I didn’t expect to love Miami as much as I did and that’s an understatement. The truth is that I was expecting it to be a little cheezy and cliché in a ‘Kardashian’ way and I was really surprised by the sophistication of the hotels, restaurants and the lifestyle of the locals.
One of my favorite experiences might surprise you a little and I promise this is not sponsored! Uber in Miami is the absolute best! The service works so well there (unlike in Berlin) and but besides that I loved talking to Miamians, hearing their life stories and chatting away in Spanish (most did not speak english despite having lived there most of their lives!).
Okay but let’s talk shop now. The week was full of evening events from 6pm till the early hours of the morning so this gave me and Christina time to explore the city and squeeze in a little beach time as well. Below is a little Insta diary of our time there and include some tips of places to see and go, even the ones that I didn’t make it to. One thing I don’t mention is a trip to the keys… when you have the time it’s an absolute MUST but if you’re heading down to Miami for some R&R and just have time to stay in South Beach, the tips below should set you up. I’m definitely going to be back as I didn’t really explore as much as I wanted but I did a fair amount in the short time I was there.
So here’s a little list and some images from my stay there! You can also check out my travel guide featured in Grazia Magazin Online here
1. Intermix: I just loved this store so much and the best part was it was Sale time! Christina and I fell hard for the same pair of Sophia Webster heels but we also loved their huge range of brands. There are two locations but they carry different selection so I guess you have to try both! 634 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
2. Carillon Hotel: The weather in Miami can be pretty unpredictable so on a stormy afternoon we popped over the the Carillon to test out their spa and check out hte facilities. I just loved their Gym area with a beautiful view of the ocean and a full service juice bar. They also have in house health specialists for your holistic medical needs and even life coaching. It’s basically a full approach spa/holistic medical center which you can find out more about here. http://www.carillonhotel.com/
3. Juvia: This is basically the place to be in Miami on a Friday night and enjoy their beautiful view of the city on a rooftop bar and enjoy their French – Japanese – Peruvian cuisine. www.juviamiami.com
4. Basement (The Edition Hotel): I haven’t been bowling since I was a teenager and this is the chicest bowling alley I’ve ever seen. The hotel itself is beautiful but the fact that you can go bowling with a perfectly made cocktail in hand really sets it apart from any other place in Miami. If Bowling is not your cup of tea you can always head to the club for a boogie or their Ice skating rink… yes it’s just like an adult Disneyland. www.editionhotels.com/miami-beach/basement
5. Cecconi’s (Soho Beach House): Pretty much everything on the menu is good. We started with the afternoon tea selection but once we caught a whiff of the white truffle and goats cheese pizza at the next table we knew we knew it was game over. Definitley a must try! www.cecconisrestaurant.com
6. Versailles Cuban restaurant: Miami is a melting pot of latino cultures and you absolutely can’t leave Miami without trying some Cuban cuisine. This particular restaurant is an institution of the city and you’ll find pretty much everyone there from politicians to tourists alike. 3555 SW 8th St, Miami
7. The Local House (Sense Beach House): This brunch just blew my mind every morning from their walnut maple french toast to their bananan pancakes, crabcakes benedict and perfectly made latte’s in mason jars. www.localhousesofi.com
8. Joe’s Stone Crabs: I’ve heard from a reliable source that this restaurant is somewhat of an institution in Miami. We kind of stumbled upon it and even if it is kind of the ‘tourist place to go’ I really, really enjoyed everything about it! The lobster taco’s for starters were great but the best part? Having hte waiter put on the bib for me! Cliché is ok! www.joesstonecrab.com
9. Nic Del Mar: If you’re looking for swimwear this is the place to go. Not only does it stock the names-to-know brands, it also has a great selection of cover ups, playsuits and dresses. You can also shop online if you want to get something before your getaway. I got this cute Acacia Swimwear bikini there. www.nicdelmar.com
10. Last but not least some culture… Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Biscayne Bay is an old mansion formerly owned by James Deering which is a must see for those of whom have the time to venture off South beach. This huge villa is surrounded by european style gardens but mixed in with a sort of tropical colonial decor which creates a beautiful mixture of styles and architecture. Perfect for a cloudy day when you need a beach alternative.
11. Wynwood Art District: Again something to save for a day that’s not suited for the beach. You might have already seen the cool Graffiti walls on Instagram but it also has some great galleries and showroom’s worth checking out. Check the homepage before going to see their events calendar and get the most out of your visit there. www.wynwoodmiami.com