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Where to eat, drink, stay and be seen in Bal Harbour

March 18, 2024
Florida is certainly North America’s vacation capital, but more specifically, it’s a trip to Florida’s luxury capital Miami and Bal Harbour that’s simply unparalleled

Florida’s luxury capital is without question Bal Harbour. Located at the northern tip of Miami Beach and just minutes from world-renowned South Beach, Bal Harbour is for the affluent vacationer, where an appreciation for the finer things in life is the expected norm.

It is here that one can expect the very best of Miami. Deluxe oceanfront resorts and hotels, ultra-chic and luxurious shopping, and an enviable selection of dining options await you. The beach is a natural paradise, boasting pristine white sand, turquoise waters and a serene spirit.

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With accommodation selection ranging from the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, the very classy St. Regis, the historic Sea View and the contemporary Quarzo, Bal Harbour’s extravagant hotels offer luxurious private oceanfront views, unforgettable dining experiences, poolside and spa relaxation, and plenty of other reasons not to feel the need to leave the property (brunch on the patio of The Ritz-Carlton’s oceanfront restaurant is simply breathtaking).

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The Bal Harbour Shops ranks as the number one luxury shopping district in the world.

However, if you feel like venturing away from your private paradise, shopping at the Bal Harbour Shops is a very good excuse. Ranking as the number one luxury shopping district in the world, it is here that you’ll find Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, Rolex, Oscar de la Renta, Harry Winston, Gucci, Prada and Zimmermann.

The restaurants located at the Bal Harbour Shops will have you feeling like a celebrity, as it is the place to see and be seen, especially after dark, when reservations are most definitely needed. They include:

Le Zoo

Le Zoo

A stylish 200-seat French brasserie transports diners to the beloved cafes of Paris and the shores of St. Tropez, whether relaxing in the quaint interior salon or dining al fresco on the lush palm tree-covered patio. The enticing menu features classic bistro fare like steak frites and trout almondine, inspired plats du jour and an array of dishes celebrating the bright, fresh flavours of the Mediterranean. A thoughtfully curated wine and champagne list and classic cocktails perfectly complement the cuisine, lending to an environment perfect for romantic dinners or lively group gatherings alike.



Nestled in the Bal Harbour Shops since 1994, Carpaccio offers a luxurious dining experience. This Italian restaurant has consistently been a favourite destination and continues to be the restaurant of choice for the celebrities and socialites, sports stars and artists who return for the renowned fare. Choose to dine inside the recently renovated dining room, or outdoors on the sun-drenched patio, and select from menu favourites such as crispy pizza Margherita, citrusy Riviera salad, and paper-thin, succulent beef, tuna and salmon carpaccio. The menu reflects the freshness of the location.



Every square inch of this completely renovated space radiates a magical atmosphere that beckons visitors into a realm where cultural barriers disappear. Makoto Restaurant’s design pays homage to the elegance and allure of the 1930s, where vintage-inspired chairs beckon you to take a seat and immerse yourself in the enchanting surroundings. Lush green florals add a touch of natural beauty, infusing the space with vibrancy and a hint of whimsy. Makoto delivers a distinctly Japanese experience built around pristine raw fish, premium Japanese and Australian wagyu beef and soulful skewers cooked over a charcoal robata grill.

Elsewhere, the St. Regis Hotel’s Atlantikos Restaurant (pictured at top of page) will re-affirm your love of authentic Greek cuisine and will have you praising not only their quality menu selection of both food and wine, but also their exceptional personalized service (ask for their signature olive oil!).

Bal Harbour

Located at the northern tip of Miami Beach and just minutes from world-renowned South Beach, Bal Harbour is for the affluent vacationer.

Bal Harbour is an avid supporter of Miami art museums and arts and culture in South Florida. Guests in Bal Harbour have complimentary access to some of the most dynamic, creative and captivating art in the country. For example, Art Deco Weekend, which runs each year around mid January, is a free community festival which supports a full roster of over 85 events including live music, tours, fashion shows, and the Deco Film Festival.

For more than 45 years now, Art Deco Weekend has played a major part in Miami’s initiative to preserve, protect and promote historic preservation in the Art Deco District and greater Miami. More information on this wonderful cultural event can be found at


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