Just imagine: You’re doing the cobra pose on the outdoor yoga terrace outside your beautiful new home-style loft at 88 Hundred Collins in Surfside, FL. Then it hits you: You’re not done with your holiday shopping! The holidays are so hectic!

Relax! We’ve got you covered. Should you find yourself in this fix when 88 Hundred Collins opens in 2018, keep these ideas in mind to help you stay centered and calm.

Clothing, handbags, etc.

For the finest in shopping experiences, you can’t go wrong in visiting Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, just a short walk from your Surfside loft. (Or take the free shuttle from your front door.) From Alexander McQueen and Versace to Dolce & Gabbana to Michael Kors, Tom Ford and Prada, if you’re looking for the best in luxury apparel and related items, this is the place to go. You’ll also find many world-renowned fragrances there. Clustered together as if New York, Paris and Milan had been magically transported to your neighborhood, if you can’t find something here for that someone special, you’re just not trying!


It’s hard to go wrong with jewelry. Jewelers near Surfside abound, none more attractive than the top-end jewelers clustered at 9700 Collins Ave., at the Bal Harbour Shops. These include Harry Winston, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Piaget, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bulgari, among many others.

Also try Gray & Sons Jewelers, 9595 Harding Ave., in Surfside, which has an outstanding reputation for world-class service.

Gift shops

The first place to head for a gift would be—of course—a gift shop. Harding Avenue comprises Surfside’s main business district, which includes most of Surfside’s upscale boutiques, including Le Beau Maroc, featuring caftans, jewelry and home furnishings from Morocco. And for the perfect South Florida gift, how about shades from such designers as Thom Browne, Oliver Peoples, Bently, Fred and Maybach that you’ll find at Oberle Opticians, 9552 Harding.

Also try Moon Over Miami, 9520 Harding Avenue, for a nice selection of fun options. They carry watches, handbags, luggage, sterling silver, jewelry, perfume, and art work. For the Elvis lover in your life, they also feature Elvis Presley collectables and memorabilia.

For more possibilities, check out Nest Casa, 9700 Collins Ave., Ste. 202, Bal Harbour, for unique luxury home goods featuring both custom and vintage European furnishings.

Gift certificates

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with gift certificates, especially to one of the many delicious restaurants in the area. Here are just a few of the dozens of possibilities you’ll encounter within minutes of your front door.

Start with Josh’s Deli, our favorite spot to grab brunch or lunch in Surfside. The deli sandwiches can’t be beat. Try Pescecane Ristorante at 9551 Harding Ave., the Greek Place, 9561 Harding Ave., OR Kosh, at 9477 Harding Ave., in Surfside for their excellent kosher offerings.

As with jewelry and clothing, Bal Harbour presents an embarrassment of riches when it comes to fine dining. On Collins Avenue, try the Ritz-Carlton Bistro Bal Harbour, 10295 Collins, which you should visit not only for the food but the amazing views.

The luxury lofts at 88 Hundred Collins will open in 2018. Once you settle in, won’t it be wonderful to find such terrific shopping and dining opportunities just steps from your door?

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