- Fresh Miami minimalism
- Sand and the City
- Colonial do-gooding cutie
- Beachside Deco District
- Spa attraction
- Belle Isle Miami
- Classic SoBe sophistication
- Opulent Ocean Drive
- SoBe goes Soho
- Mellow Mid-Beach
- Dapper deco design den
- Sunny South Beach
Miami Eating, drinking and dancing
(+1 305 531 6100)
Much-hyped New York steakhouse BLT Steak offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the ribeye, Dover sole and tuna tartare, three of the biggest hits.
1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(+1 305 445 1001)
This restaurant on Giralda Avenue is an excellent place to sample Latin American dishes.
(+1 305 445 8783)
Located on Giralda Avenue, this restaurant introduces a wonderful hint of the Caribbean to its Italian cooking.
(+1 305 673 1010)
This hotel restaurant on James Avenue in South Beach has fabulously fine Italian cuisine and is set in a romantic Mediterranean villa.
1700 James Avenue, Miami, FL 33139
(+1 786 507 7902)
Head to Soho Beach House to find out why this London import has such a loyal following. Set in the gardens, the restaurant’s design is a blend of boho glam: elegant sea-blue chairs and chunky wooden tables positioned under the shade of trees threaded with fairy lights. Expect a Mediterranean bent: goat’s cheese and black truffle pizza, lobster spaghetti, and Kobe beef tartare with truffle and pecorino.
4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
(+1 305 503 4400)
Kelly Wearstler’s pairing of bold splashes of citron, orange and flamingo pink with grey leather banquettes and white linen-clad tables makes perfect sense at this deco dining den. Try a selection of small plates: the Spanish tapas with Serrano ham, croquetas and Manchego cheese is a favourite.
485 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131
(+1 305 361 7026)
This seafood shack is an unlikely success: defiantly ramshackle, with looks that are more than a little rough around the edges (garbage cans here, stray cats there). It’s clear what lures the mixed crowd of models, politicians, locals and discerning travellers in: succulent seafood, dazzling lagoon views (many a film has been shot here, including Flipper and True Lies), and – above all, owner Jimmy’s inimitable brand of hospitality. If he likes the look of you, he may even summon you to a game of bocce (expect to lose).
Duck Lake Road, Virginia Key, Florida
(+1 305 673 0365)
Joe’s Stone Crab
On Washington Avenue in South Beach, this famous eaterie is an excellent choice; there are no prizes for guessing what’s best to order.
11 Washington Avenue, Miami, FL 33139
(+1 305 576 6066)
Pass the semi-open kitchen of this tiny Greek restaurant to sit on the lantern-lit back patio. The menu features zesty dips, vegetable-packed salads and grilled freshly caught local fish.
4312 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
(+1 305 573 5550)
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Locally sourced fare such as burrata, basil and tomato salad and crispy stuffed calabaza flowers is served at this Design District dining den. Be sure to ask about the cheese of the week.
130 Northeast 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137
(+1 305 695 3232)
This famous restaurant at the Shore Club on Collins has the best sushi in town. Celebrities are plentiful – tables are not, though, so book ahead.
1901 Collins Avenue, Miami, FL 33139
(+1 305 446 6767)
This fine restaurant on Almeria Avenue in Coral Gables offers New World fusion cuisine fit for gourmands.
(+1 305 913 1000)
At the Albion Hotel on James Avenue, this restaurant serves delicious dishes in an unusually (for Miami) relaxed atmosphere; it’s great for a lazy lunch.
(+1 305 538 7850)
Osteria del Teatro
On Washington Avenue in South Beach, this is an unassuming local Italian beneath the notoriously decadent Crobar nightclub; it’s only open for dinner.
1443 Washington Avenue, Miami, FL 33139
(+1 305 532 8112)
Prime One Twelve
This super-swish steakhouse on Ocean Drive is bustling with style and attitude.
112 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL 33139
(+1 305 573 1819)
If you’re in the Design District, try this unusual restaurant on Miami Avenue for fascinating Ethiopian dishes.
(+1 305 573 5474)
This Design District restaurant is set in a converted post office. The menu includes offers an eclectic menu of raw fish and pan-American dishes.
4000 NE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
(+1 786 369 0353)
Sugar Cane Miami
This Midtown Miami restaurant offers a robata, raw and hot bar serving South American favourites. Repurposed ironwork and shutters add to the colonial feel.
3250 NE First Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
(+1 305 444 0240)
On Southwest Eighth Street in Little Havana, this place is a true Cuban dining experience and a hub of the exile community.
(+1 305 722 8959)
Wynwood Kitchen and Bar
This urban eatery helmed by Marco Ferraro serves inventive American fare with flair all day. Shepard Fairey worked his graffiti magic on one of the walls in the bar.
2550 NW Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
(+1 305 577 0277)
Frequented by the jet-set, this sceney sushi spot shines in downtown Miami. Clean-lined, modern design takes a backseat to the inventive artful dishes.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131
(+1 305 695 3100)
Sky Bar at the Shore Club
From the same team who created Sky Bar in LA, this SoBe venue has indoor and outdoor spaces. We love the Garden Red Room, a tropically landscaped outdoor living room where you can lounge on floor cushions and sip Passionata cocktails by the light of the hurricane lamps with the night sky for a ceiling. Open until 2am, Sun–Wed; until 3am, Thurs–Sat. 7pm–5am
1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida