Hyatt Centric, 1600 Collins Ave.
Mondrian South Beach, West Ave.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Collins Ave.
The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Lincoln Road.
The Setai, Collins Ave.
Delano, Collins Ave.
More or less, that area between Collins Ave and the 16th is full of beautiful hotels located directly on the beach. It’s near to Lincoln Road, the main street of shopping and restaurants of SoBe.
News Cafè, Ocean Drive: this cafè is located on the most commercial and important street of South Beach: Ocean Drive. It’s frequented by vip and many tourists go there just to see some famous face, but I can guarantee that its eggs benedict will make you forget about celebrities: Florentine, with spinach, or Classic, with smoked salmon. They provide also sweet traditional American breakfast like french toast, pancakes and waffles.
Juice&Java, Washington Ave: if you want to take a break from the fast food and the American dishes, this is the right place to go detox: açai bowls, granola and low fat yogurt, fruits and a lot of different salads will make you feel fresh and healthy.
I always prefer to have a quick lunch, in order to be back to the beach soon and improve my tan! Here’s some of my favorite choices:
Five Guys: known for the best french fries around, here you can order hamburgers or hot dogs and fill your Coke with no limits.
Shake Shak: one of the most famous fast food of Easy Coast, you really can not miss it.
La Bodega: From tacos to quesadillas and burritos this little place offers you the best of the mexican food in SoBe. If you go there for dinner, a surprising hidden bar will wait you behind the restroom’s door.
DECK sixteen: this little gourmet restaurant is located in the Hyatt Centric Hotel, here you can delight tasty snacks, Cuban Sandwiches and delicious salads by the pool, accompanied by fresh smoothies or drinks.
Big Pink: in this classic american 50’s style table you can try the speciality of the country’s tradition: from burgers to fried chicken & waffles, but watch out: the portions are so big that it’s a challenge to finish all that you have on the plate.
Cibo Wine Bar: if you want to delight some Italian food, here’s the place. From mozzarella, hams and tomatoes, to pizza & pasta. The restaurant is owned by Italians, and I can confirm it’s very close to the real Italian food.
Yardbird – Southern Table & Bar: one of the most popular restaurant of Miami Beach, it offers American recipes and quality food. Their masterpiece is the Mama’s biscuit: a sandwich made by and English scone and fried chicken. The delicious desserts also surprised me: a Butterscotch cake with bacon frosting and fried Oreos.
Juva: there are not many rooftops in Miami Beach, this is one of the few where you can see the city from above drinking some margarita and enjoying a chic dinner.
What to see:
If you are staying in Miami for at least one week, you can’t miss this:
Everglades: 45 minutes far from the centre of the city extends the most famous natural park of Florida. A big swamp full of mosquitos but especially of alligators: here you can make an air boat trip with the rangers and admire how those fascinating animals live.
Wynwood: it’s the art and design district of the city. It’s not a very touristic area, but this suggesting place full of graffiti and small cafes really worth to be visited.
Downtown & Brickell: when I had to go to Miami, people told me not to go on downtown and to stay just in Miami beach. Fortunately I didn’t listen to them, and I visited this lovely area that reminded me to USA much more than Miami Beach did. With high skyscrapers and great buildings, here’s you can feel the real American atmosphere.