You love the nonstop activity and grade-A people watching in South Beach. But sometimes you need a break from the madness. That’s where Española Way comes in: A quick drive from hot spots like Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive, this little pocket feels like a whole other world. Sure, it’s a little touristy. But it’s filled with the most charming restaurants, shops and activities. Here’s how to spend a day there.

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Say Om

Start your day with an early-morning yoga class. It’s called Yoga a la Española, and it’s a free Saturday-morning class led by Synergy Yoga. Bring your own mat (or rent one for $2) and partake in the hour-long session right on Española Way’s pedestrian-only street.

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Brunch at A La Folie

Snag a seat on the quaint patio of this restaurant that’s reminiscent of a small Parisian café and order a few crepes. We suggest one savory and one sweet: There’s the buckwheat Dijonnaise, filled with chicken and potatoes in mustard cream sauce; a ham, egg, mushroom and cheese variety; and a sugar and lemon juice one showered in whipped cream. Whatever you do, save room to split a dark chocolate crepe topped with sliced strawberries. It’s worth it.

516 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-538-4484 or

Take a Stroll Down the Historic Street

Originally built as an artists’ colony in the 1920s, Española Way was Miami Beach’s first commercial street. Modeled after romantic villages in Paris and Spain, the cozy lane was later discovered by Hollywood and appeared in numerous films including Chains of Gold with John Travolta and The Birdcage with Robin Williams, as well as music videos for songs by Elton John and Pitbull. Soak in the architecture around you, from the pink-hued buildings to the secret corridors and side streets (and, OK, maybe snap a few pics for the ’Gram too).

Grab a Doughnut at Happy Place

Part of the Sugar Factory empire, this newly opened spot is replete with rainbow-colored doughnuts and thousands of gourmet gummy bears. Dig into a sweet treat while watching the Haappy Place staff create batches of gummy bears from scratch.

507 Espaņola Way, Miami Beach; 786-615-9025 or

Eat a Bowl of Fresh (Like, Really Fresh) Pasta For Dinner

Right on the main corridor of Española Way, stop into Mercato della Pescheria for pasta that’s made in house daily. Whether you opt for a bowl of bucatini carbonara topped with cheese and an egg or tagliolini with basil pesto and cherry tomatoes, you can’t go wrong.

412 Española Way, Miami Beach; 305-534-5822 or

Learn Some New Moves

As the sun sets, stroll over to Boteco Copacabana, where a handful of dancers dazzle Española’s streets with a samba performance at 8:30 every Saturday evening. Grab a glass of wine and watch from a distance—or get in on the action yourself.

437 Española Way, Miami Beach; 786-275-6193 or

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