Miami Design District

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Design District
Neighborhood of Miami
Typical street in the Design District
Typical street in the Design District
Nickname(s): Buena Vista (historic name)
Design District neighborhood within the City of Miami
Design District neighborhood within the City of Miami
Coordinates: 25°48′46″N 80°11′32″W / 25.81278°N 80.19222°W / 25.81278; -80.19222
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade County
City City of Miami
 • City of Miami Commissioner Richard Dunn
 • Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson
 • House of Representatives Daphne Campbell (D) and Cynthia A. Stafford (D)
 • State Senate Larcenia Bullard (D), and Oscar Braynon (D)
 • U.S. House Frederica Wilson (D)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,573
 • Density 9,385/sq mi (3,624/km2)
Time zone UTC-05 (EST)
ZIP Code 33127, 33137
Area code(s) 305, 786
Website Miami Design District

The Design District, historically a part of Buena Vista, is a neighborhood within the city of Miami, Florida, United States, south of Lemon City (Little Haiti). It is roughly bound by North 36 St (US 27) to the south, North 43rd Street to the north, West First Avenue to the west and Biscayne Boulevard to the east.[1]

The Design District was made up primarily of old low-rise warehouses that have been converted into retail spaces, art galleries, restaurants and cafés, but now includes a large amount of new construction, primarily for high-end retail.[2] The Design District is in the crossroads of many prominent Miami neighborhoods, with the artsy Wynwood neighborhood to the south, Lemon City (Little Haiti) and the historic 1920s Buena Vista neighborhood to the north, and the wealthy Upper East Side neighborhoods to the east. After decades of falling to urban decay, the Design District has risen to fame as a destination for the arts, design, and fashion.

It is home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, creative services, architecture firms, luxury fashion stores, antiques dealers, eateries and bars.[3]


Historically, the area today known as the Design District was originally known as Buena Vista. Today, the area has become its own, and is known colloquially as the Design District. Signs and names with the name Buena Vista can still be seen throughout the area such as the Buena Vista Post Office, and Buena Vista School.

By the 1980s and early-1990s, the Design District had fallen to urban decay, and it wasn't until the late 1990s, and early 2000s, that art and design stores began opening up in the Design District. Throughout the 2000s, the Design District continued to grow in popularity, and with heavy public and private investment in the neighborhood, the streets and sidewalks were redone, and new trees were planted.[4]

Credited to starting the district is Craig Robins, who purchased many run-down buildings in the 18 square block area and persuaded many top designers, such as Alison Spear, Holly Hunt and Peter Page to relocate.[5]

On 1 August 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning, advising pregnant women not to visit the Design District, Wynwood, and Midtown Miami areas to avoid getting the Zika virus.[6][7]


The District is home to many flagship luxury stores including Hermès, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Celine and more.[8] Currently, there are over 70 stores open in the District, with another 60 set to open by mid-2017.[9]

In 2009, the first luxury retailer opened in the Design District, Christian Louboutin, marking a new era for the Design District. Later that year, Yohji Yamamoto opened in the Design District. In 2011, Louis Vuitton announced plans to open a Louis Vuitton store in the neighborhood by 2014 after announcing its closure of its Bal Harbour Shops store (the first Louis Vuitton store to open outside of New York City), along with opening other brands from the LVMH company in the Design District, including stores such as Sephora, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, and Fendi.[10]

In October 2011, Hermes, Cartier and Dior announced plans to move their stores from Bal Harbour Shops to the Design District in late 2011 and 2012.[11] Design Within Reach opened an 11,000-square foot design store in the district on Feb 1st, 2013. [12]

The three-story, 13,000-square-foot Hermès store opened in November 2015 and is only the third U.S. flagship after Madison Avenue in New York City and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.[13]

By the end of 2017, Dacra will have 120 stores open on its own property, and other property owners will have another 40. Stores to open include, Be Miami, Aesop, Citco, Creed, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Faubourg Galerie & Café, Isabel Marant, Joseph, Loro Piana, Rag & Bone, Tod’s, Tory Burch, Van Cleef & Arpels, Saint Laurent, Sevan Biçakçi and Zilli.[14]


