Looking for fun things to do in Miami? Thinking of heading to sunny Miami, FL for a vacation? Let me give you the inside tips on the best places to see, what to do, and where to eat!
Places to See in Miami
Great quiet place to stroll and look at antiques, have tea with cucumber sandwiches, and picnic with raccoons.
Vizcaya I go here to feel like I’m in Europe or in Versailles. It’s a beautiful home and gardens perfect for taking photos, romantic strolls, and the inside of the home is filled with beautiful art and old world charm.
What to Do in Miami
Great for kids of all ages! Pet wolves, a sloth, fox, and other exotic animals. Get up close and personal. Bring your camera and you’ll have some amazing memories.
The Lighthouse at Key Biscayne For about $8 per car you can find not so crowded beaches and a lighthouse. I’m not a beach person, so if you are not interested in people watching and are more interested in peaceful family time…this is the beach for you. Lots of picnic areas, grills, and families. Oh and raccoons! Last time I was giving ONE my chips and suddenly was surrounded by 25, so be careful lol. You would think raccoon are all over Miami, but I’ve only seen them here and Cauley Square.
If you’re in South Miami close to Pinecrest and The Falls mall area, you should check out Artistic Vibes. It’s a hole-in-the-wall joint for the young adult crowd. Comedy shows, music, art, poetry, etc. Very chill place that opens at night and is located in a big garage behind a shopping center. Yeah it’s one of those places! But so much fun.
Where to Eat in Miami
If you want GOOD Persian food, a delicious hole-in-the-wall is off US1 called Shiraz Kabab Cafe and Food Market. I can’t find their website, so that’s their Yelp page. See if you can spot my review. It’s a great casual lunch spot!
In South-West Miami and looking for something expensive and amazing? Try Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar. It’s in the middle of nowhere in some near empty shopping plaza, but WOW! Once you’re inside it’s very nice. The food is expensive, so I warn you, but it’s very delicious. I always try to shove it all in my gut despite the huge portion size. Try and pace yourself and remember you can get a to-go bag. Be sure to leave a love letter to the Chef on your receipt!
If you’re in Miami Beach, go to Lincoln Road and find the tiny little Ladurée by the movie theater. Yes it’s the company from Paris, and yes it’s AMAZING!!! For $2.80 each you have little bites of heaven. We are so lucky to have one of these in Miami. It’s just a small one without all the extra desserts and fun stuff in the larger Ladurée locations, but a must do. Try the strawberry, orange blossom, and rose macarons for me!
Driving around the Little Haiti, MiMo District? Check out Andiamo for some AMAZING pizza. Pretty much the best pizza in Miami next to Blu, which I believe moved or closed down, so yeah this is it. Lots of fresh toppings and not greasy and gross. One of my go-to brick oven pizza stops.
In the Pinecrest area? Well you MUST stop by Miss Saigon Bistro. Vietnamese (my Vietnamese friends says it’s Americanized) food, but hey, it’s AWESOME. If you like AWESOME, you’ll like it. Want a sure hit? Ask for Miss Saigon Bún Rick’s style (some type of curry style) with dark meat. It has spring rolls in the bowl, so get a different appetizer. That’s what we ALWAYS get. It comes with a few jumbo shrimp, but they can do it without them since my husband doesn’t like shrimp. The manager (might be the owner) Huey is the best. He is always running around making sure everyone has a good time. If you’re sick the soups are AMAZING and HUGE! A table of 4 adults and 2 kids shared one lol. I’ve tried all the appetizers without shrimp and my favorite is the one that has this rice paper and you make your own little wraps. I believe it’s called the Grilled Beef Wrapped in Green Leaves. You see a lot of regulars in this place. When it’s this good, why not hit up the same spot over and over. They have odds hours so be sure to check them before going.
Sushi in Miami? Only if it’s Matsuri baby! Located in a shopping center with a Milam’s Supermarket, this hard to find restaurant is bad@$$. Very narrow and long, not the best location for a huge group, but wow the food! I love the house salad with their ginger dressing…simple and Mmm. Then I get the raw beef Yukke with a raw quail egg on top. Here’s where I get creative, I mix the Yukke with the left over ginger salad dressing. Then I cry tears of joy because it’s soooo good, I can’t help it. My husband has similar feelings for the Hamachi kama (not the salmon he gets the other fish). All their sushi rolls are great. They have really unique ones at the end of the menu that are very fun to try. I love their noodles, I love love love it. This is one of the locations people come to learn from top sushi makers before they go off and make their own restaurant. Another sushi spot that is local-popular is Shibui (you can sit on the floor upstairs, but do get reservations no matter the night!).
Came to Miami from some Cuban and Latin American food? Try Sergio’s Cuban Restaurant. With many locations you can find one just about anywhere in Miami. If you want nice ambiance and the option for outdoor seating, try the London Square one. Their coffee isn’t the best, but it will do. The best location as far as their cafe con leche is concern is the one off Kendall and 107th Ave. Saturdays they have Arroz Imperial. You have to try this! Yellow rice mixed with chicken with a layer of mayo then melted cheese on top. Ok, not for those on a diet, but if you’re serious about your diet maybe Cuban food isn’t for you anyway.
In Midtown? Go to Sugarcane! Tucked away behind tall bushes and tress you’ll find the trendy chill spot, Sugarcane. The chef knows what I like! I get the goat cheese croquettes, the duck and waffles, a spicy tuna roll, and the eggs Benedict. (Not all at once! LoL!) If you still have room left for dessert try the torrejas. It’s somewhat like French Toast only not. Just try it. This is my favorite brunch spot. Service is on the slower side and prices are a bit high for mostly tapas on the menu. I just love the food and the ambiance. Sitting outside with babes and husband while some cool hipsters sit around with their pampered pups. It’s not for everyone, but I love it! Power tip: They have a special menu and are open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s not packed since most people don’t know about it. I actually think not having to cook on those days and having whatever out of this world creation on the special menu is fabulous. When we don’t go out of town or have family in town, I usually convince my husband to go for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Buena Vista Deli and Buena Vista Bistro are next to each in what used to be the sketchy part of what is now a super trendy area. It’s funny to read the older reviews about not judging a book by it’s cover and being too scared to park in the area! Back when I lived in the area, it was my go-to coffee, fancy cheese, croissant, and brunch hangout. I mostly frequented the deli part, but the bistro was just as busy and loved. Sure, the scariest people would walk by you as you parked, but the area is changing! Still keep an eye out if you’re alone, but that’s anywhere.
Areas to Hangout in Miami
Check out the outdoor shopping area in Midtown Miami. My favorite place to stroll when the weather is nice and grab a bite. Sugarcane, of course, or I’ll get cheese and bread at The Cheese Course. If you want cheap and fast food try Lime Fresh Mexican Grill or Five Guys Burger and Fries. I like to check out HomeGoods and Target, then browse the furniture stores for inspiration.
Are you a super fancy pants? Check out the up and coming Miami Design District for high end shopping! In the heart of the ghetto, people started buying up cheap homes and remodeling them all high end. Little by little the poorer people are being bought out of the area and every high end designer is setting up seriously fabulous shops. Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, TOM FORD, VALENTINO, JASON OF BEVERLY HILLS, GIVENCHY, HERMÈS, you get the idea!