White sand as far as the eye can see, turquoise ocean, breathtaking street art, psychedelic and Art Deco architecture: this sunny and jet set city in South-East Florida is certainly ready to welcome you for a quick, fun-filled getaway. Here are our favourite places to visit during a long weekend in Miami.
Miami Beach: an all-in-one hotel and bar
Head to Miami Beach, right across the ocean, and check in at the very cool Freehand Miami.
Its bohemian-chic decor and low prices, whether you choose to book a dorm or a private room, make it a good place to start your stay.
You’ll love settling in for brunch on the intimate terrace of 27 Restaurant. You’ll also love the lively and relaxed atmosphere of The Broken Shaker bar, a pretty and colorful patio with a pool where a young and stylish crowd waiting for happy hour.
If you’re more in the mood for a view of the water, with the lights of downtown in the background, we recommend The Standard‘s sublime resto-bar: the Lido Bayside Grill. Take a seat in the white Acapulco chairs and enjoy one of the best happy hours in town. It’s a trendy, designer experience.
Wynwood: an open-air art gallery
In this former working-class, industrial neighborhood, abandoned warehouses have been completely reinvented by artists, design studios, restaurants and cafes.
Wynwood is now home to over 70 galleries and museums. It’s home to the largest concentration of graffiti and mural installations in the world. Once not a commandable part of the city, it’s now teeming with tourists.
On your journey to the realm of street art, stop by the Wynwood Arcade, a work of art in and of itself. Plan some time there, because you’ll want to stop at the decadent donut shops, local designer boutiques and original concept stores.
You also can’t miss the Jewish bakery Zak The Baker, a colorful Wynwood landmark that offers kosher treats any time of the day.
In the evening, book a table at Mignonette. Try a platter of ultra-fresh oysters, delicious seafood or the perfectly grilled fish of the day. You won’t be disappointed!
A lovely patio in the heart of the Design District
At some point during your long weekend in Miami, make sure you head north of Wynwood where you’ll come across the chic Miami Design District, home to contemporary art, cutting-edge concept stores, luxury boutiques and trendy-beautiful type people.
The architecture is excessive yet sophisticated, with a touch of madness; the spitting image of Miami.
Once your walk is over, enjoy the wonderful shaded terrace of Mandolin Aegean Bistro, a great restaurant inspired by the taverns of Aegean coastal cities. Home-made Greek and Turkish specialties are served Mediterranean-style, in a relaxed and chic atmosphere.
A dip in Coral Gables’ turquoise water
To visit a more local Miami, stroll through Coral Gables, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city.
Its beautiful houses lined with massive, mature trees will surely seduce you. Make sure to bring your swimming suit, because you’ll want to dive head first in Coral Gables’ public pool, the Venetian, built in 1923 on the ruins of an old coral stone quarry.
With its Venetian architectural style, its waterfalls and its small bridge, this turquoise jewel filled with spring water is worth a few hours of well-deserved relaxation.
Travel tips for a long weekend in Miami
- In Miami, as everywhere else in Florida, air conditioning is king. If you are sensitive to noise, bring earplugs, precious partners of your peaceful nights.
- It is wrongly believed that it is impossible to travel in Miami without renting your own car. We recommend that you don’t overthink this, and that you use the UberPool service: practical and economical.
To see these places for real, book your Air Transat flights to Miami today!
Cover photo credit: Laure Juillard