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 Go holiday shopping al fresco at these nine outdoor destinations in South Florida
Round up your bargain cheap replica handbags hunting posse and explore the recently revitalized Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach. Take a stroll along cheap louis vuitton bags from china charming Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, and marvel at its secret breezeways and twinkling lights. Join the hipsters in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami and see some of the largest street art installations in the world, set amid some of the most fashion forward stores in South Florida.
If you're looking for luxury retailers, eclectic boutiques, cool libations and delicious indulgences, here's my gift to you, wrapped up with a bow.
Step onto East Atlantic Avenue these days and you feel the energy. It's hard to believe this diverse, historic hotspot was once nicknamed "Downtown Dull Ray." No more. This happening 'hood was selected in May as high quality replica handbags china one of the top 10 great American shopping streets by noted urban planner and Harvard professor Robert Gibbs. The district features an array of eclectic shops, galleries and eateries.
There's ample parking, then hop on the free trolley and marvel at the many exquisite examples of art deco architecture, including the landmark Colony Hotel Cabana Club, built in 1926; or the lovingly restored Crest Theatre at Old School Square. Dine at the equally historic Sundy House, just south of Atlantic Avenue, and explore its interesting gardens. Another option: Hang out until the light dims and watch the avenue transform into a hipster haunt.
Oh, yes, the shopping. My personal standouts include the jeans and high end leathers with a side of champagne at Bolufe; and the fall forward fashions at Periwinkle. Clean up on handmade, bubblicious goods at Naked Mermaid Soapery. And don't forget to stop in at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore. A good book is always a perfect gift.
The revitalized 180,000 square foot Royal Poinciana Plaza shopping center in West Palm Beach, long a treasured architectural and cultural gem, has been made new and shiny again. (Handout)
The Regency style Royal, renovated to the standard set by renowned architect John Volk in the 1950s, has attracted nearly 30 shops and restaurants worthy of its prominent place on the island.
Sip an espresso while nestled in a comfy chair and enjoy a trickling fountain in the idyllic courtyards and gardens. You'll need the rest after spending the day at luxury retailers Saint Laurent, Assouline, Valentina Kova, Cremieux, Magasin and Serenella. Even Herms defected here from nearby Worth Avenue. What woman wouldn't love a silk scarf from this house of high fashion? Pop in at The Honor Bar, one of four in the country and the first in Florida, for some nibbles and cocktails.
A trek to replica louis vuitton bags from china the far reaches of northern Palm Beach will be rewarded with bargains galore at this family friendly, outdoorsy collection of nearly 150 retailers and restaurants built on the former site of the Palm Beach Mall. Bargainistas will find priced to move goods from Brooks Brothers, Vera Bradley, Talbots, Sperry, O'Neill, Le Creuset and newcomer children's clothier Janie and Jack. Hunt for deals at Nordstrom Rack followed by a pastrami on rye at TooJay's Deli or a beer at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. Then, get right back in the ring and hit Bed, Bath Beyond, DSW Shoe Warehouse and Ulta Beauty at the adjacent Marketplace at the Outlets.
Home to over 45 retailers, specialty stores and 14 restaurants, this kid friendly destination offers a departure from the usual mall suspects. From fun accessories and jewelry at Charming Charlie, Francesca's and Pizazz replica louis vuitton bags or fine kitchenware and specialty foods at Sur la Table, you'll find something for everyone, naughty or nice. Of the many dining options, close your eyes and pretend you're in Napa at Cooper's Hawk Winery Restaurant or sip a sangria at Ethos Greek Bistro. Enjoy date night with dinner and a movie at the 11 screen luxury Silverspot Cinema. The tree lighting will be Nov. on the first day of Hanukkah, Dec. 12. on Nov. 28 in Fort Lauderdale. The holiday extravaganza features stage performances and Snow Mountain, a super cool (and cold), two story ice covered slope for sledding. (Handout)
Stroll along Broward County's most historic street, with more than 120 unique boutiques and retail shops, art galleries, jewelers and restaurants. Discover the secret breezeways and hidden treasures that make this tree lined boulevard a retail adventure. Hop on and off the Sun Trolley to visit well known shops that include Carroll's Jewelers, Florida friendly fashions Fresh Produce, gown goddess Zola Keller and progressive Elektrik Boutique, and Hoffman's Chocolates. There are plenty of dining options among the three dozen restaurants, bistros and sidewalk cafes Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags here, including La Bonne Crpe, Noodles Panini and Caff Europa. on Nov. 28. The holiday extravaganza, between Southeast Sixth and 11th Avenues, features food and beverage booths, local choirs, stage performances and Snow Mountain, a super cool (and cold), two story ice covered slope for sledding. Word on the street is Santa Claus will visit, too.
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Sit down, relax and rest those tired dogs with a cool cucumber gin and tonic and a giant meatball at Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirits, or blow your daily calorie budget at Zinburger Wine Burger Bar. Be sure to drop in at the new replica louis vuitton H which opened Nov. 16. You'll be shopping la dolce vita.
The village is centered around the iconic race track and casino, with a fine collection of shops to help deck the halls, including Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Crate Barrel, West Elm, The Container Store and Z Gallerie. Get a fresh holiday look at Lilly McKay, Blu Ice and Back2Back fashions. Hit the casino, make a bet on the ponies and grab a bite and a beer at Yard House, Brio Tuscan Grille aaa replica designer handbags or cut into a prime steak at replica louis vuitton handbags III Forks. Stroll the plaza nibbling French treats from Le Macaron while enjoying fun holiday events and music. Nov. 24 Dec. 31 in Champions Plaza; ride the Express Train in December and visit with Santa and Mrs. Nov. 25 26 and on weekends through Christmas Eve.
Lose yourself in luxury at Florida's very first open air shopping destination, nestled in this exclusive seaside village. Bal Harbour's meandering, half million square foot promenade is refreshingly intimate, where Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany Co. and other swanky retailers are anchored by Neiman Marcus and Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags Saks Fifth Avenue. Give the wallet a rest while rejuvenating from your retail romp at Stephen Starr's sleek and elegant Japanese restaurant Makoto or brasserie Le Zoo, a Parisian style sidewalk cafe.
Exciting plans are in the works to bring Barneys New York to Bal Harbour as part of a $400 million, 340,000 square foot upgrade kicking off at year's end. Settle in for a wait, though. The project is expected to take years to complete.
high quality designer replica handbags If you haven't been to the Miami Design District, a 50 block artsy mashup of fashion, architecture, design and dining, you simply must. (Handout)
Miami Design and Wynwood Arts DistrictIf you haven't been to the Miami Design District, a 50 block artsy mashup of fashion, architecture, design and dining, you simply must. Don't be intimidated by high end purveyors Cartier, Bulgari, Fendi, Versace, YSL and, for the shoe obsessed, Christian Louboutin. You'll also find affordable, cool Turkish delights at The Bazaar Project, or venture over to Wynwood Block (2621 NW Second Ave.), or the Arcade (50 NW 24 St.) for even more surprises.

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