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Miami Neighborhoods: Miami Design District

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For the second installment in our Miami Neighborhoods series, we’re honing in on the flourishing Miami Design District. The neighborhood got its name in the ‘20s when Theodore Moore set up his furniture showroom there, Moore & Sons. By the ’90s, it was largely vacant until visionary real estate developer Craig Robins saw its potential and pioneered a re-vamp.

Now, it boasts over 100 galleries and showrooms and upscale design and fashion retailers like Luminaire Lab, Ligne RosetChristian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton, as well as a host of destination restaurants like Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and the open-air Mandolin Aegean Bistro. We particularly recommend Mandolin—the homey atmosphere and traditional Turkish and Greek house specialties will transport you to a balmy seaside café in Europe.

The much adored graffiti writer and artist Marquis Lewis, known as RETNA, created Louis Vuitton’s Design District storefront mural in his signature hieroglyphics (shown above). It’s one of many indications that Robins’ 20-year-old vision for the neighborhood is coming to fruition: Miami is attracting the artists and creative entrepreneurs who can turn the city into a true cultural epicenter.

See the first installment of our Neighborhood series here.