The Malls of Miami-Dade: Ranked

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Deciding which mall to go to in Miami is never an easy proposition. Are you going to go to the good mall or the good good mall? Then there are the too-good-for-you malls and the so-bad-they're-good malls. Because we're always helpful, we've decided to rank the major malls in Miami-Dade for your shopping-trip-planning convenience (and not at all because it's a fun but ultimately futile debate).

13. Mall of the Americas
This place is best known for three things:
1. Being the spiritual home of chongas everywhere.
2. That time the DEA busted a 200-plant marijuana growing operation in a storage area.
3. That time a lady set herself on fire in front of Ross.

It is, however, not known for its shopping. Old Navy is one of the better stores. Forever 21 opened its first store outside California here back in the day, but even it moved out once it realized it was too good.

12. Bayside Marketplace
The very existence of this place is a cruel joke. It sits on some of the most enviable real estate in the world and offers nothing but crap meant more for cruise ship passengers than locals. There's a Chili's, for crying out loud.

11. Mall at 163rd Street
First of all, no one even bothered to give this mall a real name. The sign literally just reads, "Mall Shops." Second, no one bothered to build this place a roof either. It's just a giant tent in the middle. We're not even sure if it really qualifies as an actual mall and not just two and a half strip malls cobbled together, but why would that "Mall Shops" sign lie to us?

10. Southland Mall
Listen, Hurricane Andrew was a dick, and this place has seen better days.

9. Miami International Mall
This is like the most basic suburban mall in all of Miami-Dade.

8. Sunset Place
This place is where teenage clichés go to die. The only reason anyone of legal drinking age goes there (besides to pick up their kids) is for Z Gallerie or Barnes & Noble. Plus, now with the old Virgin Megastore space sitting empty again, Nike Town gone, and Urban Outfitters recently closed, the entire west side of this place is like a no-man's land controlled by roving groups of middle-schoolers you're too afraid to make eye contact with.


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Amanda Lynn
Amanda Lynn

Dolphin has gone to crap since they added a hotel to the parking lot! No parking! With all the luggage stores & people lugging around the luggage, it makes me feel like I'm in an airport terminal! I prefer Dadeland & the Falls. Even Miami International is better. I seek peaceful shopping thank you!

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Btw, Aventura mall had an expansion in 2008, the recession kicked in and this next expansion is the 2nd major investment. End of the day, no other mall has that to boast, especially when this nation experienced a recession like it supposedly had.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Aventura, according to Miami Today, shoppers spend $338 per visit, more than 4 times the national average. That stat makes it the a top 5 grossing mall nationally, it's the 2nd largest with upgrades and investment in new development. I can see why it's at least #2 on the list. I figure these stats make it number one , probably in the nation ?

Maggie Anzardo
Maggie Anzardo

Such a personal choice for everyone, but not all shopping centers should be characterized as "vultures''. There are mom & pop operators at many of these centers that are making their living in an honorable way and deserve to be acknowledged and respected for their efforts.

Daisy Avila
Daisy Avila

Aventura is the best....I don't think dadeland should be on the top..

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

Support local businesses. Mall's are corporate vultures. Boycott big business.

Elisa Reyes-Lao
Elisa Reyes-Lao

Aventura for the win! (And I've gone to all of them)

Liset Wilson
Liset Wilson

Sorry Donnie, but Cubans are everywhere, remembers the Cubans are the one that made Miami ... lol

Janet Greenleaf Bailie
Janet Greenleaf Bailie

Dadeland or Falls...Aventura very nice too. Just depends what part of Dade you are in.

Alex Nra Shemin
Alex Nra Shemin

Dolphin got #1 wasting time and money there since 2004!!! The original Balsero express is in there haha

Kenny Griffin
Kenny Griffin

There are no best malls in Dade County. They all equally Suck!

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

this is a stupid review, they dont talk about malls in a serious way, all they say is" dont go to that mall unless you wanna go back to the 80's? that is not journalism Miami New Times and by the way they revamped Westland mall so its NOT the 80's anymore and it can stand next to the good malls

Franklin Glen
Franklin Glen

If Sawgrass was in dade it will take the #1 spot

Franklin Glen
Franklin Glen

I wish I can have Aventura store with Dolphin parking. The parking at Aventura is HELL

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

as far as actual shopping Aventura mall is the best, they have high end brands and regular brands but their food court is small, Dolphin has a better food court, Dolphin comes in at second place, the bad part about dolphin is all the cubans.

Gary McFly
Gary McFly

Dolphin IS #1, Aventura is an over priced yuppie trolling area. Only thing worth a damn there is the movie theater.

Eboney Vincent Noel
Eboney Vincent Noel

Aventura really is the best. I totally disagree with Dolphin being #1. No no.

Phillip Cardona
Phillip Cardona

They all suck and are a perfect example of the vapid and material culture that permeates Miami, and the rest of North America.

Abel Alexander
Abel Alexander

No Lincoln Road? And the article reads like the writer has a late 90s to mid-2000s memories of those malls. Westland may not be great, but it has seen major upgrades and is pretty modern. Dolphin is a teenage AND a tourist hellhole, so I'm not sure how it did so much better than Sunset.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Westland still looks old to me and some of Hialeah's fine citizens ruin the environment.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Cubans in Dolphin Mall?  No way, its full of South American tourists.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Its not a mall, at least not by the definition used in this article

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