Discover 8 Unique Miami Destinations for Fun & Excitement
It’s no secret that Miami – and South Florida – have become one of the hottest destinations this summer. From California to New York, U.S. travelers are making their way to the Magic City.
Now the question is, what do you do first once you touch down in MIA? From the city’s first craft production brewery to CBD milkshakes and private Omakase experiences, here’s a list of the newest and greatest establishments to check out while you’re in town.
Originally from Puerto Rico, founders Luis Brignoni and Luis “Pops” Brignoni Sr. made their passion for beer into a career by opening Wynwood Brewing Co. in 2013 - choosing Wynwood as the location for their taproom for its history as “Little San Juan” and its vibrant artistic community. Drawing inspiration from family, their culture, and Miami’s thriving international art scene, the father-son duo created a year-round portfolio of beers - including flagship La Rubia, a crisp and flavorful ale made for the Magic City’s hot weather; Laces IPA; Father Francisco; and Pop’s Porter. Since their debut as the city’s first craft production brewery, their most popular beer La Rubia has even been named The Miami Heat’s official craft beer making this a necessary stop when visiting Wynwood.
Images by Wynwood Brewing Co.
Movie lovers rejoice! Spend your Thursday evening on Novotel Miami Brickell’s newly redesigned rooftop pool deck with unparalleled views of the Miami skyline and a classic favorite (from Taken to Frozen, there’s something for everyone!). With the purchase of a ticket, you’ll gain access to the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar, complimentary popcorn, food and drink specials, and more.
Images by Novotel Miami Brickell
Set in SLS South Beach’s lavish Tower Penthouse – designed by musician Lenny Kravitz – Katsuya has created the Omakase Suite where guests have the 1,044-square-foot suite to themselves for a specially curated menu by Chef Hiro Asano. Following an introduction of the Omakase tradition, Chef Hiro and your private server will cater your evening with dishes like Hamachi, Toro and Watermelon Tartare, and more expertly paired with sakes. After dinner, guests can lounge in the suite and order additional drinks while listening to the special collection of vintage records included in the penthouse; or enjoy the evening on the private rooftop 552-square-foot terrace with views of the ocean and Hyde Beach.
Images by SLS South Beach
g.l.o.w., the one-of-a-kind fast-casual ‘superfood and super fro yo’ shop and restaurant in Wynwood has reopened with a new summer menu featuring organic, locally inspired frozen yogurt flavors and unique treats like the Fro-Rito, Fro-Conut and Fro Yo Sandwich as well as gourmet dishes by award-winning local Chef Todd Erickson. The shop initially opened in summer 2019 but closed for several months due to Covid. An acronym for ‘girls leading our world’, g.l.o.w. has a unique business model with a simple yet bold idea: 100% of net profits are donated to charities that support girls’ empowerment, specifically in underserved communities.
Images by g.l.o.w.
Since opening earlier this year, the upscale yet approachable Italian 'neighborhood' restaurant and bar on the Collins Canal near Sunset Harbour in Miami Beach has quickly become a 'go to' for locals and visitors alike. Osteria Morini highlights the soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of Northern Italy's Emilia-Romagna region with authentic, high-quality dishes and warm hospitality. This summer, they've introduced a Sunday Groovy Brunch (the fried burrata is a must-try and super 'Instagrammable'), special Summer raw-bar pop-up menu (from refreshing oysters and Florida shrimp to cooling carpaccio and Crudo), daily Aperitivo Happy Hour (think Negroni's on draft), and $15 pasta nights on Mondays (regularly priced $27), all geared towards Miami locals. This is also the first year they will be participating in Miami Spice and are here to make a lasting impression with a tempting menu, available 7 nights a week.
Food images by Anthony Leo, Architecture Images by Michael Pisarri
Wynwood Parlor, the local dessert shop best known for handcrafted ice cream sandwiches made from small-batch cookies, artisan ice cream and roll-on toppings, opened a pop-up in Miami Beach on Alton Road earlier this summer bringing their Instagrammable desserts to Miami Beach residents and visitors. For National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2) they're offering 'buy 2 get 1 free' in-person at their Miami Beach and Edgewater locations, as well as delivery through third-party apps (UberEats, GrubHub and Postmates). Pricing is $17.95 for a two-pack and they have several flavors to chose from, including a selection of vegan flavors. Press release and images
Images by Dwayne Tucker
With two locations in Downtown Miami and Coconut Grove, Meraki Greek Bistro features authentic Greek cuisine that transports guests to the Greek islands with its bright and airy design. Called "the cutest restaurant in Coconut Grove" by the Miami Herald, Chef Giannis Kotsos’ authentic menu focuses on vibrant Mediterranean flavors, fresh fish and traditional Greek staples plus a new natural wine menu featuring 10 organic and biodynamic wines from micro wineries in Greece. On Thursdays, enjoy the new Natural Wine Tasting Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. at Meraki Downtown.
Images by Monica Alvarez
Newly debuted in Downtown Miami and South Beach, the brand new classic American diner from Meraki Hospitality is an affordable all-day neighborhood eatery focused on quality made-from-scratch comfort food in a retro setting serving all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with an over-the-top milkshake menu like the Munchies Milkshake with CBD oil-infusion and Guayaba y Queso Crema Milkshake topped with mango guava cheesecake and daily specials.