MEET MIAMI’S REAL SOUND MACHINE
- The symphony brings Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bach and more to life in the heart of Lincoln Road
- Enjoy an evening picnic under the starts set to a classical score
There are many reasons why no visit to Miami would be complete without a night at the New World Symphony. First, there’s the orchestra’s location—right in the heart of the Lincoln Road pedestrian thoroughfare, smack in the middle of Miami’s best shopping and eating. Then, there’s the New World Center—the Symphony’s stunning home and performance space, designed by Frank Gehry. Then, there’s the orchestra itself—which, under the guidance of artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, serves as the training ground for the next generation of classical giants in America, if not the world. Founded in 1987, the Symphony is unique in that all of its musicians are also students: they study and practice by day, and perform to adoring crowds by night. This year’s season kicks off in October with a program rich in Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Bach (and guest performers such as Pinchas Zukerman on violin). And best of all, many of the Symphony’s most popular performances are part of its Wallcast series—a totally one-of-a-kind event whereby an actual concert is broadcast live outside on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall. Pack blankets and a picnic dinner—perhaps ultra-fresh salads and sandwiches from The Café at Books & Books just over on Lincoln Road—and make Wallcast a true all-night event.
Find the New World Center in South Beach, on the east end of Lincoln Road. It’s located at the intersection of 17th Street and Washington Avenue. The concert hall has a great lawn space with sidewalks that wind through unique, tree-like installations. Find The Cafe at Books & Books on Lincoln Road, just a few blocks down, between Michigan and Jefferson Avenues.
SNACK YOUR WAY THROUGH WYNWOOD
- Discover this arts district of vibrant galleries, museums and collections
- Make the most of Miami’s pleasant weather with dozens of dining options
Start your day in the Wynwood neighborhood at The Salty Donut, a bright and bustling shop offering donuts in inventive seasonal flavors along with craft coffee. Make your way to the Wynwood Walls – conceived in 2009 by renowned community revitalizer Tony Goldman – for a private tour of the gallery and wall murals. A major outdoor art installation, the Wynwood Walls were born of Goldman’s commitment to graffiti and street art, a genre he believed was underappreciated and historically disrespected. Finish the afternoon at the popular Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, featuring indoor/outdoor dining, live music and famous artists’ work on display.
Less than 15 minutes from Conrad Miami, the Wynwood Arts District is bordered by NE 36th Street, Biscayne Boulevard, 20th Street, and NW 6th Avenue.
BECOME MIAMI ART SMART
- Visit a creative neighborhood with eye-catching street art and galleries
- Discover collections from established global talents and local up-and-comers
- Dine at a chef-driven local favorite serving refined New American fare
Like its neighboring Design District, Wynwood has emerged as an unlikely Miami success story. Once a warren of derelict warehouses, the district has been given new life thanks to the nearly 70 art galleries, museums, and cultural institutions that fill its colorful streets. Set about 15 minutes east of Downtown, Wynwood heaves with the type of creative energy more typical of cities are larger than Miami. Much of Wynwood’s success can be attributed to Tony Goldman, a farsighted developer who began converting the area’s abandoned warehouses into affordable art-production and exhibition spaces. More than a decade later, Wynwood—and its surrounding streets—is home to what are now legendary galleries such as Locust Projects, the Rubbel Collection, and World Class Boxing—where both established global talents and local up-and-comers present their works to the world. Beyond its galleries, Wynwood overflows with eye-catching street art that takes the genre well beyond graffiti. Indeed, Goldman established Wynwood’s increasingly influential Wynwood Walls program—which offers dedicated outdoor mural space to talented artists. The Walls have only furthered Wynwood’s pedestrian appeal; they lure crowds by the thousands during the annual Art Basel Miami Beach event. But no matter when you’re visiting, Wynwood charms even the most inveterate traveler with its unique mix of high and low. Stick around for lunch or dinner at art-world fave Alter—chef Brad Kilgore’s new spot where the hyper-local seasonal dishes (grouper cheek with black rice; blue crab with crisp taro; even the housemade bread and butter) are elevated to new heights.
The Wynwood Arts District spans east of Interstate 95, from NW 21st Street to NW 37th Street. A good place to start is at the Wynwood Walls, which you can find on the corner of NW 2nd Avenue and NW 25th Street. Wander through the gallery-lined streets, then have dinner at Alter, on the corner of NW 23rd Street and NW 2nd Avenue.
MOTOR OVER TO DINNER
- Dine in style at a seafood brasserie on the banks of the Miami River
- With sophisticated decor, the restaurant offers stunning views of Downtown
- Make an entrance aboard your private boat charter
Seaspice is part of a new generation of Miami restaurants that are as much destinations as places to refuel. Opened in late 2013, the restaurant is designed as a modern “seafood brasserie” with a strong focus on the local catch of the day paired with simple, unfussy, healthful culinary techniques. But beyond the restaurant’s tasty menu—think octopus a la plancha, an elaborate raw/caviar bar, and simply prepared market fish—Seaspice’s location cannot be beat. Set on the still-under-the-radar Miami River, the indoor/outdoor restaurant offers jaw-dropping, truly panoramic views of Downtown Miami from its waterfront dining room. The crowd here is sophisticated and chic—visitors and locals residents who think nothing of gliding up to the restaurant on their private yachts. Upon arrival, they’re rewarded with a beachy, breezy décor featuring vintage terrazzo-tile floors, line-wrapped furnishings, and blond wooden furniture that feels as much South Beach as St.-Tropez. Seaspice is admittedly pricey, but worth the splurge for its singular location and buzzy, festive vibe. Head to Seaspice via a 15-minute Uber ride or arrive in serious style on a private boat by renting a vessel of your size and budget from Captain Joe’s Boat Club.
Seaspice is near Downtown, right on the Miami River. Head to the intersection of NW North River Drive and NW 6th Avenue, and you’ll see it. If you’re looking to rent a boat, get over to Captain Joe’s Boat Rentals, which is on the small island of North Bay Village. Take the 934 bridge until you hit West Drive and there’s the boats.