A Quick Guide: Miami Beach

Famed for its colourful art deco buildings, white sandy beaches, beautiful surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs, Miami is a great spot for anyone’s holiday destination. Read on to discover some of my favourite spots in Miami…

get cultured. 

WYNWOOD WALLS – 2520 NW 2nd Ave

Unique outdoor destination featuring huge, colourful street murals by artists from around the globe.

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VIZCAYA MUSEUM AND GARDEN – 3251 S Miami Ave

Historic estate with formal gardens & sculptures, grottos & circa-1914 mansion turned museum.

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eat and drink.

JUGO FRESH – 222 NW 26th St

Hip counter-serve chain featuring organic juices & cleanses, plus salads, acai bowls & sandwiches.

PUB BELLY SUSHI – 1424 20th St

Industrial-chic hub offering inventive sushi & Pan-Asian specialities paired with sake & microbrews. Possibly the best sushi spot in Miami Beach for locals.

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PANTHER COFFEE – 1875 Purdy Ave

Java from beans roasted on-site is served in a gleaming, industrial-chic cafe with a hipster vibe.

BEACHCRAFT – 1 Hotel South Beach, 2395 Collins Ave,

Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio makes his Miami debut with Beachcraft. Dine inside with a view of the open kitchen, where organic ingredients, like locally caught fish, are on the menu. Or sit outside and overlook Collins Avenue.

BYBLOS – 1545 Collins Ave

This chic, Mediterranean-inspired eatery located right on Collins Avenue features an eclectic menu filled with sophisticated dishes from the entire region. And make sure to wash your meal back with one of their tea cocktails, presented tableside in a silver teapot.

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ALTER – 223 NW 23rd St

From former J&G Grill Chef Brad Kilgore comes the newest Wynwood eatery, Alter. Kilgore combines his high-end techniques and plating with local products in an effort to make fine dining approachable to all. No dish is priced over $30 and you can get a 5-course tasting menu for just $65 a person, a steal by Miami standards.

HUAHUA’S TAQUERIA – 1211 Lincoln Rd

My go-to spot for take-out. Huahua’s has potentially the best tacos in Miami Beach. A very small and casual spot located at the end of the Lincoln Road Mall.

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do.

SOUTH BEACH – 33139 Miami Beach

Also known as ‘art deco playground’ or ‘American Riviera’, this section of Miami Beach is perhaps the most desirable. Shop in the high-end boutiques or stroll the boulevards with the beautiful people who hang out here.

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OCEAN DRIVE – 33139 Miami Beach

One of the most famous boulevards in Miami Beach, this art deco paradise is where you’ll find a constant crowd frequenting its world-class hotels, fashionable bars and clubs. Small enough to walk around comfortably – just stroll and drink in the atmosphere.

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VENETIAN POOLS – 2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables

Iconic, spring-water-filled pool built in 1923 boasting waterfalls, grottos & a tropical backdrop.

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BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE – 401 Biscayne Blvd

Large, waterside shopping centre with many familiar stores, plus eateries & sit-down restaurants.

BIG BUS TOURS MIAMI -301 Biscayne Blvd

Miami is a big city! It can be difficult for tourists to get around the city and surrounding suburbs if they do not hire a car. I would suggest getting a ticket for the Hop On Hop Pff Bus tour. It will take you around to all of the highlights of Miami- South Beach, Coconut Grove, Little Havana . . . you’ve heard the names before, and the Miami bus tour brings them spectacularly to life.

stay. 

THE CONFIDANTE- THE UNBOUND COLLECTION BY HYATT – 4041 Collins Ave

This beachfront hotel is set in a 1940s art deco skyscraper and just a short walk from Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive. Amenities include a rooftop spa, a hair salon and 7 meeting rooms. There’s also 2 cocktail bars, an outdoor pool and a gourmet restaurant. The rooms are very comfortable and the epidemy of art-deco Miami. Highly recommend. 

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1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH – 2341 Collins Ave

This upscale beachfront hotel is a mile from outdoor shopping at Lincoln Road Mall and 3 minutes’ walk from the Bass Museum of Art. The sophisticated and stylish rooms feature ocean views, custom-designed beds, and walls lined with driftwood, as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and Nespresso machines. Amenities include a posh restaurant run by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, a rooftop and lobby bar, a casual eatery next to 1 of 4 outdoor pools, a spa and a fitness centre.

THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION – 2901 Collins Ave

Set along the Miami Beach Boardwalk, this posh beachfront hotel is a 13-minute walk from the Bass Museum of Art. The polished rooms offer high-end linens and marble bathrooms, as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minibars. Some rooms feature ocean views, while the multi-level bungalows offer rooftop decks and plunge pools. Amenities include a chic restaurant, a 24-hour cafe, an outdoor eatery and 2 bars. There’s beach access, a spa, a 24/7 gym, 2 outdoor pools and a basement with a nightclub, bowling alley and ice-skating. If you can fit this hotel in your budget, it’s highly recommended. 

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