Everyone knows Miami is ‘mucho caliente, so in a city so hot, what should you do if you’re only in town for 48 hours?
A penne for your thoughts
If like us, you’re a big foodie and love rich women with too much Botox and a teacup Chihuahua, then Carpaccio in Bal Harbour is the perfect place to ‘see and be seen’. This Italian restaurant has consistently been a favorite destination, and continues to be the restaurant of choice for the celebrities and socialites, sports stars and artists who return for the renowned fare. Choose to dine inside the recently renovated dining room, or outdoors on the sun-drenched patio, and select from favorites such as crispy pizza Margherita, citrusy Riviera salad, and paper-thin, succulent beef, tuna and salmon carpaccio. Our favourite thing on the menu? The simply deliciously simple arrabiata pasta with an extra helping of parmesan.
Alexia & Frankies Beauty Bar
This hidden gem in the heart of surfside, owned by one of the cast members of The Real Housewives of Miami is a super cute and low-key salon that offers everything from manicures to blow waves. Let the bright pink door invite you in and the reasonably priced services welcome you back time and again.
Miami’s oldest mansion
If you love history and luxury, The Vizcaya museum and gardens is the perfect place to spend a day. Vizcaya has been described as “the finest private house ever built in America,” and “a jewel among Miami’s skyscrapers and subdivisions”. Built as the private winter home of American businessman James Deering in the early 1900s, Vizcaya is voted as our best hidden ‘Miami gem’. We recommend you experience the beauty and history of Vizcaya’s majestic Main House and expansive bayfront gardens, just moments from downtown Miami.
Definitely the most clichéd touristy thing on our list, a Big Bus tour is something we always recommend doing when wanting to get the layout of a new city. From South Beach, to Coconut Grove and Little Havana. . . you’ve heard the names before, and the Miami bus tour brings them spectacularly to life. Hop on for panoramic views of the Art Deco District and South Beach, and hop off to explore icons like Coconut Grove and Villa Vizcaya. Our pro-tip? Make sure to book the boat cruise as part of your ticket for a tour of Miami’s most incredible celebrity homes.
This little piggy went to market
If you love shopping as much as we do then the Bayside Marketplace is the perfect place to visit. This two-story open-air shopping centre located in the Downtown Miami area welcomes hundreds of tourists daily. The banks of Biscayne Bay wrap around the property with the City of Miami marina at its side. It also happens to be the number one most visited attraction in Miami. Different from typical shopping malls, Bayside offers an entertainment experience with live music daily, restaurants, bars, open-container policy, family events, and the picturesque settings that come with a waterfront property. It is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or to embark on a boat trip with a mojito in hand.
Art you glad it’s on the list
Known for its many colorful murals, Wynwood is one of the city’s most happening districts. Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum showcasing large-scale works by some of the world’s best-known street artists. The surrounding streets have converted warehouses housing craft breweries and funky art galleries. A hip young crowd frequents the neighborhood’s chic clothing boutiques, stylish bistros and late-night bars. Our favourite brunch spot? The Wynwood Diner is an expansive indoor/outdoor hotspot. With a modern take on the classic American diner, the extensive bar specializes in handcraft cocktails, unique to Wynwood Diner, with a variety of spirits, wines, and an impressive craft beer selection.
LIV your best life
From the mastermind behind Miami’s LIV nightclub, David Grutman is back with his latest hotspot Komodo. Located in the epicentre of Miami’s booming Brickell neighbourhood, Komodo is a three-story indoor/outdoor eatery and lounge that combines contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine with a South Florida vibe to elevate the dining and nightlife experience. The menu features signature favorites including the Peking Duck, Tuna & Toro Roll, and Lobster Dynamite. The 300-seat restaurant and lounge offers several unique multi-level dining options including three bars complete with a handcrafted cocktail menu as well as the signature outdoor floating “birds nests” seating, which create a playful treehouse feel perfect for any occasion day or night. Komodo is open for dinner seven days a week.
If it’s good enough for Gianni
In 1992, The Villa was purchased by the famous Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace. Today the Villa operates as a luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and event venue. Spend time dining or having a romantic dinner among the gorgeous décor and design of the most magnificent mansion in South Beach. The stunning atmosphere of Gianni’s, the hotel’s restaurant, rivals the best locales in the world to dine. In the history-steeped dining room, or under the stars poolside, Gianni’s offers a wonderful, unique luxurious experience.