Travel | Miami

5.27.2023 Miami, FL, USA


To preface, my trip to Miami was to spend time with my bestie so I wasn't too focused on being a tourist. I spent more time wandering and exploring randomly, which honestly turned out to be the relaxing trip I didn't know I needed. 

TIP: Miami restaurants and eateries add an 18% service charge to every bill automatically. THIS IS GRATUITY. There is no need to add extra gratuity to this, and if you feel the service wasn't worth 18% you can ask them to take it off. 

Little Havana 

Calle Ocho is a vibrant Cuban street with Latin American art galleries, cafes, restaurants and more! Have your Uber go to Domino Park to walk into the heart of the street. 
  • Places I loved: 
    • La Colada Gourmet Coffee - Authentic Cuban coffee. 
    • Cigar Shops - step into a few and watch them being rolled. Many had various artwork created from the cigar boxes which I found so unique! 
    • Azucar - Ice Cream! 
    • El Pub - Empanadas 
    • Just walk around and into many of the shops, you'll find yourself among local art everywhere, in galleries, even the souvenir shops & restaurants feature local art all over the walls, it was lovely! **There was a shop that had tea sets in the windows that were so beautifully made, walking in, it turned out to be a huge art gallery with more than a dozen local artists work! 
  • Recs that I didn't get to: 
    • Food and Culture walking tour: I found this self-guided tour and just explored on my own but I was told the paid version is great too. 
    • Versailles - Brunch 
    • Cubaocho - Museum / Bar 
    • Cafe La Trova - Dinner 
    • Terra's - Rooftop Bar 
    • La Tereza - Rooftop Bar 
    • El Santo & Don Diablo - Speakeasy Taqueria & Tequila
    • Salsa dancing and bars at night! 


The art district known for the colorful murals, craft breweries, boutiques and happening night life! 
  • Places I loved: 
    • Wynwood Walls - Outdoor museum showcasing prominent street artists. Loved this! **Much less crowded on weekdays**
    • Other galleries - I honestly don't remember the names of every gallery I walked into but just enjoy walking around and into random galleries.
    • Browse the Boutiques - Even if it doesn't seem like it, there's some fun quirky stuff in the boutiques and shops that are fun to browse. 
    • Nightlife - This place transforms at night, it's a whole different vibe! Check out Mayami, Racket, Centro and whatever else you walk into. 
  • Recs that I didn't get to:
    • Mister 01 - Pizza! They also do a pizza making class which looked very cool! 
    • Rebel Museum, Museum of Graffiti, Margulies Collection etc etc. 
    • Zak the Baker for fresh-baked bread and pastries
    • Kush for craft beer and burgers
    • Morgan’s Miami - Brunch
    • Astra - Mediterranean - rooftop 
    • Bars - Electric Pickle, Gramps, The Tiki Garden
    • Browse Boutiques like Plant the Future and Frangipani

South Beach 

Known for the beaches, the glamorous nightlife and celebrity chef eateries, this is where the party is at! 
  • Places I loved: 
    • Miami Beach - at night! During the day the sand is quite hot but still great to relax by the beach, I preferred strolling at night! The breeze, views and calmness of the ocean was a perfect end to any evening 
    • South Point - Great place to visit at sunset, the city views are beautiful. We ended up here with a drum circle going on, it was a different vibe but met some great people and tried slack lining, yolo. 
    • Espanola Way - This street is out of a fairytale! There are a multitude of restaurants to walk into and enjoy, we went to Hosteria Romana which turned out great. 
    • Aubi & Ramsa - Alcohol Infused ice cream. I'm usually not for mixing alcohol with dessert but this was really well done, I also loved the aesthetic of the place. Right across Hosteria Romana. 
    • Enjoy walking around, this street is filled with historic buildings and hotels, shops, boutiques and restaurants. 
    • Jaya at the Setai & Byblos for great Restaurants. 
  • Recs that I didn't get to: 
      • Liv - Club, known for famous DJ's, artists and aerialists! 
      • E11even - Club 
      • Basement - Club with ice skating rink and bowling 
      • Carbone - Restaurant 


    The city's financial center with rooftop bars. 
    • Places I loved: 
      • Sugar - rooftop bar, great at sunset right before a late dinner or after an early one! Don't go off the menu, just ask the bartender to make you something! Stellar views! 
      • Miami River walk - I did my morning walk here and really enjoyed it, quiet in the middle of the city. 
      • Brickell City Center - This is just a mall, but Sugar was located here alongside other great restaurants and bars. Explore. 
    • Recs that I didn't get to: 
        • Gary Nader Art Center 
        • Miami Art Society
        • Get reef - bar 
        • Enjoy Art Deco Historic district walking tour


      • Things I did: 
        • Spend the day in Coconut Grove - it's lush greenery with many boutiques. We ended up grabbing brunch here, enjoying barnacle park and simply roaming. 
      • Recs that I didn't get to: 
          • Coral Castle 
          • Fruit and Spice park 
          • Vizcaya Museums and Gardens - closed when we went but looked cool. Coconut Grove Area
          • Palace in south beach - for salsa dancing! 
          • De Lucca - all you can eat pizza - Miami design district
          • Gianni Versace mansion - Lunch (Seems like an IG thing) 
          • Barton G - Miami Beach
          • Serena - rooftop
          • Grails - sneaker themed restaurant
          • Lolita desert club and bakery
          • Venetian Pool - Coral Gables 

        Happy Traveling, 

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