Miami’s plethora of neighborhoods is just as abundant and vibrant as the culture they hold. Each area of the city has its own charm, history, and cornerstone spots. Within these neighborhoods lies a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered, businesses to be supported, and adventures to be had. Embarking on our latest Culture Crusaders quest, we’re unfolding an itinerary specifically designed for each Miami neighborhood. On a bit of a plot twist, though, they are built as a realistic checklist you can actually get done in 24 hours.
We’re excited to unfold our very first hand-drawn map by the incredibly talented, Beth Rodes. The commemorative neighborhood? Little River and its surrounding areas, pooling into places like MiMo, Upper Eastside, El Portal and beyond. This list features places we personally vouch for any given time, well aware there’s still so much more to cover. It’s also meant to uncover the lesser-known spots, rather than brush up on the obvious stops.
Historically speaking, the area was annexed by the city of Miami in 1925. It borders El Portal (to the north), Little Haiti (to the south), the Palm Grove Historic District (to the east), and West Little River (to the west). It has been called Little River since the 1800s. You can see through its neighbors that over time, the neighborhood blended with surrounding residents and their cultures. It’s vibrant and low-key, just the right spot poised for a creative boom.
So check out our personally curated itinerary, from us for you:
Heading into the area, we suggest driving North on Biscayne Blvd to take in the illustrious facades and architecture in the MiMo District. From the famous Coppertone Girl to The Vagabond Hotel, awake to Miami’s history. If you can’t start the day without a quick coffee or a bite, we have to gush on Flavorish Bakery. Their croissants are the favorite of our Founder, Isabella Acker, who never loses a moment to talk about the ham & cheese option. As you make your way back West, take a few minutes to stop at the 82nd ST canal (heading to NE 2nd Ave.) to catch some of biggest clusters of manatees in the city.
Head to Santuario Miami Yoga for an intimate session in an emerging area, where owners and teachers instantly become friends. You can get some work done at MADE at The Citadel, the co-working space Prism proudly calls home. If you drop “Support Local” you can work there for a day and take advantage of the same perks a member does. On your way, make sure to pop into Sherwoods Bistro + Bar to swoon for a second at their enchanting digs. Grab a coffee at the bar, drool over a pastry, and have a slow breakfast. You deserve it.
If it’s a Wednesday, you can swing by Ace Props Shop + Studios for our weekly Casa TropiSoul meet-ups with DISfunkshion Magazine. The Hollywood-style warehouse is filled with treasures from TV, fashion, and film productions — the ultimate well of inspiration. The team behind this awesome spot is also behind Sherwoods, so you’ll get double the dose of magic.
At this point you’ve definitely worked back up an appetite. This is where the authentic oasis at Miami Ironside comes in. You’ll want to grab lunch at Ironside Pizza for an Italian meal seriously close to its motherland. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the Berlin Wall installation at the courtyard’s center. Then, head to Rail 71 Cafe for your 3PM caffeinated pick-me-up. Pair that with a slice of Zak the Baker’s famous banana bread and you’re all set.
Little River is home to many historical things, but namely some of our favorite happy hours. Start it at the newly opened local brewery: Bousa Brewing, located conveniently next to Rail 71 Cafe. Once you’ve sipped on some of those suds, you have some options. For a more charming or romantic early evening drink, Sherwoods is a great choice. It’s also totally okay to go there twice a day, we do it all the time.
If you want to hang with friends and lead into the night, The Anderson Bar is where it’s at. Their happy hour specials are perfectly priced, and their food is always on point. Stay for DJs and live music and have yourself a pretty perfect evening by the same team behind The Broken Shaker. If you do find yourself pouring out in the later hours, be sure to walk right next door to Eastside Pizza for one of the best NY-style slices in the city. Don’t slack on those garlic knots, either.
Food & Drink
Pinch Kitchen – Solid twists on American classics in an old school diner.
Sur – Empanadas made fresh to order, great option for Uber Eats in the area.
Cream Parlor – Awesome eclectic space serving creative savory & sweet items by a kind-hearted Brooklynite couple.
Cake Thai – The original. A seriously delicious Thai street food outpost.
Firito Taco – Authentic Mexican tacos and nothing else. Grab a drink at Tap 42 next door.
Imperial Moto Cafe – Trendy coffee and pastries mixed with a motorcycle shop and filled with great finds.
Things to Do
Earth N Us Farm – Beautiful permaculture farm with holistic views in Little Haiti (but had to include).
Belle Meade Park – Nice little pocket of park near Miami Ironside for a break outdoors.
Upper Eastside Farmer’s Market – The area has several markets, but this one’s the most well know.
Fly Boutique Vintage – Considered one of the best troves for upcycled and vintage finds, plus repurposed furniture and handmade designs.
The Little Farm House – A gorgeous cluster of half-century old cottages on the banks of Little River, part animal refuge, part event space.