Wednesday, February 10, 2016

City Guide: Miami, FL (South Beach)

One thing I always look for when I travel are recommendations from people who have been to the city I am planning on visiting. Nothing beats getting some inside information from someone who has spend time in a specific city! Below are some places that I have found on my past two trips to Miami, FL that I thought I would share.

Miami, FL

WHERE TO STAY

The Palms Hotel & Spa 
When I visited Miami in January 2015, this is the hotel that I stayed at for the week. I loved how it was a little bit more north which meant it was quieter at night. At the time they were running a Wednesday Night Yoga Class complete with a Farm to Table dinner. It was the perfect mix of relaxation and health and I highly recommend. Their restaurant, Essensia, is worth a visit even if you are not staying at the hotel.

AirBnB
This time around I rented an AirBnb and had a great experience. Our condo was three blocks from the beach and had everything we needed. The place was clean, quiet and had a wonderful kitchen (that we did not use, but it looked nice). I love AirBnB and the fact that it allows you to live like a local for a week.

Miami, FL

WHERE TO EAT

11th Street Diner
I was searching for breakfast options one morning and came across this diner. It was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and it was really good. The breakfasts are big enough to fill you up so you don't need to worry about lunch later on. I had the cheese omelet with hash browns and I highly recommend giving it a try.

Juice and Java
If you need something healthy to start your day, this is the place for you. The Goat Cheese Eggs are delicious and their menu of fresh pressed juices is extensive. I'll even admit that their juices are better than some I've had in Santa Monica (bold statement) and California knows how to do juices, so you know it's got to be good. Their coffee is also pretty delicious. 

The Dutch
While the original location may be in NYC, I actually had never heard of this restaurant until I was in Miami. Located inside the W Hotel, it is a little pricey, but totally worth the treat. They have an extensive seafood menu and my favorite things on the menu is the Kale Salad and the Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu.

Havana 1957
This is a small chain, but you would never know it.. the food is that good! The atmosphere was fun and the service was amazing. The waiter took his time to explain the history behind what we were ordering, which I thought was pretty cool. I recommend the Havana 1957 Specialty and the Vaca Frita.
Miami, FL

WHERE TO EXPLORE

Lincoln Road Mall
I normally don't go shopping while I am on vacation but for some reason I really enjoy this place. They have a farmer's market every Sunday and a really great Zara. The mall also has a ton of small restaurants that are reasonable and usually pretty good.

Wynwood Walls
If you saw my post on Monday, then you got a sneak peak into the Wynwood Walls. Started in 2009, the walls were a way to to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood. It's a 20 minute ride from the beach, but if you get the chance to go, you will not be disappointed. There are also tons of art galleries in the area as well.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
I randomly came across this place when I googled, "things to do in Miami not the beach" and I am so glad I did! It was built as the vacation home of James Deering, a wealthy business man from Chicago. The building and gardens look like something you would see in Europe and the history inside the home is well worth the visit.

Interested in more City Guides - Check out my Philadelphia Food Guide and Hoboken Food Guide!