As our city continues to grow, there are so many great local spots rising up that it’s becoming so hard to keep track. For self-proclaimed Culture Crusaders like ourselves, we’re constantly on the look out for the Miami treasures that can’t be missed by both residents and tourists alike. If you had 24 hours in this city, where would you go to get the “real” Miami experience? Where would you tell a friend to go? Get into the groove with our Founder, Isabella Acker, and see where she would take you:
I’ve been living in Miami long enough to know that if you don’t live on the beach, you never go. I chose to live in North Beach because of its local, chill neighborhood vibe that allows me to have slow sunrise mornings with waterfront views. Aside from the charming Art Deco buildings, my favorite mami & papi shop (yes, you heard right) is Cachito Coffee & Bakery and get the delicious ham and cheese media luna with a latte to kick-off the day.
Photo: Cachito Coffee & Bakery
Being that you are just one-block away from the beach boardwalk, my boyfriend and I bike from there all the way down to South Pointe Pier Park. I should mention that there is a portion of the boardwalk that is frowned-upon (or actually not allowed) to bike through but if you go fast enough, no one can say anything to you LOL, jk stay safe, folks. In my opinion, there is no better way to see Miami than its gorgeous waterfront views, and Sunset Point Pier Park is just that. We bring a picnic blanket, refreshments, volleyball and lay under the beautiful tropical tree shade.
Being that there is no better way to kick-off the weekend than a sunset happy hour, my favorite staple is always is The Standard because hello sunset, frose, and great music. Can never get enough oysters or guac and you can do it guilt-free with their happy hour prices.
Finish off the evening with a beautiful drive up the Venetian Causeway and head on over to the Design District for Sushi at Itamae in St. Roch. Not only because it is the best sushi in Miami hands down, but also its delicious, Peruvian Japanese fusions are a burst of flavors by the talented “Chang Gang” family. Pro-tip: you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but personal favorites are their signature acebichado aioli and/or Tigre roll. You’re future self (and taste buds) will thank me- you’re welcome in advance.
On Saturdays, I kick-off with the three spots I frequent in Wynwood: Sol Yoga for Flowzario’s gooey Amazonian flow, post-sweat at munchies at Love Life and coffee at Miam Café.
You might be six degrees of separation from someone that has a boat, and in that case, grab a six-pack and head over to Haulover’s sandbar. It’s the ultimate Miami outing and you’ll have fun floating in the water, spotting nautical puns, and watching the debauchery on other boats. Wrap up your Saturday with a juicy post-salt nap and end your evening in Mimo’s meditarrenean gem, Bar Meli. It’s one my favorite date night spot because it’s always so vibey, food is delicious, you can enjoy live flamenco guitar, and reminds me of a slice of Greece. You can’t go wrong with crowd favorite dishes like the grilled pulpo, mediterranean dips, and the flatbreads. The owner Liza is always around and slinging a bottle of wine, ready to give you the best recs and inside tips on where to go in Greece. Walk off the deliciousness for a nightcap and boogie at The Anderson.
Photo: Soul Yoga
Wrap up the closing of an amazing weekend with Sunday Funday at the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market in Hollywood to get groceries for the week, eat a fresh ramen or Thai curry for lunch, and buy new plants and flowers to spruce up your casa. If the day falls on an amazing concert at the North Beach Bandshell presented by our friends at The Rhythm Foundation, be sure to arrive early and grab a few micheladas at Taquiza. Enjoy the amazing open-air sounds over the palm trees and wrap your night at my all time favorite Indian restaurant down the street – Zaika. Your taste buds will get teleported to North India and you will do a happy dance all the way from the Tandoori momos, Tikka Masala and garlic naan bread.
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Cover photo design by Cynno.