A Local’s Guide to Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road is one of the main tourist destinations in Miami Beach. It is a pedestrianized street stretching over a mile long, spanning the entire width of South Beach. Packed with shops, bars, restaurants, art galleries and a movie theater, the area is known for its vibrant atmosphere, people watching, street performers, holiday parties and strange sightings of local characters that you can only find here in South Beach.
Lincoln Road has much to offer for all who visit. The shops range from tourist traps selling shot glasses and postcards to the designer stores selling Fendi and Balmain clothing. Restaurants are everywhere, offering outside dining throughout the year to all the visitors from colder climates. There are art galleries including a showcase for the famous Miami based artist Romero Britto, while on Sundays you will find other local artists selling their drawings at the busy Sunday market. With so much to see and do it can take days to get to know Lincoln Road. So for those of you visiting Miami for only a short time, here are my five top picks.
Best Store: Pink Palm
Pink Palm has been in business over 14 years and can be found between Euclid and Meridian Ave. It is a store full of fun and fabulous trinkets, cards, books, jewelry and candles and is great to browse through for something for yourself or for presents for friends. With a flamboyant theme, it displays a pink Christmas tree during the month of December and the rest of the year sells items you won’t find anywhere else on Lincoln Road. Visit for an outfit for your pet pooch, an Ugly Doll for your friends, a charm for your bracelet or just to enjoy their unique merchandise.
Best Place to Visit: Peter Lik Gallery
Lincoln Road is lucky to boast one of the only thirteen galleries in the world owned by Peter Lik, the famous landscape photographer. His photographs are of amazing shots of nature, blown up in size and lit by spotlights, giving the effect of a painting or a work of art. The gallery is welcoming, with big comfy sofas and armchairs allowing you to sit and take in each and every photo. Chalked on the wall are quotes reading “Mother Nature sets the scene, I simply capture it” and as you look around you to take in the photos and their names such as Zen, Splendor and Romantic Skies, you can’t help but feel that you have stepped into another world when you are in his gallery.
Best Happy Hour: Doraku
Doraku is a sushi restaurant in the newly rebuilt Alton Road block. Their daily happy hour is a must, with the lunchtime deals from 12-3pm and the popular evening deals from 5-7pm. They offer wine and beer for only $3 and a fabulous lychee martini for $4. The food is also included in the specials, with the california roll starting at $3 and the tuna avocado or crunchy crab roll for $4. The outdoor seating area is always full with a great atmosphere so arrive early to get a table. You’ll find both locals and tourists taking advantage of this great happy hour, so come to enjoy the drinks and people watching at this busy end of Lincoln Road.
Best Restaurant Deal: Spris
Spris is an Italian restaurant between Euclid and Meridian Ave, offering over 30 different pizzas on their menu. Many restaurants on Lincoln have special offers but Spris offers a deal with a difference. They call it ‘Beat The Clock’ starting at 5:30pm and ending at 7:00pm. The price you pay for your pizza depends on the time you place your order for the specials they have listed. For example, if you order at 5:30pm, you pay $5.30, order at 6:15pm and you pay $6.15. They offer 3 different pizzas on the specials menu, and it is a fun and cheap way to start the evening on Lincoln Road.
Best Dessert: Ghirardelli’s
San Francisco’s chocolate company is open on the corner of Meridian Ave. Inside is a chocolate lovers dream, with free Ghirardelli’s squares handed out all day plus a mouth watering pick and mix range to create your own boxes to take home. They have indoor and outdoor seating and offer a dessert menu of shakes, cookies, floats and hot fudge sundaes. You can build your own sundae, choosing toppings such as banana or butterscotch. My favorite menu item is the sea salt caramel hot cocoa, which is great to indulge in when the temperature cools off during the winter months. Use your Miami Incard to get 5% or 10% off your check, and make sure you take home a sample of chocolate before you leave.
More Lincoln Road Local Info
Now that you’ve read my top five Lincoln Road picks, here are a few more local secrets and great reasons to visit:
With these local tips, you will be able to fit in everything and more as you stroll down Lincoln Road seeing all it has to offer. These are only my top picks, so make sure you explore to find some of your own, and enjoy your time in Miami Beach!
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