See & Be Seen in Miami, Florida

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  • USA

  • Florida

  • Miami

  • Arts & Culture

  • Beaches

  • City Travel

  • Domestic Travel

  • Insta-Worthy

  • Nightlife

  • Relaxation

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Curator’s statement

Miami is a rite of passage as an immigrant destination stateside and one that happens to be an incredibly fun culture and art center. It’s also a destination where one travels to be in the spotlight, to hop from one famous location to another and enjoy life in the view. Here’s how to do Miami right!

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Where to stay in Miami

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A something-for-everyone playground of beach time, pool hangs, ocean views, and killer restaurants.

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The Standard Miami Beach

On Belle Isle, between downtown and South Beach, this spa-focused stay has a vibe all its own, plus a dreamy bayside pool.

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Esmé Miami Beach

An artful retreat amid the buzz of Española Way, with a standalone guesthouse and separate village rooms, plus a rooftop pool and hotspot eatery.

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  • Welcome treat in room on arrival.

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Things to do in Miami

See & Be Seen in Miami, Florida - Things to do


Miami is known as a cultural art center, it even hosts its own Art Basel every December. While you’re there, check out The Bass Art Museum and the Perez Art Museum. Expect a flurry of modern and contemporary art. 

Next stop, head on over to the Rubell Museum to see the largest privately owned art collection in North America. 

Lounging and boating 

Since you’re in Miami, indulge in doing absolutely nothing. Consider a yacht day or an afternoon at Soho Beach house to catch the day's rays and meet the town's socialites. 

Game time

Take yourself out to a Miami Heat basketball game to see where the real heat’s at! 


Don’t forget to stop by for some designer pieces at the Bal Harbor Shops


Have a night out with the DJs at Club Space or enjoy live music at Dante's HiFi. You’re sure to have a blast at both locations.

Eat & drink in Miami

See & Be Seen in Miami, Florida - Eat & drink

Zak The Baker: No one really wakes up in time for breakfast, but when they do Zak The Baker is good for patisserie and brunch. 

Yardbird Table & Bar: This spot serves American classics like chicken and waffles, perfect to treat the headache from the night before. 

The Surf Club at the Four Seasons: Thomas Keller’s first Florida restaurant is a must visit when in Miami.  

KYU: An Asian-style eatery that serves grilled meat as well as sashimi, accompanied by delicious cocktails. 

Mandolin: 1930s-era house with patio seating that serves refined Greek and Turkish cuisine. 

Swan: A posh, European-style cafe and terrace serving a bit of everything from pizza to salads, ceviche and more. 

Makoto: Contemporary Japanese restaurant with a sleek interior that everyone and their mother is raving about. 

Cecconi's: Take a seat at this Venetian garden to enjoy pasta and seafood. 

Pao by Paul Qui at Faena: This chic eatery features internationally-inspired Asian dishes and you might spot a celebrity or two here too. 

Sushi Garage: Looking for a chiller sushi night out on the town? Stop by this sumptuous Japanese restaurant set in a fromer auto body shop. 

Motek: This downtown Miami restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. Get your hummus fix here. 

Kiki on the River: Have you really gone to Miami if you haven’t been here? Stop by for a boho-chic vibe and keep on dancing throughout the day.  

Amara at Paraiso: Indulge in stunning sunsets and drinks here as well as Latin American fare.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor my guide, Weekend Guide to Upstate New York.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Miami.

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