Where to Eat
Wynwood Yard’s Della serves “healthy bowls of happy.”
Quinto La Huella, in downtown hotel East Miami, has a gaucho-chic ambience and wood-fire grill for Uruguayan sizzling meats and seafood. If the fire’s too hot, hit the sushi counter or the outdoor terrace.
788 Brickell Plaza, 786-805-4646, quintolahuella.com
La Fresa Francesa, a petit café in a strip mall in Hialeah, is run by the husband-and-wife team of Benoît Rablat (from France) and Sandy Sanchez (from Hialeah). Fine French food with a Cuban twist includes sandwiches such as Un Cubano en Paris (braised pork, Gruyère, pickled onions, Dijon).
59 W. 3rd St., Hialeah, 786-717-6886
Run by the Pubbelly Boys, the Langford Hotel’s PB Station offers playful takes on classic Americana, like steak tartare sliders and octopus pepperoni. Rooftop bar the Pawn Broker serves “booze-forward” cocktails like the Giggle Water, a foaming gin and tonic served in a miniature bathtub, and the George A. Romero, a whisky zombie that comes in a pineapple.
121 SE 1st St., 305-420-2205, pbstation.com
The Little Havana Food Tour takes you down Calle Ocho (8th Street) for Cuban sandwiches, empanadas de picadillo, sugar cane, ice cream and possibly a cigar.
Plant Food + Wine Miami in Wynwood is raw guru Matthew Kenney’s Florida entry. Admire the anomalous but gorgeous garden setting while nibbling artisanal housemade vegan cheeses and coconut “ceviche” tacos.
105 NE 24th St., 305-814-5365, matthewkenneycuisine.com
After 38 years in Wynwood, Jamaican restaurant Clive’s Cafe moved to Little Haiti. There’s jerk chicken, goat curry on rice, mannish water (goat broth with dumplings). If you’re lucky, you’ll meet the 72-year-old matriarch, Pearline.
5890 NW 2nd Ave., 305-757-6512, clivescafe.com
What to Do
01 Ball and Chain, in Little Havana, a famed jazz bar from the 1930s, was revived in 2014 with a high-beamed ranch roof, posters from bootlegging days and live stages. (ballandchainmiami.com)
02 With over 7,000 books in French, Creole, Spanish and English, Libreri Mapou is Little Haiti’s literary hub. It’s run by Jan Mapou, a storyteller and historian once jailed by Papa Doc Duvalier. (5919 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-9922)
03 Cultivating a cool vibe, East Miami opened in May in the busy-by-day financial district. Built by Hong Kong’s Swire Properties, it’s part of a billion-dollar project that takes Asian inspiration to cosmopolitan heights. Balinese-style Sugar on the 40th floor has views of blue sky, blue water and glistening skyscrapers. (east-miami.com)
04 Peruse modern and contemporary art, much of it from Latin America and the Caribbean, at the Pérez Art Museum, now in a sleek Herzog & de Meuron building alongside Biscayne Bay. (pamm.org)
05 Originally a Roaring Twenties beaux-arts-style bank that was declared a downtown historic site in 1989, the Langford was carefully recreated, from the building facade, marble walls and brass elevator doors in the lobby to the (faux) vintage suitcase doubling as a desk and drawer in each of the 126 rooms. (langfordhotelmiami.com)
Where to Stay
The Faena Hotel’s Spanish-style boutique inn Casa Claridge’s (across the street from the hotel) is relaxed but still has Faena flourishes, like a rotating art installation inside the elevator (called Elevate) that might have a lo-fi simulation of a rocket ship going to outer space or get you playing with fridge-magnet letters.