Our latest neighborhood map to grace the airwaves was of the ever-elusive, yet entirely navigable South Beach. Now, before your eyes roll out of your head, we think this exploited area of Miami Beach deserves some serious nurturing. After years of being pushed and pedaled for tourists alone, the neighborhood is surfering from a case of misunderstood identity. In fact, not only is it one of the most walkable (which means easily discoverable) areas in Greater Miami, but it’s home to colorful and historical architecture, arts and culture, mom-and-pop shops and eats, breathtaking parks, and basically everything we love to brag about on the mainland. If you wanted to give it another chance and see it through new eyes, here’s our suggested perfect day:
Everything about South Beach oozes “sleepy” before 11am, so we know you can’t start without a yummy pick-me-up. Under the Mango Tree is a South of Fifth favorite, serving up organic acai bowls and juices in a spiritually friendly neighborhood setting. Next comes something South Beach does really well: sweat. The active lifestyle is strong here so make your way down to Sunset Harbor and take your pick from many wellness and workout options. A personal fave? Modo Yoga. After that hot session, treat yourself to a fresh-baked croissant or peanut butter cookie at True Loaf Bakery, as charming as it is delicious. Whether on two wheels or two feet, make your way to South Pointe Park & Pier for beautiful views and fresh greenery that’s full of life.
After lounging under the palm trees or on the sand, escape into nature at Miami Beach Botanical Garden where you can stroll among this natural oasis almost entirely alone. Worked up and appetite? Blend with locals at the can’t-miss deli, La Sandwicherie for a fresh lunch–don’t overlook the house vinaigrette! Or you can play a tourist on Lincoln Road and chill at The Café at Books & Books to still keep your cool level up. Still hungry? Don’t miss Time Out Market where over a dozen of Miami’s favorite chefs and eats are under one roof. By now, it should be about happy hour which means you can’t miss The Standard‘s unparalleled sunset sips.
Before the sun has fully set, we urge you to explore the contemporary art and fun activations at The Bass and the encompassing Collins Park (also a perfect Instagram moment). Make your way to the nearby Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. for some of the best drinks and bites in the city. If it’s a lucky Saturday or Wednesday, make sure to check if something’s happening at Soundscape Park, whether it’s a movie screening or a famous WALLCAST concert by New World Symphony. If you’re feeling up for something unusual, you really have to check out Drunken Dragon‘s Korean BBQ for a memorable, speakeasy-style experience.
Since that was just the appetizer (and all we love is food), we’d still be hungry. So check out the not-too-far Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and make sure not to miss their beloved fried chicken and their Bourbon cocktails. Catch a late-night indie flick at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, located in the former City Hall building. As it starts to get later into the evening (and if you’re not really a big movie buff), step into Bodega Taqueria & Tequila‘s back bar speakeasy for some jams–live and otherwise. End the night with a fun-filled dance party at Purdy Lounge with their light up dance floor and weekly themed music.
Photos by FujiFilmGirl.