one of the nation’s first pedestrian malls.
Today, Lincoln Road continues to evolve. The high-end stores have all but moved out to make room for independent shops, galleries, and eateries. You’ll still find national retail stores among the 200 boutiques, but the artistic hub is now experiencing an indie resurgence.
Where to Eat and Drink
Locals are buzzing about the new Lincoln Eatery. The food hall brings together 16 fast-casual, artisan, and grab & go places to reflect the fast-paced vibe of Miami Beach. Visit Lincoln Eatery’s Chill-N for a sweet treat of ice-cream flash-frozen with liquid nitrogen or grab a quick sandwich from Marble & Rye, a modern take on a traditional New York delicatessen. If you want to sit and stay awhile, take a seat at one of the many umbrella-shaded sidewalk cafés that line Lincoln Road. Spris and Balans Restaurant & Bar both have excellent patio seating and killer daily happy hours.
Things to Do Along Lincoln Road
There is much more to Lincoln Road Mall than popping into designer boutiques, souvenir shops, and upscale chains. Check out works by local artists at Artcenter South Florida, catch a play at the art deco Colony Theatre, enjoy a free movie under the stars at the Miami Beach SoundScape, or find an open bench to watch jaw-dropping acts of world famous street performers.
Can’t Miss Events
Visit Lincoln Road every Sunday from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. for the weekly Farmers Market to stock up on local treasures. Pick up fresh fruit, baked goods, and artisan honey, ceviche, and spices. Plan your visit to coincide with the Lincoln Road Antique Market, when antique collectors, enthusiasts, and sellers take over the Mall to showcase their vintage finds. The outdoor Antique Market takes place every second Sunday from October to May.
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