The Design District offers a variety of dining options, including James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz's Michael's Genuine and the Cypress Tavern.[9] Future 2016 offerings will include ABC Kitchen from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and four restaurants from decorated Michelin Guidestar chef Joël Robuchon. All four restaurants, L'Atelier, Le Bar, La Boutique and La Terrace will open in what will be called Paradise Plaza, on the north end of the Design District, part of the area's Phase Three build out.[15]

Art Galleries and Art Events[edit]

A portion of the interior of the Fendi art gallery/showroom in the Miami Design District, December, 2008
Northern entrance to Design District

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami), promotes the work of contemporary artists, and the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through exhibitions, programs, and collections, ICA showcases the work of established and emerging artists, and aims to advance the public appreciation and understanding of innovative and experimental art.[16]


As of 2000, the population of the Miami Design District had 1,116 people. The zip codes for the Miami Design District include 33127 and 33137. The area covers 0.249 square miles (0.64 km2). As of 2000, there were 522 males and 594 females. The median age for males were 26.2 years old, while the median age for females were 25.4 years old. The average household size had 3.1 people, while the average family size had 3.6 members. The percentage of married-couple families (among all households) was 32.9%, while the percentage of married-couple families with children (among all households) was 17.5%, and the percentage of single-mother households (among all households) was 20.7%. 5.8% of population in other group homes. The percentage of never-married males 15 years old and over was 19.2%, while the percentage of never-married females 15 years old and over was 19.5%.[17]

As of 2000, the percentage of people that speak English not well or not at all made up 20.2% of the population. The percentage of residents born in Florida was 41.6%, the percentage of people born in another U.S. state was 12.1%, and the percentage of native residents but born outside the U.S. was 7.3%, while the percentage of foreign born residents was 39.0%.[17]


The Design District is served by Metrobus throughout the area, the City of Miami Trolley Biscayne-Brickell route and by the Miami Metrorail in adjoining Allapattah less than a mile due west at:


Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates area public schools:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "District Design Map" (PDF).
  2. ^ Cordle, Ina Paiva (2013-09-23). "Miami Design District's transformation into a luxury shopping destination is underway". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  3. ^ "Directory of Fashion, Furniture & Watch Stores | Miami Design District". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  4. ^ Gross, Michael (2014-09-24). "Bal Harbour Shops vs. the Design District". Departures. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  5. ^ McGee, Suzanne (2012-12-03). "Craig Robins Jump-Starts the Design District". Ocean Drive.
  6. ^ Daniel Chang; Emily Cochrane (1 August 2016). "With 10 new Zika cases in Miami, CDC advises pregnant women to avoid Wynwood". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2 August 2016. The advisory extends to all expectant mothers, and women planning on becoming pregnant who have traveled to a one-square-mile area north of downtown Miami — including Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District — on or after June 15, said CDC Director Tom Frieden.
  7. ^ "Advice for people living in or traveling to Wynwood, a neighborhood in Miami, FL". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  8. ^ Madigan, Nick (2014-12-05). "In Miami, Luxury Knows No Limits". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  9. ^ a b Nehamas, Nicholas (2015-04-23). "Redesign of the Design District: New boutiques and restaurants arriving". miamiherald.
  10. ^ Walker, Elaine (March 28, 2011). "Louis Vuitton moving to Aventura Mall, Design District". The Miami Herald. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  11. ^ Walker, Elaine (October 7, 2011). "Hermes moving to Miami Design District". The Miami Herald. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  12. ^ McCaughan, Sean (2012-12-17). "Design District Drama". Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  13. ^ Nehamas, Nicholas (2015-11-05). "Hermès opens flagship store in Design District; other new tenants announced". miamiherald. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  14. ^ Corlde, Ina (2015-11-11). "More luxury brands heading to Miami's Design District". The Real Deal Miami. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  15. ^ Benn, Evan S. (2015-04-23). "Joël Robuchon to open three restaurants in Miami's Design District". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  16. ^ "About the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami". Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  17. ^ a b "Demographics of Miami Design District, FL". city-data. Retrieved 2009-08-31.

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Coordinates: 25°49′N 80°12′W / 25.817°N 80.200°W / 25.817; -80.200