When I decided to go to Miami Swim Week, I was equally excited to see the runway shows as I was to explore Miami. I have been to Fort Lauderdale a couple of times, but had never been to Miami (cue Will Smith). We stayed in downtown Miami at the Kimpton Epic Hotel, and spent our days in Miami Beach, so I really feel like I got the best of both worlds.
Before a trip somewhere new, I always scour Pinterest for travel blogs and food recommendations. I’ll pick the brains of my Instagram followers and see if they suggest any must-see places, too. So as you can imagine, by the time I leave for my trip(s), I have a hefty list of places I want to see and things I want to do. Sadly I don’t always get to it all, but not from a lack of trying.
In Miami, our schedule was filling up quick, so I used Thursday to explore the Wynwood neighborhoods and the rest of the weekend to hit the spots on my list in Miami Beach. I didn’t get to do and see as much as I would have liked, but I still managed to compile a pretty solid list of places nonetheless.
Here’s what I (we) did.
Kimpton Epic Hotel — Epic Hotel by Kimpton hosted us for the weekend, and we had the best time. Honestly, you can never go wrong with a Kimpton property, but Epic Hotel in Downtown Miami was amazing. The cutest, newly renovated rooms overlooked the water, the pool served up the best view of the city, and the Aperol Spritzes didn’t suck either. We were able to hop between the Epic and the Surfcomber (their sister property in Miami Beach) where they gave us a cabana and beach access for a day. If you plan to be in Miami, and want to explore both the city and the beach, Kimpton Epic Hotel is the way to go. It was only 15 minutes from the beach, and 10 minutes from the up-and-coming Wynwood district, so being in the middle was the best of both worlds in my opinion.
Salty Donut — Full disclaimer, I’m not a huge donut fan, but holy donut hole this place was bomb. I got the dragonfruit and passion fruit donut with mango custard and it was to die for. I also tried my very first oat milk latte, and am hooked. So, needless to say, Salty Donut was a win.
Wynwood Diner — This place is a more modern spin on a classic breakfast diner, and the food was exactly what you’d expect. I basically ate two meals within two hours because I had so much time to kill, so I was pretty full when I got there and didn’t give this place a real shot at wowing me. That said, I’d definitely go back. It was cute, yummy, and came highly recommended on yelp, which is enough for me.
The Wynwood District — If you get the chance, I definitely recommend wandering around Wynwood. It is home to some of the cutest boutiques, hippest bars, and trendiest restaurants (go to: 1-800-lucky or Caja Caliente Wynwood). Also, the walls (insert heart eyes emoji). The wall art covers the neighborhoods and is pretty sick, regardless of whether you want an Instagram shot or not.
Farfalle — We went here on a whim, after I had had a few too many spritzes at the pool, but I’m so glad that we did. It’s a locally owned, authentic Italian restaurant and the owners were just as good as the grub. The fettuccini was some of the freshest noodles I’ve ever had, and the margarita pizza was drool worthy. Farfalle is located in downtown Miami, but is worth a stop if you’re in the area.
Dreamer Miami — So good, we went here twice (no joke). Dreamer Miami was my favorite stop of the trip (and you’ve likely seen it plastered all over my Instagram). It’s the cutest eclectic cafe with delicious coffee, acai bowls, and the best avocado toast. I highly, highly recommend.
Dolce Italian — Shocker, we ate Italian again (because carbs and wine are obviously a good idea when you’re watching swimsuit models strut their stuff). Dolce is extremely Insta-worthy with a vintage car parked out front for all of your photo needs, but the food is great, too. Two words: asparagus risotto. I’d fly back to Miami just to eat that damn risotto again.
The Confidante — While it’s not a restaurant, it’s the cutest hotel and beach club, and you have to go. I repeat: you have to go. The Confidante is where you can find the pastel-colored, tasseled and striped, beach umbrellas that you’ve likely seen on Pinterest. AKA every girl’s dream. Go, and get a frosé delivered to your beach chair. You’re welcome.
Miami Beach EDITION — Okay, honestly, we didn’t make it here but I think it’s still worth noting. Miami Beach EDITION is bowling alley meets skate rink meets bar, which sounds really freakin’ cool. I’m bummed we didn’t make it, but from what I hear it’s a one-stop-shop for Instagram photos and a fun GNO. Go (and tag me)!
What spots did we miss? Tell me in the comments for next year!