Lincoln Road in Miami Beach is one of the most popular destinations for those visiting the South Beach area. The open-air pedestrian mall is one of the best places to relax, people-watch, and enjoy the activities and entertainment, and it's a welcome addition to the list of things to do during any Miami vacation.
Miami Lincoln Road Mall began as a vision by developer Carl Fisher during the heyday of the South Beach area, from the 1930s through the 1950s. His idea was for the Lincoln Road in Miami Beach to not only link the east and west areas of the city but also to be the place to shop that was on the same scale as high-end areas such as Fifth Avenue in New York and Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive.
Today, Lincoln Road Mall is a premier shopping and dining area with more than 175 stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theater with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment. Additional venues for entertainment at Lincoln Road Mall include the Colony Theater Performing Arts Center, concert hall, and South Florida Art Center. The Miami Lincoln Road Mall is located between 16th and 17th streets and is a no-driving zone. There are plenty of parking lots to accommodate visitors; they're located to the north and south of the mall that conveniently take coins, bills, and credit cards.
Lincoln Road in Miami Beach is chock full of interesting boutiques, cafes, specialty shops, and large chain retail stores. Everything from fashion designs, footwear, jewelry, and sunglasses to casual wear, lingerie, jeans, and watches are available at the Miami Lincoln Road Mall, and there are also stores specializing in home furnishings and décor, as well as book stores.
The Lincoln Road Mall is a haven for diners, with more than twenty restaurants and sidewalk cafes, many of which provide outdoor dining so visitors can enjoy the warm sunshine and gentle breezes wafting in from the ocean. Menus are varied at the numerous restaurants and cafes; they offer a wide range of selections including pizza, burgers, Sushi, Italian, Mexican, French, and Chinese. Street performers keep visitors entertained during the day and evening.
For some extra entertainment while visiting the Miami Lincoln Road Mall, stop by the Yuca Lounge and register for their two-hour salsa workshops and dancing classes beginning at 8 pm on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday evening. Learn the latest dance steps as you prepare for Friday evening, when the nightclub opens at 11 pm with live music, drinks, and late-night dancing, and dance students have the opportunity to show off their latest salsa moves on the dance floor.
For visitors interested in staying in the area, there are several Miami Beach hotels to choose from located in the colorful Art Deco district of South Beach. These include the Greenview Hotel, Richmond Hotel, Princess Ann Hotel, Tropics Hotel & Hostel, Henrosa Hotel, and the Royal South Beach Condo Hotel. Lincoln Road in Miami Beach is open Monday through Sunday, and it's a perfect place to spend the day perusing the shops, seeing a movie, or taking a self-guided tour of the nearby historical Art Deco District.