North Beach has plenty to entertain both locals and tourists that doesn’t involve excessively loud music or partying like the more popular beaches to the south. Because of its more neighborhood-friendly approach to day-to-day rhythms, you’re left with a laid-bake area perfect for some exploring. Beloved favorites like The North Beach Bandshell, Vacas Gordas, Burgers & Shakes, and Prima Pasta are well-known all around the city, but here are some gems you just can’t miss:
At Katana, boats full of sushi and sashimi float downstream through a conveyor belt past every seat. Raw assortments include white fish, tuna, and salmon sashimi. Make sure to keep track of the colors of the plates you scoop up, as each color represents a different price. The restaurant is first come first serve, however the wait is definitely worth your while.
A beloved favorite of the North Beach area, this charming spot oozes with the kind of home-grown vibes you want from a neighborhood go-to. From kind and friendly staff to perfectly poured drinks, it has everything…even a burger that has helped solidify its 5-star rating.
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Bob’s Your Uncle is a trendy, timeless NYC transplant that instantly makes you feel at home with their friendly staff and great selections. It’s a great spot to grab drinks in the area, especially when you want a low-key experience and a chill vibe without glaring TVs and loud music.
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We’re personally inclined toward Cachito Coffee & Bakery, easily the most homegrown and welcoming of the area’s coffee shops. Nestled on a side corner of 71st ST, this Latin-owned spot is unassuming and frequently visited by our Founder on a regular basis.
Moises Bakery is one of those fairytale businesses that started out as a treasure of a hole-in-the-wall and has now taken over the area with multiple locations and a production bakery. While their popularity might’ve grown, their Venezuelan delicacies haven’t changed a bit.
Also known as “Casa de Masa” the groundbreaking taco window continues to make its waves in Miami due to their UNFORGETTABLE blue corn tortillas. If you make your way to any of the locations, you cannot leave without ordering the famous Blue Corn Chips & Guac also known as Totopos.
Athens Juice Bar is a popular spot for those post-yoga smoothies and fresh-pressed juices in a neighborhood-friendly outpost. Frequent visitors to the area might drive by this quintessential gem, but locals know to never miss the chance at sipping some of their refreshing goodies.
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A cornerstone along 71st ST, Abbott Florist is more than the neighborhood flower purveyor. The family-owned shop is cozy and bright, filled with cheerful and friendly decor offering fresh flowers & arrangements for all occasions.
Do we need to say anything else about this all-around go-to? There’s a reason La Sandwicherie‘s original location on South Beach is just as popular as it was when it first opened years ago, and their name has now taken over the city–popping up in new neighborhoods like Wynwood, Coral Gables, and of course North Beach. Don’t poo poo their house vinaigrette.
Many people come to visit the large-scale North Shore Open Space Park, and while it certainly is a gem, there are a few other greenspaces worth exploring. Beach View Park offers a nearly-built space including a vita course. And the kiddies surely love the incredible Pirate Park nearby.
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This park has brought out all the skaters around the neighborhood and has created an energetic and joyful atmosphere for everyone to relish in. Just having opened last year in 2018, the North Beach Public Skatepark has been a nonstop spot for skaters to stop by to curve and trick out.
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The North Beach Community Garden has the largest and most active membership of the City’s 3 community gardens. Founded in 2007, the space is well kept by Miami Beach residents as part of their annual membership volunteer requirements.
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When you think of a Miami Beach hotel restaurant, ‘welcoming’ usually isn’t the word that comes to mind immediately. But with The Strand‘s airy dining room and nonchalant take on upscale classics, not much was left to be desired. Like those solid joints you return to time and time again, the outpost at The Carillon Miami Wellness Resort has become a Magic City mainstay.
Cover photo courtesy of Bob’s Your Uncle.