Miami's Local Attractions
Collected by Lane Nieset, AFAR Local Expert
Miami may be a city known around the globe for its extravagant hotels and sexy nightlife, but the city has plenty to explore that's off-the-beaten path. To see a local side of Miami, step away from the tourist attractions and discover some of these shops, restaurants, bars and even neighborhoods that give the city its vibrant energy.
1664 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Discreetly placed on the edge of level 5 in a parking garage on Lincoln Road, Alchemist has prime real estate. The boutique—with its all-glass exterior—overlooks the pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road but puts enough distance between itself and the...
3456 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127, USA
Nestled in midtown Miami, Bardot is a lounge that locals love due to its low-key vibe and speakeasy-like setting. The lounge feels more like someone's home than a bar, with bookshelves lining the walls, filled with random items and stacks of...
2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA
When Freehand launched in Miami at the end of 2012, it became a welcome alternative to the city’s glitzy hotel scene. The retro-inspired, summer-camp-style hotel is housed in a 1930s building outfitted with vintage furnishings and wood...
Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA
The Wynwood district is a pleasant change from the glazed body parade of South Beach. Art is everywhere: on gallery walls, on exterior walls, even on the sidewalk--and the Wynwood Walls are a one stop shop for it all. Wander the impressive murals,...
400 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Although Sense Beach House is located in South Beach, its new look is the opposite of what South Beach is known for. The boutique hotel now has more of a Hamptons feeling, seeming more like a home-away-from-home than a chic, club-like hotel. It...
1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
In Miami Beach, the best seat in the house is, well, outside. The new Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the iconic Raleigh Hotel serves up just that. With tables placed on the pool's patio surrounded by large trees and twinkling lights, the...
2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, USA
Panther Coffee, in the ultra-cool Wynwood Art District and two other Miami locations, makes all drinks and brews to order, specializing in cortaditos, espressos, and roasting their own beans. It’s a hip spot with a Pacific Northwest...
455 Grand Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33149, USA
Inspired by the lunar calendar, new spa treatments at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne resort on an island south of Miami Beach explore the moon’s influence on the senses. Products from Éminence’s biodynamic line utilize...
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