11 Great Restaurants in Miami’s Design District
You know the Design District as the stylish home to every high-end designer store imaginable. But surprise: It has also become one of Miami’s most delicious neighborhoods. We’re at the point where we can hardly keep track of all the amazing places to dine. Solution? We made a list—now all you have to do is make some reservations.
St. Roch Market
We still can’t believe that the ever-popular New Orleans food hall chose Miami’s Design District as the place to open a second location. The massive space features 12 unique food concepts and a full-service bar. We can’t get enough of the fried chicken and waffles at Coop and the house-made pasta at Dal Plin. And we’d be remiss not to mention the majorly ’Grammable vegan cupcakes and cookies at Chef Chloe.
140 NE 39th St.; miami.strochmarket.
We’re always in the mood for upscale Cuban—especially when the restaurant is owned by the Estefans themselves. (Who knows, you may actually bump into them while you’re there.) This is the place where you’ll want to share lechón flatbread, bacon-wrapped maduros, baked empanadas with a guava-barbecue sauce and a skillet of vaca frita. And a tres leches for dessert, of course.
140 NE 39th St.; 786-843-3880 or estefankitchen.com
Crumb on Parchment
Besides serving one of the Design District’s best lunches (a dreamy turkey, avocado and pickled vegetable sandwich), Michelle Bernstein’s Crumb on Parchment bakes up a robust selection of pastries every day. Stop in for a coffee and a hot cross bun. Or a carrot-cake muffin. Or a red-velvet crinkle cookie. Fine, we’ll stop now.
3930 NE Second Ave.; 305-572-9444 or chefmichellebernstein.com/crumb
We’re overjoyed that Colorado transplant Dena Marino gifted Miami with her elevated approach to rustic Italian at MC Kitchen. This contemporary Italian spot serves some of the best Bolognese pasta and is responsible for one of our all-time favorite brunches. Truffle tater-tot waffle and triple-decker banana pancakes, anyone?
4141 NE Second Ave.; 305-456-9948 or facebook.com/mckitchenmiami
All Michael Schwartz Restaurants
Michael Schwartz dominates the Design District. One of the area’s very first restaurants was his Michael’s Genuine, which still reigns supreme today. Then came his pizza place, Harry’s,and a grab-and-go café named after his daughter, Ella. We’ll start with a Michael’s Genuine home brew, followed by a tomato-mozzarella pizza at Harry’s and finish up with a chai-sugar doughnut at Ella. Mmm.
This all-day hangout comes as no surprise—we’ve gushed about it before (and for good reason). Let’s just say it basically acts as a real-life Instagram filter, plus it’s always stocked with a healthy supply of freshly baked pastries, like cinnamon buns, cookies and croissants.
160 NE 40th St.; 786-953-7620 or otlmia.com
We’re always down for a scoop of ice cream to cool us off. Cue this fairy-tale-esque sweets palace, which is always stocked with matcha and tropical soft serve and toppings like cotton-candy swirls, gold-flake sprinkles and edible sparkles. Skip the cone and order a gooey brownie topped with ice cream and sparkles. Yes, this is what dreams are made of.
140 NE 39th St.; 305-639-8178 or madlabcreamery.com
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Transport yourself to Greece at our favorite alfresco dining destination in the Design District. If you have some serious catching up to do or are looking for a more intimate place to say cheers, you’ve found your haute drinking hole. Make sure to order the cheese saganaki, the kefte meatballs, the Greek sampler and the grilled octopus. Oh, and before you leave, visit the restaurant’s next-door lifestyle boutique, Mrs. Mandolin, which features European-inspired housewares, clothing and accessories.
4312 NE Second Ave.; 305-749-9140 or mandolinmiami.
Blink and you might miss La Pollita, which operates out of a charming little food truck in a Design District parking lot. You won’t find any frills, but you will find the freshest, most exquisite chicken tinga tacos stuffed with chorizo, chipotle sauce and avocado.
160 NE 41st St.; lapollitaeats.com
Aubi & Ramsa
This isn’t just any neighborhood bar—Aubi & Ramsa swaps pours of your favorite liquor with generous scoops of Champagne sorbet and bourbon ice cream. Um, say no more.
172 NE 41st St.; 305-946-9072 or aubiramsa.com
This modern Indian spot serves up a perfect balance of sweet, savory and spicy plates. You’ll find staples like chicken tikka along with more surprising options like ghost-pepper cheddar naan, so you’ll definitely need to come back multiple times. (P.S. There’s a location in Dadeland, too.)
3620 NE Second Ave.; 786-636-6122 or gheemiami.com