The 1954 Fontainebleau Miami Beach was, up until the last decade or so, one of the defining features of Mid Beach, the neighborhood tucked between South and North Beach. The iconic, Morris Lapidus-designed hotel was where the Rat Pack once held court and is now home to award-winning eateries like Scarpetta by Scott Conant and StripSteak by Michael Mina. This is also the beating heart of Mid Beach’s nightlife thanks to LIV, a celebrity-filled nightclub that calls DJs like Tiesto regulars.
Mid-century modern beauties like Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort, another former Old Hollywood playground, have been joined by a mix of buzzy hotels and bars like the beachfront Miami Beach EDITION, which features a Jean-Georges Vongerichten-designed restaurant and subterranean nightclub, bowling alley, and an ice skating rink (aptly named BASEMENT). High-rise hotels double as living quarters with residential sections that offer guests the same amenities as hotels—but with a price point to match (not to mention the pulsating music streaming from the surrounding clubs). Another new addition to the neighborhood is the art- and culture-focused Faena District, which has taken over 32nd to 36th Streets and includes a condo, bazaar, amphitheater, and the pièce de résistance—the gold-covered Faena Hotel Miami Beach.
Nearby, coworking space Sandhouse offers a variety of work spaces, as well as recreational areas, bike storage, and monthly happy hours. The neighborhood also started welcoming the nomad set when designer hostel Freehand Miami opened up bungalows, bunked rooms, and one of the city’s best cocktail bars, Broken Shaker, in a Havana-like space just a few blocks from the beach. The Freehand’s lobby and gardens are a great place to post up for the day with a laptop. Nearby, another boutique hotel and hostel brand, Generator, opened its first U.S. locale just 100 feet from the sand. If you’re a member of Soho House, Soho Beach House is just a few blocks away and one of the best spots in Mid Beach for a day of coworking, especially from the oceanview terrace that sits off of the Library.
The area caters more to travelers who want the combination of nonstop nightlife, world-class cuisine, and buzzy lounges—plus beach clubs belonging to the string of high-rises lining the water. While less suited to remote working than South Beach, Mid Beach offers a range of accommodation styles from condos and apartments to hotel residences, as well as easy access to bars and restaurants.
Splitting her time between Miami and Paris, Lane covers travel, lifestyle, wine, and food for publications such as Travel + Leisure and Vogue.com.
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