On July 18, 2013Carissa Chesanek answered the question:
Need a caffeine pick-me-up? Well, Miami is known for some killer Cuban coffee, but it also provides tons of other caffeine-filled beverages to everyones liking. Here are the top best coffee shops that the city has to offer, for every palate.
Eternity Coffee Roasters
A downtown coffee house staple, Eternity Coffee Roasters offers some seriously unique drinks, including Columbian estate farms and Micro-lots made in-house, and green coffee beans that everyone is talking about; all found in a charmingly cool espresso bar.
You’ll know when you get close to this Wynwood coffee shop because you can smell the aroma of Panther Coffee miles away. Inside this laid-back hipster roaster, you’ll find specialized small-batch coffee bean roasting and tasty treats too (think: huge, gooey chocolate chip cookies).
Sitting pretty along Lincoln Road, Nestle Nespresso offers a modern style coffee shop right smack in the middle of ample foot traffic. If you’re looking for a great cup of premium blend coffee in a swanky setting, this spot is the place of choice.
On July 17, 2013Carissa Chesanek answered the question:
The heat is on, so what better way to cool down than by grabbing a tasty cold treat at one of these top ice cream parlors in Miami?
The Frieze Ice Cream Factory
A place that has been a staple to Miami Beach for over two decades, The Frieze Ice Cream Factory offers plenty of different flavors to choose from, including the in-store “fancy flavors” like the Mom’s After Dinner Mint and the Run Raisin that change on a daily and weekly basis.
While this adorable ice cream parlor offers a great happy hour, there is no comparison to the massive sundaes they shell out. Just try to pick through the several different choices of Outrageous Banana Split, “Can’t Say No Sundae,” and the Forbidden Broadway Sundae, all served in gigantic portions.
You’ll find plenty of yummy treats here, known to serve them up “Miami style” with Cuban coffee-focused sweetness, the Cafecito Joe. Some of their signature tropical flavors include Coco Cabana (coconut ice cream) and Senorita Mango, along with the Sizzling Pineapple served with banana slices and hot guava syrup.
On July 17, 2013Carissa Chesanek answered the question:
Looking for a quick place to grab a delicious breakfast? Head over to any of these small spots with tons of tasty menu options, and you won’t be disappointed.
Mo’s Bagels & Deli
Sure, it might be known as a solid bagel shop, but Mo’s offers much more than your average bagel. Inside this cozy deli space, you’ll be able to score some equally decent regular breakfast items such as the extra thick veggie omelet with onion, green pepper, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes, served with your choice of potatoes, tomato, or grits along with either a bagel or toast.
Hit up this Aventura staple for some of the best bagels in the area. Choose from a plethora of different kinds along with lox, cream cheese, or jelly for toppings. The cheese bagels are also drool-worthy, especially the muenster and alpine lace.
Buena Vista Deli
Located right in the Miami Design District area, this tasty French deli is known to provide some of the most amazing homemade baked goods around, including those most talked about massive cream puffs everyone loves.
On July 16, 2013Carissa Chesanek answered the question:
Miami has plenty of food venues to offer. Whether you’re craving a juicy burger, or you want some decent Italian, this city has an array of choices. However, if you’re looking for something healthier, you might not necessarily know where to go in a city full of food. To get you started, here are some of the best vegetarian restaurants to check out.
This small organic eatery sitting in Sunny Isles, offers solid, healthy food including fruit salads, organic juices, and topnotch tuna salads, along with also providing a place to buy fresh produce inside their small market.
Here Comes the Sun
Healthy vegan food is what makes up this North Miami staple, where you’ll find incredible menu items such as fresh garden salads, veggie burgers, and tofu dishes with basmati rice.
Metro Organic Bistro
You’ll find this spot right alongside Biscayne Boulevard, where it offers tasty tuna tartare, grilled sweetbreads, and an avocado crab salad worth salivating over, all inside their cozy modern space, known as the first organic fine dining venue in the area.
On July 16, 2013Carissa Chesanek answered the question:
Since, you already know where to go for live sports: Marlins Park, SunLife Stadium, it’s now time to talk about places to watch televised sports with a cold beer in hand. Here are the top best sports bar this city has to offer, providing great chill spots to watch sports.
Finnegan’s on the River
This Downtown Miami sports bar is the place to go when craving late night burgers, satisfying lunches, or a few brews while watching the game on one of the 18 TVs found inside a comfortable pub setting.
