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“It had its interest and uniqueness but now it's heading down the wrong track”

Miami Design District
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$85.00*
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Miami Art Tour: Design District, Midtown and Wynwood
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$55.00*
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Private Half Day Miami City Tour
Ranked #15 of 356 things to do in Miami
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Miami Design District is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences. The vision for a rejuvenated Design District was codified in an urban master plan developed by the award-winning master planners Duany Plater-Zyberk, with the additional participation of architects including Walter Chatham, Hariri and Hariri, Juan Lezcano, Terence Riley, and Alison Spear. The Miami Design District embodies a singular dedication to the unity of design, fashion, art and architecture, and a commitment to encourage a neighborhood comprised of creative experiences.
Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

It amazes me how this district has changed in the last years and not in a good way. When I first visited it five years back it was all about architectural design with smaller shops and displays and a few cute restaurants tucked in. Now the feeling is that of being in a sort of Rodeo Drive Corp. mall atmosphere. Now you can find Cartier, Prada, Armani, Fendi etc..even valet parking all over. Sad. The feeling of arts and crafts is long gone and by the massive work in progress construction development it seems it will get worse. It is merely a portal for the usual big brand names and not much more.

7  Thank ZoeRM
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This is not an easy place to navigate and find what you want. Store are spread out over a few blocks and they tend to turn over quickly. I suggest driving around the streets first to see what there is before you park. It can be a bit of a walk between good stores without much interesting along the way. But having lunch at Michael's Genuine restaurant is the best part of a visit to the Design District.

4  Thank SharonRoseFlorida
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

i love what they have done to the design district ..it brings a great flavor to the downtown miami. feels good strolling down the design district on a cool sunday

1  Thank mzfats
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We have visited Miami for many years, and always headed to the Design District as it has been the home base for many design firms and studios.(there are two architects in the family) There were wonderful old Florida style buildings, small outdoor restaurants,and good ones such as Fratelli/Lyon, as well as antique shops and a casual relaxed feel to the place.Now much of the old buildings have been knocked down, and are now huge soon-to-be-construction sites,the old restaurants are gone, and some of the furniture and design studios have beeen replaced with ultra expensive dress and shoe shops. For us the area has been ruined, as it may be for those who enjoy originality and the feeling of being somewhere "real", not an
other shopping center to be with glitz. And I am sure some people will
find it to their taste. But we are very sad to see such changes.

4  Thank citycat66
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

If you want to get away from the cliche South Beach scene you definitely have to go the Design District. Has a great chic feeling to it, but at the same time it is filled with original artistic beauty. With art at every corner, high end retail shops, and the best restaurants to choose from, Design District should be at the top of your list.

2  Thank Marcus D
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