Only in Miami. More than just sun and sand, this magical city is a vibrant mosaic of cultures, design, art, and culinary delights. Whether you’re a visitor on a mission for the perfect Miami souvenir or a local searching for a unique gift idea, this eclectic city offers a wealth of unforgettable treasures.
As you explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, you’ll find artisanal handicrafts, chic designer pieces, and delicious local foods that showcase the heart and soul of South Florida. Ready for lifelong keepsakes and unique things to buy in Miami? Drop that cheap t-shirt and browse these stellar souvenir picks.
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Artisanal and Unique Miami Souvenirs
What is Miami famous for? It’s one of the questions that you ask us the most. While there are a thousand different answers, one thing lies at the true heart of it all: diversity. Miami is a melting pot of cultures, and this cultural richness is reflected in the artisanal pieces and unique souvenirs you’ll find across the city.
Here are a few things to buy in Miami.
Unique Artisanal Souvenirs in Miami
- Cigars: In the vibrant Little Havana neighborhood, you can get your hands on authentic Cuban cigars that make for a truly one-of-a-kind souvenir. And, yep, they are legal here! That is thanks to an innovative import system developed by Cubans in Miami (you can read about the history of Cuban cigars in Miami here).
- Art Deco Print: Exploring the Miami Beach Art Deco District is an essential experience, and the best way to bring it home with you is with a striking Art Deco wall print. The Art Deco Welcome Center and Gift Shop is the place to buy Art Deco memorabilia, books, artwork, and more. Best of all, your purchases support the work of the Miami Design Preservation League, a nonprofit organization founded to preserve and protect the architectural and cultural integrity of Miami Beach.
- Haitian Art: Explore the beautiful handiwork at our favorite off-the-beaten-path Miami destination: Little Haiti Caribbean Marketplace.
- Calle Ocho: This neighborhood is a treasure trove of Cuban, Latin American, and Caribbean crafts of the many shops filled with beautiful handmade jewelry, art, traditional Cuban guayaberas shirts, and more.
Insider Tip: If you are lucky enough to be here on the third Friday of the month, make a beeline for Viernes Culturales (aka Cultural Fridays). This event is a bucket list experience for a feel of the real Miami. It starts at noon at Calle Ocho (8th Street between 14th and 17th Avenues). Come hungry and get ready to pack your suitcase with Miami’s best souvenirs.
Tropical Treats and Local Food in Miami
The food in Miami is easily some of the best on the planet. The local food here is hard to beat, with fresh tropical tastes and unique fusions! Once you’ve explored the best restaurants in Miami, it’s time to start packing your bags with Miami food souvenirs.
Here’s what to buy in South Florida:
- Cuban Coffee: Miami is famous for its strong and sweet Cuban coffee. You can find brands like Café Bustelo or Café La Llave in local grocery stores or grab beans from your favorite ventanita.
- Cuban Pastries: For a sweet and flaky treat, pick up some Cuban pastries, like guava pastelitos, from local bakeries in Little Havana. We especially love El Brazo Fuerte Bakery and Arahi’s Bakery, and you can grab our guide, What and Where to Eat in Miami, for more inspiration on the best Cuban food in Miami and other local delights.
- Mojo Marinade: Mojo is a tangy Cuban marinade made with sour orange juice, garlic, and spices. You can use it on meats and pretty much any dish that needs a kick. You will find bottled mojo marinade in grocery stores and specialty shops across the city.
- Spices and Seasonings: Miami cuisine is famous for spices and seasonings. Look to spice blends like Adobo or Sazon to take your dishes to the next level. Keep an eye out for ceviche mix to try your hand at this popular local dish.
- Key West Lime Salt: Key lime-infused sea salt is fantastic on everything from seafood to cocktails.
- Key Lime Pie: For the crème de la crème of this Florida classic, we can’t get enough of Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies, KUSH (various locations), and Joe’s Stone Crab — Yes, that Joe’s! While everyone goes for the stone crab and fried chicken, their award-winning key lime pie is a must. If you’re looking for a more transportable option, you can find ready-to-travel pies at bakeries or buy some fresh local key lime juice to make your own at home.
- Local Honey: Miami is home to a rich array of tropical plants and trees. These unique flavors are added to honey for a one-of-a-kind flavor.
- Hot Sauces: Thanks to the Latin American and Caribbean influences that permeate our culinary landscape, you’ll find top-notch locally made hot sauces. Look to Scotch bonnet pepper or habanero sauce to add a spicy kick to anything and everything.
- Mamey or Sapodilla Fruit: Visit local farmers’ markets for these exotic fruits to bring a taste of the tropics home. For the ultimate fruit experience and all those exotic milkshakes you didn’t even know you were craving, get to the Miami landmark, Robert is Here in Homestead (which, by the way, is the perfect kicking-off point for a dream Florida Keys road trip).
- Tropical Fruit Jams: Miami’s abundance of tropical fruits is beautifully transformed into a variety of fruit jellies and preserves. Look to local mango, guava, papaya, and passion fruit preserves for tropical flair.
High Fashion in Miami: The Best of Local Boutiques
If you are searching for a gift for the fashionista in your life, look to many great Miami fashion designers. You’ll find local designers like Krel Tropical Knitwear, Julian Chang, Rene Ruiz, Ramona Larue by Arianne Brown, and Just Bee Queen brands at Miami boutiques and around the world.
One-Stop-Shopping for Souvenirs at Bayside Marketplace
Bayside Marketplace is a popular open-air shopping center with something for everyone. If you only have time to visit one place, make it here. Be sure to come hungry to try one of their many eateries then head over to visit Bayfront Park.
One of the best neighborhoods in Miami, the Design District is packed with ultra-chic fashion houses from every corner of the globe. To soak in the best of the Miami Design District, reserve your spot on the Miami Design District Food & Art Tour for an insider’s vantage point of this delightful district.
There are countless things to do in Wynwood, and while it gets a lot of attention for the local art scene, things are far from quiet on the fashion front. At The Wynwood Walls shop, you’ll find one-of-a-kind styles from international and local designers. Shop the fashion collection here to find your favorite new duds.
This pedestrian-friendly street in South Beach is lined with local boutiques, designer stores, and vintage shops for every style. On top of being a fabulous place to find souvenirs, the noteworthy architecture and impressive scenery of Lincoln Road make it perfect for a stroll.
What to Buy in Miami: Final Thoughts
Miami has a treasure trove of souvenirs waiting for you. Whether you are looking for designer clothes or handmade crafts, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The Magic City’s melting pot of cultures has given rise to a unique shopping experience that always has something new for tourists and locals alike. From the high-end boutiques in the Design District to the imported treasures of Little Havana, this is the ultimate destination for elevated souvenirs.
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