5 Miami Blocks Where You Can Eat, Shop and Spend the Whole Day
What if you could just park once and spend the whole day somewhere? Totally worth it, right? Here, five super-walkable destinations where you’ll want to hang from morning ’til night.
NE First and Second Avenues in the Design District
There’s a lot of yin-yang happening here. You’ve got ultra-luxe shopping like Fendi, Prada, Cartier and Tom Ford. But you’ve also got delicious and affordable lunch spots and coffee shops like David Grutman’s OTL and Michelle Bernstein’s Crumb on Parchment. Not to mention Michael Schwartz’s Michael’s Genuine too. It’s great for a meal or just a buzzy happy hour inthe courtyard. Oh, and the people-watching here is unbelievable. As you grab a bite and window-shop, you’ll totally see why.
NE Second Avenue between 50th Street and 50th Terrace in Upper Buena Vista
A stone’s throw from Wynwood and the Design District you’ll find a serene enclave of local shops, restaurants and the area’s first rooftop bar. Upper Buena Vista encompasses one jam-packed block centered around an ancient tree. Stop into nail bar Epoch for a manicure, followed by a cappuccino and a freshly baked pastry at Café Crème. Then dine at the complex’s restaurant, named—what else?—Vista. The three-story space offers modern Italian cuisine, fancy cocktails and a rooftop bar overlooking downtown. Can it get any better?
Washington Avenue in South of Fifth
Just minutes away from tourist traps like Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, Miami’s South of Fifth feels like a whole other world: charming and laid-back with minimal crowds, pristine beaches and delicious detours. First, refuel with a quick stop at Dirt, a farm-to-counter fast-casual eatery replete with fresh salads, wraps and bowls. Then, set up a beach towel in South Pointe Park. A few hours later, get bendy and work on your strength with a Pilates class at JetSet. (First-timers get $10 off their class.) Follow it with a meal at Joe’s Take Away or Planta (order the plant-based burger with a side of cauliflower “tater” tots).
SW Eighth Street in Little Havana
Miami’s Cuban culture is one of our favorite things about the city, and Little Havana is its vibrant epicenter. Stroll along Calle Ocho and gawk at the brightly painted roosters, various art galleries and the Walk of Fame, an ode to some of Cuba’s most notable expats, such as Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan. Make sure to mingle with locals at Domino Park and peek into the Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company. If you have time, catch a movie at Tower Theater, one of Miami’s oldest landmarks dating back to the mid ’20s. Cool down with ice cream at Azucar and swing by Sanguich de Miami, an adorable sandwich shop that churns out classic Calle Ocho fare—like a roast-pork pan con lechón and a trigo batido (cereal milkshake). Afterward, make your way down the street for salsa and rumba at Ball & Chain, followed by a nightcap at Los Altos.
NW Second Avenue in Wynwood
There are lots of pockets of goodness in Wynwood, but we particularly love the main strip because it has a little bit of everything. Start with brunch at Wynwood Diner (we suggest the churro waffle with berries, or a bacon, egg and Gruyère burger). Then stroll around the stores inside Wynwood Block—there’s trendy furniture at Illimit, fragrances at Le Labo, clothing at Mimo and plant-based products at Aēsop. Travel down Second Avenue to Plant the Future, an indoor-outdoor shop stocked with funky terrariums, then hit Thrifter Market, an open-air area with locally made goods, food trucks, bars and live entertainment.