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Things To Do In Miami

by Travel Mindset
Mar 10, 2022

Miami is home to some of the most sophisticated and trendy hot spots of any city in the world. Aquamarine beaches with feathery white sand, pastel mansions dotting the waterfront, and endless daiquiris are only part of the draw- this is a city that runs on part art deco and part latest fashion craze. In this jungle of endless trends (and warm weather!), we’ve taken it upon ourselves to be your guide to the best of Miami’s hot spots for 2022.

Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market

For more than fifty years, the Lincoln Road Antique and Collectible Market in South Beach has been the end destination for antiques from around the world. This spot is extremely popular, attracting some of the most ardent treasure hunters from across the globe. Hot finds to look for include jewelry, designer threads, silverware, rare art and hand-crafted furniture from the early nineteenth century. Bonus: Lincoln Road is an open-air shopping experience, meaning you’ll get to enjoy Miami’s sunshine and the smell of authentic Cuban cuisine while you browse.

Café Bastille

Slip on that comfy, boho maxi dress that you love, and prepare for Nutella-stuffed croissants. Among those who like wine with their hot crepes, Café Bastille has claimed the title of ‘best brunch spot in Miami.’ This French eatery serves up all-day breakfast, lunch and of course, brunch. Especially beloved is the Parisian Omelet or, for a lighter option, the Avocado Toast, with Feta and Heirloom Tomatoes. In classic French fashion, the café itself is bright, airy and small with limited seating.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Architecture fanatics and Gilded-age mansion lovers agree: The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is one of Miami's most elegant experiences, one that holds your hand as you step back in time to witness its whimsical gardens and Mediterranean-inspired interior. Named after the Spanish coast, Vizcaya was dreamed up as a modernized, tropical interpretation of an eighteenth-century Italian villa, with a focus on the country estates of the Veneto region of northern Italy. Step into a Rococo-lover’s fantasy, and spend a few quiet moments appreciating the Reception Room's hand-painted plaster ceiling and the golden foliage of the Music Room’s Venetian-styled chandelier.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Showing off some of the most expansive and pristine beachfront Miami has to offer, Faena Hotel Miami is old Hollywood glamor meets tropical maximalism. The building was originally the historic Saxony Hotel, erected in 1947, and once the after-hours spot for figures such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. Alan Faena redesigned the self-named hotel into an Art Deco-inspired masterpiece, an ode to its days as the Saxony. Speckled throughout the property, you’ll notice pieces by world-renowned artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. Pop into Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann for Argentine fare from the famous South American chef himself.

Miami SuperBlue Art Show

Ready to experience art galleries in new and exciting ways? Treat yourself to tickets to join Miami’s new immersive art experience, the SuperBlue Art Show. Surround yourself with the innovative allure of digital art. Take a dip in Es Devlin's mirrored maze or James Turrell's light-based work, Ganzfeld. Thanks to its digital canvas, the displays are ever-changing, and no two visits to Superblue are exactly the same.

Esotico Miami

When you’re ready for a ‘classy, but casually stranded on an exotic island’ feel, head to the heart of Miami's Arts and Entertainment District. Esotico Miami is a trendy new tropical-themed bar and specialty cocktail lounge located on the ground floor of the sophisticated condo complex, CANVAS. Sip on a selection of unusual and exotic creations crafted by Daneile Dalla Pola while you nibble on hors d'oeuvres. Try the Makuahine Banana Bread Pudding and thank us later.

Gianni’s at the Former Versace Mansion

Do you want to experience the luxury of the former Versace Mansion but find yourself not ready to commit to the seven hundred and fifty dollars per night price tag? You can still soak up history and wine in Gianni’s Italian-Mediterranean style dining room or feast on the Chilean Sea Bass poolside, bathed by the light of the stars. Keep your eyes peeled for other types of stars as well- the mansion, now known as The Villa Casa Casuarina, is a favorite of Lionel Richie, Sylvester Stallone and the Kardashian clan.

The Art Deco District

Miami’s Art Deco Historic District is so many things: vibrant pastel buildings, intricate interior design details and over eight hundred carefully preserved structures from the Art Deco era. Notice the whimsical flora and ocean motifs once used to reinforce the image of Miami Beach as a seaside resort (we’d say they’ve been successful). While in the neighborhood, stop by for a Drunk Bitch at the Swizzle Rum Bar and Drinkery, and forget that you’re not at a speakeasy in Paris.

Ocean Drive

Close your eyes. Picture Miami. You know, palm trees and Art Deco buildings lining the beachfront, tanned and toned people trolling the boardwalk, and upbeat Latin music playing somewhere off in the distance. That Miami. Ocean Drive is all of that, wrapped in a Cuban Sandwich. Speaking of Cuban, try Havana 1957 for some of the finest cuisine and craft mojitos on the planet- we specifically recommend the Kiwijito and the Grilled Florida Lobster.

The Tea Room

This rooftop cocktail lounge was actually designed as a teleportation device, set to take you to Hong Kong while your feet never leave Florida.Tea Room is an exclusive cocktail lounge and speakeasy, hidden behind a nonchalant black door above the crowded streets of the Brickell Neighborhood. An ode to east Miami’s Asian roots, Tea Room is home to the Asian Night Brunch. What’s that, you ask? Oh, just a two-hour fine dining thrill ride that allows you to sample popular tapas from various Asian countries, paired with free-flowing champagne, sake and wines- no big deal.

The W South Beach

Thirty million dollars looks good on The W South Beach. The recent renovation of this former Art Basel gathering spot emphasizes warmth with oak finishes and ample natural light. Relax in the luxurious new spa or beach cabanas after you’ve explored the updated art collection, valued at over one hundred million dollars. Hint: the spotlights of this collection are the twenty-one original Andy Warhols. For eats, fill up on branzino at the Restaurant, the W’s indoor-outdoor eatery with Tuscan-inspired cuisine or melt into a chaise lounge at WET, the poolside, palm-tree studded cocktail bar.

Ball and Chain

Some of the world’s biggest musical legends, such as Chet Baker, Count Basie, and Billie Holiday, have played at what is now the Ball and Chain. This bar was first established in the 1930s, and although it has since been renovated, it still emulates the same historic glamor. Nod along to live jazz during the weeknights or take salsa dancing lessons, made easier with a Calle Ocho Old Fashioned.

NoMi Art Walk

North Miami’s art walk adds creative flair to the third Saturday of every month. Start at Bridge Red Studios, a complex of creative spaces for more than ten working artists. While you’re there, check out the exhibitions run by sculptor and painter Robert Thiele and his daughter, painter Kristen. Mosey on over to MOCA’s contemporary art collections, where local food vendors will be ready to tempt you with more of those delicious empanadas. When you’re ready, discover something handmade at the independent, one-of-a-kind, galleries on 125th Street. Feel good about your purchases, knowing that you’re directly contributing to local creators so that they can live and work their dream.

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