The Miami Design District is a trendy destination for anyone who loves creativity, shopping, and dining. Home to cutting-edge fashion, design, architecture, and art, the design district is a neighborhood with style.
About The Miami Design District
The Miami Design District is the largest design district in America. With over 130 art galleries, showrooms, creative services, architecture firms, luxury fashion stores, antique dealers, eateries, and bars, it has everything one would need to suit the Miami way of life.
In the early 1900s, a pineapple farm was located in the area we now know as the Design District. T.V. Moore, a farmer, then constructed the historic Moore Building in the 1920s for his family’s furniture business.
From that point, the design district grew, with shops catering to the needs of diverse shoppers. However, it was not until recent times that it became the destination it is today.
The transition started in the late 1990s when Craig Robins purchased many run-down buildings in the 18 square block area. He then convinced many top designers and brands to open studios and showrooms in the area.
Since then, Miami’s Design District has seen a surge in Miami-based designers and architects and art galleries, and luxury fashion brands.
As Miami’s hotspot for emerging trends, the Design District is home to some of the best restaurants, shopping, and art in all of Miami.
With world-renowned brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Prada and restaurants from award-winning chefs like Michael Schwartz, the design district can make for a full day out.
But for us, the best attractions are the art. Top sites include The Institute for Contemporary Art, The de la Cruz Collection of Contemporary Art, and the Locust Project. But it doesn’t end there.
There are also public art collections with works from Buckminster Fuller, Marc Newsom, and Urs Fischer and the nearby Wynwood Walls, where you will find many amazing murals and great shops and cafés.
The Miami Design District is located in North Miami, just north of Miami Beach. It can be most easily accessed by car or public transportation via Metrorail’s Blue Line at the Dadeland South station.
Once there, be aware that the district is made up of three distinct areas: Upper Miami Avenue, NE 2nd Ave, and NW 3rd Ave. All are fantastic, each with its quirks and sights to see.
If you are in town for Miami Art Week, stop by and look for the Artmatcher team in the galleries. We will be on the street introducing our mobile app to the beautiful institutions of the Design District.