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. This week, journalist, Time Out Miami contributor and fashion blogger Maria Tettamanti shows us around the MiMo and Design Districts of Miami and introduces us to her favorite neighborhood haunts.
Most loved coffee place: Panther Coffee just opened up in MiMo! The macadamia nut lattes here are the best for those of us trying that dairy-free life.
Most loved restaurant: I’m Greek so Mandolin Aegean Bistro is the go-to spot for me. Stellar dishes aside, the ambiance here is on point.
Most loved shop: I’ve been a Rebel shopper since its inception. The frocks and tees here will have you standing apart from the masses. Fly Boutique (7235 Biscayne Blvd) offers excellent vintage, too.
Most loved park: The best-kept secret in town is my neighborhood’s Belle Meade Park (NE 77th St between NE Eighth Ave and NE Seventh Ct). We throw epic happy hours on Fridays with the kids, too.
Most loved movie theater: iPic in North Miami—they have cozy throw blankets, reclining seats and waiters to boot!
Most loved landmark: I adore the Coppertone girl on Biscayne Boulevard [and 73rd St] as it always reminds me of my youth…and to wear SPF!
Most loved brunch spot: We are big fans of the eggs benny at Balan’s (6789 Biscayne Blvd) and eats a Michael’s Genuine.
Most loved music venue: I adore the free outdoor concerts in the Miami Design District (at Palm Court).
Most loved culture spot: Marky’s on 79th Street (87 NE 79th St) sells the greatest Russian and Eastern European goodies in all of South Florida. From pierogies to caviar, they’ve got you covered. And yes, food, is my culture.
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