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Lincoln Road Mall

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Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

This open-air pedestrian mall flaunts some of Miami's best people-watching. The eclectic interiors of myriad fabulous restaurants, colorful boutiques, art galleries, lounges, and cafés are often upstaged by the bustling outdoor scene. It's here among the prolific alfresco dining enclaves that you can pass the hours easily beholding the beautiful people. Indeed, outdoor restaurant and café seating take center stage along this wide pedestrian road adorned with towering date palms, linear pools, and colorful broken-tile mosaics. A few of the shops on Lincoln Road are owner-operated boutiques carrying a smart variety of clothing, furnishings, jewelry, and decorative elements. But more often you'll find typical upscale chain stores—Apple Store, Nespresso, Gap, and so on. Lincoln Road is fun, lively, and friendly for people—old, young, gay, and straight—and their dogs. Lincoln Road is a great place to cool down with an icy treat while touring South Beach. If you visit on a Sunday,

stop at one of the many juice vendors, who’ll whip up made-to-order smoothies from mangoes, oranges, and other fresh local fruits.

Two landmarks worth checking out at the eastern end of Lincoln Road are the massive 1940s keystone building at 420 Lincoln Road, which has a 1945 Leo Birchanky mural in the lobby, and the 1921 Mission-style Miami Beach Community Church, at Drexel Avenue. The Lincoln Theatre (541–545 Lincoln Rd.), at Pennsylvania Avenue, is a classical four-story art deco gem with friezes, which now houses H&M. At Euclid Avenue there's a monument to Morris Lapidus, the brains behind Lincoln Road Mall, who in his nineties watched the renaissance of his whimsical South Beach creation. At Lenox Avenue, a black-and-white art deco movie house with a Mediterranean barrel-tile roof is now the Colony Theater (1040 Lincoln Rd.), where live theater and experimental films are presented.

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Lincoln Rd., between Washington Ave. and Alton Rd., Miami Beach, Florida, 33139, USA

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Published 07/06/2017


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