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“Ludicrously expensive...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Bal Harbour Shops

Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, FL 33154
305-866-0311
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Type: Malls, Shops
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: Prestigous, upscale shopping mecca.
Miami Beach, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Ludicrously expensive...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Only good reason to visit is to try something on that is very expensive and then shop for it on-line or at another store for a more reasonable price or with a store discount. Quite pretentious - shop staff a bit rude (normal for MB,) but really awful at times if you are not already dressed in this season's Prada ensemble, with up to the minute Gucci bag and coordinating 6 inch, $600 stilettos in animal print and of course, dripping with diamonds on pristine manicured hands and around sun-aged and tan necks and wrists, as well as in ears framing the face with a fresh blow-out of extensions. And listening to employees and shoppers talk about "good help" and trash talking anyone and anything imaginable. Hard to understand the values of people who spend the afternoon buying couture that costs more than a Yale Bachelors Degree while complaining about inanities. I like to dress up pretty, but boutiques and people with money and class appeal far more to my sensibilities if I am looking to spend....a lot.

Visited March 2013
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Greenville, SC
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“Lovely, fun and expensive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I doubt many of us will do much spending at Bal Harbour, but that doesn't mean it can't be a lot of fun. The window shopping and strolling alone is worth the trip. As noted, all the high-end and designer stores are concentrated here and it's fun to see what this type of merchandise costs. There are nice cafe-type restaurants upstairs too. My favorite part of Bal Harbour is the fish and turtle habitat that runs along the interior. We spent 20 minutes just watching the turtles. A pretty, pretty place even if you don't set foot in any stores.

Visited April 2013
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Norwich UK
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“Worth a browse.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Worth it for a look around but not really for sensible shopping! Venture a bit further to the Ventura Mall.

Visited April 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“Shopping at its best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stopped by Bal Harbour Shops on a Saturday for a morning of shopping. The center is made up of a variety of high-end stores that you won't find in most cities. We especially enjoyed Thomas Pink, Gucci, and Tiffany's. The salespeople in all three stores were fantastic--very personable and helpful. It is a great way to spend some time whether you are just browsing, or have definite items that you want to shop for. We had a great time!

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful shopping experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

Enjoy this experience, but definitely be ready to spend some $$! Nothing like having a full shop of your favorite designer, instead of a section at a department store. Only the best designers here, so well worth the cost...unless you are just window shopping, but even in this case, it's a grand experience. The landscape itself is gorgeous and worth the trip. My boys and I really enjoyed this place.

Visited April 2013
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