Thursday, May 2, 2019

Margarita's Master Miami Guide

I have become everyone's go-to Miami resource since I started this blog. My friends, my family—heck!—even strangers will reach out to me for recommendations on where to stay, what to eat, where to drink, and what to do in Miami. (In fact, in 2015, Gatehouse Publishing tapped me to write the Miami edition of their famous The Hunt Guides.) When friends or friends-of-friends come into town, I have helped make their experiences here memorable by providing recommendations tailored to their interests. I have been compiling these lists over the last year to create Margarita's Master Miami Guide, which I am providing below so you can look to it when you're in need of inspiration or share it with your visitors. Next to each suggestion you will find three to five words explaining why it is included in the list and other relevant details. You're welcome, Miami!

Downtown Miami

What to Eat
  • Casablanca (fresh seafood, waterfront, white table cloth)
  • Fooq's (outdoor seating, meatballs, wine)
  • Garcia's (fresh seafood, waterfront, can't-miss)
  • Jaguar Sun (creative cocktails, fresh pasta)
  • Jar + Fork (lunch, fresh, healthy)
  • NIU Kitchen (Spanish tapas, wine, reservation needed)
  • Soya e Pomodoro (cozy, romantic, Italian motif)
  • Tuyo (killer views, fancy, exquisite food)
  • Zuma (reservation needed, tasting menu, vibe)
Where to Drink
What to Do

Miami Beach

What to Eat
Where to Drink
What to Do
  • Bass Museum (contemporary art)
  • Go to the beach (4th Street South and 46th Street North are local spots. The area from 5th Street to 46th Street is peppered with tourists with the highest concentration between 5th Street and 14th Street.)
  • Lincoln Road Mall (outdoor shopping, dining, cultural programming)
  • Love Nail Salon (massages, mani-pedi, waxing)
  • Rent a CitiBike and ride it along the beach walk (views, people watching)
  • Rent a kayak or paddleboard from South Beach Kayak and launch at Maurice Gibb Park
  • Run the Venetian Causeway (safe, gorgeous views, 5-mile roundtrip)
  • Tour the Miami Beach Botanical Garden
  • Wolfsonian Museum (collections showing power of art and design)
  • Visit South Pointe Park and pier, especially at sunrise/sunset (picnic, people watching, views)

Wynwood/Design District

What to Eat
Where to Drink
  • 1-800-Lucky (food, bar, music, dancing, karaoke)
  • Gramps (dive bar, outdoor terrace, live music)
  • Lagniappe House (wine and charcuterie, music, indoor/outdoor)
  • Veza Sur (local brews, indoor/outdoor, live music)
  • Wood Tavern (casual, free Taco Tuesdays, indoor/outdoor)
  • Wynwood Yard (food trucks, outdoors, live music)
What to Do
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