Our Miami Lifestyle City Guide in few simple points
BEST MIAMI RESTAURANTS:
: South Beach's first Korean barbecue restaurant — presents the rare-in-these-parts DIY method of tableside cooking paired with popular Asian-inspired fare courtesy of executive chef Xavier Torres (The Dutch, Nobu). It boasts tables with communal grills for guests to roast their intensely flavored ingredients over an energetic flame till 6 a.m. on weekends and 3 a.m. weeknights. But first, the cocktails: The tiki theme reigns here, and this translates into fanciful drinks brimming with tropical ingredients and exotic aromas. Word to the wise: These handcrafted cocktails are not like their island counterparts most commonly found in tourist traps. An inexperienced bar-goer may be deceived by their cheeriness.
: Houston's is an excellent restaurant located in a beautiful waterfront in North Miami Beach. You can enjoy a great meal while watching manatees and dolphins swim by. The food and service are always wonderful.
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: From the antipasti to the after-dinner limoncello - both free -, this Downtown sibling of Il Mulino in NYC (and Sunny Isles Beach) exhibits "true Italian class"; expect an "inspired menu", "extensive" wine list, "stellar" service and "elegant" digs that extend to a "beautiful" outdoor terrace where diners can "gaze at Biscayne Bay or into their companion's eyes" – welcome distractions from tabs that reflect the "top-notch" quality.
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Joe's Stone Crab
: Joe's Stone Crab is an American restaurant in
Miami Beach. The restaurant was opened in 1913, by Joe Weiss, who began his Miami Beach career by cooking at Smith's Casino beginning in 1913.
Joe's is the top buyer of
Florida stone crab claws, and it plays a significant role in the industry, influencing the wholesale price and financing many crabbers. It is often visited by politicians, actors, and athletes. It was featured in the 1985 film The Mean Season before its mid-1980s remodeling. The restaurant is reputedly referenced in Ian Fleming's novel "Goldfinger" as "Bill's on the Beach" in which James Bond ate the best meal he had ever eaten in his life.
: The magical Aegean has been referenced throughout history as the 'pearl of the Mediterranean'. It is where the Greek islands meet the Turkish Coast. It's a picturesque area; rugged in its terrain yet rich in its flora and all surrounded by magical Turquoise waters. Food from this area has always relied on what nature has provided. There is no special formula or elaborate recipe – it's just about simple ingredients, locally caught fish, the purest olive oil, fresh herbs and vegetables, farm raised meats and homemade breads, cheeses and yogurt. True peasant food created in local villages and age-old recipes that have been passed down to generations by grandmothers.
: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in the Miami Design District is Michael's first born — a vibrant neighborhood bistro where people gather to enjoy simply-prepared dishes made fresh from local ingredients.
: Located on Lincoln Road, one of South Beach's premier shopping and sightseeing areas, its outdoor patio flanks both sides of the street outside the restaurant and is a premier spot for enjoying the scene. Guests groove to the Brazilian beat as they take a hiatus from the blazing Miami sun. The space features a sexy indoor lounge, a graffiti installation by street artist Jordan Betten and a large movie screen, which rolls down from the ceiling nightly to provide a backdrop of subtitled Brazilian and Japanese movies. Another highlight is two spectacular bars positioned at opposite ends of the restaurant, which complete the experience.
: “Über-cool" is how admirers describe this “trendy scene" that doubles as a restaurant serving “flavorful" eclectic small plates in environs that feature amazing street-style art both inside and out; all the “buzz" – plus “friendly" service and “decent" prices – means this spot is often “super crowded."
: Juvia is a 10,000 square foot indoor/ outdoor restaurant and lounge on the penthouse level of the parking garage by Herzog & de Meuron at 1111 Lincoln Road. Owned and operated by Jonas and Alexandra Millan of Bonito St. Barth, Juvia"s dining room features a vertical garden, designed by internationally acclaimed botanist Patrick Blanc, which invokes the lushness of the Amazon rainforest. Chefs are: Laurent Cantineaux, a protege of Daniel Boulud, Sunny Oh, formerly of Nobu South Beach, and pastry Chef Gregory Gourreau, who has worked with Alain Ducasse and Francois Payard. The trio serves a harmonious blend of the regional cuisines of Asia, the vibrant flavors of South America and classic French techniques in the form of ceviches, tiraditos, fresh seafood and prime meats.
