While we are currently physically distancing and staying at home, I am not just decluttering my closet but also my travel photos from past years. Since we cannot travel or go on vacation yet—this post might not be relevant at the moment, but sooner or later we will travel and visit all our favorite places.
Miami is not just about cocktails, flashy cars, neon bikinis, but this city has so much more to offer. The US’s warmest city in winter, Miami is a destination for millions of tourists. From party to art lovers—this city has a lot to offer. As a huge fan of Miami’s art deco architecture, Wynwood Art District and the great restaurants, today I want to share my favorite places to see, as well as where to eat and drink in Miami.
WHAT TO SEE
If you are planning to visit Miami for the first time, I would recommend you to stay in South Beach. Even if you choose to spend more time on the beach, you really need to fully experience this vibrant city. From the high end designer shops to every type of small boutiques, art deco architecture to contemporary museums, Miami has a lot to offer.
Art Deco Tour
From Ocean Drive to the heart of South Beach’s Art Deco District, is where the art deco architecture lovers can spend few hours learning about the culture and to see the iconic, colorful buildings of Miami.
Miami visit is nothing without spending some time at gorgeous beachfront, clear blue water and stripped lounge chairs. South Beach is a public beach that’s free and open to everyone. Warning! It gets really hot there. Pack your favorite beachwear.
Walls in Wynwood are known as Miami’s most Instagrammed spots. The outdoor “gallery” is a collection of artwork by graffiti artists and muralists. The murals usually change very often, and one of the most iconic works in Wynwood is by Shepard Fairey.
For truly local experience go to Little Havana. This is the heart of Miami’s Cuban population, the area includes Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street), famous for Domino Park, strong café Cubano, and delicious ice-cream.
The giant 18-block neighborhood is home to more than 150 high-end boutiques, design showrooms, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Don’t miss the impressive public art, including works by Buckminster Fuller and Zaha Hadid.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Venice eleganza meets tropical Miami vibes. In the 1910s, noted industrialist James Deering brought a taste of Europe to South Florida when he commissioned the construction of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, modeled on a centuries-old Italian villa, as his winter home in Miami. There are lot of stunning corners, beautifully original decorated rooms, gorgeous antique furniture, and endless beautiful gardens. Plan your visit accordingly, so that you don’t miss anything.
A new arts center in the six-block multi-use Faena district from Argentinian developer Alan Faena, Faena Forum will open in April 2016 in a Rem Koolhaas-designed building. Sister to the Feana Arts Center Buenos Aires—a space known for site-specific installations—Faena Forum has large flexible spaces to host performances and events as well as art exhibitions.
No visit to Miami would be complete without a visit to the Webster. From The Row to Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler and Lanvin, the mega luxury multi-brand fashion house is Miami’s most famous boutique.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
For Breakfast & Lunch
- Big Pink , 157 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
- Pura Vida, 520 Collins Ave 2nd Floor, Miami Beach
- Simple Healthy Food, 628 6th St #8602, Miami Beach
- SPORA Cafe & Smoothie Bar, 6778 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
- Lilikoi Organic Living, 500 South Pointe Dr #180, Miami Beach
- Planta, 850 Commerce St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
- Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis, 730 1st St, Miami Beach
- GreenLife Organic Bistro Brickell, 909 Brickell Ave kiosk f, Miami
- LaMuse® Restaurant & Cafe, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way #102, Miami
- Cafe La Trova, 971 SW 8th St, Miami
- Coyo Taco, 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
- The Salty Donut, 50 NW 23rd St #112, Miami
- Morgans, 28 NE 29th St, Miami
- Ono Poke Shop, 2320 N Miami Ave #4432, Miami
- OTL MIA, 160 NE 40th St, Miami,
- Laid Fresh, 250 NW 24th St, Miami
- Jaya at The Setai, 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
- Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
- SWAN Miami, 90 NE 39th St, Miami
- Alter, 223 NW 23rd St, Miami
- Marion Miami, 1111 SW 1st Ave, Miami
- Scarpetta by Scott Conant, Fontainebleau Hotel & Resort, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
- Cecconi’s Miami, 4385 Collins Ave, Miami
- Cipriani Downtown Miami, 465 Brickell Ave, Miami
- Casa Tua Hotel & Restaurant, 1700 James Ave, Miami
- Three, 50 NW 24th St Unit 101, Miami
- Le Zoo, 9700 Collins Ave #135, Miami Beach
- Ember, 151 NE 41st St Suite 117, Miami
- KYU, 251 NW 25th St, Miami
- Le Jardinier, 151 NE 41st St suite 135, Miami
- Itamae, 140 NE 39th St STE 241, Miami
- MR. CHOW, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
- Sugar at EAST, 788 Brickell Plaza #40, Miami
- Rose Bar at Delano, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
- Palomar, 1750 Alton Rd, Miami Beach
- Socialista Miami, 465 Brickell Ave # Cu-1, Miami
- The Broken Shaker, 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach
- Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar, 9011 Collins Ave, Surfside
- Watr at the Rooftop, 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
- Pao by Paul Qui, 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
All photos (c) DisiCouture
*Disclosure: This post is 100% not sponsored. For all reviews, I payed and nothing was provided on a complimentary basis.