Bayside Marketplace is a popular tourist destination along Miami’s waterfront on the downtown, mainland side. It’s bordered on one end by Bicentennial Park to the north, and Bayfront Park and its concert amphitheater to the south. While locals don’t often frequent it, for visitors, it remains one of the better places to see the port of Miami and the waterfront of Biscayne Bay. It also offers a rare outdoor walkable cluster of businesses in the city, and with its physical proximity to and view of the Port of Miami, it’s a frequent stop for many area cruises.
At its heart, Bayside is an outdoor, arcaded, two-story mall. Most of the stores here are among the most common national chains: Bath & Body Works, Express, Foot Locker, the Gap, Victoria’s Secret, and several others of the same kind. However, several open-air breezeways offer unique gifts for visitors, with Latin- and Miami-themed novelties and crafts. The mall also includes several electronics stores of the type popular throughout downtown Miami.
What makes Bayside most popular, though, besides its scenic views are its options for easy dining and entertainment with a particular tropical flair. Free concerts, many of the Latin variety, are held nightly in a marina pavilion, where you can also sip on a frosty daiquiri. Flagship restaurants include mammoths such as the Hard Rock Cafe, Hooters, Chilis, and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., but several others instead offer seafood and Latin-American fare. Bayside is also the place to charter sightseeing and party boats, and the mall is within a short distance from area attractions like the Miami Art Museum and HistoryMiami downtown, or Jungle Island and the Miami Children’s Museum on nearby Watson Island. (See our full guide to Miami museums.)
Bayside Marketplace is easily accessed by taxi from South Beach — the I-395 causeway is just north of the mall — or from points downtown. By public transportation from the mainland, it can be reached by taking the Metro-Rail to a free Metro-Mover connection at Government Center station, then riding the proper Metro-Mover loop to the Bayfront Park station. Detailed bus information from South Beach and points beyond can be access on the Miami-Dade County Transit Routes website.
Bayside is a popular family destination for the Fourth of July, as it hosts its own day-long concert at the marina stage. That’s also an excellent place to watch fireworks launched from the water.
Main Dining at Bayside Marketplace
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Hard Rock Cafe
Largo Seafood & Grill
Latin American Cuban Cuisine
Let’s Make a Daiquiri
Tradewinds Bar & Grill
Entertainment at Bayside Marketplace
Live musical entertainment at the Marina Stage
Miami Jet Ski Rental
Address: 401 Biscayne Blvd. R106
Phone: (305) 577-3344
— Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
— Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
— Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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