DAY 1: DISCOVER THE NEIGHBORHOODS
Start your day in Wynwood, an art district just north of Downtown Miami and fuel up with a sustainable, local (and very strong), brew from Panther Coffee. Panther coffee is a local favorite that will have you ready to walk (or run) through the graffiti walls that make up Wynwood. Another place to check out early in the morning or for lunch is Jugo Fresh. This growing local favorite boasts vitamin-packed juices like the Alkaline Gangster: a concoction made up of cucumber, celery, spinach, parsley, lemon and ginger. It also has healthy bowls with clever (and very Miami) names like the Sana de Rana, whose main ingredient is bee pollen.
For dinner, make an early reservation at Verde, the restaurant at the Perez Art Museum. About 15 minutes away from Wynwood, Verde is a waterfront restaurant with amazing Biscayne Bay views. Crafted cocktails, fresh and seasonal menus and options for those on the go make this restaurant a must when visiting Miami. Speaking of Biscayne Views, YVE Hotel Miami Downtown is a great option for a trendy Downtown stay that's near chic shopping and dining in the city.
The Wynwood Walls. These walls are an over 80,000 sq ft outdoor gallery full of graffiti and street art by local, national and international artists. Whether travelling with family, friends or alone, the Wynwood Walls are a cool spot to peruse.
For a heavier dose of modern art, try the Perez Art Museum. This museum offers daily tours in English and Spanish and is dedicated to collections from the 20th and 21st century, with contemporary art from around the world. It also has a booming after hours party every third Thursday of the month called PAMM Third Thursdays: Poplife Social. This event is free with museum admission and you can enjoy music, food, specialty drinks and art making classes. For families the PAMM hosts Free Second Saturdays and PAMM Art Storytime.
Miami is known for many things and one of them is the Cuban culture. From drinking a “cafecito” (Cuban espresso) at 3:05pm (also our area code), to listening to live bands at Ball & Chain, Cuban culture is alive and well in Miami. Take a stroll down Calle 8 (pronounced ocho) in Little Havana and enjoy all the authentic Cuban culture this neighborhood has to offer.
A great way to see Little Havana is by taking a Little Havana Culinary Tour with Miami Culinary Tours. They guide you through the neighborhood and make stops at famous establishments such as Ball & Chain, Cuba Tobacco Factory (won a Crystal Leaf Award in recognition of a lifetime of passion, dedication and contribution to the cigar industry) and Azucar Ice Cream Factory, where “Abuela” is queen.
DAY 2: DISCOVER MIAMI BEACH
If you’re here and sushi is on your to-do list, try the newly opened Soho Bay. With stunning views, fresh fusion sushi and nitro cocktails, this straight-out-of-Brazil gem is an epicurean adventure all its own. Another great addition to the dining scene is the locally driven 27 restaurant inside the ever-popular high-end hostel Freehand Miami. 27 Restaurant’s fresh dishes are made up of herbs and produce found right in their backyard. While you’re there, check out The Broken Shaker, a trendy hangout locals and tourists alike with hand crafted cocktails and vintage games.
Miami by boat. Enjoy the sunset with a tour from Miami Aqua Tours which includes unlimited Champagne, beverages, (soda, water, beer) cheese, antipasti and ceviche.
Beach Paddle Co. is a stand up paddle board (SUP) company docked in the Indian Creek Canal. Another great way to relax and see the beautiful sunset Miami Beach provides.