Miami: A neighbourhood guide

By Amy Rosoman

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July 2017

Whether you’re getting artsy in the Art Deco District or hitting a volleyball on the sands of South Beach, Miami is the place to see and be seen. From the up and coming foodie scene, to the biggest party vibes, hit the ground running in The Magic City.

South Beach

Visit the American Riviera, with its dreamland of vibrant art deco buildings, sandy white beaches and turquoise seas.


Sitting on the famous Ocean Drive, surrounded by cool arty architecture everywhere you look, is Hotel Victor. This hotspot is close to the heart of the action, electrifying nightlife and just a short walk away from the pristine sands of the coolest beach around.

Visit the glories of Versace at Villa Casa Casuarina, a mansion so incredible, you won’t believe your eyes


Kickback at the only oceanfront restaurant on South Beach, Dilido Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton. Enjoy a brilliant breakfast beachside, a lunchtime blackened Mahi-Mahi wrap or signature cocktails as you catch a glowing sunset. Check out the José Andrés restaurant Cleo, with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from award-winning chef, Danny Elmaleh. Indulge on feasts of mezze, beautiful platters of fresh seafood and sensational sharing plates. Try The Cleo Experience, an indulgent mix of the chef’s favourite dishes.

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  • José Andrés restaurant Cleo. ©Cleo.

    Get ready for a mouthful

    Indulge in scrumptious dishes at restaurant Cleo and revel in the mouth-watering menu.

  • Broken Shaker bar. ©Adrian Gaut.

    Make a move for top cocktails

    Sip on a piña colada or get chatting to the mixologists, to whip you up a treat.

  • The vibrant Hotel Victor. ©Hotel Victor.

    Cool art deco awaits

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Melt in the cool vibes of Ocean Drive, as you immerse yourself in the colourful architecture. From its on-trend shopping district alongside Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road, to the eccentric nightlife and neon colours lining the street. Visit the glories of Versace at Villa Casa Casuarina, a mansion so incredible, you won’t believe your eyes. Play like a local and head to Bodega, for the hidden nightclub behind a shabby chic Mexican eatery. Hit up the Broken Shaker for the coolest garden, cocktails and atmosphere in town.

Miami Beach

The exotic cosmopolitan of Miami Beach oozes cool, it’s the place to see and be seen, with a touch of exclusivity.


True to the real Miami Beach style is The Miami Beach EDITION. Revel in the essence of exclusivity. From its more than fabulous nightclub, ice skating rink and live music nights, this place oozes on-point trend. Just a stones throw away is the beach, boardwalk and Collin’s Avenue – everything is on your doorstep.

  • Relax at the scene of the Miami Beach EDITION pool. ©Miami Beach EDITION.

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With its hot foodie scene and abundance of food festivals, Miami Beach is bursting with flavour. Relax in the luscious garden setting of Cecconi’s Italian restaurant. Enjoy an indulgent breakfast, a truffle pizza all day every day and profiteroles that will blow you away. Or soak up the elegant atmosphere with a new age classic cocktail. Step into the celeb magnet of The Forge, a local landmark of extravagance. Chef Christopher Lee allures diners with his tantalising menu, from accessorising your own steak, to the bar menu with salmon tartare tacos. Polish off your cuisine with a copious selection of wines.


Take a stroll or glide around by bike on the beach boardwalk and soak up the views of the golden sands and Atlantic Ocean. Lounge on the shores nearby the iconic coastguard towers, watch surfers take to the waves and grab a paddle board to see Miami by water. Experience the electric nightlife of Fontainebleau and the LIV nightclub. Bounce to the beat and dance to the early hours of the morning at this swanky joint. Watch the mixologists work their shaker magic and have a night out like no other.

North Miami Beaches and Aventura

Discover the more peaceful side of Miami. The suburban area offers a tropical waterside for relaxation and boastful shopping.

  • Cecconi’s Italian dream. ©Cecconi’s.

    Tuck into tantalising treats

    Enjoy a tasty alfresco meal in beautiful surroundings.

  • Get foodie at Fi’lia. ©Fi’lia.

    Indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Miami’s foodie scene is huge, enjoy fresh seafood or delicious desserts.

  • Check out Pérez Art Museum Miami. ©Robin Hill C.

    Creativity flows through this city

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This Forbes 2017 recommended resort, the Turnberry Isle Miami, is all about lavish lifestyle. Even with its 300 acres of ravishing gardens, it is easy to make your way to the nearby malls, Surfside beach and to catch a ride to the buzz of central Miami.


Enjoy dining delights at North Miami Beach. Try some Miami spice at the El Gran Inka, for delicious Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy lunchtime or evening dining here from the vast menu. From first-class ceviche and grill sharing platters, to an elaborate list of chef recommendations, feel your taste buds explode. Head to Houston’s for a mouth-watering meal, with spectacular views of Maule Lake, surrounded by palm trees and an outdoor patio area. Relish the house specialities, bite into a hickory burger and take a look at the worldly wine list.


Embrace the long sandy stretches of beach in Surfside, outside the hustle and bustle of the big town action. Take to the biking paths and look out for the colourful turtle sculptures. A little further north is Bal Harbour, with its designer shopping, pristine beaches for yoga sessions, exclusive bars and eateries, this area is a luxury haven. Continuing north you’ll find Aventura, with its sensational mall, golfing greens, Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, there is something for everyone. When you fancy hitting the big scene, jump on the trolley to central Miami.

Brickell and Downtown

This up-and-coming, glistening area offers a refreshing contrast to the beachside of Miami life, as a miniature urban getaway.


The quirky urban retreat of East Miami is close to the vibrant culture and other nearby neighbourhoods. Just a 10-minute drive away, you can find yourself in the creative hub of Wynwood – full of photo worthy street art, coffee shops and bars made for beers, flip flops and shorts.


Make a move to Quinto la huella, with its wood fire oven, outdoor dining and sushi counter. From the olive tapenade and exquisite local swordfish dish, to the steak Milanese, find something extremely tasty to satisfy your cravings. Try a bite at the delectable Fi’lia, a sleek and stylish restaurant by Michael Schwartz. Dine in before noon or at night by candle light. Try the frittata for breakfast, melt over the pan-fried snapper at lunch and make sure you order an ice cream sandwich for dessert.


Downtown might be the business district, but it has so much more to offer. Take a ride on the free metro mover for great views and gaze up at the sensational Freedom Tower. Lose yourself in the Design District or wander around the Pérez Art Museum at Biscayne Bay. Come for the culture and stay for the cocktails in spectacular outdoor lounges. Just south of Brickell lies Coconut Grove, a beautiful suburban area. Hire bikes and enjoy this lovely, relaxed, family area for chilled out vibes. Be sure to visit the beautiful Villa Vizcaya. A little further, is the beautiful Coral Gables. Visit the Venetian pool, see historic relics of this olden city and watch this hip place light up at night.