Miami’s downtown has slowly been developing, and in the past, the area used to empty out after work. But now, downtown Miami has attracted more retailers, luring residents to stay in the newly built high-rise condos and dine at the nearby restaurants and bars. The area tends to cater to young professionals, and the entertainment options can be expensive.
The downtown area also has a huge selection of cafes and coworking spaces. MiamiShared, Pipeline Brickell Ave, and Industrious Brickell are just a few places where you can find an office environment outside your home. Alternatively, you’ll fit right in working at any number of the coffee shops scattered downtown like I Think She Is and Crema.
Because of the towering buildings and hotels, Downtown Miami has some of the most spectacular rooftop restaurants and bars. Sugar at East Miami is a posh 40th-floor bar and lounge. The wait can be long and the drinks are pricey, but you’re really paying for the views (which are totally worth it). Another great rooftop restaurant is Area 31 on the 16th floor of the Kimpton EPIC Hotel. The restaurant is perched above Biscayne Bay and has delicious seafood dishes. ADDiKt at the W Miami is another hotspot with a panoramic view of Miami and a menu that serves up bold Latin American dishes.
Downtown Miami is also the home of FTX Arena, (previously known as the American Airlines Arena) where you can catch a Miami Heat basketball game or a major concert. Nearby is the Adrienne Arsht Center, a venue for Broadway shows, ballets, and symphonies. If it’s raining out (which happens quite often in the summer months), The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science makes for a fun day indoors, and the 250,000 square-foot facility has a three-level aquarium and planetarium with rotating exhibits. For some green space, head to Simpson Park Hammock, a 7.8-acre nature preserve park great for biking and running. If you’re craving some retail therapy, the newly built Brickell City Center offers an indoor/outdoor shopping oasis with a Saks Fifth Avenue, All Saints, and a Chanel fragrance and beauty boutique. The shopping center is also the location of Luna Park, a high-end food hall that specializes in Italian cuisine. For an over-the-top and super cozy movie night, CMX Cinemas provides reclining seats, blankets, and a full cocktail and dinner menu.
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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