I moved to Miami a little over one year ago, and although I have seen a lot of it, a fair amount is still unexplored. I was surprised to find that there is much more to this town that croquettas and the usual tourist spots. Check out my favorite places to eat, do and shop below. Leave me a comment below for any places you might think of noteworthy to visit!
Laduree Design District
When you are European and living in America, you seek out hints of foreign in every place you are. I discovered this little pop up shop in the Design District by mistake, as I was initially looking for ice cream.Although it isn't Paris, it is a little slice of heaven. The shop is located behind the Chrome Hearts store and has a little outside area where you can enjoy your tea and macaroons and pretend you're in Europe. As a little bonus, when I went, there was actual kittens playing around me. Not joking.
A cute little find inside the newly bustling downtown Dadeland area, Brick prides itself with partnering with local farmers to only bring in the freshest produce. They have a seasonal menu so you can be sure you're only getting organic goods.
The brunch of your dreams, Juvia is busy busy busy but the wait is well worth it. The pricier brunch stop is on top of Lincoln Road's garage, and you get a trio of star chefs.
Smith & Wollensky Miami Steakhouse
If you're looking for prime Veal or Steak Tips, this is the place. This place is nestled in a little nook in South Pointe park and not in obvious view. However, the place brings great oysters, steaks and I would not skip the dessert. I would recommend to sit outside so you have a view of the water, and since the area is south of the strip. They have seasonal drinks, and if you're going this winter season, I would suggest the Winter Spritz, which is essentially the Miami version of mulled wine.
The Salty Donut
If you don't include this on your list of places to go, or are a Miami local who still hasn't gone, you are SERIOUSLY missing out. This is the caviar of donuts, the 24K gold. Speaking of gold, some special edition donuts literally have gold dusted on them, such as the Unicorn Donut which was released over the summer. Grab a Nutella donut or try a seasonal one- it's worth the extra calories.
Another great find in the Miami Design District, this place has plenty of Vegan options and a great Avocado Toast. Stop between shopping and grab a refreshing drink or stay for lunch! @SongOfStyle brunched here for Art Basel and I totally freaked out over it #fangirl
My boyfriend took me here once and I thought he was trying to mess with me- the entrance to this restaurant is literally a gas station. Nestled inside is a cute tapas place, with wine lining the walls. Their separate dessert bar has cute little cakes as well.
A brand new find smack-dab in the middle of Wynwood, this busy spot is bustling with food options, all Asian-inspired cuisine. The bar makes a wicked Cosmopolitan as well.
Honestly, my favorite mall ever. It is outdoor, has a bunch of cute restaurants and is way less crowded than Dadeland Mall. I am not one for malls normally but this is a cute one. Pro Tip: stop at Brasserie and have some oysters or try the french onion soup in between shopping, and let the surrounding music seduce you.
Located in a chic Art Deco building in the heart of South Beach, you will find unique pieces in every room- even without buying, it is worth a stop.
Brickell City Center
New and energetic, this not-so-little area features top stores and a bunch of cool restaurants. There is also a top tier movie theatre for when you are done spending your cash, with a chic bar and strong drinks.
Miami Design District
Want to be wowed nonstop? This slice of literal heaven features all your top designers, surrounded by stunning art galleries and beautiful architecture.Gucci, Fendi, Prada,...you name it, it's there.
Right along Sunset Harbor, this cute shop has tons of great designers and outfit ideas. Follow them on insta for major outfit inspos. @frankiemiami
SLS South Beach
Stunning views, gorgeous poolside and great service. I recommend booking a cabman for the day and enjoying the great bar.
The Biltmore Hotel
Located in the midst of Coral Gables' most stunning homes, this historic hotel is a must-see stop, even if you're not staying there. Their golf course is top-rated and frequented by many tours and championships.
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
If South Beach is too busy for you, you can always cross a different bridge and end up in cozy and beautiful Key Biscayne. The Ritz offers beach-front bars and a nice escape from the busy streets of Miami. Be sure to check out Dune for a brunch you won't forget.
This hotel is full of surprises and activities. Feeling stressed? Unwind at Lapis the spa at the Fontainebleau. Looking for a girl's night? Head down to Liv for the night, Miami's most happening nightclub.
A cool new pop up that has taken Miami's nightlife by storm, the Wharf offers live music, corn hole, a giant bar and donuts to top it off. Come on a weekday for smaller crowd.
PaddleBoarding at Sunset Harbor
For just $15 you can have an hour on the board looking at lavish houses or even watching the sunset, and it is a fun time for sure! For a Groupon, click here.
Perez Art Museum
Although every-evolving, this museum is anything but boring. The installations range from Andy Warhol's soup cans to audio of refugees to a visual of colors. There are outdoor installations as well, plus the gift shop is one of the dos unique I've seen.
The Broken Shaker
This dreamy little spot in mod beach is perfect for that escaped-feeling, offering craft cocktails and a stunning outside area.
In every tourist book, but definitely worth the stop.While you're walking through the district, you may stumble upon an ongoing flea market, or a live spray paint session, or the opening of a new bar. You never know what you'll encounter.
Tierra Santa Healing House
A spa unlike any other, this luxuries retreat overs much more than just your standard massages.The Turkish-inspired interior will leave you awestruck.