Super Bowl 2020: Miami’s ultimate guide for best places to eat, drink, and sightseeing
If you are in Miami, you already noticed the influx of tourists coming in, and all the energy surrounding the city due to the Super Bowl LIV happening this Sunday. After all, it’s been 10 years since the city hosted this enormous event – but before the game starts and Patrick Mahomes, with Kansas City Chiefs, takes Jimmy Garoppolo, and the San Francisco 49ers, there is a lot for you to do. For this reason, we created your Ultimate Miami Guide, because there is much more than just beaches in our Magic City. Ready to dive in?
The Cuban Experience
Nothing else screams more “Miami” than Cuban coffee and croquetas. If this is your first time in the city, you can’t miss the opportunity to try a Colada, the strongest of the Cuban coffees, served in a small plastic shot cup. Here is a guide to all the different types of Cuban coffee.
And to complement the coffee, get yourself some croquetas here:
- Islas Canarias (Kendall)
- La Carretta (Miami)
- Sergio’s Restaurant (Miami)
- Publix (local supermarket all over South Florida)
Located in Little Havana, Miami’s vibrant Cuban heart, Calle Ocho is the home to Versailles, a historic venue visited by many celebrities and politicians. There, or in almost any other cafe in the neighboorhood, you can order your Cuban coffee in a walk-up window.
While in the area, don’t forget to visit Ball and Chain for live music and drinks, Azucar for some excellent ice cream/paletas, and watch locals discuss politics over dominoes at Maximo Gomez Park, entitled Domino Park by locals.
- Ball and chain
- Azucar Ice Cream
- Union Beer Store, if you’re into a wrestling-themed craft beer market
- Domino Park
Wynwood, South Florida’s art hub, will host the Super Bowl Fan Fest at Wynwood Marketplace. However, if you are not into that, we still have a few recommendations before you move to our next selection, after all, you can’t visit Miami without spending at least a day in the neighborhood of colorful murals, tasty food, bars, and lounges.
- Wynwood Walls: murals, and nearby galleries with works of emerging artists from all over the world.
- Start at Coyo Taco, because yes to tacos any day, any time, and finish at the famous Salty Donut for a well-deserved treat.
- Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science: you might have seen the massive aquarium oculus lens that’s become Instagram famous, but there is plenty to do in this first world-class science museum.
- Perez Art Museum Miami: The PAMM is a contemporary art museum in downtown Miami, close to American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat.
- Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: This historic 10-acre landmark is covered with European architecture, marvelous gardens, and fountains overlooking Biscayne Bay.
- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (South Miami): Enjoy 83 acres of rare tropical plants and garden exhibits.
Beer and cocktails
Because it’s always happy hour somewhere:
- Veza Sur (Wynwood): A Latin craft-beer bar with an outdoor patio and live music.
- Funky Buddha (Fort Lauderdale): One of the best breweries in Florida, don’t forget to order some yucca tots to go along with your beer.
- Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami (Miami Beach): Located in the backyard of a boutique hostel, this cocktail bar is home to some of the most innovative mixologists.
- Sugar (Brickell): Want to see stunning views of the Miami skyline? So head straight to the 40th floor of the East hotel.
Luckily, we’ve been getting a lot more of those here in South Florida. We named just a few:
- 1-800-Lucky (Wynwood): A mini-Asian food hall with features that includes a hidden karaoke room and an outdoor area for live music and drinks.
- Time Out Market Miami (Miami Beach): Twenty-one different food or drink options at your disposal, let’s leave it like this.
- Politan Row Miami (Miami Design District): Previously known as St. Roch Market, this is another gourmet, chef-driven food hall where you can enjoy an eclectic mix of food options varying from Peruvian, and Vietnamese, to Southern Comfort.
- Luna Park (Brickell): Formerly known as La Centrale, this Italian food hall located inside Brickell City Centre hosts 14 different eateries, five bars, a cooking school, a wine shop, and a coffee shop over three floors.
- Casa Tua Cucina (Brickell): This is the other Italian food hall inside of Brickell City Centre. Ten different stations are ranging anywhere from pasta to pizza, meat and cheeses, seafood, and steak.
- Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza (Brickell, Wynwood, Miami Beach): Definitely try the Star Luca (the star-shaped, ricotta-filled pizza) or Claudio, another specialty pizza loaded with burrata stracciatella cheese and white truffle oil.
- Harry’s Pizzeria (Design District, Coconut Grove): Crispy Polenta Fries and classic cheese pizza, you can’t go wrong.
- Ironside (Little River): Bring your wine and enjoy cured meats and cheese boards before asking from one of four pies options: Fresca, Funghi, Capricciosa, Quattro Stagioni.
- Crust (Miami River): Try the Fried Calamari or the Grilled Octopus before you build your Custom Pizza.
- Macchialina (Miami Beach): One of the best pasta restaurants in Miami.
- Jaguar Sun (Brickell): You can try the Parker House Rolls and the Bucatini here.
- Boia De (Miami): Mus tries: Tortellini in Brodo or the Ricotta Gnocchi.
- Ariete (Coconut Grove): The Chur Burger with two patties and the Ariete sauce for the win.
- Lokal (Coconut Grove): One option here would be the Miami Heat Burger with spicy mayonnaise, sliced jack cheese, grilled onion, and yummy!
- Kush (Wynwood): Get the Frita Burger, with melted wannabe Gruyere, guava jelly, potato six, and crispy bacon.
While sports gambling is still not legal in Florida, there are a few places you can go for some poker or slot-machine action:
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Hollywood): You might have noticed a huge guitar-shaped building when flying over Miami. That’s the new Guitar Hotel located inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Besides the casino and its incredible light show every night, there are also bars, lounges, pools, and cabanas if you’re not into the casino.
- Gulfstream Park (Hallandale Beach): Live purebred racing Wednesday through Sunday, along with the slots and live poker games.
- SHAQ’s larger then life Big Game Weekend festival feat: Pitbull, Diddy, Tiesto, DaBaby, Diplo and more.
Jan 31 • 9:00PM
Mana Convention Center
- Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest: Guns N’ Roses
Jan 31 • 8:00PM
American Airlines Arena – FL – Miami, FL
- Planet Pepsi® Zero Sugar With Harry Styles
Jan 31 • 8:30 PM
Meridian, Miami, FL
- AT&T TV Super Saturday Night with Lady Gaga
Feb 01 • 8:30 PM
Meridian, Miami, FL
- Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest: Maroon 5
Feb 01 • 8:00PM
American Airlines Arena – FL – Miami, FL
- Kanye West – Sunday Service
Feb 02 • 11:00 AM
Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Miami, FL
- Super Bowl Experience (Convention Center in Miami Beach): The Super Bowl Experience will offer up free autograph sessions with NFL players, interactive games, youth football clinics, a 40-yard dash and vertical jump against NFL players on LED screens, a Super Bowl rings to display and photos with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
- Super Bowl Live (Bayfront Park Miami): This week-long fan fest features a Huddle Down Community Stage, Road to the 11th, Tailgate Town featuring a culinary stage, water shows, an environmental village, evening parades, fireworks, and more.
Since you are in town and felt in love with our city, it’s time for us to show you some of the best properties on the market. Contact us today, we are ready to help you.