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 Marketing Director and Social Media Queen, Janel Allen and see where she would take you:

As a current resident of West Kendall (and a true blue Miami native), I’m no stranger to spending a significant amount of time in my car. So first things first, to get around this city you need to get your hands on a vehicle. Of course, rideshare is always encouraged. But get ready to traverse the city with me.

The best way to start your morning with an invigorating workout. Drop in for a bit of circuit training at B-Fit Biscayne before heading over to Flavorish Bakery for freshly-baked croissants and an almond milk latte. Pro-tip: the croissants always sell out so be sure to get there early enough for your pick of the litter. Don’t forget to cruise through the MiMo District to take in some of Miami’s past with the retro hotels and unique architecture that make-up the Biscayne Boulevard corridor.

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After your scenic drive, head on over to Coral Gables where you will also be greeted by views to be expected in “The City Beautiful.” On your way into the center of The Gables, make sure you grab a Pan con Bistec from Mary’s Cafe & Coin Laundry. Don’t let the sounds of washers and dryers fool you, Mary’s serves up some of the most affordable and delicious sammies in town (for nearly 24 hrs!). While in the neighborhood, catch an indie or classic flick at Coral Gables Art Cinema and grab a drink and homemade sausages from The Mighty. Their happy hour is not to be missed.

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It wouldn’t be time in Miami with me if I didn’t go back to my roots. Make your way to Kendall/Doral to grab a craft brew at Tripping Animals Brewing Co. where it always feels like home. After a couple of pints, head to Mr. & Mrs. Bun for Peruvian bites you won’t soon forget, and of course the sandwiches reign supreme. For some entertainment, Arcade Odyssey and Miami Improv are both sure to put a smile on your face.

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Continuing on our tour, head Downtown to go overseas for a while at Bali Café as you dive into bright and fragrant Indonesian cuisine at this cash-only spot. Following that stop sure to wow your taste buds, it’s time for a drink at Jaguar Sun. Known for consistently impressive cocktails and bucatini you will tell all your friends about, it’s truly a spot I take all of my friends who visit me to. To cap of your time in Downtown, head to Mama Tried to get a quick dance party in at this 70s-inspired throwback joint.

Jaguar Sun

Although, for me especially, getting to the beach is always a mission, we will end our night here. Whether it is an outdoor movie at SoundScape Park or a show at The Fillmore, there is a ton to do on Miami Beach beyond the velvet ropes. And of course, you have to cap the night off with Cauliflower Nachos at Sweet Liberty (available until 4AM).

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Miami is a big city and sometimes it can be hard to decipher exactly what you need to see when you’re here, especially for a short time. But Miami is also booming with local businesses and cultural experiences that make this city so unique. So don’t be afraid to dive right in to what every neighborhood has to offer.

If you want any alternative ways on how to navigate our Magic City, check out our Editor’s and our Founder’s 24-Hour guides.

Another wonderful illustration by Cinthia Santos at Chalk & Brush.