Sandbar Sports Grill
Found in the heart of Coconut Grove, this beachy themed local hotspot provides excellent sports watching with two massive screens and 24 plasmas, along with lots of arcade games, pool, and solid happy hour, making this “Home of the Fish Taco” venue a staple in Miami.
Duffy’s Sports Grill
Located right in North Miami along the bay, you’ll not only get ample water views alongside the patio, but you’ll be right in view with the game thanks to the many flat screen TVs sprawled throughout the space -- both inside and out.
On July 15, 2013Ana Mantica answered the question:With plenty of amazing places to see in and around South Florida, while you are in Miami, take a advantage of one of the many great close by attractions just a quick hop, skip away from the city.
Everglades National Park
The adventurous can take a walk on the wild side at the famous Everglades National Park, the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S. The 1.5 million-acre area, home to numerous rare and endangered species, is located about an hour outside of Miami. You can tour by car, canoe, kayak, bike, or tram. Or, take an airboat ride in the swampy and catch a glimpse of alligators. Be sure to sink your teeth into a plate of the area’s signature fried gator bites and burgers.
A Caribbean island adventure awaits in close by Bahamas. Take a cruise to the tropical paradise. The Balearia Bahamas Express also offers one-day trips to Freeport and Nassau, departing from Port Everglades. You can rent a scooter, take a bike tour, or a Jeep tour to see the sites, or soak in some rays on a quiet, secluded beach.
The Florida Keys
To escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the crowded beaches, take a visit to the Florida Keys, which is about a 3- or 4-hour drive, depending on where you stop on the 113-mile-long chain of 45 islands. Relax in this beautiful, laid-back locale—with a margarita in hand.
Biscayne National Park
Nature lovers will enjoy Biscayne National Park, a one-of-a-kind 300-square-mile park where you will find the world’s third-largest reef and mangrove forests. You can explore by foot, canoe, or take a glass-bottom boat tour for some of the best-reef viewing and snorkeling in the U.S.
Theme Parks in Orlando
Kids, and kids at heart, will not be able to resist taking a trip to the Magic Kingdom or one of the other theme parks in the area, such as Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. Disney World is about a four-drive away and you can the most of your day (or two) with a park-hopper ticket to see all of the parks. Also nearby are Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, and waterparks, as well as great shopping and nightlife in the Downtown Disney area.
For a fun, educational trip, check out the Space Coast, about a 4-hour drive from Miami. The Kennedy Space Center is the biggest and main attraction. There is also a federally-protected wildlife refuge. Along the coast, you can find some of the area’s best turtle watching. Also nearby, you can catch great waves at Cocoa Beach.
On July 15, 2013Ana Mantica answered the question:Arguably one of the best places to shop, the pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road Mall, located between Alton Road and Washington Avenue, is home to a plethora of sidewalk restaurants and sidewalk cafes, high-end boutiques and retail shops, and cultural venues and galleries. Make a day of it starting with a tempting pastry at Paul’s bakery for breakfast. Then enjoy shopping at stores like CB2, Desigual, Madewell and local couture boutiques like Astoria. For lunch, go for a gourmet slice at Spris or a quick bite at The Café at Books & Books. Later, catch a movie at the South Beach 18 cinema, and after drop by The Frieze Ice Cream for a refreshing sorbet or Serendipity 3 for a decadent dessert. Walk around and take in the sights, like Frank Gehry’s radically designed symphony hall, the New World Center—and of course, the attractive, fashionably dressed crowd. Come dinner time, choose from a range of mouthwatering bites at some of the area’s premier restaurants, such as Juvia, Yuca, or Altamar or any of the many delicious trattorias. Afterwards, stop in an art gallery or for a nightcap at the Clevelander or Segafredo L’Originale to cap off your evening.
On July 15, 2013Ana Mantica answered the question:The Miami Design District has transformed into a vibrant area with a lively arts and culture home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, stores, and antique dealers, as well as fashion coutre, rich architecture, modern design, and delicious dining—and this fascinating area is continuing to grow. For shoppers, there is an eclectic mix of artisanal shops and high-end names like Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, and Cartier. There are also multiple galleries where art-lovers will find everything from modern furniture designs to fine art photography and works by innovative emerging artists. Look for free monthly Art & Design night held in the evenings on the second Saturdays of the month. Foodies can also savor unique eats from a variety of restaurants. In December, locals and visitors flock to the famous Art Basel exhibition.
