Española Way: A Hidden Spanish Village on South BeachWhen walking the Art Deco streets of South Beach you might stumble on a pedestrian avenue that looks a lot like Europe. Española Way has been around for a long time, but has remained a secret for nearly 100 years.
Hidden between Washington and Drexel Avenue, Española Way was built as an artist colony in the 1920s with a creative vibe that mirrored Greenwich Village in New York and Montmartre in Paris. Española Way was the first commercial street in Miami Beach with pink Mediterranean-style buildings and cobblestone, the street immerses visitors in another world.
Thoughtfully designed to evoke a picturesque Spanish village with large overhangs, thick stucco walls and glazed tile-painted signs, the cozy Miami Beach street celebrates its rich past today as a must-stop destination to shop, eat, drink and celebrate among an international crowd.
Today, the street includes three hotels including the historic Clay Hotel, in addition to the Casa Victoria Orchid boutique hotel and El Paseo, which opened in 2017. Unlike the large beachfront properties of South Beach, the Española Way boutique properties overlook the avenue on European-style balconies, offering the casual, immersive vibe that young travelers crave.
There are 17 restaurants on the street, each representing the customs and traditions of Miami's melting including traditional Cuban, Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian and other types of cuisine. There's also a gelato shop, a rock-and-roll hair salon, a sunglass boutique and a retail shop, offering European linen attire - perfect for Miami's toasty temperatures.
On Saturday morning Synergy Yoga, a locally-celebrated studio in Miami, leads traditional practice on the street. The expert instructors play soothing music and light candles around the quiet space, creating a peaceful vibe as Miami slowly comes to life. On weekends there's a seasonal market, offering locally-made goods from creative vendors based in the area.
Nighttime is when Española Way truly comes to life. On any given night locals and visitors gather under the twinkling lights along the street for traditional samba, salsa, Italian opera or flamenco. From the moment you stroll along the avenue you'll witness traditions from different cultures. Peep into the windows or hidden mosaic corridors to view pasta making by hand, cigar rolling and so much more. Even after 100 years the street continues to be a creative cultural destination on South Beach.