Looking for one-of-a-kind spots? You just have to know where to go.
Bal Harbour Shops: A magnet for global big spenders (you’ll hear a lot of Russian and Brazilian accents) trying on limited-edition items at stores including Chanel, Saint Laurent Paris, and Audemars Piguet. Refuel with sushi at Makoto ($$$).
Design District: Dresses and shoes may be edging out furniture and tiles, but this 12-block area still makes for interesting browsing. Pop in to the Moore Building to see Zaha Hadid’s Elastika installation, which looks like the world’s worst bubble-gum explosion.
Lincoln Road: Worthy finds among the big chains lining the pedestrian mall include art tomes at Books & Books; stylish men’s wear at BASE; and the glass-box annex of the Alchemist, tucked into a Herzog and de Meuron–designed garage.
20th Century Row: On Northeast 125th Street, a series of showrooms specialize in Midcentury (and later) furniture and art. The best-curated: Joseph Anfuso, Stripe, and Vermillion 20th Century Furnishings.