Having stayed my first day in South Beach, I decided to spontaneously to spend the next day in downtown Miami.
Where to Stay in Downtown Miami
On the way to downtown Miami, I hopped onto the Booking.com app and browsed through the hotel options. Viceroy Miami stuck out because it was located next to the water, 300-foot infinity pool on Biscayne Bay, lounge with a private rooftop pool, and the pictures of their spa looked amazing. I booked the One-Bedroom Suite just as I walked into the hotel! Viceroy is swanky and perfect for those who are looking for a relaxing and luxe stay. I loved relaxing on their rooftop pool overlooking Miami bay and the hot tubs in their marble spa.
485 Brickell Avenue, Brickell, Miami, FL 33131, book here
Where to Eat in South Beach
Versailles was highly recommended for its Cuban cuisine so I stopped by early in the morning for a Cuban coffee and a Cuban sandwich. I wanted to save my appetite for the 6 other spots I wanted to check out that day so I got the sandwich to-go to enjoy on the plane ride home later that night.
3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135, versaillesrestaurant.com
Azucar Ice Cream Company
Discovered this little gem on Time Out’s Little Havana neighborhood guide. Azucar Ice Cream Company creates artisanal gourmet ice creams and sorbets in Cuban and tropical flavors in the heart of Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. I had to go all out and indulged in triple scoops of passion fruit, mango, and mamey sorbet!
1503 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33155, azucaricecream.com
Former 1930s gas station turned oyster bar/seafood haven serving oysters, Alaska king crab legs, crack, and prime rib.
210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132, mignonettemiami.com
HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
We stumbled upon HipPOPs at Second Saturday in Wynwood. Pick your gelato or sorbet flavor, what you want your pop to be dipped in (milk, white, or dark chocolate), and then your topping (crushed nuts, sprinkles, shredded coconut, ect).
Check their schedule on hippops.com
Another gem discovered on Time Out, and it was conveniently located across the street from Viceroy! El Cielo serves Latin American fare incorporating molecular gastronomy techniques. Hands down the best restaurant experience of my life. You are given two options, the 10 “experiences” or 15 “experiences”. Having already ate dinner, I opted for the 10 “experiences”. Every single experience took me on a different journey through Latin America. The meal is hands on and interactive instead of a typical dining experience.
31 SE 5th St, Miami, FL 33131, elcielorestaurant.com
Where To Shop In Downtown Miami
Wynwood Art District
Wynwood is Miami’s hottest art neighborhood, but it’s also home to an impressive food and shopping scene. It’s super easy to spend over 3 hours here exploring the graphite walls, and little boutique shops. Plant the Future by Paloma Teppa pictured above.
PAMM | Pérez Art Museum Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st century. Admission is free every Second Saturday of the month, and $16
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33130, pamm.org