Miami is a rich and vibrant city, brimming with culture, history and hidden gems.
There is so much to attract people here, whether it’s the sunny beaches, scuba divers exploring the numerous wrecks or a visit to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, there is something for everyone.
All this exploring is sure to make you hungry and just like any vibrant city Miami is brimming with great places to eat and relax. Whether it’s seafood, Italian or something a little more South American that takes your fancy, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the best places to go.
Sanguich de Miami – 2057 SW 8th S
With such a great array of place to eat, it might seem odd to choose a milkshake and sandwich joint, but this is no ordinary sandwich bar. They offer gourmet Cuban sandwiches and in doing so bring a slice of Miami’s heritage and culture to life for visitors.
Miami New Times also claims it was one of a handful of places in Miami offering great food at great prices, in a city where sometimes the locals are priced out of luxury places looking to attract a wealthier clientele.
Matador Room – 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
We’re not sure which is more jaw-dropping here, the design or the food. It is a Jean-George Vongerichten restaurant and he takes some culinary inspiration from Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. You won’t be disappointed when your dish arrives.
Nor will you be let down by the stunning design. The sharp lines of the walls are complemented by a curved ceiling, which isn’t easy to achieve. You might be inspired to take the design home for yourself, but it won’t be easy. While this stylish design is pleasant on the eyes, a feature by HomeServe notes that placing wallpaper around corners can be challenging making replicating it difficult. Perhaps if you truly want to enjoy the ambience, the only way is to visit for yourself
Joe’s Stone Crab – 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
Be prepared to queue because Joe’ Stone Crab might just be the very best eatery in the city, and everyone knows it. It’s an institution in the city, with CBS Miami explaining how it recently opened for its 106th consecutive year.
The late Senator Kennedy, acting legend Michael Caine and supermodel Cindy Crawford have all eaten here. If the rich and the famous have it on their list of must eat places, so should you. Remember, it is only open from October to May though; crab season.
La Fontana Steakhouse – 285 NW 107th Av Doral
Don’t let that fool you though, this is not a sixties gangster movie set. The spacious booths and soothing jazz that’s piped in throughout the evening make this a design you might want to try at home, although with three private rooms for special visitors, you might need a bit of space.
There’s a mixture here of Italian classics, such as bruschetta to start, but later comes the main event; the finest steaks a diner could ask for. It’s well worth the trip just to get that flame-cooked taste on a huge porterhouse.
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