Worth Avenue : Michelin's recommendations
The East Coast's answer to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, this upscale street acts as a magnet for well-heeled tourists and residents, as well as the merely curious, who come to eat, shop, browse and ogle the merchandise. Though named for a colonel in the Seminole Wars, the avenue really measures worth in simple terms: money. Here the island's palmiest boutiques stand shoulder to shoulder and read like names from a shopper's Who's Who: Cartier, Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Charles Jourdan, Saks Fifth Avenue, Giorgio's. In between are galleries, cafes and specialty shops. Worth Avenue's mélange of styles succeeds in creating a picturesque street with a decidedly European flair. Its design blends features of Venetian, Spanish and Moorish architecture. In spite of Worth Avenue's high-toned commercialism, visitors can buy a reasonably priced meal at a courtyard restaurant or simply stroll the bougainvillea-studded sidewalks and watch the people.