Bal Harbour by Day
Soak up the sun — and the shopping! — in this lush enclave nestled on the northernmost tip of Miami Beach.
Miami Beach’s Bal Harbour is a singular, soothing destination just north of the city’s oft-frenetic and party-fueled locales. With a mix of internationally recognized and locally celebrated dining and shopping (and beaches, for that matter), it’s worth spending a day getting to know the area.
One of the best things about Bal Harbour is its relative privacy, since the crowds tend to gather farther south on Miami Beach. With 177 acres and 1.4 miles of beachfront, Haulover Beach Park (10800 Collins Ave.) is arguably the area’s best shoreline; it’s great for a little morning tanning session. Otherwise, stroll along the Bal Harbour Beach Path, an engaging, walkable circle that sometimes hosts exhibitions by emerging artists.
The neighborhood’s main draw is the glamorous Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Ave., balharbourshops.com). Pop into Le Zoo for the light French fare and a glass of Sancerre before hitting the boutiques, whose ranks include Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta and Gucci. The Webster — a hometown hero that has exported its particular brand of Miami style to outposts in California, Texas and New York — stocks exclusive merchandise from labels like Off-White and Marques’Almeida. Furniture from BDDW, photography by Arthur Elgort and art by Aaron Young enhance the upscale yet tropical setting.
People often think that Miami is all about nightlife — and they’re not wrong, the social scene is full-throttle — but it’s equally good as a place to recharge. Whether that means fitness or facials, there are few better pampering points than Exhale, the resort spa at
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami (10295 Collins Ave., ritzcarlton.com), with ocean views that add to the overall zen.
There are two standout options for dinner: Makoto and Carpaccio, both in Bal Harbour Shops. The former is a Japanese hot spot run by chef Makoto Okuwa that specializes in Edomae-style sushi, and the latter is known for its sumptuous, knife-thin cuts of salmon, tuna and, you guessed it, beef carpaccio. You might top off your night with a celebrity sighting, or better still, a cappuccino and a slice of tiramisu.