5 Things Miamians Are Talking About Right Now
We’re eating well, soaking up art and counting down the days till we catch Serena Williams in person. You know, just another typical month in Miami. Here’s what to bring up at your next dinner party.
Miami Loves Food Halls
Stand-alone restaurants are so 2018, as evidenced by two new food halls and more on the way. The 15,000-square-foot Citadel in Little Haiti features more than a dozen different food and drink concepts, including tacos from Steve Santana’s Taquiza and pizza from the folks behind Stanzione 87, alongside outposts of 33 Kitchen, Bachour, Vice City Bean and Palmar. There’s also a massive rooftop bar complete with handcrafted cocktails and stunning views of downtown. Across town, Lincoln Eatery debuted in South Beach with another batch of restaurants, including two from chef Phuket “Cake” Thongsodchareondee, who’s known for his innovative takes on Japanese and Thai cuisines. Keep an eye out for Time Out Market, which is expected to open next month, followed by the Doral Yard (based on the wildly successful Wynwood Yard) and Wynwood Food Hall.
We’re Going to the Mall…for the Art
If you have $1.87 million lying around, we know what you can spend it on: the Instagram-famous LOVE sculpture by the late Robert Indiana. That’s what mall owner Jackie Soffer did. (#Goals.) Now on display inside Aventura Mall, this is actually the first time the piece has been inside any U.S. shopping center. While you’re at it, Aventura features more than 20 different contemporary art pieces scattered in between stores like Fendi and Cartier, including a 93-foot spiral structure by Carsten Höller, and Gorillas in the Mist, a whimsical outdoor fountain by the Haas Brothers.
Now’s the Time to Hit the Spa
We’re all about self-care, especially when it doesn’t require us to shell out serious cash. That’s why we’re psyched Miami Health & Wellness Month is back through March. Think of it as the best time of year to book that pricy spa treatment you’ve been eyeing for weeks. Go for a facial or full-body treatment at the Mondrian, the Miami Beach Edition or the Setai. Keep an eye out for free events, too, including yoga in South Beach and complimentary food and drink after a treatment at the Confidante.
Who Knew Artechouse Is a Permanent Thing?
Remember when we told you about Artechouse last December during Art Basel? The Instagram playground for digital enthusiasts is actually open year-round, showcasing experiential, technology-driven works. Every six months, the space features a brand-new collection of performances, installations and other works combining the real and virtual worlds. Our favorite part? Museumgoers are encouraged to photograph and touch the art.
We Actually Have a Reason to Visit Ocean Drive
We got an exclusive look inside the Celino, Ocean Drive’s newest art deco–inspired hotel—and it’s a stunner. Expected to open in the next couple of weeks, the property has generated quite a bit of chatter about what it will mean for Ocean Drive once it debuts. What we know right now is there will be two restaurants—Pubblico (Italian) and Dalia (Mediterranean)—both led by Miami chef Patrick Ochs. There will also be a vibrant drinking area and a charming outdoor courtyard. Pencil us in for a meal and an after-dinner martini at this horseshoe-shaped bar.