How to Have the Best Day Ever in Brickell

Spoiler alert: Brickell isn’t just traffic and skyscrapers. Sure, it’s where you and all of your friends work, but there’s actually way more to do here than you’d think. Here’s where to start.

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10:30 a.m. We’re starting our day (semi) early with a workout. And lucky for us, Brickell is home to just about every popular fitness studio. There’s cycling at RedBike and SoulCycle, Pilates at JetSet, boxing at CKO and all of the above at Equinox. Take your pick and opt for a class at least an hour after rush hour, which generally ends by 9:30 a.m. Good thing all these studios offer sessions ’round the clock. (Our pick: A free day pass at Equinox so we can take advantage of the workouts and the amenities.)

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12 p.m. There is no better place to get lunch in Brickell than La Centrale. Located inside Brickell City Centre, Miami’s largest Italian-only food hall has nine unique restaurants, a full-service European market and an upstairs wine bar. Because this is lunch (and there’s a lot more food to be had later on), stick with the first floor’s grab-and-go stations offering sandwiches, salads, pizzas, charcuterie, cheeses and hot meals like pastas and meats. We’ll take a bowl of house-made tagliatelle with a cheese board and a Nutella croissant for dessert.

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1 p.m. After you’ve fueled up, spend a few hours roaming Brickell City Centre. The upscale mall has all of our go-to stores (Saks Fifth Avenue! Lululemon! Zara­­­!) and some of our favorite restaurants, including chef Santiago Gomez’s Tacology. That’s where you’ll want to stop for a mid-afternoon margarita and a bowl of chips and guac.

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3 p.m. It’s time to see a movie at CMX in the Brickell City Centre. Take note: This isn’t just any ol’ theater. It’s equipped with a full-service bar and kitchen, luxury seating and a state-of-the-art sound system. A boozy milkshake while watching What Men Want is just what the doctor ordered.

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5:30 p.m.  Now we’re off to happy hour at Sugar (which, by the way, is also conveniently located inside Brickell City Centre). Perched on the 40th floor of the East Miami hotel you’ll find a lush rooftop garden bar stocked with Asian-inspired cocktails like the Lychee Blossom (vodka, sake and lychee) and the Dahlia (tequila, elderflower, Thai chili, cucumber and lemon). Plus, it’s a prime viewing spot for sunset.

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7:30 p.m. We’re going all out on dinner. Hello, Boulud Sud. At the Daniel Boulud–owned restaurant, go for something light, spiced and delicious, like his famous chicken tagine served with couscous and cherry tomato confit. Don’t miss out on the spicy Moroccan hummus or the warm basket of madeleines, either.

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10 p.m. If you’re game, we suggest a nightcap at Yaku by La Mar. Take in the stunning Brickell skyline while sipping a tangy Peruvian cocktail. Most nights include a live DJ too. Basically, this swanky Brickell retreat is everything we could ever wish for—just look at that view.