Miami
Overview

No longer a town for just snowbirds, spring-breakers and Scarface, Miami is now the country’s the undisputed capital of cutting edge cultural cool. Shaking off its seedy yet sultry 80s reputation (thanks, Miami Vice), a commercial boom in the 90s saw South Beach’s Art Deco infused landscape upgraded with luxury hotels (think Ian Shrager’s style setting Delano) and cool clubs like Nikki Beach, all just steps from the azure shoreline. And it just keeps getting better. Today, the international jet set is consistently flaunting envious beach bodies whilst frolicking in its warm waters (Rita Ora, Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria, like every Kardashian and Real Housewife), living it up in its legendary nightlife (Bella Hadid, Lenny Kravitz, Diddy vs. Drake, the Biebs, the stars of Empire) and scooping up impressive real estate so they can visit The Magic City whenever the mood strikes. Miami’s distinctive mix of locals - with second generation Cubans, Brazilian expats, tons of New Yorkers (Miami is often called NYC’s sixth borough!) - among them, ensure that your ambiance and company will be nothing short of spectacular. Although we are happy to visit in any season, nothing gets us out the deep freeze faster than winter’s schedule of  elevated events: Art Basel Miami Beach in December, February’s South Beach Food & Wine Festival and Miami International Boat show and  March’s Winter Music Conference. If only we could make them all!

Many visitors still like to stay in walkable South Beach (helped by a heaping of chic new hotels like the 1 Hotel South Beach and the Nautilus, in addition to the classics: faves are the zen Setai and the landmark Raleigh (soon transforming into a members only club by new owner Tommy Hilfiger). Baller boutiques like artfully curated The Webster and parking garage located, Herzog & de Meuron designed Alchemist are minutes away, as is the most desirable reservation in town - Juvita, a French-Japanese-Peruvian fusion masterpiece. SB is also home to our favorite Cuban sandwich (our secret hangover cure!), at authentic Cuban diner Puerto Sagua. Mid Beach or Miami Beach proper has also become a hotbed for hip new hotels (the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Thompson Miami Beach and the Miami Beach EDITION with its Matador restaurant, bowling alley and ice skating rink - yes, you heard that right!). Some of our favorite spots are in the area, including Soho Beach House and its classy resto Cecconi’s (celeb sightings are a sure bet) and the Broken Shaker, a sceney hidden cocktail oasis. There are a couple other neighborhoods vying to be the next big thing: the Design District is filled with stylish stores (Prada, Vuitton, Marni), gorgeous galleries and delish restaurants (Michael’s Genuine), while the hipster enclave of Wynwood features dynamic street art, edgy exhibitions and experimental restaurants such a Beaker & Gray, found in a converted factory space. If it all sounds to hot, hot, hot, remember that Miami can also be fun for the whole family, with lodging on secluded and kid friendly Fisher Island, dinners at the cultish Joe’s Stone Crab, and shopping trips to easy luxe mall Bal Harbor (mom can make a detour to nearby C. Madeleine’s, the destination for vintage mavens).

If you have something in your closet that you think is too sheer, too short, too loud or too low, Miami is your chance to wear it! While the cheese factor of yore has worn off, skin is still in, and what better chance to experiment with your wild side than on vacation? During the day time you’ll need little more than teeny bikinis (think Eres and Paolita) and oversized Chloe sunnies.  Have dinner a deux at BaZi in a Christopher Esber ensemble and club-ready Francesco Russo heels, or sample the sublime Casa Tua in Miami’s favorite monotone, all white, with a Mes Demoiselles embellished dress accented with gold jewels, then pop across the street to the retro Regent Cocktail Club for a sophisticated nightcap. Around Basel you’ll want to add some arty accessories, like the Stephen Webster/Tracey Emin ‘More Passion’ collab cuff or a single Delfina Delettrez malachite earring. The only question now is how many trips you’ll make...

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DINING

Matador Room is Michelin Star rated Chef Jean Georges’ interpretation of Latin American, Caribbean and Spanish cuisine. Boasting the only ocean front view in Miami Beach from the room that historically hosted the Matador Supper Club. Katsuya marries master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi’s fresh takes on Japanese classics with design icon Philippe Starck’s sleek and sultry interiors. Seaspice on the Miami River, is introducing the area to some serious culinary swagger personified by a new sleek restaurant that focuses on restyled gastro classics and modern cocktailing. Bâoli Miami Restaurant & Lounge is an export from the French Riviera is one of the hippest restaurants in Miami. Located on Collins Avenue, the space is sexy and intimate, and there's an open-air garden out back. Bâoli Miami also has a nightclub, which happens to be one of the hottest tickets in town. Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge is chic French-Mediterranean haunt where a library & tropical patio invite romance & people watching. Dining goes late into the night.  Juvia has eclectic food & drink with views of South Beach in an ultramodern space atop a designer parking garage. Go for the amazing food, amazing drinks, or more amazing views! OLA Miami stands for “Of Latin America;” this restaurant serves Nuevo Latino cuisine with some of the best ceviche in Miami. Eating at Zuma Miami means you are dining izakaya style at Chef Rainer Becker’s Miami version of his internationally acclaimed modern Japanese restaurant, in a very trendy atmosphere amid the downtown movement. Taste the history of a coastal Italian seafood market at Mercato della Pescheria located in the heart of Espanola Way. GLAM, which stands for 'green living animals matter', is the most modern of spots for vegans to enjoy a meal in a cozy and chic setting. From the matte gold tableware to the meticulously plated entreés, the fashionable restaurant has all foodies - carnivores or herbivores - leaving satisfied. Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill offers the chance to taste the true flavors of each country along the Mediterranean.

