Where to Stay & Eat in South Beach

Where to Stay and Eat in South Beach • Soho Beach House via @SavvyHome

Things are bustling in Miami’s South Beach. Every time I visit there are a million new places to explore. I try to spend a few days in Miami each year when I visit my parents an hour north near Palm Beach. After a few days of golfing, I just need to go explore the newest and greatest that Miami has to offer.

With a new Sixty Hotel set to open in the old Shore Club and a Four Seasons to take over the legendary Surf Club, things won’t be slowing down any time soon. Here’s a handful of things to keep you busy in South Beach.

Where to Stay and Eat in South Beach • Cecconi's at Soho Beach House via @SavvyHome

WHERE TO STAY

The Miami Beach Edition

South Beach’s new kid on the block, The Miami Edition opened during art basel in December as a “next generation urban resort”. With Edition Hotels popping up in London, Istanbul, NYC, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, and more, I was curious to check out what the hype was about. The hotel is modern, it’s glam, it’s historic. It’s very Miami but in the most tasteful way.

2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Thompson Miami Beach

Also, brand new, the Thompson boasts a yellow and blue poolside décor (my fave) and a mid-century allure with vibrant Palm Beach prints and colors. It’s retro at it’s at it’s finest with a strong youthful attitude.

4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Soho Beach House

British pedigree intermix with Latin flavor at this private club/hotel where leather club chairs sit atop patterned cuban tiled floors. The Soho Beach House answers to every traveler’s dreams: from the 100ft pool and stretch of private beach and bars or lounging spots around every corner—right down to straightening irons and fully-stocked Mad Men-esque wet bars in every guest room.

4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

WHERE TO EAT

Matador Room

The new Jean-Georges Vongerichten dining room at the Edition Hotel blends old world glamour with Latin flavors. But it’s on the twinkly Matador Terrace overlooking the pool at night that magic happens.

2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Seagrape

Michelle Bernstein’s new talk-of-the-town restaurant is on Eater Miami’s heatmap right now. Seagrape serves a Florida-inspired locally-sourced menu in the familiar retro Miami setting of the Thompson Hotel.

4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Cecconi’s

Romantic venue “par excellence”, head to Soho House’s Cecconi’s restaurant to enjoy an approachable Italian fare and delicious cocktails under a canopy of twinkling lights wrapped silver button trees.

4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Casa Tua

Known for its’ celebrity sightings and exclusive crowd, this private oasis tucked away on a residential street serves classic Northern Italian in an intimate dining room adorned with blue and white striped banquettes, wicker chairs and immaculately styled gallery bookcases. If Cecconi’s isn’t South Beach’s most romantic restaurant, Casa Tua is.

1700 James Ave, Miami Beach

R House

Sometimes you just need to escape the flashy South Beach scene, which is the perfect occasion to visit the up-and-coming Wynwood art District and it’s most promising establishment. If competing for America’s Best New Restaurant isn’t enough to convince you, just take my word for it: it’s delicious.

2727 NW 2nd Ave, Wynwood

The Bazaar

If you’re not going to José Andrés’s popular venue to catch a glimpse of the magnificent oversized coral chandelier (a staple in recent Philippe Starck-designed restaurants) you should go for what Zagat describes as “an unbelievable culinary experience”.

1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Lido

I’m generally a fan of every property that André Balazs touches, and the Lido Bayside Grill is no exception. With an outdoor dining room vaguely reminiscent of Sunset Beach‘s vibrant casual vibe, Lido seems like the perfect place to grab a healthy (it’s located in a wellness spa after all) and fresh Mediterranean-inspired lunch.

40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach

Michael Schwartz

A long-time favorite of mine, the poolside dining at the Raleigh Hotel offers a simple American menu overlooking the historic pool of the Raleigh. Twinkle lights included.

1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

27 Restaurant & Bar

You’d think that the 27 Restaurant located inside a bustling hostel is indicative of the crowd’s maximum age (and that’s being generous)— but for a late night cap, there’s no better place to grab a craft cocktail in a decidedly relaxed atmosphere.

2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach

WHAT TO DO

Let’s not pretend that most of us go to Miami for any reason other than to relax (or party, or go to Art Basel for the lucky ones). So find yourself a lounge chair by the pool of one of the aforementioned hotels and order yourself a jalapeno margarita and a fresh ceviche.

If you’re itching to go walk around and you’ve done a beach walk already, head to Wynwood District to see the labyrith of street art, galleries and foodie hotspots.

If it rains (which is rare) or simply for the pure irony of it, go ice skating in the basement of the Edition Hotel, or challenge your friends to a good old fashioned game of disco bowling.

WHAT TO PACK

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Images via Soho Beach House and Les Lately.

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  • http://www.catalinacreative.com/ Natalie | Catalina Creative

    Amazing! Can’t wait to plan my next trip to down 😉

    • http://savvyhome.wpengine.com/ Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      Me too and I only just came back 😉

  • GlamistaHome

    I can really recommend Delano hotel in Miami, it’s such a beautiful place. You have picked some truly great places and restaurants. Thank you for sharing.

    • http://savvyhome.wpengine.com/ Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      I love the Delano too! Great pool area 🙂

  • Lauren

    I’m glad I caught this post as I’ll be staying in South Beach with my boyfriend next weekend. Thanks for the recommendations!

    • http://savvyhome.wpengine.com/ Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      Have a great trip Lauren! I’d love to know what your favorites were when you get back 🙂

  • Morgan Says Things

    The boyfriend & I were down in Miami over Thanksgiving. We stayed at the new Hilton Cabana (points yay!), and it was nice but quite a ways from South Beach. Great for relaxing, but not for partying.

    And one day, I definitely want to hit up the St. Regis Bal Harbor!