City Guide: Miami
It’s that time of the year where it’s cold in half the country, and our skin can barely remember the warm feeling of the sun. We get it, so we’ve got the Miami getaway guide we suggest you use on your next trip to get you through to the spring thaw.
THE FREEHAND, a restored 1930s Art Deco building converted into a luxury hotel, with private or shared accommodations, located in the center of Miami Beach. Each room in the hotel is impeccably designed by Roman & Williams, the same team behind New York’s Ace Hotel, with that space’s same penchant for nautical wood floors and carefully selected linens and art. However, rooms are far more affordable, especially with the shared option. Another bonus? THE BROKEN SHAKER, a James Beard Award Semifinalist bar is right downstairs from your bedroom. Grab a a hand-crafted cocktail to enjoy poolside, or grab a glass of pre-mixed punch to take back up to your room.
WYNWOOD, Miami’s answer to Bushwick, if Bushwick had palm trees and a way chiller vibe. It’s not surprising that this has become the hang-out spot for Art Basil attendees and artist’s looking for studios to rent, as Wynwood is home to Miami’s art district, with over 70 art galleries in the area. A must see are THE WYNWOOD WALLS, an ongoing installation since 2009 that highlights work from major street artists as well as works by more main-stream artists like Ryan McGinness and Kenny Scharf.
MICHAEL'S GENUINE FOOD AND DRINK located in the heart of Miami’s Design District, allows the seafood native to Florida, like Florida Black Grouper, really shine in simple, delicious dishes, like wood oven roasted grouper collar, or chargrilled octopus. This is the kind of unpretentious, farm fresh food that New Yorkers have become accustomed to when dining out, but they don’t typically get to enjoy this type of meal in a palm tree festooned courtyard.
JOE'S STONE CRAB specializes in one very special thing: stone crab. A Miami Brach institution, Joe’s was the originator and is still one of the only restaurants where one can order stone crab, a very sweet and delicate crab that is the best thing to ever happen to butter. We recommend ordering takeout and sitting at one of the bistro tables with a glass of wine, rather than going to the main restaurant which feels overly fancy for what is essentially finger food.
HAVANA 1957 is a local chain and a bit of a tourist attraction, but the food is surprisingly good. You can count on simple, well cooked, and authentic cuban food, and real Daiquiris- none of that slushy garbage.
PANTHER COFFEE is a god-send to Miami’s limited coffee scene. The owners, Portland coffee roasters with years in the business, set up in Wynwood, where they roast their coffee in small batches, as it should be. They’ve become so popular that they have recently expanded into two more locations, but we still prefer the original spot for all the hipster people-watching opportunities.
NAKED TACO, at the Dream Hotel brags about their Frosty Margaritas and killer tacos, but we are all about their Filthy Bloody Mary. Served with Monte Carlo Vodka, olives, cucumber, celery, a mint pickle ,and optional bacon, this hangover cure is especially enjoyable sipped on the patio while basking in the late morning sun.
THE RITZ CARLTON, SOUTH BEACH Yes, it can be low-key fun to hang out poolside at the Dream Hotel, but you should hang out at the Ritz, ‘cus that place is baller. With beachside views and impeccable service, this is an awesome place to spend a decadent afternoon.