Sponsored Content

What Makes Aventura Mall The Best Mall In Miami? Here Are Readers’ Top Five Reasons

Aventura Mall

Aventura Mall is Miami’s Premier Shopping Destination, Appealing to Locals and Tourists with Luxury Brands, Award-Winning Restaurants, Elevated Experiences and More

An integral part of the magic city’s diverse style and culture, Aventura Mall is a must-visit destination for residents and South Florida visitors. Unique retailers, including shopper favorites and luxury brands, memorable experiences, a world-class art collection, chef-driven restaurants and cutting-edge architecture are just a few elements that make Aventura Mall more than a shopping center; it’s a remarkable playground for culture-seekers and trendsetters alike.

All that said, it’s no surprise Miami New Times readers named Aventura Mall the “Best Mall in Miami!”

Here are the top 5 reasons our readers love Aventura Mall:

1. Miami’s Premier Shopping Destination

A true paradise for shoppers, Aventura Mall is one of the most visited malls in the U.S., cultivating a lineup of the world’s most coveted brands and continuously featuring newly-opened shops. Pristine luxury brands include world-class fashion houses and designers such as Gucci, which expanded to include menswear and childrenswear, Hermès, Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Fendi, Givenchy, Burberry, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co., Rolex, and more. Additional luxury brands opening include Balenciaga, Bulgari, Burberry Kids, and others.

In addition, the shopping center is anchored by five department stores, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, and is highlighted by 300 of the world’s most popular retailers, including Adidas, Anthropologie, H&M, Sephora, a two-level Zara, and a sustainable two-level Apple store. We also love the selection of unique European and Latin-American brands, such as Paloma Barcelo, Farm Rio, and more.

2. Best New Restaurant: Estiatorio Ornos

Complementing Miami’s eclectic and diverse culture, Aventura Mall’s dining experience – which includes 50+ restaurants and eateries – enables visitors to brush with cuisines from around the globe. Guests enjoy a multitude of classics and newcomers, many offering indoor and outdoor seating, including Estiatorio Ornos by Chef Michael Mina.

Named this year’s “Best New Restaurant” by our readers, Estiatorio Ornos is located in Aventura Mall’s lush Outdoor Courtyard. The 160-seat restaurant offers traditional and simplistic yet flavorful Greek cuisine in an authentic environment that makes guests feel like they are dining at a family restaurant in Greece.

Inspired by a trip to Ornos Beach in Mykonos, Mina and his team – including Las Vegas’ dynamic duo Girair “Jerry” Goumroian and Chef Nikolaos Georgousis – were compelled to bring the MINA Group’s first Greek concept restaurant to Aventura Mall. Representing the country’s nature and traditional interior designs, Estiatorio Ornos is highlighted by neutral color palettes, white wall planks and hanging modern lights filled with plants. The restaurant also includes a 1,600 square-foot outdoor patio with a stylish, intimate atmosphere featuring wood textures, tribal patterns, airy side chairs and simple sofa designs to create a cozy and welcoming ambiance. Private dining rooms and lounge areas are available for special events, and full restaurants buyouts are an option for large-scale parties.

Estiatorio Ornos’ menu features the finest Greek delicacies, including pristine family-style dishes, as well as three-course lunch menus, daily specials, and a wood fire grill. Guests can also enjoy a raw bar displaying oysters, calamari, octopus and a wide selection of fresh fish. By land, the restaurant offers several popular, traditional items, such as lemon chicken, lamb shoulder, and classic spreads like tzatziki, hummus and melizanosalata (roasted eggplant). A special craft cocktail menu features a selection of Greek spirits, wines and beers.

Estiatorio Ornos is also home to South Florida’s first Fish Sommelier – a seasoned professional who is passionate about fishing. The sommelier is responsible for sourcing the freshest fish from the Aegean Sea and ensuring it’s on dinner guests’ plates the very next day.

3. Best Ceviche: CVI.CHE 105

In addition to new restaurants, Aventura Mall is home to several local South Florida favorites, including CVI.CHE 105. Awarded “Best Ceviche” by our readers, this Peruvian Miami staple has a popular location in Aventura Mall’s Outdoor Courtyard.

Credited with bringing Peruvian cuisine to the City of Aventura, Chef Juan Chipoco (a Lima, Peru native) spent nearly two decades working his way up the ranks of the restaurant business before embarking on the revolutionary venture that would become CVI.CHE 105.

With a menu that blends both traditional Peruvian dishes and unique twists on the cuisine, CVI.CHE 105 has maintained a cult following. Chef Chipoco notes freshness is a key quality for a great ceviche, along with the right ingredients, such as Peruvian peppers. Traditional menu favorites include the award-winning ‘Ceviche Ganador,’ which is made with fresh fish and selected seafood, Arequipan onions, cilantro, sweet potato, cancha and steamed corn. The dish is topped with a smoked red pepper sauce and touches of limo and rocoto pepper. Other menu items include sushi rolls infused with Peruvian flavor, Arroz Chaufa – Peru’s take on Chinese fried rice – and Chef Chipoco’s favorite dish on the menu, aptly named ‘Mi Favorito,’ which consists of linguini with basil, spinach and fresh Peruvian parla cheese sauce. A succulent, grilled churrasco steak completes the dish.

