Miami is a place with that little big city feel. The success of small businesses has created this neighborhood vibe that is unique to such an international hub. And so, it is with National Small Business Week happening May 6th – 10th, that we’ve decided to pay homage to some of our favorite small businesses that make Miami the close-knit community that it is.
A European-style inspired bistro located just west of bustling 2nd Avenue, Miam feels almost like a hidden gem. Taking up residency in the black and white Wynwood Building, Miam serves breakfast, brunch, and daily lunch specials, like their Avocado and Poached Egg Tartine, or their Smoked Salmon Carpaccio. Perfect for a quick morning coffee or an afternoon lunch meeting, we love supporting this local business any day of the week. Pro tip: try the quiche!
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From the minds behind Kush, The Spillover, and Vicky’s House, Lokal brings burgers and beers, with integrity to Coconut Grove. Sourcing local ingredients, from their grass-fed beef, to their free-range chicken and fish, Lokal prides itself on the quality of the ingredients they use. And being the first restaurant in Miami-Dade that uses 100% renewable solar and wind energy, it’s hard not to support this small thriving business. The best part? Aside from their ‘Childhood Dream Burger’, which consists of candied bacon and a glazed Salty Donut. *insert drool emoji here* They also have their own ‘Doggy Menu’ specially made for the eco- friendly pups out there who just want a cold one at the end of a long, hard day.
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Breweries in Miami seem to be popping up everywhere; and we couldn’t be more excited. One of our favs? Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Company. Serving up some of the best local beers, like the ‘P. Swayze’ American IPA, or the ‘Avenge Me’ Irish Red, Lincoln’s Beard has a style for pretty much any craft beer lover. Swing through Wednesday for Karaoke Night or for Sunday Family Days and enjoy the outdoor patio and hand painted murals from local Miami artists.
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More than just a juice bar, Under the Mango Tree is a gathering place; a community – and that’s why we love this charming spot. With cozy beach vibes, smoothies, juices and acai bowls, it’s not hard to sip the day away with your favorite book Under the Mango Tree. Our favorite? The Dragon Bowl with fresh dragon fruit, banana and pineapple. You’ll thank us later.
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For late night cocktails and thoughtful food, Sweet Liberty is one of the best in Miami. A block away from the iconic Bass Museum on Miami Beach, Sweet Liberty serves from 4 pm to 4 am, Monday through Saturday. With a 27-drink cocktail menu, including the ‘Smoke & Sand’, with Fords Gin, crème de peche, lemon, orange blossom, egg white, and matcha, and ‘Katie’s Flower Shop’, with El Tesoro Reposado, St. Germain, egg white, orange blossom, lemon, lavender and pastis wash, you’ll know why it was on The World’s 50 Best Bars for 2017. It’s good people.
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The hidden gem of Little Havana, Los Altos, is the cocktail lounge we all need more of in our lives. From the traditional Mexican décor to the authentically crafted bar menu, Los Altos is an ode to Mexican culture through and through. Just upstairs from Taquerias El Mexicano, the cozy, dimly lit lounge is bursting with Mexican flavors and intimate date night vibes. Come for the djs Friday and Saturday nights, or our personal favorite, ladies’ nights, where girls drink Margaritas and Bubbly on the house. Just another reason to love this Little Havana gem.
Photo by Los Altos
A cozy escape from the noise of the city, Bali Café is just what we need in the middle of pretty much any week day. Serving up traditional Indonesian cuisine, along with their hand rolled sushi, it’s comfort food guys, and that’s why we love it so much. The dumplings and noodle bowls are a no-brainer. For those with bigger appetites, try the Rijsttafel, the traditional Indonesian feast that does not disappoint.
A Jamaican restaurant and market in Little Haiti, B + M, serves up all the traditional West Indian dishes. Like their Goat Soup, Bake and Saltfish, and their Oxtail Stew. Open for almost four decades, B + M is a staple of Little Haiti, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
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Why do we love this cozy café? Two words: Avocado. Toast. Smashed Avocado with feta, lime and roasted mushrooms on Zak the Baker bread, we’d eat this everyday if we could. And the coffee’s not too bad either. Inspired from their lives in Melbourne, Australia, *ahem* one of the coffee capitals of the world, Threefold brings a different type of café scene to the Gables. Our advice; don’t leave without ordering the affogato. Espresso poured over vanilla ice cream. You’ll died and think you’ve gone to coffee heaven.