Miami: A neighbourhood guide


By Amy Rosoman

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Updated January 2019

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.

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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

Eat

Savour the flavours at restaurant Leynia at Delano South Beach. Tuck into Argentinean dishes inspired by Japanese flavours and book a spot for the three-course lunch speciality. Enjoy al fresco evening dining at the hotel’s restaurant, with its beautiful outside dining surrounded by twinkling lanterns. If brunch is your bag, reserve a table for the Sunday brunch here. For $70 you can pile your plate with unlimited tasty bites – pay another $15 to sip on unlimited mimosas or bloody Marys.

Check out 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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  • Award-winning delights at 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. Alternatively, check out Sweet Liberty with its world-class cocktails and award-winning bartenders – try the Dancing Queen, served up in a disco ball.

Miami Beach

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

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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.

Eat

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.

Make your way to Malibu Farm at Eden Roc Miami Beach, for oceanfront tantalising dining. Order up the epic ‘All American’ breakfast, try the avocado pizza for lunch and browse through the dinner menu to see what takes your fancy. Feast upon fresh, locally sourced produce, whilst you soak up the sea views.

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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 recommended resort, the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, 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.

Eat

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 Café Prima Pasta for mouth-watering Italian dishes. Let your eyes soak up the celebrity photos dotted around the restaurant, of legends who have dined here in the past. Book a table, try a mix of carpaccio to start and fresh seafood pasta for a main. Be sure to take a look at the worldly wine list.

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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.

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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.

Eat

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.

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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. Come nightfall, discover the latest local celeb hangout Sugar – an opulent rooftop bar, 40 floors high in the heart of Brickell. Sip sensational cocktails and order up flavourful small plates when you get peckish.

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