Because no meal is complete without something sweet or bubbly, nearly a dozen traditional and inventive desserts are offered, from decadent chocolate mousse and cheesecake-based recipes to beloved favorites such as Arroz Con Leche - which gets a unique Peruvian touch via raisins “drunk in Pisco 105” - and Suspiro Limeño, a renowned, cinnamon-scented dessert of Peru that “leads to happiness.” The CVI.CHE 105 menu also features a wine list with “Chef Chipoco’s Favorites” and a Pisco 105 cocktail list made up of sweet, spicy and all-around satisfying libations.

Additional restaurants at Aventura Mall include Ladurée, Pubbelly Sushi, PANI, Tap 42 Craft Kitchen + Bar, Pollos & Jarras, Serafina Miami, Bella Luna, Trattoria Rosalia, The Cheesecake Factory, Divieto Ristorante. Treats Food Hall, a curated dining area on the Third Level, is a gastronomical delight, home to Jrk!, Shake Shack, Chicken Guy! by Guy Fieri, Figs Pizza + Pasta Bar, Chipotle, Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen, Poké 305, and more.

4. Best Dessert: Aubi & Ramsa

Just when foodies thought it couldn’t get any better than indulging in a decadent dessert or unwinding with an adult beverage, Aubi & Ramsa blends the two together for a unique treat. The Miami-based brand expands the enjoyment of wine and spirits beyond their liquid state, offering alcoholic ice cream and sorbet in a wide variety of flavor categories, including Tequila, Single Malt, Champagne, Bourbon, Irish Cream, Gin, Rum, Mezcal, Liqueur and Vodka.

Deemed readers’ choice for “Best Dessert,” Aubi & Ramsa combines some of the world’s best spirits and bubbly with fresh fruits, as well as rich chocolate and coffee. Casamigos, Hendrick’s Gin, Vueve Clicquot, Jack Daniel’s and more bar favorites can be found on the menu. Guests’ go-to flavors include Chocolate Azteca, which features Salvación Original Mezcal Ice Cream; The Strawberries Rose, made with Veuve Cliquot Rosé and St. Germain, and Kentucky Crème Brûlée made with Maker’s Mark and caramelized sugar sprinkles.

Offering an inventive way to mix birthday treats with a celebratory 21st birthday toast, Aubi & Ramsa invites new 21-year-olds to mark the occasion by showing their ID to receive their first liqueur infused ice cream on the house. Cheers!

Guests may be eating rather than sipping, but Aubi & Ramsa keeps the cocktail bar vibe going with its chic, modern-industrial design. Visitors can pull up a seat at the shop’s Aventura Mall location and snap an eye-catching photo with their boozie treats.

5. Best Gym:

After guests have eaten their way through the mall, it’s time for a sweat session! Readers voted Equinox “Best Gym” for its integrative approach, unlimited top-rated classes and luxury membership amenities – all of which are available to enjoy at the gym’s Aventura Mall location.

As the leading operator of upscale fitness clubs, Equinox blends substance, style and fitness with science to foster the art of living. The brand’s integrative, high-performance approach helps clients maximize their lives via three core pillars: Movement, Nutrition and Regeneration. Equinox members enjoy unlimited access to Equinox Aventura’s wide variety of classes including Pilates, Barre, Boxing, Bootcamp, Cycling, Yoga, Martial Arts and more. Every class is booked in advance to simplify the process and help hold members accountable.

In addition to Group Fitness Class, members can enjoy Equinox’s Personal Training, for which dedicated personal trainers will create plan tailored to clients’ goals. Each personal trainer undergoes over 150 hours of rigorous, science-backed education through the Equinox Fitness Training Institute to offer custom-based plans geared for life both in-club and at-home.

Equinox Aventura features several luxury amenities, including its own café, where members can enjoy healthy drinks and snacks; The Shop, where they can purchase Equinox-approved athletic apparel and accessories; a full-service spa offering massages, facials and a Eucalyptus steam room, and more. It’s all about treating the mind, body and soul.

Here are a few more reasons why our readers love Aventura Mall:

Aventura Farmers Market

Featuring over 75 vendors and considered to be the largest indoor market in South Florida, The Aventura Farmers Market represents the region’s talented cultural melting pot; showcasing a diverse array of exotic foods, fresh produce, desserts, handmade goods, accessories, plants, home decor and more every Saturday and Sunday, with select extended weekends. The Aventura Farmers Market functions in support of the local community, giving guests the perfect air-conditioned setting to explore an array of international foods and handmade goods from local businesses, farmers, and artisans.

Arts Aventura Mall Collection

More than 12 years in the making, The Arts Aventura Mall collection – which is available to enjoy year-round – features 20+ museum-caliber pieces in a range of mediums, including sculptures and installations by renowned international icons and vibrant murals by local artists.

From Instagram-worthy backdrops to installations that double as entertainment, the collection’s pieces enhance the overall visitor experience at Aventura Mall. Guests can strike a pose in front of Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, relax amongst lush greenery while listening to the soothing sounds of the fountain at The Haas Brothers’ Gorillas in the Mist, and marvel at the iconic landmark Aventura Slide Tower by Carsten Höller. Additionally, children can enjoy immersing themselves in the colorful Rainbow Valley Playground by artist collective FriendsWithYou.

Elevated Experiences

Whether it’s a traveling Instagram-worthy installation, a festive holiday celebration or a celebrity-attended gala at connecting event venue LEVEL THREE, Aventura Mall holds exciting events year-round.

Ready to experience these “Best of Miami” winners? Visit Aventura Mall and read this Miami New Times Best of Miami web story to learn more about these award-winning tenants before you go.

For more information, call Aventura Mall at 305-935-1110.

Paid advertisement. Miami New Times does not sell, evaluate, or endorse products or services advertised.

For inquiries, click here.