Guide to the 305: A Fabulous Weekend in Miami
Miami, aka The Magic City is NOTHING short of magical. I’ll share some new favorites, classics and must-sees for this picture-perfect city. Please note this guide is a shortened version that would be ideal for a short weekend trip. I have an extended list of Miami recommendations that I am always happy to share!
Warning: Miami is definitely an extravagant destination so be prepared to spend. Meals, drinks and even parking at your hotel are all a bit more expensive than usual. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
Since food is my favorite part of traveling, we’ll start with breakfast! A classic diner that was featured in the award-winning film, Moonlight, is a great place for greasy eats after a night out. Jimmy’s Eastside Diner. Super low key, no need to dress up here. They won’t judge you for wearing sunglasses inside if you show up with a hangover. ;) We’re not breaking the bank here either, baby!
Lunch! For the best sub you’ll ever have (I’m not kidding), please head to La Sandwicherie on Miami Beach. They have another location but the outdoor counter on the beach is everything! The sandwich varieties are endless and it’s first-come, first-served seating. The employees are all French and super welcoming. You MUST get your sandwich on a fresh baguette and that sauce everyone is passing around, you’ll want to cover your entire sandwich in it, trust me!
Another lunch option is a Cuban classic: Versailles. Famous since it’s opening in 1971, it still manages to always have a full house. Try to get here for an early lunch or a bit later to get a table. Everything's amazing and the restaurant is huge! I recommend the Media Noche sandwich (a cuban served on sweet bread). Don’t forget to grab some coffee and pastries at the coffee counter next door. There is also a smaller bakery attached with a few more baked good options.
Mandolin is a Greek restaurant right outside of the Design District. Parking can be tricky but feel free to park in one of the Design District parking garages and you can walk a few blocks over to one of the best meals of your life! Make a reservation! I overheard there was a two hour wait for lunch the last time I visited. Most of the seating is outside at Mandolin and the environment transforms itself to Greece. I love a slow dinner here! Everything is shareable in my opinion and tastes extremely fresh! My top picks for must try items: grilled halloumi, beef souvlaki, the homemade lemonade and the baklava!
Michael’s Genuine is in the Design District and the menu changes seasonally. You can’t say no to the oysters here, people. The crispy pork belly is always on point. You can’t go wrong with anything here. Sitting outdoors in the evening is super romantic and the service is impeccable. MG is one of my favorite restaurants in the whole world. Lunch and brunch have a different menu so I like to recommend the dinner menu as they tend to have a wider variety of options for all types of eaters. I’d make a reservation for earlier in the evening as things tend to sell out as the evening progresses. You can’t go wrong with anything here!
Since the weather is mainly super sunny, why not spend some time outside?
The Wynwood Walls are iconic. The Wynwood area is home to lots of colorful graffiti and small shops. There’s even a Warby Parker store in the mix. You’ll also find Panther Coffee here, which I highly recommend.
The best pool in Miami can be found at The Standard! If you’re not staying here, you can purchase a day pass for about $75, depending on the day of the week. This will grant you access to their pool and spa. This place is heaven on earth. My favorite part about staying here is that it’s 21+ only! The smell once you walk into the hotel lobby is intoxicating. Lunch or breakfast by the pool is the way to go.
The Perez Art Museum is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. On the water, there are plenty of palm trees surrounding the area which makes for a great photo!
The exhibits are always on-point. I like to get here as soon as they open so that I can take my time and wander around before a large crowd shows up.
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If you want to feel fancy, I will point you toward The Faena. This hotel is GORGEOUS. Head to the back through the lobby (which has the shiniest carousel you’ve ever seen, no really, it’s bedazzled!) for a drink or a snack. I love the churros and the empanadas. You’ll find a golden replica of a wooly mammoth by British artist Damien Hirst here too.
This is only a small taste of MIami but there are so many more wonderful places to visit. There’s food for all diets and budgets, many museums to choose from and THE BEACH! Feel free to reach out with any questions and I’m happy to help you with tips on more meals, lodging and things to do in Miami. Safe travels, friends!
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