Going back out into the world might still feel intimidating to many of us in the era of pandemic re-opening. The options for having a good time outside the comfort of our homes seem minimal, but we’re here to assure you that you can still have loads of fun discovering Miami’s most beautiful neighborhoods responsibly. No matter how confusing the borders between North Miami and North Miami Beach seem, both areas are filled with delicious gems, natural escapes, and fun things to do. So here’s how you can get the best of both:
For anyone who’s made the drive up to Wilton Manors in the 954, you’ll know the eclectic charm of The Alchemist. Well, the popular coffee shop has a new outpost so a whimsical escape is closer than it appears. Take that coffee with you and dive into the imaginative world of Gauntlet Comic Books, where graphic novels, game, and fantasy reign supreme. If you’re more of a music nerd, Found Sound Records is where you should get lost. If you so choose.
by Rafael Pichardo
Oleta River State Park reigns supreme as a cityscaped oasis. It’s a popular spot for self-guided tours but provides a plethora of paddling and rental options. The park’s onsite ROAM Oleta River Outdoor Center is one of the few local spots with water bikes and paddleboard yoga, but they also offer up SUP, kayaks, and canoes, as well as full moon and sunset trips. If getting sweaty isn’t your thing, Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park and Greynolds Park are two natural escapes that will have you forgetting you’re in the middle of Miami Dade-County.
North Miami and North Miami Beach are home to some of the most authentic Asian eats from around the entire continent. One of our all-time favorite spots is right on the cusp of it all at Zaika Indian Cuisine. Easily one of the best Thai restaurants in the city would have to be Panya Thai, whose service is as sweet as its selection of noodles. If you really want that hole in the wall feel, Dumpling King has got to top for list (if you want to avoid the more popular, King’s Palace). But if being indecisive is your way (so is ours) head to the Chung Hing Oriental Market and get a little bit of everything instead!
There’s a lot to offer for those culture vultures out there that goes beyond your usual experience. The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami has plenty of space and safety precautions set in place so that you can roam their multiple galleries and spaces while checking out world-class modern art. Check their calendar to make sure they’re doing something outside on their courtyard for even more fun. But if you really want to go back in time, we suggest checking out the Ancient Spanish Monastery for a look at a 12th century relic in real life.
If you plan your outings around the potential for getting into some really good food, well, you’ve come to the right kind of people for advice. Lettuce & Tomato is a global fusion gastrobar that serves everything from poutine to sushi and burgers and beyond. Of course, you can toss your bet into the ring of which Miami pizza spot is the best by trying out the legendary Steve’s Pizza and their sweet sauce. Or, jump into a time portal and head to Mimmo’s Mozzarella Italian Market for some seriously authentic Italian goodies and house made cheeses.
Cover photo by Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.