MIAMI | WHAT TO DO

Fairchild Botanical Gardens
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
+1 305 667 1651

Well worth the field trip south, the gardens are a true treasure of beautifully maintained flora and fauna that provide a natural playground for all ages. They also curate some great events year-round from night tours to mango festivals.  With 83 acres of awesomeness to explore it’s easy and most certainly a pleasure to get lost in this tropical paradise.

Hoy Como Ayer
2212 SW 8th St, Miami
+1 305 541 2631

People always come to Miami looking for a true authentic experience that finds them drinking rum and dancing salsa like nobody is watching on a sweaty dance floor into the wee hours of the morning.  If this sounds like you, then look no further.  Voted Best Latin club and a cultural institution in Little Havana, you can be sure to find the best local and Cuban acts heating up a usually full house. The place is tiny and gets packed so it’s nice to reserve a table and get there a little early, which in Miami on a weekend means 10 as the bands usually start around 11pm. 

Lincoln Road Antique & Flea Market
800-1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting on the right Sunday from October to May, then run don’t walk to this legendary market on Lincoln Road.  Furniture, art, vintage sunglasses, collectibles, and a farmer’s market…they really do have it all.  Located along an outdoor mall that is already packed with restaurants and shops it’s the perfect outing for a Sunday to shop, stroll, and do some of the best people watching in all the land.

PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
+1 305 375 3000

In 2013, the Perez Art Museum Miami moved to its new and stunning venue in Downtown Miami.  With its waterfront location, innovative gardens, and fascinating exhibitions it has become a must see for visitors and has truly upped the cultural ante in an already newly flourishing art city.  

The Anderson Bar / Broken Shaker / Lost Boy / Las Rosas
If you’re looking to have a few drinks and see how the locals live, think of checking out some of the cooler watering holes off the beach and around town. The Anderson Bar offers both an indoor bar with raging weekend dance parties sans South Beach lines and a chill outdoor garden complete with reggae tunes and a rum shack. Located in up and coming Allapatta, Las Rosas has a dive bar vibe with great programming that runs the gamut from live Indie acts to special curated DJs and open mics. Recently opened in Downtown Lost Boy is that bar where everybody knows your name and if they don’t they’ll get to know it.  A neighborhood haunt with fun design and a top selection of spirits, it’s the perfect place to kick off or end your night with a friendly bar keep and some great tunes.  

Take to the Bay
The artist Christo once said that Biscayne Bay is Miami’s Central Park and he couldn’t be more on point.   While many flock to our shores for the beaches, the bay provides a wonderful way to see the city from another perspective and get a full appreciation of why so many people choose to live where everyone else vacations.  There are many ways to enjoy the bay from renting a waverunner or paddleboard, to chartering a boat (easier than ever with Boatsetter), or even hopping a water taxi.  Whether you choose to spend a full day out on the water or a just a few hours touring around you will gain a whole new perspective of the city and see it in a truly unique way.

MIAMI | WHAT TO BUY

The Design District
3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 
If you’re looking for a one stop shop for every luxury brand imaginable then look no further! Built between three beautiful outdoor plazas you can stroll the likes of Prada, Gucci, Louboutin and more while enjoying gorgeous landscape design that really brings the nature of Florida right to the middle of the city.   

Faena Bazaar
3400 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Recently opened and ever-changing, the Faena attempts to modernize the souk with their latest retail offering. The marketplace will feature rotating pop ups of up-and-coming designers so you never know what you may find but you can guarantee it will always be fabulous! The aesthetic and design are worth the trip alone but odds are you’ll leave with quite a few shopping bags in tow.   

Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
+1 786 693 9309

Located in the colorful and eclectic neighborhood of Little Haiti this music store/coffee spot/event space has been holding down cool thanks to its owner Lolo Reskin for going on 14 years. Offering an incredible collection of artists and a knowledgeable staff to help you navigate the stacks it’s the perfect place to rekindle your love affair with vinyl or find some great additions to add to your collection.  

The Webster
1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 
+1 305 674 7899

The chicest of the chic always flock here when they’re in town. Filled with the best of the best luxury brands and perfectly curated collections, fashion mavens will feel as if they walked into a retail heaven clubhouse. It’s the perfect spot to find that outfit you may not have packed for a day or night out in the Magic City. 

Wynwood 
2722 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 
A trip to Miami wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through the ever-growing, ever cool arts district known as Wynwood. Not too long ago a few stores peppered the somewhat empty albeit colorful streets of a long-forgotten area of warehouses. Oh, what a difference a few years make!  From art galleries, to boutiques, and up and coming national brands, this neighborhood makes for the perfect afternoon of shopping and strolling. If you don’t leave there with a few bags of awesome finds you will most certainly head home with some amazing Instagramble moments thanks to the blocks and blocks of incredible murals by the world’s most famous street artists. 

MIAMI | WHERE TO EAT

27 Restaurant / The Broken Shaker
2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach
+1 786 476 7020

There’s a reason this spot is a favorite of locals and travelers alike.  With its homey, eclectic decor and it’s inventive and delicious dishes, it always delivers the perfect blend of cool and excellence. The focus is on local ingredients and the cocktail menu is not to be missed. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a family dinner of 10, you’ll always have a good time. For pre-or-post game be sure to hang and sip a libation in the courtyard or poolside where chill reggae rhythms and old school hip hop serenade a crowd that is every bit hip Miami and abolishes all the stereotypes of a typical cheesy South Beach Miami scene … in the best way possible. 

