MIAMI’S MUSEUM MOMENT
- An architectural marvel; see every inch of this modern contemporary art museum
- Hanging gardens outside, collections from Latin American artists inside
Nothing better represents Miami’s current-day cultural bravado than PAMM—the Perez Art Museum Miami. Opened in late 2013, the museum is the latest local architectural blockbuster from Swiss icons Herzog & de Meuron and is named after local real estate titan—and chief benefactor—Jorge Perez. Thoroughly modern in design, the museum’s cast-concrete exterior features a series of wraparound terraces and overhanging canopies which shroud the galleries within. Outside, PAMM’s facade is capped by a series of verdant hanging gardens which contrast dramatically with the shimmering water just beyond. Inside, the still-evolving collection is heavy on late-20th- and 21st-century works—with a strong emphasis on artists from both Latin America and the Miami region. There is also an impressive children’s program to help educate young minds about the entire creative process. Stroll PAMM for a few hours before retiring for a meal at its waterfront restaurant Verde—where ace restaurateur Stephen Starr serves up Latin-influenced New American classics (crispy mahimahi tacos; brick-grilled chicken with chimichurri) delivered with prime Biscayne Bay views.
The Perez Art Museum Miami is right on Biscayne Bay between the Adrienne Arsht Center and the American Airlines Arena. You can get there by taking Biscayne Boulevard to 11th Street. The museum is located on the east side of Museum Park.
GET A TASTE OF THE DESIGN DISTRICT
- Explore this dynamic area of restaurants, luxurious shops and local events
- See where the creatives play among art galleries and design studios
Go where the day takes you in the Miami Design District, a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design and architecture. Developed by award-winning master planners Duany Plater-Zyberk, the unique atmosphere, boutiques, dining options and cultural experiences make this area a vibrant destination for visitors and residents alike. Treat yourself to the tasty, healthy options at OTL, where breakfast, light bites, cocktails, fresh coffee and other café favorites are served in a modern setting with a chill vibe.
Blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway, the Miami Design District is primarily bounded by Miami Avenue, NE 42nd Street, NE 2nd Avenue and NE 38th Street. You’ll find two parking garages on NE 38th Street as well as street parking throughout the neighborhood.
WATERFRONT SUN SALUTATIONS
- Access beach front yoga 365 days a year
- Recharge with an Acai bowl or fresh-pressed juice with an ocean view
With so much time spent in tank tops and bikinis, it’s no wonder Miamians take looking fit and healthy to entirely new levels. But why sweat it out in the gym when the beach beckons—especially when you can get it delivered with a side of namaste. For the ultimate beach yoga experience, head for 3rd Street Beach Yoga, which has offered sessions at all levels since 1998. There are classes throughout the day—every day—taught by devoted, highly trained practitioners along with must-try “Full Moon Meditation” meet-ups one a month. All classes are free—though a donation of at least $5 is suggested. (We’d encourage you to opt for morning classes to avoid those intense midday rays.) Afterward, keep the juices flowing with a smoothie or fresh-pressed drink at Pura Vida, around the corner. Insiders swear by Green Deluxe, a juice spiked with kale, parsley, and cucumber, or the decadent Life Coco smoothie, with mango, coconut, spinach, and soy milk. Bonus: Pura Vida’s clientele looks as good as its juices and smoothies taste.
You can find the ultimate beach yoga experience down in South Beach. Once you get to 3rd Street, just walk east until you hit the beach. After class, head to Pura Vida, which is just a few blocks from the beach. It’s at the corner of 1st Street and Washington Avenue.
BRING ON THE HEAT
- Miami’s pride and joy; catch a home basketball game at the downtown arena
- Enjoy small plates and rum cocktails at an indoor/outdoor raw bar and robata grill
Fall may mean relief from summer’s heat—but in Miami it also means the beginning of Heat season, as in the Miami Heat. Once a pro sports afterthought, the Heat has emerged as a serious rival to bigger-city basketball franchises like the New York Knicks or Chicago Bulls (thanks to its top-rate ballers like Dwyane Wade, fanatic followers, and a newish home at the American Airlines Arena). Set in the heart of Downtown barely 10 minutes from the hotel, the 20,000-seat Arena was designed by Arquitectonica—the local firm that reinforced Miami’s iconic Modernist-pastel aesthetic. The Heat’s season runs from October to May (though big-name concerts and ice-skating take place all year long). The Arena’s super-central location puts it in close proximity to many of Miami’s top tables, including Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill—an indoor/outdoor raw bar and robata grill with shareable small plates such as foie gras fried rice and za’atar-roasted carrots. Sugarcane is also known for its rum-based cocktails, like its dangerously addictive beet mojito.
