Dior Café & Art at the Miami Design District

On the tropical rooftop terrace of the Dior boutique in the Miami Design District is a Dior Café where you can enjoy a nice coffee, tea, or juices and pastries, surrounded by palm trees and sculptures of giraffes, bears, and lions covered in Dior’s Toile de Jouy print.

Dior Cafe Miami

On a recent trip to Miami we stopped at the District for some shopping, sipping and art browsing.

Park at the Palm Court Garage for easy access to the cafe located at the Women’s Dior Store. Dior Café does not take reservations, arrive ahead of your visit place your name on the waitlist, do some shopping downstairs at the Dior store while you wait for your table.

Dior Café in Miami Design District

The chic Dior Café mirrors Monsieur Christian Dior’s love for the art of entertaining and his taste in art de vivre – the art of living! Toile de Jouy, the iconic 18th century French print, which adorned the walls of Monsieur Dior’s first boutique at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, is found throughout the café in the form of decorative pillows and oversized 3D sculptures- they welcome you at the entrance, stand guard by the DIOR signage and hang from the trees, transporting you into a magical realm. 


Much like Prada Cafe in Milan or the Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe, Dior Cafe in Miami is a lovely place for a celebration or just a quick little treat. I was there with my husband and daughter.

After our treats at Dior we wandered around Miami Design District to find art…

Our first stop was at Galeries Bartoux, a gallery that represents a new generation of artists and different movements in contemporary art. The international French family-owned group of 20 galleries can be found in France, Monaco, London, New York and now in Miami. The Miami location represents international artists alongside emerging talents and world-renowned icons. 

Sculpture by Bruno Catalano, Galeries Bartoux, Miami Design District

Fly’s Eye Dome, Miami Design District Art

From there we walk to the Palm Court to see Fly’s Eye Dome. In 1965 Buckminster Fuller designed and patented the Fly’s Eye Dome, which he called an “autonomous dwelling machine”. Prototypes began to be built by hand in 1977, and by 1983 three of the fiberglass spheres in various sizes (12-foot, 24-foot, 50-foot) had been produced. Fuller died before he was able to realize his vision for the structure.

Public Art at the Miami Design District

However, almost 50 years later, the design of the geodesic dome, can clearly be seen as a forerunner of today’s green building movement. In 2011, collector Craig Robins acquired the 24-foot prototype to exhibit it and use it as inspiration for a key element of the Miami Design District.

Le Corbusier by Xavier Veilhan

French artist Xavier Veilhan renders the larger than life architect Le Corbusier in a scale befitting of his stature. Le Corbusier, the multi-talented architect, designer, painter and city planner was an impressive force in pioneering what would eventually define modern architecture. 

The sculpture can be seen at 140 NE 39th St. 2nd Floor, Miami

Art at the Miami Design District

Allegory of Florida by Nina Surel

This monumental wall sculpture is made up of over 100 pieces of stoneware ceramic, kiln-fired locally at the nearby Collective 62. Surel’s mural imagines Florida as a goddess of feminine fertility, unifying the human, animal and vegetal universes under a single creational myth. With references to native flora and fauna such as Herons, Coonties, Florida Beauty berries, Seagrapes and Cocoplums, the work explores the interconnectedness of the local ecosystem. 

You can find it at Jade Alley | 172 NE 41 St, Miami

Dollar A Gallon III by Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh was the Chief Creative Director and founder of Off-White™ and Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton. This piece presents a window into the artist’s study and research of the effect of advertising on the impressionable. The work serves as a comprehensive lighthouse of mixed media.

Dollar A Gallon III by Virgil Abloh

You can schedule a free walking tour of the Miami Design District to explore the history of the art and architecture that happens on Saturday morning.


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