We clicked our heels together three times and made a wish that all our favorite, highest-rated Miami restaurants would get together in one big room and serve the Miami dishes we find ourselves craving just about every damn day. And guess what? It came true! Stop in for killer burgers by James Beard Award winner Michell Bernstein, soul-soothing pho from Pho Mo, mind-blowingly good plant-based Chinese food, and a transportive tasting menu at Basque eatery Lur—among other delights.
Miami Beach could be described both as an unexplored region filled with undiscovered gems and as a well-trodden tourist trap to be navigated with care. Talk about a paradox. People from all over the world aspire to spread a towel over the pristine sands of Miami's best beaches (yes, there are many here), splash in its warm waters and party at South Beach’s notorious nightclubs. But even if you live here, it’s easy to get lost in the madness of it all and miss out on so many of the best things to do in Miami Beach. For starters, some of the best restaurants in Miami are in Miami Beach—and not just the fancy ones in the big hotels. From quaint cafes to contemporary art museums, and botanical gardens to lit drag brunches, there’s something for everyone in Miami Beach. You just have to know where to look, and we’ve already done that part for you! Read on for our fully vetted guide to the best things to do in Miami Beach.