You can find the American Airlines Arena right off Biscayne Boulevard between NE 8th and NE 6th Streets. To get to Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill, just head up to Midtown. You can find the restaurant on the corner of Midtown Boulevard and NE 32nd Street.
TAKE A BITE OUT OF HAVANA
- Sink your teeth into some of Little Havana’s finest Cuban cuisine
- Immerse yourself in the city’s retro renaissance with old-school Cuban jazz
From music to art, Cuban culture has come to define Miami’s urban vibe. But nowhere has the island nation made a more meaningful impact than in Miami’s cuisine scene. For years, the café Versailles, in Little Havana, reigned as the city’s best Cuban sandwich bet. And for good reason. Although hardly undiscovered, Versailles had mastered the art of balancing juicy pork, toasty rolls, and perfectly piquant pickles. Recently, newcomer Puerto Sagua on South Beach has emerged as a serious Versailles rival. Sadly, this cozy, beloved spot is currently closed for renovations following a devastating fire. Until Puerto Sagua reopens, Versailles is still around turning out Miami’s best Cuban sandwiches to visitors and old-timers alike. Just a short stroll away on Calle Ocho, the historic main drag of Little Havana, we can’t get enough of the Ball & Chain bar and nightclub, a 1930s throwback where the rough-hewn wood rafters echo with old-school Cuban jazz and fiery salsa seven nights a week. The menu—heavy on salty snacks like fried plantains and house-made chicharrones (pork rinds)—harks back to pre-Castro, pre-carbophobia days, while the cocktails offer a twist on the classic island playbook, not least the smoky Calle Ocho Old-Fashioned, laced with tobacco bitters.
Versailles is located in Little Havana, right off Calle Ocho, or 8th Street. Just find the intersection of 8th and SW 36th Avenue and you’ll see the large white sign. You can find Ball & Chain on the same street. Just follow 8th Street down until you hit SW 15th Avenue. The bar has a distinct green and white striped awning.
A NEW KIND OF PUB CRAWL
- Traverse the culinary world course by course on a street in Sunset Harbor, three unique spots just minutes from each other’s doorsteps
Puerto Rico-born chef Jose Mendin may not yet be 40, but his mini empire of globe-inspired restaurants have quickly become South Beach institutions. They’re all located in Sunset Harbor—the tiny ‘hood tucked on South Beach’s western fringe just before the Venetian Islands. Mendin began his ascent with Pubbelly, a cosmopolitan twist on traditional English gastropub cuisine presented in tapas-sized (and -styled) portions. Think yuzu-spiked octopus a la plancha and steak frites with roasted shiitake mushrooms and soft tofu with ponzu, and you’ve got the right idea. All of Pubbelly’s food is locally and sustainably sourced—as are most of the ingredients at his other Sunset Beach hot spots, Pubbelly Sushi and Barceloneta. (All three are located on a quiet slice of 20th Street literally within spying distance of one another.) Where to begin? Start at Pubbelly with a plate of udon carbonara—a west-meets-east take on the Italian classic—or crispy snapper salad with tomatoes and Japanese escabeche, then head to Pubbelly Sushi for its signature rolls (we love the snow crab with ponzu or pork belly with clams). Finish off the night with a Spanish cheese plate and a gin-spiked sangria or the decadent crème brûlée-like Carpone at charming Barceloneta. This is a trifecta waiting to happen.
In Miami Beach, you can find this foodie experience all on one block. Start at Pubbelly, which is located on the corner of Purdy Avenue and 20th Street. Pubbelly Sushi is right next door, also on 20th Street, and Barceloneta is just steps away.
GET YOUR GAME ON
- One island packed with two family friendly, adventure-filled activities
- Explore a zoological park devoted to rain forest plants and animals
- For curious kids, visit a museum that lets them play, learn and create
It would be easy to overlook Watson Island, which most folks traverse on the MacArthur Causeway heading from South Beach to Downtown Miami. But Watson Island is actually the city’s kiddie nirvana—playing host to two great family-friendly attractions: Jungle Island and the Miami Children’s Museum. The former is a lushly landscaped interactive theme park devoted to plants and animals typically found in rain forests and jungles; essential highlights include a petting zoo, a serpentarium, and a massive Everglades Habitat. The Miami Children’s Museum is just minutes away and set in an architecturally significant space masterminded by local design leaders Arquitectonica. Spread over 55,000 square feet, the Museum’s interactive displays help curious kids learn about everything from life on a cruise ship to working at a construction site to how music is recorded and made. Both are a short cab ride from the hotel.
Both of these experiences can be found on Watson Island. You can access the island from the MacArthur Causeway. Once you make it to this little island, you’ll see Jungle Island on one side and the Miami Children’s Museum on the other side.