6 more reasons to love Miami
Miami is well known as the city with amazing weather 365 days of the year, the incredible lifestyle and beautiful beaches. But do you know what else this paradise has to offer that would make other cities jealous? Miami goes over the top when it comes to dining, whether is restaurants with breathtaking water views to authentic Cuban coffee, get ready to call the Magic City “home”.
The perfect marriage between a good meal and a backdrop to the sea. Miami has immediate access to the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the Miami River, which explains why our restaurants has some of the best views in the country. You can choose from the classic The Rusty Pelican, Smith & Wollensky, or new hot spots like Seaspice, Soho Bay and Palm Beach Club. No matter which one you choose, you will be amazed.
It’s coffee time! Well, in Miami coffee has not time. If it is Cuban, then the residents will appreciated it with family, friends and co-workers anytime and anywhere. You can choose between the latte (cafe con leche), machiatto (cortadito) and “colada” (a large shareable coffee), among others. Some of our favorite local spots include Enriqueta e Tinta y Cafe and cafecito institutions like Versailles, La Carreta and David Cafe who have been doing it the traditional way for decades, along with other Cuban specialties as pastelitos and croquetas.
Served hot and stuffed with Swiss cheese, roasted pork, ham, mustard and pickles, Miami knows what is doing. Want to try the classic Cubano (Cubans) check Versailles, Las Olas Cafe and El Palacio de los Jugos. For those who likes to try new things, try spots like Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop, known for adding a croqueta to the mix. We also recommend the Versailles-inspired Cubano at The Bazaar by Jose Andres, made with jamon Iberico, Swiss cheese foam and puffed-up bread, as well as the sandwichitos appetizer at Beaker & Gray, bite-size plantain brioche sandwiches filled with pork belly and watermelon rind.
The expression “eye candy” never made more sense. Miami combines people with swimsuits all year around, international visitors and residents with stunning looks. And what better place to enjoy the beauty of others, besides the beach, than at one of our many dining spots? Classy hot spots like Prime 112, Juvia and Zuma are always a good bet. Looking to mingle with fashionable party people (or at least watch them dance on tables)? Grab a cocktail at lounge-inspired STK and Bagatelle. Need to catch up on the latest hipster fashion trends? Get a cold brew and a seat outside Panther Coffee in Wynwood and watch Miami’s artsiest folks as they go about their daily lives. Want a little bit of everything? Nespresso has a great view of Lincoln Road’s people parade, as well as some quality coffee drinks of course.
We don’t know about you, but we’re loving that celebrity chefs are flocking to our shores and opening up new and exciting eating destinations at Miami’s finest hotels. Consider Alex Guarnaschelli’s new Driftwood Room, the new restaurant at the Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel. It opened just two months ago, and it has already built a following for its Miami take on French Riviera cuisine. Then there’s Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft, serving locally sourced seafood at the eco-friendly One Hotel, as well as Pao at the Dome, the chic new Asian concept by Top Chef winner Paul Qui at the Faena Hotel. Meanwhile, the Thompson Hotel also saw its fair share of celebrity-chef arrivals in the past few months with Dale Talde’s namesake Asian eatery Talde and the Florida-inspired Seagrape from Michelle Bernstein.
With its proximity to the ocean and to Latin America, it is no surprise that the best city to have Peruvian food in the U.S. is Miami. This Peruvian fare movement started a few years ago when casual spots like CVI.CHE 105 and My Ceviche made the lemon-marinated fish dish popular among Miamians, and it boomed with the arrival of big names like La Mar by Gaston Acurio (one of Lima’s best restaurants) to the Mandarin Oriental two years ago, followed closely by the opening of the swanky Incan-inspired Coya in Brickell by the same owners of Zuma, and the addition of gastrobar Pisco & Nazca in South Miami last fall.