By Paige Mastrandrea for Haute Living
It’s finally here. The long-awaited Brickell City Centre from Swire Properties is finally open for business, after undergoing years of construction, planning and hard work to create the final masterpiece that has, at last, graced Miami’s downtown Brickell area. What was once an underused, worn-down center of closed stores, chain restaurants and construction sites is now Miami’s newest shopping mecca, filled with every luxury store one could imagine, as well as a handful of bespoke boutiques and haute dining destinations. For those in the downtown area and even throughout Miami, the Brickell City Centre gives us something we’ve long been craving since the inception of the storied Bal Harbour Shops: our own shopping mall. However, it’s not simply a mall. The innovative design is unique and one of the first of its kind, transforming Brickell into a sustainable consumer hub: Besides being LEED registered, the project also features a $30 million CLIMATE RIBBON™ trellis soaring above it that acts as an environmental management system, able to use nature to cool the outdoor air and enhance consumers’ experience on-site.
Before you shop ’til you drop, make sure to try out one of the mall’s new haute eateries ranging from healthy bites and juices at Dr Smood, farm-to-table fresh lunches from American Harvest or a quick seafood fix at the legendary Luke’s Lobster. For more of a sit-down dining experience, visit Pubbelly Sushi at its newest location, which features the same dishes you know and love from the original Sunset Harbour locale, situated in a hip and funky dining setting with great music. Another must-try is Big Easy Winebar & Grill, a gorgeous eatery with an inventive South African-inspired fusion menu and a serious wine selection. Coming soon, be sure to look out for Tacology, a new taco establishment on the fourth floor; the 38,000-square-foot La Centrale—imagine Miami’s own Eataly, just a bit smaller—and the highly anticipated, iconic Casa Tua Wine Bar located within the Saks department store. And of course, for some luxurious and relaxing entertainment, the upcoming dine-in Cinemex movie theater is sure to be a hit.