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Hakkasan made its U.S. debut at Fontainebleau and offers diners authentic Cantonese fare. Additionally, Hakkasan is open for Dim Sum lunch every Saturday and Sunday for lunch. Cecconi's Miami Beach is a modern day classic Italian restaurant with a super chic crowd since it is actually housed on the main floor of Soho Beach House. Originating in Venice and with outposts in London and West Hollywood, Cecconi’s has become a critically acclaimed dining destination featuring simply prepared Venetian inspired food. A refreshing Mediterranean delight focused on quality ingredients from all over the world, Milos by Costa Spiliadis is a mecca for fresh seafood. Milos features a fish market display providing diners with selections arriving daily from independent fishermen as nearby as the Florida Keys and as far as the Greek Islands. Mandolin Aegean Bistro is housed in a former 1940s home adorned in blue and white; quaintness fills the air as tangibly as extra-virgin Greek olive oil fills vials on each table. There are just 17 seats indoors, but the outdoor garden patio in back seats twice that number. The Forge is a Miami staple and would make anyone feel as if they were in a Scarface movie that also serves great steak and turns into a nightclub late at night. In the 1930's, The Forge was transformed into a fancy restaurant and casino. In the late 1960's, it was gutted and rehabbed to be a trendy restaurant. Located in an historic house adjacent to the courtyard, 27 is Freehand Miami’s first full service restaurant and bar. With a focus on a welcoming communal atmosphere, 27 utilizes the freshest local ingredients and highest-quality produce available, including fresh fish, shellfish, choice meats, and local produce – much of it grown on the property’s onsite garden. Seagrape restaurant and its botanical namesake find their roots along the coasts of southern Florida and the Caribbean—and that is precisely where the Miami native and James Beard Foundation Award winning Chef Michelle Bernstein Focusing on local bounty sourced by land and by sea, she enlists a handful of nearby farmers to do her bidding in the garden. 

NIGHTLIFE

Miami Beach EDITION has one of the best nightlife venues in Miami with Disco Box, Basement Bowl and an ice skating rink. There is something for everybody in this multi entertainment destination. It’s about taking back the nightclub experience, inclusivity rather than exclusivity and, dancing like nobody’s watching. Casual chic attire. Hip-hop nights and open format.  Saxony Bar in the Faena is an intimate setting steeped in golden-age glamour while live DJ calls for hushed exchanges and old-fashioned imbibing with a classic menu of time-honored cocktails. Ball & Chain hosts rhythmic and passionate Latin music Wednesday-Sunday, Ball & Chain is the place to sip classic rum cocktails, try your Spanish, and be immersed in the local Cuban-American culture. Experience the Mexican food at Bodega before or after checking out it’s speak easy night club through the refrigerator doors. El Tucán is a modern-day cabaret that reinvigorates the lavish concepts of Havana, Cuba. Featuring a range of musical styles from Afro-Latin to Parisian Pop and international DJs alike. Hoy Como Ayer is one of the best Little Havana bar/lounge celebrating Cuban culture & music, with a limited menu. In a cozy and intimate setting, authentic Latin Bar. Don’t miss Thursday nights featuring Spam & The Allstars. It is all about music and dancing well into the morning. LIV has a custom playlist featuring International DJs like no other. For guests seeking ultra-VIP treatment, this night club offers VIP tables and private skyboxes featuring table service. Rec Room is the place to go dance to rock 'n' roll. Its downstairs at the Gale South Beach Hotel with DJs, drinks & a retro '70s look, mostly hip hop. Be sure to check out The Regent Cocktail Club located on the main floor. Wall’s rich, dark, and elegant interior is the embodiment of sophistication, luxury, and style with a dedication to service. Featuring big name DJs in a cozy environment at the W Hotel. STORY where you go to when you go to “The Club”… it’s a larger venue that always features the hottest DJ’s around. Unwind, recharge and have fun every Sunday at Nikki Beach's world famous brunch with international dishes and exciting entertainment. When the Delano Hotel builds a club, it's always sexy. This one is no exception. FDR is a subterranean venue offers the same level of visual appeal as the hotel and a destination that is always packed with cool kids. Dubbed the best cocktail lounge in the country by many, The Broken Shaker is set in the hipster‑cool, art deco Freehand Hostel, this small, romantic bar boasts an alter‑ego backyard that's massive, offbeat and well equipped with a pool, ping‑pong table and mismatched furniture. Oh, and we must not forget, the most delicious cocktails that you will ever get your hands on! With weekly happy hour, game day specials, the best cocktails, and special guest DJs on weekend nights, Black Market Miami marks the ultimate sports club and nightlife destination for game night eating, drinking, parties, and events.

