How to spend 48 hours in Miami
Housed on the property of the Freehand, a chic Miami Beach hostel with a rotating cast of trendy customers, 27 Restaurant & Bar satisfies aesthetically and gastronomically. Anchored in a two-story house, the restaurant's various rooms provide a quirky intimacy that's accompanied by fresh-as-can-be dishes from the sea, farm and ground. After-dinner drinks at next door's Broken Shaker are non-negotiable.
The nightclub is very much still an essential part of Miami Beach culture, but Basement isn't your average discotheque. Here—all in the comfort of one club—you can bowl on technicolor lanes, ice skate with friends and dance to DJ sets from local favorites and celeb guests, who spin an open-format style to a very eager dance floor.
Did you really think we weren't going to send you to the beach? At South Pointe Park, the southernmost tip of Miami Beach, you can lay in the sand and watch hulking cruise ships roll in and out of Miami, walk the pier and have a breakfast picnic on the green space in the park.
It’ll only be about a ten-minute walk to Lolo’s Surf Cantina, where you can sit outside and fuel up with Mexico City-inspired fare. The tacos are a safe (and delicious) bet. Vegetarians should get the oyster mushroom taco—smoked to resemble the taste of bacon. Wash it all down with a perfectly spicy michelada.
Ready to pedal? Lummus Park is bike-friendly (there’s a Citi Bike Station at Ocean Drive and 7th Street) and takes you through some of South Beach's most recognizable territory. Say hello to the Versace Mansion, ride past muscle hunks doing pull-ups and soak in the ocean views.
Come hungry to KYU because you will want to (and just might) eat everything on the menu. Most items are crisped to perfection on a wood-fired grill. You can’t go wrong with the fried chicken or the thai fried rice stone pot. And you can walk off the calories with a nocturnal stroll through the Wynwood Walls, just one block away.
Though Wynwood started as an arts district, it's indisputably a nightlife destination now. Gramps will give you a great feel for the still-artsy vibe of the neighborhood. On Saturday, you can usually find a live band of DJ spinning in the bar's tropical backyard. Plus, bar hopping is easy (and encouraged). On NW 24th Street alone, you can find Rácket and J. Wakefield Brewing.
Chances are, Vizcaya will blow your mind. An absolutely huge Italian Renaissance-style villa built in 1914, you can get lost exploring the property's dazzling gardens, fountains and pools. The view of Biscayne Bay is one of the city's best and you'll be glad you carved time for this slice of old Miami.
The sleek new Brickell City Centre is a sight to behold—and a good place to get in some last-minute shopping. Even if you’re running low on cash, the architectural gem is worth the trip simply for a stroll through. There are dining options too. Grab some Mexican at Tacology. A huge new Italian food hall, La Centrale, should open in the next few months too.
Leave the city on a high with one of the best mojitos (and bars) in the whole damn city: Ball & Chain. Located on the main strip of Calle Ocho, here you'll finally get a taste of Cuban Miami with live salsa and vintage decor. Head to the back patio, buy a cigar and watch the setting sun turn the sky a dreamy purple-orange. We'd tell you to come back soon, but we have a feeling you don't need any more convincing.