The formerly faded city center is on the up. Downtown Miami’s once-modest gathering of skyscrapers continues to multiply, as the architecture evolves from colorful, campy 1980s to post-millennium sleek. Not long ago, the scene at ground level was largely characterized by an assortment of tacky discount electronics stores, pawn shops and $.99 emporiums. However, the past decade has seen a major cultural renaissance, partly signaled by a fresh crop of Miami museums and renewed interest in Downtown Miami’s live music venues. For a part of town that seemingly shuts down at 5pm, Downtown Miami comes alive in other ways—and there’s plenty to do if you just know where to look.
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Voting is now open for the first ever Time Out Love Miami Awards, and we’re asking you to nominate your most loved local venues. But in a city with so many awesome spots, we know it’s tough to narrow it down to just a few—so we’ve sought inspiration from several local bloggers and influencers who keep steady fingers on the pulse of Miami. Giving us her favorite places of to eat, drink and hang out in and around Downtown is baker, writer and Time Out Miami contributor is Amber Love Bond. This girl doesn’t miss a beat. Most loved coffee place: All Day The locally owned coffee shop is home to some of the best coffee in Miami. Whether you’re looking for drip coffee or nitro cold brew, they’ve got your caffeine fix. The coffee is on constant rotation featuring the best roasters in the country, including some local names like Per’la Specialty Roasters. Most loved restaurant: Zuma While Zuma isn’t an everyday option for most, it’s always a worthy splurge. From cocktails at the bar to a full-fledged chef’s table experience, you can always count on Zuma for creating a true Miami love affair. Most loved park: Museum Park Museum Park is one of the most serene spots Downtown. It’s also host to plenty of Miami’s events. Days at Museum Park can be filled with free-flowing champagne during Veuve Clicquot Carnaval parties or sometimes it’s all about being healthy with free yoga. Plus, it’s right on the water — what more could you ask for? Most loved movie theater: CMX Brickell City Ce