Amara
3101 NE 7th Ave., Miami
+1 305 702 5528

This new gem from chef Michael Schwartz offers not only amazing Latin fare but a spectacular waterfront location. Only opened in 2018, this spot has already been awarded Restaurant of the Year by Eater Miami and it’s no surprise why. Every detail from the decor, to the service, to the cocktail program are top notch. Dinner is a happening scene but not in an overwhelming way, while lunch offers a fantastic lighter fare menu and gorgeous daytime views of Biscayne Bay.  

Joe’s Take Away
11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
+1 305 673 0365

While Joe’s is world famous and one of the most timeless eateries in Miami, it’s their laid back take away addition that is a favorite of locals. No lines and a far more casual affair, you can order at the counter and peruse the market-like vibe for drinks and dessert, then take your food to a bevy of self-serve tables both indoor and outdoor or walk to nearby South Pointe park for a picnic. Either way this is the stop to enjoy Joe’s legendary stone crabs, sides, and so much more (i.e. salad bar, soups, sandwiches, and a not to be missed fried chicken!) all day any day during their season from mid-October to mid-May. 

Matador Room
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
+1 786 257 4600

Chef Jean Georges hits it out of the park at this elegant yet hip eatery that is a love letter to the fare of the Caribbean and Latin America. Taking inspiration from the glamourous by gone era of the 40’s/50’s the dining room itself is a showstopper without being too pretentious and the outdoor patio provides beautiful breezes and ocean views.  Be sure to make some time for a pre-dinner drink at the Matador Bar which provides the perfect intro into a truly exquisite dining experience. 

Michael’s Genuine
130 NE 40th St., Miami
+1 305 573 5550

Located in the booming Design District this local favorite has stood the test of time thanks to its welcoming vibe and fantastic fare. The menu is ever changing with the seasons while maintaining some beyond delectable staples. This is a great place for long and lavish group dinners alfresco or a quick drink and a dozen oysters at the bar. Open all day for lunch and dinner this is a perfect stop for those looking to check out all the Design District has to offer. Oh, and their Sunday brunch is not to be missed! 

MIAMI | WHERE TO STAY

The Miami Beach Edition
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
+1 786 257 4500

If you want to be in the center of it all but still feel like you’re on vacation then look no further than the Edition Hotel.  The brain child of Ian Schraeger, the hotel is sleek, stylish and at the same time a whole lot of fun.  The rooms are comfortable with all the amenities and the ocean front rooms and pool cabanas provide another level of luxury with their fantastic views and spacious accommodations.  Jean Georges lends his culinary expertise to the multiple in-house restaurants and the cocktail program is second to none when you’re ready to kick back a libation in one of the many perfectly anointed nooks on property. If you’re really feeling like a Miami night out simply follow the stairs to Basement, the on-site entreatment complex, that features a bowling alley, ice skating rink, and world class night club.  You really can have a full Miami Beach experience without even leaving the hotel and honestly you may never want to.  

Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
+1 786 507 7900

You don’t have to be a member to book a room at the Miami Soho Beach House which is a blessing for all. The food, service, staff and property make this a favorite of many a traveler.  The rooms all have that Soho-chic feel and the suites offer amazing waterfront views with a big-time wow factor. They do a great job of programming here so chances are you’ll stumble upon a reggae night at the outdoor bar or sunset dance party on the rooftop. This is also a serious local favorite so it’s one of the properties where even if you are a tourist you’ll find yourself mixing it up with fun and fancy free Miamians from brunch till the wee hours of the morning.

The Standard
40 Island Ave., Miami Beach
+1 305 673 1717

This is a Miami Beach classic that really stands the test of time. With a great location right on Biscayne Bay, the hotel has one of the best pools around! The view is amazing and the fare at both the restaurant and pool offer something for everyone from raw vegan options to amazing sliders. The spa here is also one of the main attractions with a co-ed common area that features a hammam, steam room and sauna that friends and couples can experience together before heading off to their treatments. One small note, the property is officially childfree so that may be a blessing or a curse to some. That being said, they welcome your fur babies with open arms so feel free to bring your pet along. Crispy, the in-house concierge, is a legend and honestly does her best to keep her guests happy and make all of their vacation dreams come true. There’s a reason this place keeps visitors coming back year after year. 

The Surf Club at The Four Seasons 
9011 Collins Ave., Surfside
+1 305 407 1415

Only recently opened, this property in Sunny Isles really lets you get away from it all.  A master class in design and elegance from the rooms, to the pool, to the bar you’ll feel like you’re stepping back into the old days of Miami glamour while also experiencing the best of what the modern era has to offer. The hotel is north from all the hustle and bustle of South Beach but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The beaches are less crowded and there’s a great boardwalk for walking, running, or just taking in the sights. The restaurants offer the pinnacle of fine dining with the newly opened The Surf Club by the one and only Thomas Keller. If you’re looking for the best Miami has to offer and a truly luxurious vacation look no further.