A tranquil and luxurious enclave at the northern tip of Miami Beach, Bal Harbour is famous for the upscale Bal Harbour Shops and lavish oceanfront resorts with white sand beaches. It’s also home to several beloved fine dining restaurants. With Haulover Inlet as its northern border, Biscayne Bay to the west and the endless Atlantic Ocean to the east, the views are picturesque from any vantage point.
For many, Bal Harbour Shops serves as introduction to the area. The upscale, al fresco mall opened in 1965, and its mid-century modern cool is retained today through landscaped breezeways with lush palm trees, tropical flowers, koi ponds and limestone fountains. Anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, the mall boasts luxury flagship boutiques such as Chanel, Prada and Gucci, drawing both power shoppers and those who love to browse. Bal Harbour Shops is also a fabulous destination for a lunchtime shopping break or a sophisticated dinner out. Onsite restaurant options include Makoto for inventive sushi and Japanese fare, and the playful French brasserie Le Zoo, both created by notable restaurateur Stephen Starr. These dining spots are popular among Miami’s fashion set.