BEST MIAMI HOTELS:
: A hotel with style, luxury and service. From the minds of Sam Nazarian, Philippe Starck, Chef José Andrés and Lenny Kravitz, a surreal boutique luxury hotel journey through Miami, Latin America, Asia and the Mediterranean. Once you experience it, you know.
: Just steps away from the Atlantic, W South Beach hotel offers a cutting-edge oasis in the cosmopolitan heart of South Beach. Iconic design and swaying palms set the stage for an unforgettable experience, where the pulsating worlds of music, fashion and design meet contemporary luxury. Kick off your shoes (or slip on your stilettos), and discover our vibrant paradise, where your wildest wishes become reality.
: First, the hotel is located off the main drag, on the quiet and mostly residential Belle Isle, along the Venetian Causeway just short of Miami Beach proper. You can find yourself very much in the thick of it within minutes, but The Standard makes the most of its slight remove, such that it may furnish the kind of peace and tranquility that's long since departed Collins Avenue. Well, relative peace and tranquility, anyway — The Standard's typical guests are not exactly wallflowers, and there's always something going on in the bar; but compared to South Beach proper, this is practically transcendental meditation.
: The Tides South Beach is an iconic hotel located on Ocean Drive, just steps from the crystal water of the Atlantic Ocean
and Miami's most exciting dining and nightlife locations. Originally built in 1936, the hotel's architecture is rich with Art Deco influences, creating a nostalgic environment for its unique brand of modern luxury. It features forty-five stylish luxury suites all offering expansive ocean views.
Turnberry Isle: Secluded on 300 tropical acres, this stunning Mediterranean-style hideaway begins a new era in luxury travel. Retreat to this gorgeous oasis where you'll find the essence of elegance and indulgence with 392 spacious guest rooms and suites, two 18-hole Raymond Floyd-redesigned championship golf courses, a private beach front Beach Club right on the Atlantic, the exclusive award-winning Spa & Fitness center, a tennis facility with four clay HydroCourts, three pools including a new lagoon-style pool featuring a waterslide, lazy river, private cabanas and poolside dining.
: This is a beautiful beachfront hotel, situated in the elegant 'Sofi' enclave of South Beach and in walking distance to Miami's finest restaurants and nightlife. Our hotel in Miami Beach provides modern, elegant accommodations to suit all needs. Choose from studio, one- or two-bedroom suites, or upgrade to the penthouse suite with stunning ocean views. The suites are stylishly decorated with European furnishings and Italian marble floors.
: Viceroy Miami presents sophisticated international travelers and discriminating South Florida denizens with a glamour-infused Miami resort hotel created for business and leisure pursuits in the city's burgeoning downtown. Designed by tastemaker Kelly Wearstler, this luxury Miami hotel on Brickell Avenue deftly juxtaposes elite residential necessities with scene-making dining, roof-raising lounging and the intuitive service and unexpected delights recognized as Viceroy signatures. Set within the ten-acre Icon Brickell enclave, it is the quintessential Miami luxury hotel.
: You enter through a private courtyard, lined with trees and intimate sitting areas. Go try the floating bed, swaying back and forth as you relax in the sun or under starry skies. Walk past the 1850 bar, where free happy hour is the norm, and fun is guaranteed. Check out the heated swimming pool and snack bar.
BEST MIAMI CAFES:
: Panther Coffee is a Miami-based specialty coffee roaster, retailer and wholesaler specializing in the small-batch roasting of coffee beans and the preparation of coffee beverages.
: Italy's calling! Nespresso of Miami Beach brings the complete line of premium capsule espresso machines and supplies to their sidewalk cafe located at the exciting new shopping complex at 1111 Lincoln Road.
: Florida's first Segafredo, L'Originale brought the concept overseas from Italy and grew it into Lincoln Road's favorite gathering hot spot for locals and visitors focusing on great music, tapas and cocktails!
