As self-championed supporters of culture, we like to make sure that Miami is being represented in as well-rounded a way as possible. That means, spotlighting the amazing people and places that make this city so special. And we’re talking about the real city, even in the neighborhoods that might have outgrown their golden years, but still stand tall today: like MiMo. Regardless of its glimmering, then questionable past, anything that is able to survive the test of time in Miami deserves to be recognized as some utterly valuable. And that’s where MiMo’s historic district comes in.
The distinct string of architecture represented primarily by retro motels and co-working spaces along Biscayne Blvd’s northern corridor is a slice of Miami’s past…and an important one. In fact, this MiMo style was inspired by the city itself–standing for Miami Modern. Now, the neighborhood and its surrounding areas of Upper Eastside and Morningside are a charming mix of enchanting residential clusters, delicious local eateries, and pockets of underground culture just waiting to be tapped. So, we’ve decided to take our original Little River & Beyond map, and split it in two. With the Eastern quadrant being our first highlight. Check out what’s on it:
Miami Ironside – You’ll want to grab lunch at Ironside Pizza for an Italian meal seriously close to its motherland.
Flavorish Bakery – Their croissants are the favorite of our Founder, Isabella Acker, who never loses a moment to talk about the ham & cheese option.
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.
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.
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.
Cream Parlor – Awesome eclectic space serving creative savory & sweet items by a kind-hearted Brooklynite couple.
Tap 79 Gastropub – Your classic neighborhood hang, intimate and comfy, slinging a great selection of craft beers and creative bar bites.
Pinch Kitchen – Solid twists on American classics in an old school diner.
Phuc Yea – Whether it’s a rainy day or you’re just looking for a flavorful happy hour, this Vietnamese fusion spot is slinky and fun at every hour of the day (or night).
Cafe Roval – Easily one of Miami’s most enchanting eateries, tucked off of Biscayne Boulevard by the same team behind Soyka. Live music and a coral, flower covered ambiance makes it perfect for romantic date nights.
Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza – A former tire shop-turned-family friendly pizzeria that serves great pies both think or thick crust and has fun movie nights too.
Europa Coffee House – Miami has several hidden gems inside gas stations around town and this is one of them. It’s a delicious coffee shop.
Holi Vegan Kitchen – Homey, health-focused cafe providing a wide selection of vegan eats, juices and smoothies new to the neighborhood but already a classic.
Panther Coffee MiMo – There’s no surprise that Panther Coffee quickly became a Miami staple after its Wynwood popularity. Their MiMo spot is full of light and equally as cool.
The New Yorker Patio Bar – Hidden in the back of a classic MiMo motel, this neighborhood bar boasts the chillest happy hour and music nights in the neighborhood.
Bar Meli 69 – This Greek bistro and wine bar is a local favorite for us. Come early to chat with Meli herself, because it does get packed with fun patrons and live music at night.
Blue Collar – Comfort-food favorites are bumped up a notch at this American restaurant with ’70s-inspired style, usually popular for brunch but we love it all the time.
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Blvd Bae’s – A quaint new addition to the neighborhood, this American spot is by the same crew behind Wynwood’s Morgan’s Restaurant and boasts a cute back courtyard.
Jimmy’s Eastside Diner – You might think this old school diner was made famous by Moonlight, but really, it’s been an O.G. legend for years.
LOBA – It’s a cute little spot you wouldn’t expect featuring elevated Latin American fare with a Southern twist served in rustic digs with book-lined walls.
NiDo Caffè Italian – This no-frills Italian cafe is perfect for lunch, boasting paninis, soups, salads and house made pasta and mozzarella.
Ms. Cheezious – The staple food truck opened its first brick & mortar and the city went wild. Drool over their creative twists on grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh french fries.
LA Social – After Hurricane Maria, this Puerto Rican couple set their sights on MiMo for their first Miami outpost. The result is this adorable place for coffee, lunch, and tea.
Guarapo Juice Bar – The perfect spot for a post-workout pick-me-up that doesn’t make you feel guilty. Healthy treats, fresh-pressed juices and bowls are their specialty.
Wabi Sabi by Shuji – A classic Japanese philosophy comes to fruition in the Upper Eastside with this fresh-fish forward outpost that’s as authentic as it gets.
Gaucho Ranch – A retail and wholesale meat market specializing in grass fed, organic and game meats.
Bousa Brewing – Miami based brewery crafting beers as unique and diverse as the city itself also offering fun nightly events from comedy and live music, to game-fueled happy hours.
Luna Pasta e Dolci – Absolutely delicious little eatery along Biscayne Blvd with artisanal and fresh items from homemade empanadas and pasta, to delectable desserts and beyond.
Doggis Arepa Bar – We might be biased, but these are some of the best arepas in Miami and there’s a reason they’ve expanded around town.
Dogma Grill – A retro-inspired eatery with a “frank philosophy” and a specialization on hotdogs.
The Blues Burgers – Grass-fed organic burgers and live blues, rock and roll and country on the nightly.
Belle Meade Park – Nice little pocket of park near Miami Ironside for a break outdoors.
Fly Boutique Vintage – Considered one of the best troves for upcycled and vintage finds, plus repurposed furniture and handmade designs.
Legion Park Farmers Market – This market has been an institution for nearly 10 years and has been a powerful launchpad for many now household favorite local spots from Proper Sausages to Little River Cooperative. It’s one of the only markets in the region that puts locally-grown produce above all else. Plus, enjoy complimentary yoga while you’re at it.
Vagabond Hotel – This hip, retro-inspired boutique hotel is set in a famous former motel dating from 1953. It has a cool lobby restaurant and a fun calendar of poolside programming.
B-Fit Biscayne– It’s a perfect neighborhood workout gym where fellow athletes become friends in an intimate studio filled with all the tools you need to get your body in shape.
Bhoom Shanti – An exotic, colorful retailer showcasing a host of Indian & Moroccan furnishings and home decor items owned by a local, world-traveling family.
The Pilates Place – Tucked off Biscayne Blvd is this small but strong wellness studio specializing in reformer pilates.
Büro MiMo – Miami’s co-working spaces are getting more and more vibrant and this one’s at the top for those start-ups and entrepreneurs looking for an office with a little more class.
iRun & Company – One of the first stores specializing in running and walking, that acts as a beacon for the running community by organizing free runs, training, and one-on-ones.
Feel the Heal – If you’re looking to get some detox and beauty services done, or a perfect place to give a gift, this beauty spot is tucked away along 79th and offers all the goods in the chillest atmosphere around.
Agni Yoga – A sweet and not intimidating yoga studio specializing in hot sessions from yoga and vinyasa, to HIIT and yin and beyond.
Karma Carwash – Yes, it’s a car wash, but it’s one of the nicest in the city and has a sweet on-site eatery that’s perfect for while you wait.
Technique Records – independently owned record shop focused on used, rare and imported records, tapes, cult movies, books and more.
Photo: Miami New Times