I live where you vacation. That saying can not be any more true. You have no idea how many "Oh Wow! I want to go there for vacation" I've gotten every time I tell someone not from Miami that I was born and raised there. This is the city of different cultures and there are so many fun things to do, places to see, and people to meet! I thought I would share with you some of my favorite places here in Sunny South Florida.
Favorite Brunch Spots
>> Green Street Cafe - In the heart of Coconut Grove, Green Street Cafe serves some of the best brunch with delicious drinks. It's a wonderful atmosphere and a great spot for people watching.
>> 94th Aero Squadron - Right by the Airport, this is one of my favorite brunch buffets. It serves bottomless Mimosas and their dessert section is seriously the best in town.
>> Georges on Sunset - If you don't bring your lady to George's, someone else will. If you're looking for a fun time, with music and drinks, and the club feel. George's is the place to go. With more of a party then an actual brunch, this is where all the Miami locals love to go on Sundays!
>> Dolphin Mall - If you're looking for a variety of stores, this is definitely the place to go. Not only do they have every store imaginable, but they also have a lot of restaurants and places to drink all around the mall.
>> Dadeland Mall - This mall is more on the pricier side just because of how elegant it looks. It includes stores such as Macy and JC Penny. They recently remodeled the mall and it has some really nice new restaurants out in the new section.
Favorite Happy Hour / Bars / Dancing Spots
>> Area 31 - The perfect spot for date night. Located on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel in Brickell, Area 31 has a sweeping view of The Miami River and Biscayne bay. This spot has great deals on Happy Hour, and a dj playing music the whole night.
|At Blue Martini, drinking their signature drink <3|
>> Blue Martini - Definitely one of Miami's upscale happy hour locations, Blue Martini is the place to be anytime of the week. Monday is Karaoke night, Wednesdays is ladies night, and Thursdays is Latin Night with a live band playing all during Happy Hour. The drinks are delicious and the food is just as good.
>> Mangos - Located on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, this is definitely the Latin spot to be at. They have dancers in full costume dancing on tables and interacting with customers. Not only are the drinks extra sexy, but so are the people and the ambiance. This is such a fun place just to let loose and have a great time.
|The weekend my best friend Yanet (right) and I took my cousin Laura (left) out when she came to visit.|
>> Fado Irish Pub - When my cousin Laura came down to visit from Atlanta, I took her here two nights in a row. I love this spot. The music is always on point, the drinks are just as good as they are equally inexpensive, and it's located in the heart of Brickell so if you do decide to bar hop, other bars are only a hop and a skip away.
>> Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern - This little whole in the wall resembles a teeny tiny cottage. Right across the street from Sunset Place, This is one of my favorite spots in South Miami. Need a little quiet and relaxation? You can sit outside and enjoy the front patio. Inside is the main bar with music playing. The back is another bar with hookahs that you can rent. The back is where it usually gets a little more party life and I love it!
Favorite Day Drinking Spots
>> The Clevelander - With Two locations in Miami, this is the place to start your drinking day early. One located at the Marlins Stadium, and another right on Ocean Drive in South Beach, they have the yummiest largest fruitiest drinks you could imagine. The one on South Beach gets pretty rowdy on weekends, so prepare yourself for some fun in the sun! They also have an open air dance floor, right next to the pool.
>> Bayside Miami - Located in Downtown Miami, right next to The American Airlines Arena, this is a festival style marketplace. With a mall, restaurants, and right next to the water, this is one of my favorite spots just to walk around, drink, and people watch.
Favorite Cuban Food Restaurants
>> Bongos Cuban Cafe - If you want some bomb ass Cuban food with live music and great authentic drinks, head on over to this amazing place. We use to have one by American Airlines Arena. Unfortunately, It's not there anymore. Now you have to go to The Hard Rock in Ft. Lauderdale to taste this deliciousness. Technically not in Miami, but still so worth the drive! It's a must to check out.
