Exploring Miami: The Magic City
Miami is a truly dynamic destination. It’s a buzzing beachside paradise beloved by sun worshipers. A cultural hotspot with historic art deco architecture. And a mecca for those looking to drink, dine, dance and do due diligence to their credit cards.
The seductive seaport is an ideal choice for savvy travelers planning an exodus to warmer climes. We’ve round-up a few of our favourite places to stay, eat, and see in the heart of Florida.
Poolside at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach
In keeping with the times, 1 Hotel & Homes, located on the beach front at the northern tip of the South Beach Art Deco District, is completely eco-friendly, made with organic materials, using natural light and serving sustainable food – most notably in Tom Colicchio’s seafood-based restaurant, Beachcraft. Further away from the South Beach crowds, Mid-Beach hotels attract with renovated art deco architecture, exclusive ocean access, terrific food and mixology. Two impressive options include The Miami Beach EDITION The Miami Beach EDITION where chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten curates the fare in-house at Matador Room. The vibrant neighbourhood also boasts the long-awaited Faena Hotel Miami Beach which combines the artsy façade of the 1948 Saxony Hotel with modernist interiors.
Fresh Ceviche at Peruvian Restaurant Coya Miami
Miami has always been a place to savour a variety of genuine Latin cuisines, particularly Cuban, Argentine and Brazilian. Recently, an upscale Peruvian trend has emerged, resulting in venues such as Coya Miami. You won’t find better examples of freshly made ceviche and tiradito – raw fish lightly “cooked” with citrus and other flavours. Top chefs are also demonstrating a renewed passion for fusing Asian flavours with South Florida ingredients, and the results are deliciously evident at South Beach restaurant NaiYaRa, the spot for authentic Thai street food helmed by Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, a.k.a. “Chef Bee.” We also recommend upscale Mexican restaurant Cantina La Veinte, a terrific spot for both lunch and happy hour. Order a horchata, a traditional Mexican drink, for an addictive, refreshing pick-me-up during the former, and tequila from an impressive range of bottlings during the latter.
The Pérez Art Museum Miami
The Magic City has quickly become of the world’s most renowned arts and culture hubs. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (located in a César Pelli–designed building that emulates a cruise ship) and world-class museums such as the Pérez Art Museum Miami help bolster the city’s reputation. If you want to glimpse Miami’s most influential immigrant roots, devote an afternoon to touring Little Havana. You can stop for a strong and sweet cafécito Cubano (similar to sweetened espresso) and guava pastries, observe the players arguing over dominoes in Maximo Gomez Park. The political conversations are intense – and, like everything else in Miami – intoxicating.
AND PACK THIS…
Embrace Miami’s innate sense of vibrancy with stylish getaway gear. It’s essential you bring at least one standout pair of swim shorts for enjoying surf and sand. We also recommend crisp white pants and espadrille shoes. Heading out for the night? Simply throw on a sport jacket for fine dinner and drinks. Whatever your sense of style, it’s wise to turn to lightweight fabrics and laid-back staples to complement the sun-drenched city’s effortless vibe. (View more warm weather essentials here.)