On July 12, 2013Ana Mantica answered the question:South Beach is home to some of Miami’s most beautiful beaches and architectural landmarks, and in particular Art Deco. After the 1926 hurricane leveled the city, rebuilding focused on the Art Deco style of the times, and today there are over 800 Art Deco buildings in the area. Here are five of Miami’s best Art Deco structures.
Designed by master architect Henry Houser in 1939, the Webster’s ornate details, symmetrical shape and geometric composition, emblazoned with neon, now holds high-end fashion boutiques with women’s and men’s coutre. Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee or bubbly in the lobby.
Jerry’s Famous Deli
Jerry’s Famous Deli takes is influenced in a streamlined, nautical style of Art Deco. Also designed by Houser, the building has a curved front with decorative porthole-esque shapes. First named Hoffman’s Cafeteria, it was also once the China Club, then the famous Warsaw Ballroom, and is again an eatery. The food is also good.
At night, the Breakwater’s bright neon tower bearing its name can be seen down Ocean Drive. A 1936 resort hotel by Anton Skislewicz, the building design emphasizes strong lines and symmetry.
A widely photographed building, the McAlpin, which was designed by the world-renowned L. Murray Dixon, boasts a symmetrical design with pastel pinks and turquoise blues, with three windows and lines that form a face in the front.
The Bass Museum was designed by Russel Pancoast and built in the 1930s to house the Miami Beach Public Library and Arts Center. The building is covered in fossilized paleolithic coral, which contributes to the buildings texture and aging appearance, and the bas reliefs over the main entrance depict various figures from pelicans to Florida’s conquest by the Spanish.
On July 12, 2013Ana Mantica answered the question:Miami's beaches are a must-see and do for all visitors, and there are miles and miles of golden, sandy beaches waiting for you.
Along Ocean Drive on South Beach, Lummus Park Beach offers a lively scene, beautiful beach area, and plenty of good restaurants, bars, and cafés nearby. Quaint, quiet, and beautiful, Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Beach is the ideal beach spot for families with an array of activities for children nearby, including a playground, the Biscayne Nature Center, and Crandon Park Gardens. On the southern top of Key Biscayne is Bill Baggs State Park, home to the Cape Florida Lighthouse, and where you can find bike rentals and nature trails, picnic and grilling spots, and a seawall for fishing. Virginia Key, also on Key Biscayne, offers a picturesque, quiet escape. On the way to Key Biscayne is Hobie Beach, known as a hot-spot for wind-surfers. Haulover Beach is one of the few clothing-optional beaches in the area. Nearby, Bal Harbour Beach offers a more family-friendly atmosphere, and is a good spot for fishing, surfers, and shell hunters alike.
On July 12, 2013Ana Mantica answered the question:The city of Miami is as diverse as its people. Every neighborhood in the area has its own unique offerings and distinct vibe. With beautiful beaches, South Beach’s lively night life, historic Art Deco architectural wonders, and an eclectic selection of restaurants, bars, and boutiques, Miami Beach adds a mix of fun and culture to the area. The tropical island escape of Key Biscayne is a quiet mostly residential area where you will find lush parks, wonderful beaches and plenty of waterfront activities. Downtown and Brickell has become a popular spot for trendy restaurants and bars, also nearby are American Airlines Arena and Bayside Market Place. Close by, the Wynwood neighborhood is home to galleries with edgy artwork and funky bars. In the Design District, there are more high-end fashion and décor boutiques and shops. Nestled in the quiet, quaint neighborhood of Coral Gables, you will find charming shops and boutiques on Miracle Mile, plenty of restaurants and galleries, and some of the area’s most gorgeous homes overlooking tree-lined streets. The Coconut Grove area has a relaxed vibe and features great shopping with Coco Walk and an array of restaurants and bars and entertainment, this is also a good location for sailing on the bay. Little Havana is the place to go for authentic Cuban food and pastries, hand-rolled cigars, and Domino playing, and the famed Calle Ocho is also here. The affluent area of Bal Harbor is known for its exclusive buildings and waterfront homes, and high-end luxury shopping at its famed outdoor Bal Harbour Shops. And, in the more residential Sunny Isles and Aventura, you will find a good selection of restaurants and great shopping at the Aventura Mall.