>> Larios on The Beach - Owned by Gloria Estefan and Her husband, this is definitely my favorite Cuban restaurant of all time. They use to have two other locations closer to where I live, but those closed down. I loved going there for date nights or birthday celebrations, or when I was just in the mood. This is definite genuine Cuban style food.
>> Versailles - One of the oldest Cuban Restaurants that I can remember in Miami to date, they have been located in the same spot since 1971. Considered the worlds most famous Cuban Restaurant, and a landmark to the Cuban Community. This place has so much history. It's where a lot of the Cuban exiles use to come together and plot against Fidel Castro. Not only is Versailles Historical, but the food is as Cuban as it gets. This place is a Must when visiting Miami.
>> La Palma - This is one of my favorite spots in all of Miami because you can get Cuban food at any hour of the day. You're in the mood for Pan Con Bistec at 4 am? Lets go to La Palma. Located right on 8th Street. You can eat inside, or order outside at the counter.
|At Set Nightclub|
>> Set Nightclub - Located in Miami Beach right on Lincoln Road, this night club plays house Music and is open until 5 am. I went here once for a friends birthday and I loved it. It is a club that is very out there with men and females dressed in costume and in drag. Be aware that there is a cover charge, but is in a more high-class style club.
>> Story - This is one of the most happening clubs on South Beach. It's on the smaller side, but there are 5 bars located throughout the club, and all the famous djs play here. This is more of a Vegas Style club with EDM music, but the service is great and the atmosphere is amazing!
>> LIV Miami - Now if you have never heard of this club, you really are out of the loop. This is one of the most popular, if not THE most popular club in South Florida. Located inside The Fontaineblue Hotel, it features a variety of different music styles throughout Wednesday - Sunday.
>> E11even - Located in Downtown Miami, E11even is a 24 hour nightclub and cabaret. Need we say more? Now this place is not for the faint of heart or very jealous girlfriends. There are naked girls all over the club. The club is beautiful and the music is great!
>> South Beach - When you see Miami on TV or in Movies, the first thing you see are the beaches. South Beach to be exact. Many locals and Tourists are now calling it SoBE. Looking for a reticular hot spot? You can go all the way down the Beach to South Point or Ocean and 7th, which is usually where the young crowds all gather.
>> Lighthouse Beach (El Farito) - Located in Key Biscayne, the Technical Name is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. It's ranked one of the Top 10 Beaches in the United States. There is a reef located six miles off shore. It's a nice hidden gem because it is at the end of Key Biscayne, and totally worth the drive. You can go fishing on the pier or swimming in the ocean. There is also the Lighthouse than you can go up and climb the stairs. The view is breathtaking for a small price to get in the park.
>> Nixon Sandbar - This is to spot to take your boat out on Sunday. Nixon Sundays. All the local boaters come out here and party it up from sun up to sun down. You can also rent a charter and they will take you out to this location. But you must be very careful with Boat safety. This spot is really special to me because that's where I met one of my friends who passed away a little over 2 years ago.
>> Hauler Sandbar - Another great spot to go out on the boat on the weekends. The water is a lot clearer here than in Nixon, but that's because it's a lot more shallow. Locals and tourists tie up their boats in the shallow portion and they party non stop. They even have floating food trucks selling food and drinks! It's pretty awesome.
Other Random Favorite Places to Visit
>> Marlins Park - If you are a baseball fan, this stadium is a must. It's located in the same spot as the Old Miami Orange Bowl in Little Havana. It opened in 2012 and has been a host to many events including all the Marlins Baseball games. It's definitely a site for sore eyes for those baseball stadium lovers.
>> Vizcaya Museum & Gardens - The house is one of the most historically visited places in Miami. With it's beautiful gardens, landscape, and breath taking architecture, it's a must on your list. Many locals take professional photos here for engagements, or quinces. The Villa contains over seventy rooms and is open to the public daily. To learn more about the history and beauty of this place, please go visit the site. It's worth it.
I hope you enjoyed my list of favorite places? Have you ever been to Miami? What are some of yours?