Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience

When you think of going shopping, your mind quickly goes to your local mall.  Many malls have a combination of larger and smaller retailers. Some with a few larger chain restaurants and food courts full of fast food options.  You don’t normally think of an outdoor space full of local artisan shops, restaurants and nature all rolled into one.  Upper Buena Vista is a retail sanctuary located in the North Miami area. It really provides a new kind of shopping experience.  I’m always looking for beautiful places filled with nature and local spots that we can go with our little one.  I really like that this place has an appreciation for nature and provides a Zen environment to shop, dine and relax with my family.

Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience

Brunch at Vista

We got to enjoy brunch at Vista restaurant.  My husband opted for a classic Eggs Benedict and I chose a lunch option in their new Bacon Cheeseburger. 

Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience
Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience

Coffee at Cafe Creme

While we waited for our table at Vista we head right across to Café Crème to enjoy some coffee and croissants.  I opted for a chocolate croissant because they are one of my favorites.

Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience

Make a Wish at The Banyan Tree

Right in the middle of the plaza is a giant banyan tree with lots of different colored ribbons with written wishes.  You can purchase a ribbon by making a donation and then you can write your wish and tie it onto the tree.

Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience
Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience
Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience

Dessert at Amazonica

Dessert is something we really enjoy and we decided to head over to Amazonica before we left and picked up their classic wafers filled with sweets.  My wafer was filled with Nutella & Coconut and My husband chose one filled with marshmallows and rice krispies.  This was a really fun take on dessert, we really enjoyed it.

Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience

Vintage Shopping at The House of Findings

Any place that has a cool vintage spot is my kind of place.  I have been following The House of Findings on Instagram and I am so excited I got to go in and explore this shop.  There are so many treasures.  It’s definitely a must shop for vintage enthusiasts.

Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience

Nature & Art

Everything really comes together when your surrounded by beautiful greenery and art in every corner.

Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience
Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience
Upper Buena Vista: A Zen Retail Experience

If you’re looking for a unique but family friendly shopping experience, check out Upper Buena Vista – 184 NE 50th Terrace Miami, FL 33137.

XOXO, Happy Girl

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