Coral Gables may be close to the dive-bar-surrounded campus of the University of Miami, but it’s still a quiet suburb. Best suited for families, it’s a fitting neighborhood for a more low-key Miami experience. The best coworking space is FORUM in downtown Coral Gables, which offers standard office spaces and conference rooms. But if you want an environment with a more personal touch, head to Tinta Y Cafe or Cafe Grumpy.
As one of the oldest cities in the greater Miami area, there are lots of attractions for family members of all ages. There are two outdoor shopping centers: The Shops at Merrick Park and Miracle Mile. The Shops at Merrick Park include upscale stores like Carolina Herrara and Jimmy Choo, plus luxury staples like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Miracle Mile is a picturesque downtown area with boutique shops, outdoor cafes, spas, and salons. Coral Gables has great art galleries like the Coral Gables Museum and the Lowe Art Museum, located at the University of Miami, and on the weekends, the city has lots of outdoor activities for residents. For a quiet afternoon in the park, head to Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, an 83-acre garden that houses an impressive collection of rare tropical plants. The garden was founded in 1938 and hosts educational programs and community events. On a hot day, a visit to the grottos and waterfalls of the Venetian Pool is a must. This historical attraction is an outdoor public pool that dates back to the 1920s when it was first carved out of a coral rock quarry.
Coral Gables has an established restaurant scene, and some of the most beloved Miami restaurants are located here. Caffe Abbracci is a formal Italian restaurant that has served athletes, politicians, and celebrities for over three decades. For happy hour, head to The Bar, which has a newly renovated interior but offers the same friendly service and good food that it has delivered since 1946. No day trip to Coral Gables is complete without a stop-in at Books & Books, a Miami-founded bookstore with a casual patio restaurant. Famous authors are always stopping by for readings and events and the owner even founded the Miami Book Fair, the largest literary fair in the U.S.
Based in South Florida, her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Afar, and Culture Trip. When she's not traveling, she's lost in a good book.
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