Finally, we got to the end of our road trip. And could there be a better closing than spending the last days in Miami? Mmmmhh… Nope, I can’t think of anything better!
It was also my first time in Miami, so I didn’t know what to expect. I guess we all have mental pictures of Miami on the ’80-’90s from what we’ve seen in movies or more recently in American Crime Story. But for sure, Miami is much more than just beaches and a seafront for skating.
We arrived late at night, so the first thing that caught my attention was the colorful neon signs far and wide. They were the preamble of what awaited us the next day. Exuberant colors everywhere, the beach lifeguard booths, the almost tropical vegetation, the interior decoration, even the food!
Under the essentially Caribbean sun of Miami, everything acquired a special fluorescent tone, highlighted by the white and pastel tones of the Art Deco constructions that served as scenography.
Another thing that surprised me about Miami was its art! Art galleries pop up here and there, clustering in some neighborhoods. But in general, I felt that it was the place to discover new artists and take in some of the most engaging exhibits anywhere.
All in all, a place to go back and spent some more time enjoying its beaches and discovering new corners to the rhythm of its music so linked to the city.
Coffee shops and bakeries
Visiting a Kith Shop is always a delight! Full of treasures of different brands waiting to be discovered. But it’s even better if you have a vegan ice cream full of toppings in your hands! I can’t explain how those goodies made my afternoons without my homemade vegan ice creams handy!
Address: 1931 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
This Cuban restaurant was an absolute discovery!
On one hand, the interior design. Apparently careless, is strategically designed to recreate a Cuban Paladar. The access, through a Patio full of lively vegetation, umbrellas, and a 50’s car, will immediately take you to the streets of the Old Havana.
On the other hand, the magnificent food. If you are not vegan there are plenty of real Cuban dishes, such as Ropa Vieja or Moros y Cristianos. They even have new Cuban-Miami sandwiches! But if you are vegan or vegetarian you have a couple of delicious choices where the Cuban species blend to create an amazing plant-based Cuban bowl! I couldn’t choose so I went twice!
Address: 1850 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
This main street full of shops is the perfect example of the feeling I kept having in Miami while visiting. A magical combination of modern and vintage. This pedestrian street by Lapidus in 1959 presents a design clearly from the 60s that allows you to walk quietly without cars under the shadow of the central structures entangled with palm trees and other plants. When Lapidus was asked about the design he said “I designed Lincoln road for people. A car never bought anything.”!
Books & Books
One of the things I enjoy the most about traveling is visiting bookstores! I know, it can be weird, but it’s one of my pleasures. And this one, in particular, was a true discovery. As said before, Miami is the perfect place for looking for art and new artist. Well, this bookstore has a very selection of art books from the past and contemporary. Worth visiting and spending some time doing some encounters!
Address: 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
What to say from a Soho House that hasn’t been said already? Just perfect, from the interior decoration, that seams strategically designed to be modern but with a classic twist that makes it timeless, to the staff or the selection of cocktails at the bar. Always a pleasure to visit a new Soho House never disappoints!
Address: 4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
This is an emerging neighborhood where artists have taken the street expressing themselves through murals and graffiti that color the streets. There is a mixture of street markets, fashion stores and alternative restaurants that surely will not leave you indifferent.
Concrete Beach Brewery
Located in Wynwood is an almost mandatory stop. This
brewery born in the city combines in its essence Cuban airs with the Miami style.
The taproom offers the possibility to try the different varieties under a festive air where the Latin is mixed with the artistic giving rise to a relatively unique vibe.
Address: 325 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127