Connor and I took a long weekend in Miami, Florida. We have both been to Miami a few times, so we had an idea of places we wanted to go, and places we didn’t want to go. I was super excited for the trip because of the warmth, the beach, and some places I wanted to try/see. Here are some recommendations for a trip to Miami (these are basically the highlights of our trip this past weekend).
1. The Salty Donut: I was really looking forward to this spot and it did not disappoint. We went to breakfast on Friday morning. The Salty Donut is in Wynwood, so it was a perfect first stop for our day. We got 4 different donuts, as well as 2 donut holes. We tried Strawberry Shortcake, Hazelnut Chocolate, Guava & Cheese, and Pomegranate Citrus. The donut holes were Strawberry Mimosa and I loved them. They may have been my favorite. When you visit, you definitely need to try the Strawberry Shortcake. It was incredible. I do not recommend the Hazelnut Chocolate, but that may be personal preference. They are always creating new flavors, so I’d recommend checking out Instagram to see which donuts they have before you go! Overall, an amazing shop and perfect donuts.
2. Wynwood Walls: Wynwood is definitely my favorite part of Miami, other than the beach. It’s so colorful and full of great food/drink spots. The murals are awesome. There is the main Wynwood Wall area that opens and closes each day, but there are also tons of other murals throughout. You could walk around for an hour or 2 and still miss some cool ones.
3. Miami Mojito Company: Connor and I had our share of mojitos in Miami. One of our favorite places we had them at was a little bar that only served mojitos. It is also in Wynwood and surrounded by other bars and restaurants. It had a ton of different flavors (ginger, raspberry, blackberry, mango, etc.) We got raspberry and blackberry and you could taste how fresh they were. The actual bar is adorable too. The seating definitely increased since we were there last year, so it was a great spot to hang out!
4. The Wood Tavern: This is a bar in Wynwood as well. It’s cool because there is an indoor part and an outdoor park. The drinks are typical of most bars, but there are also some signature cocktails. I didn’t have a cocktail I loved this time around, but I loved the one I got last year. It’s a great place to go with friends, to sit outside, or even dance (there is a pretty big dance floor and a DJ). The drinks aren’t too pricy either, which is another plus!
5. 1-800 Lucky: I love this place. It’s basically a food hall/club with all sorts of Asian inspired food. There is Thai food, poke, sushi, dumplings, ramen, ice cream, etc. It is also a bar and there is a DJ. I have never gotten a drink there, but I’d suspect they are pretty good since the bar area is always so crowded. The music is good and pretty loud. I have tried a few different places in there: the poke is great, the veggie dumplings are yummy, and I got the matcha/sesame ice cream over spring break last year (highly recommend).
6. Little Havana: Connor and I had a hard time finding Little Havana, but it was well worth the walk. I’m pretty sure we just got out of the Uber a bit too soon. I definitely recommend driving/Ubering to the Visitors Center. It puts you right in the heart of Little Havana. There are tons of shops, restaurants, murals, mojitos, etc. We didn’t eat while we were there because we had so many donuts, but I wish we had been hungry. The food looked amazing. We did have some mojitos though. They were so refreshing for the hot day, and they were well garnished. I think they were around 15 dollars, which is a bit pricy, but it was the best mojito I have ever had.
7. Las Olas: Connor got this recommendation from one of Anthony Bourdain’s shows. It is a Cuban restaurant in South Beach. You can either get food more cafeteria style or get something made to order. I went with rice and veggies as that was the most vegetarian option. It was super good. Connor got plantains, pork, and rice, which he liked. When we originally got there, we didn’t realize you could get food made to order, so I think he wished he had a gotten a Cuban sandwich. We also got espressos and they were really tasty. Las Olas was definitely a good choice for some authentic Cuban food and it was great for any travel budget.
8. Bacon Bitch: Connor and I saw this ranked pretty high on Yelp for breakfast/brunch. Since the menu was primarily bacon-oriented, I opted out of this one. I did however love the restaurant and all of the details that went into it. If you are vegetarian, there is one veggie option, it just wasn’t for me (I don’t love hummus). Connor ended up getting The Bacon (bacon, spinach, tomato jam, and an aioli). He really liked it and it was around 10 dollars, which isn’t bad for a trendy restaurant in South Beach.
9. DIRT: This restaurant was the kind of restaurant I would eat at every day if I lived in Miami. It’s a healthy spot with juice, breakfast bowls, toast, coffee, tea, etc. I pretty much wanted everything on the menu, but I ended up getting the Winter Breakfast Bowl (eggs, farro, broccoli, carrots, pickled onions, aioli, and salsa verde). It was so yummy and exactly what I was craving. Hopefully someday I can go back to try the toasts and the smoothie bowls!
10. Beach: I assume this is obvious, but you have to go to the beach in Miami. I personally don’t think it matters which area you go to, it is all pretty much the same. We hung out at South Beach this time around, but Mid Beach is good too! The water is such a nice blue color and it’s definitely a great place to work on your tan (or sunburn if you are me). Make sure to bring some sunscreen and some snacks in case you get hungry (we ended up leaving the beach sooner than planned because we got hungry haha).