Skip the South Beach norms, and head instead to these two emerging cultural and lifestyle hubs in Miami: the Design District and Wynwood Arts District.
Walk the Design District
Miami's Design District has long been the city's harbor for innovative, internationally curated home decor and art galleries. In recent years, the Design District has also transformed into a luxury shopping mecca, welcoming top-tier ateliers like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Pucci and Cartier.
Interior of Emilio Pucci in Miami's Design District — Photo courtesy of Design District Miami
Stop by to splurge on a luxe purse, ogle at contemporary art, get insight on the latest interior design trends or just take in the area's unique visual aesthetic.
From downtown Miami or Biscayne Boulevard, hop on the city's free Miami Trolley for a ride up to the Design District.
Eat at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is a Miami mainstay for ingredient-driven, consciously cooked cuisine. Spearheaded by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz, the restaurant is a homage to homey, robust cooking with a sophisticated touch.
The menu fluctuates regularly, serving only what is freshly available to the team behind the scenes. Even the simplest items – from deviled eggs to crispy hominy – are experienced anew at Michael's.
Oh, and make sure to save room for dessert. Pastry mastermind Hedy Goldsmith's tangerine pot de creme with doughnuts and popcorn and peanut-chocolate specialty have been known to make even the most seasoned chefs weep with joy.
Guests can opt to sit outside in the courtyard's lush, orchid-laden garden or inside, overlooking an open kitchen and wood burning oven. Either way, expect to be charmed.
One of many details at The Wynwood Walls — Photo courtesy of Liana Lozada
Explore the Wynwood Arts District
After filling up on a savory lunch, head over to Miami's Wynwood Arts District for a feast for the eyes. This cultural pillar was once a warehouse row, but now it totes wall after wall of intricate graffiti murals painted by some of the world's most renown street artists.
Need help navigating the murals? Luckily, there's a map for that.
Wynwood is also home to dozens of private and nonprofit art galleries. The area is anchored by The Wynwood Walls, an outdoor exhibition space created by neighborhood visionary Tony Goldman and originally curated by seasoned museum director Jeffrey Deitch.
Wynwood is best explored by foot or bike, and it offers pleasant visual surprises in unexpected nooks and crannies. So look up, look down and always have a camera ready.