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Explore

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Once you’re done soaking up some rays on the beautiful beaches Miami offers you might want to put on some shorts and see the town! Won't be in town for the annual Art Basel Miami Beach and its 3 squillion related exhibits? Never fear. The six dozen exhibit spaces in Miami's Wynwood Art District offer enough visual stimulation to induce a permanent case of Stendahl Syndrome. Start with one of the private collections: the Rubell Family Collection, Margulies Collection at the Warehouse or World Class Boxing. Here, you'll find expansive displays that run the gamut from Isamu Noguchi to Kara Walker. Still standing? Time to hit the galleries. For top-tier local artists, such as Hernan Bas and Glexis Novoa, visit the highly regarded Fredric Snitzer Gallery and David Castillo Gallery. During summer months, some places may be closed, so call ahead. Perched right on Biscayne Bay, on Miami's south side is Vizcaya, the mansion that once belonged to industrialist James Deering (of tractor fame) will take you back to a time when Miami was choked with trees instead of traffic. The beautifully maintained 34-room mansion, built in the 1910s, is surrounded by acres of serene European-style gardens chockablock with fountains and statuary, some of which date back to antiquity— and makes for one of the most sublime sunset photo ops in Miami. Water jet pack & flyboard water toys provide an amazing experience; using the power of water to propel you 30 feet above the water (and 30 feet underwater).

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Enjoy deep sea or inshore fishing on a private charter in the nearby Gulf Stream or along the coastal flats and islands. Champagne wishes and caviar dreams come true aboard your private yacht for a tour of the Biscayne Bay waterways or even the Florida Keys. Explore Millionaire’s Row homes, the sandbars, or Miami’s beautiful coastline. Miami Seaplane Tours give you the opportunity of a lifetime to enjoy an unparalleled Miami tour experience from the sky in a Cessna 172 Seahawk Seaplane. Everglades Airboat Tours allow you to enjoy South Florida’s most remote natural habitat on the River of Grass. Experience the Everglades and encounter turtles, fish, birds and of course, alligators and crocodiles. Experience the beautiful city of Miami in countless ways: cruise along historic Ocean Drive and Little Havana in a 1950s classic convertible. 

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Where to Shop

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The Webster is clearly where the cool kids shop and has been since it opened in 2007. It is a destination for fashion lovers to seek out items from its carefully curated selection of super super cool men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. You can choose between their Collins or Bal Harbour locations (tip each store carries different merchandise) but we promise you serious dough will be dropped upon entrance.  An amazing luxury fashion shopping center about 20 min from South Beach, Bal Harbour Shops has exquisite collection of designer boutiques and restaurants. Inside HiNT Miami you'll find laid-back womenswear, accessories, shoes and a carefully curated shelf of home goods from established and up-and-coming high-end designers like Cynthia Rowley, J Brand, and Illesteva. Located in Wynwood Block, Boho Hunter is a multi-brand boutique that carries high-end brands from Latin America to Miami. If You need to get your hands on Clover Canyon prints, 10 Crosby Derek Lam shirts and MOTHER denim, but you can't get out of bed. Whatever the reason, MVM Miami will bring the shopping experience to you and personally style you from the comfort of your own home/hotel room.

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After having popped up seasonally at European hotspots like Mykonos and Santorini, Wanderlista has settled in the Hotel Croydon in Miami Beach. Inside you'll find unique treasures from around the world, from vintage clothing to Grecian turbans and jewelry. Bonus? This is also the only place you can find Will.I.Am's eyewear line in Miami. Jessie Boutique is the epitome of Miami chic. Come here to find the perfect romper, skirt and shirt set, dress or just about anything you'd need for a party, day or night, from brands like Alexis, Mara Hoffman and Haute Hippie. If you think @Savvy_SoleMate’s account is dreamy, just think about the fact that you can own it all with a simple visit to the store. Here you'll find under $100, trendy clothing from boutique brands as well as higher priced merchandise from For Love and Lemons and Finders Keepers The Label, to name a few. Golden Bar is all about featuring local clothing and jewelry designers so expect to find cute day dresses and statement jewelry here, not to mention throw pillows and artwork at its home store next door. Style Mafia is probably one of our new favorite addictions and offers high fashion at low prices (pretty much the #fashionholygrail), this new clothing line allows you to stay on top of the latest trends—and on budget. Located in the Design District, En Avance has been around for 21 years!! And is a minimalist boutique full of exclusive treasures from little-known designers: kimonos from Marie France Van Damme, cashmeres from Goyo and Florence Flameng, and ball gowns from Odeeh. It’s not hard to see where Lincoln Road boutique Alchemist gets its name. The cutting edge shop stocks the intricately crafted, conceptual kind of clothing that can transform you from standard to stunner. Owners Roma and Erika Cohen handpick the inventory, which tends to sell out quickly and bears a distinctly Parisian influence.

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