South Beach packs quite a punch in terms of attractions considering it’s such a narrow strip of land. The tip of Miami Beach starts at South Pointe Park, where you’ll find picture-perfect shots of South Beach’s coastline, as well as Downtown Miami’s skyline and the cruise ships lined up in PortMiami. In addition to a dog park, plenty of picnic and barbecue areas, and walking trails, the park also features one of the city’s most lauded steakhouses: Smith & Wollensky. Heading north, the neighborhood offers a string of buzzy restaurants and bars in the South of Fifth area (nicknamed SoFi), which has a more upscale, local feel than some of its tourist-trodden neighbors like Lincoln Road. Here, you’ll find world-class tasting menu restaurants like Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford’s Stubborn Seed and see-and-be-seen Italian-American eatery Carbone, as well as a WeWork with communal tables and desks.
Nearby, Sunset Harbour is home to a mix of boutiques, yoga and fitness studios, juice bars, and standout eateries like Sushi Garage and chef Cesar Zapata’s Cajun-influenced Vietnamese eatery Phuc Yea. This area draws a younger crowd who spend the day going from a workout to coffee, coworking at Panther or Büro, and dinner, but it’s also popular for paddleboarding since it sits on the bay and shows off fantastic views of the city’s skyline at sunset.
Tourists frequent strips like Lincoln Road and Española Way, but don’t discredit these historic landmarks—there are a few hidden gems like Tropezón, an Andalusian gin and tapas bar, and Juvia, a trendy French-Japanese-Peruvian eatery that crowns the rooftop of the 1111 Lincoln Road garage, which also houses coworking spot Spaces.
You’ll come across more options for traditional and casual coworking spaces scattered across South Beach, but this is the beating heart of the barrier island, meaning it’s similar to New York and never really sleeps. Traffic can be at a standstill and main drags like Collins Avenue or Ocean Drive, despite the charm of the Art Deco buildings and iconic neon signs, can sometimes be rowdy and attract a party-focused crowd. Prices cater to the tourist market, and many restaurants, bars, and even spas will automatically add gratuity to the check. However, South Beach also attracts a young, local market who like the walkability factor and accessibility to such a varied mix of cultural and entertainment attractions sitting just steps from the beach.
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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