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There's Nothing Like the Big City: Miami

When was the last time you wore heels? The last time you went dancing—other than at a wedding? The last time you ate at a restaurant without crayons on the table? The last time you stayed up past midnight?

You Gotta Do at Least One…
Have a drink at the Delano. The tourists outnumber the beautiful people on Saturday nights, but the Philippe Starck-designed lobby is still Alice-in-Wonderland gorgeous.

Grab one of the coveted outdoor tables at News Cafe, order a café con leche and an omelet (everything on the menu is served 24 hours a day), and watch the trend- and tan-addicted saunter by.

Explore the city's Design District--a chic stretch of furniture stores, galleries, and architecture firms 10 minutes from South Beach.

Open-Air Entertainment
Every weekend, local crafts vendors and musicians descend on Española Way--a pedestrian-only street lined by 1920s Mediterranean Revival buildings that's ideal for a leisurely stroll.

Sweet Fix
From the classics (like Nutella and hazelnut) to the exotic (like tamarind and passion fruit), La Gelateria makes all its gelato on-site.

Shops You Can't Find Everywhere
Fly Boutique: Vintage merchandise, such as Pucci shifts, Miu Miu heels, and slouchy leather handbags.

Mia: Gold and silver jewelry by local and international designers--and at reasonable prices (above).

Brownes & Co.: The chicest, tiniest department store ever. It stocks products by everyone from Anthousa to Zarvis, and it has a full-service spa and yoga studio. In the same building is the store where Ulli from Project Runway sells her wares.

Sabrina Monte Carlo: A mix of the high-end and cute beachy pieces.

40Northeast: Funky furniture and home accessories in the middle of the Miami Design District.

Shopping Street
Collins Avenue (bet. Fifth and Eighth) is a browser's delight, with both mass (Gap, Zara, Sephora, A/X) and haute (Sabrina, Leo, Intermix).

 
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