A sun soaked getaway, Miami is a vacation locale that most New Yorkers associate with scantily clad beachgoers, pastel cement, and cheesy Vegas-style clubs. However, the southern coastal city, dotted with palm trees and spiked with Latin influences, far surpasses its cliched reputation. From the stretches of emerging and established artists and galleries showcasing their works at Art Basel to after-hours festivities created by the world’s leading nightlife impresarios, Miami’s scene draws a mass of gallerists, artists, collectors, and cultural revelers in need of a dose of Vitamin D. Where do these creative influencers go once they put on their sunnies? GrandLife took three days to scour the waterfront for Miami’s best and brightest. Here’s what washed ashore:
Housed in a 1939 art deco building designed by notable architect Henry Hohauser, The Webster is a multi-level-and-label boutique for both men and women. Shoppers are welcomed to stop in for coffee or a flute of champagne in the previous hotel lobby, which is a drop in the bucket compared to the top tier brands- Acne, Givenchy, and Lanvin- that give The Webster its famed prestige.
Joe’s Stone Crab
A legendary locals eatery now in its 99th season, Joe’s Stone Crab attracts Miami visitors with their legendary crab legs that come with plastic bib in tow. The historical seafood spot can be found tucked inside a stucco exterior on Biscayne Street, where a long wait usually accumulates- be sure to call ahead.
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Martini Bar at the Raleigh
An art deco designed hotel born in the pre-war age of Roosevelt and Hollywood glamour, The Raleigh has an air of nostalgia that transcends its 1940 style rooms and circulates with the swivel of their Martini Bar’s crimson bar stools. Evening DJs usher in a sophisticated ambiance with old-school cocktails that contrast greatly from the dizzying noise of some of the city’s counterparts.
Alchemic success is proven in this garage-cum-boutique ideal for the premier avant-garde shopper. A streamlined space with panoramic city views through the 22-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, the Alchemist takes on the same artistic aesthetics of the city’s yearly fairs with installation collaborations sitting alongside Rodarte and Isabel Marant confections.
If the thought of sweet and sour delights of Chinatown are revving up your cravings, we suggest Miss Yip. sim Sum connoisseurs will meet their match at this Biscayne Street treasure that is the perfect precursor to a night out in South Beach.
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After retiring your chopsticks at Miss Yip, we recommend ascending the stairs to find the hidden watering hole Buck 15. Laid-back and painted with murals designed by local artists, this second-floor den allows visitors to sink into plush sofas while taking a gander at the bird’s-eye view of the dimmed Miami pavement.
A curated selection of DAP art books and graffiti wall art are woven into the eccentric merchandise that is offered at South Beach’s Base. Designer labels including Commes des Garcons and Martin Margiela are a couple of the standouts for musically-inclined shoppers in search of an afternoon hangout or eclectic picks similar to New York City’s Opening Ceremony.
Nestled inside the private 5-suite boutique hotel Casa Tua is an intimate dining room comprised of an open kitchen, 18-seat communal table, and a sophistically casual décor that evokes feelings of dining at personal friend’s. It’s no wonder it attracts bevies of creatives. Want to enjoy the warm evening air while forking into Honey Glazed Duck Breast or Black Gnocchetti? Casa Tua dishes out their farm fresh entrees in a luxurious candle-lit garden (weather permitting).
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Mac’s Club Deuce
Don’t let the name fool you, Mac’s Club Deuce is not a standard over-juiced, under-cultured South Beach club; it actually rivals some of our favorite backyard dive bars. Complete with pool table, jukebox, and a carefree atmosphere, Mac’s Club Deuce spurs a cultural melting pot of individuals who frequent the bar until its sun-up closing time at 5 am.