: Nikki Beach Miami is the hidden jewel of South Beach, located at One Ocean Drive along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean amid swaying palms trees and warm sunny breezes. Nikki Beach Miami has established itself as the landmark nightclub and venue for ultimate private parties, large celebrations, and always lives up to its reputation as a South Beach Miami party playground for jet setters, celebrities, VIPs, guests and visitors alike. It is comprised of a large oceanfront complex featuring an outdoor beach club, an award winning restaurant and a South Beach nightclub favorite. Enjoy full food and VIP bottle service in our fabulous cabanas and lounge beds during the day while soaking up the South Beach sun.
BEST MIAMI COCKTAIL BARS:
: It offers lively musical acts and solo performances, artistic installations and a destination for Miami's sophisticated scene seekers. With intent to create a unique experience in downtown Miami, it delivers classic cocktails done right, a carefully curated champagne, wine and port menu paired with social plates and nightly culture.
: As Lead Bartender at Sugarcane raw bar grill, Jamal Giles brings his signature touch to the crafted cocktail. A graduate of the International Culinary School at The Art Institute in Miami, Giles took to bartending as a means to make extra pocket cash while studying Visual Arts in New York City. A must when in Miami!
: It offers specialty handcrafted cocktails made with elixirs, syrups, and infusions made from garden herbs and spices, and fresh-pressed produce and exotic ingredients from around the world.
: Executive Chef Todd Erickson, has created food & beverage programs which pushes the creative culinary boundaries further into the future. Sustainable & Local when possible and progressive mixology are at work. Happy Hour is from 6-8PM everyday with great selections from the kitchen & 2-4-1 beer, wine, champagne & cocktail specials. Resident DJ's spin at 10PM and the bar is open until 5AM. Haven is an elevated late night alternative to overpacked, smoky nightclubs.
: Mokai celebrates the effortless cool with a contemporary design created to appeal to uptown champagne swillers, downtown darlings, Black Card holders, and electro chicks alike, with eighteen VIP seating areas.
Soho Beach Hous
e: This location has three Bars, the Club Bar is inspired by Forties Havana; Tiki Bar is located between the beach and the pool area; the adults-only tequila and mezcal bar at Ocho on the eighth-floor is opposite the plunge pool, with dazzling Atlantic views.
BEST MIAMI SHOPS:
Miami Design District
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you can find the list of the coolest shops and boutique of this neighbor!
Village of Merrick Park
: Exciting shopping, dining and entertainment in Coral Gables, Florida.
: Overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay and surrounded by a dramatic downtown cityscape — including the Port of Miami and AmericanAirlines Arena — it blends shopping with pleasure as national retailers share space with culturally distinctive merchandise and nonstop entertainment. More than 150 shops include big names like Gap, Wet Seal and Victoria's Secret, while small carts and kiosks sell local crafts and memorabilia, exotic jewelry, leather goods and gift items from around the world.
: Here waterfalls and covered walkways complemented by lush flora make this a serene place to shop. Boasting more than 100 shops and restaurants, anchored by Macy's and Bloomingdale's, The Falls is one of the nation's largest open-air shopping centers, with Apple Computer Store, Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, bebe, Nine West and Williams-Sonoma among the specialty retailers. T.G.I. Friday's, Johnny Rockets, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Los Ranchos and other eateries await those who need to build their strength for more shopping.
: Ranked as one of the top five highest-grossing malls in the country (in sales per square foot),
Aventura Mall in northeastern Miami-Dade County checks in at 2.7 million square feet of retail space, anchored by Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, JCPenney and Sears, along with more than 300 specialty retailers — including the new Louis Vuitton Aventura — as well as a variety of restaurants, a 24-screen movie theater, and the interactive playground Rainbow Valley.
: In the stylish village of Bal Harbour, superlative shopping meets tropical sophistication at
Bal Harbour Shops whose store directory reads like a Who's Who of retail royalty — Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren — the list goes on. Frequent fashion events, including designer appearances and charity functions, keep Bal Harbour on the radar of couture, while its sunny ambience and colorful foliage make it a relaxing place to spend the day.
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