Weekend Escape to Miami

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  • Miami

  • Beaches

  • Food & Wine

  • Luxury Travel

  • Beach Town

  • Foodie

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Having lived in Miami for a few months, here’s a list I pulled together of activities and food and drink recommendations.

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Where to stay in Miami

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Casa Faena Miami Beach

Experience Art Deco elegance and beachside charm at Casa Faena, where boutique accommodations, artistic flair, and a prime location in Miami Beach, Florida, offer a unique and unforgettable stay on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

SLS Brickell Miami

Polished high-rise property with luxe rooms and suites.

1 Hotel South Beach

A beachfront oasis where eco-luxury meets contemporary style, offering an unparalleled experience of sustainable elegance, breathtaking ocean views and vibrant energy in the heart of Miami Beach.

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Things to do in Miami

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Activities:

Day Trips

Places to eat & drink in Miami

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Dinner:

For most food and drink spots, I’d recommend booking a reservation in advance.

  • Sexyfish: Glamorous Asian restaurant.

  • Casadona: Enchanting outdoor Italian restaurant that transports you to a vibrant garden setting.

  • Cecconi's Miami: Good spot for brunch or seafood/Italian.

  • La Mar: Peruvian restaurant with stunning views of Brickell (in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel).

  • Komodo: Three-story indoor and outdoor restaurant with mouthwatering food. Recommended dishes: crispy rice, A5 Wagyu, truffle honey salmon sashimi.

  • Byblos: Mediterranean restaurant on South Beach. You won't go wrong ordering any of the "To Share" dishes.

  • Jaya at The Setai: Indian Asian food with fire dancers and incredible vibes.

  • Estiatorio Milos: Fresh Greek food in a bright and open space.

  • Watr at The One Rooftop: Top-notch drinks and food with views of South Beach.

  • Rao's Miami Beach: Authentic Italian food with a NYC feel (original restaurant in NYC).

  • Koko by Bakan (in Coconut Grove): Mexican food and the best tequila drinks.

  • MILA: Asian fusion food with a show at night.

  • Marion Miami: Stylish American Asian fusion food with a show.


  • Drinks:

  • Sugar Rooftop: Outdoor rooftop bar with views of Brickell.

  • The Roof at Esme: Located in a boutique hotel on South Beach with drinks and Latin/Spanish food.

  • The Living Room: Lounge/cocktail bar at the Faena Hotel with first class cocktails and live music.

  • Gitano: Also part of Casa Faena Hotel. Rooftop bar with views of South Beach and a disco ball.

  • Nikki Beach: Get some sun and drinks and lounge on a beach bed. Located near the beach if you want to hop in the ocean.

  • Tea Room: Restaurant and speakeasy with amazing views of Brickell.



Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Things to do in the Adirondacks — Lake Placid.



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