Base is one of the hippest—and most ecumenical—stores in Miami, where each selection is more refined than the next. The young staff models the merch and embodies Miami cool, while the wide-ranging assortment on the shelves includes L.A.M.B. bags, international magazines, Giles & Brother jewelry, Kim Jones T-shirts, a CD listening bar with albums like Federico Aubele's Panamericana and Stacey Kent's Breakfast on the Morning Tram, Puma bags, a remarkable selection of coffee table books, and everything else.
What to Buy: Miami is all about Cuban flavor, and the store carries one of the best photo books on the subject, Taschen's Inside Cuba ($50), crammed with great shots of atmospheric interiors.
Tip: The Base Annex (927 Lincoln Road; 305/695-4026), just down the block, is full of vintage furniture arranged by color (the White Room, the Black Room, the Pink Room, etc.) and great housewares like Diamantini & Domeniconi's birdhouse-shaped "Cucu" clock.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.