Boundaries: Roughly along the Miami River between NW 27th and Brickell Aves
Miami may be synonymous with sexy beaches, but there’s also a river that flows through the heart of the city. And the neighborhood bordering it, Allapattah, has a long history dating back to when it was settled in 1856. Allapattah has largely been known for its open-air food distribution centers, bodegas and garment manufacturing industry. But the land around the river has seen a recent spate of development, with upscale yacht clubs joining the fisheries and family-run spots that were already there. With an eye further west, Wynwood operators are hoping to revitalize the area thanks to affordable land, rents and relative proximity to Downtown.
With years of fine-dining experience under his belt, Klime Kovaceski decided to embrace his inner pizzaiolo and open local favorite Crust . Although you can’t go wrong with arugula-topped pie drizzled in white truffle oil, don’t miss his rendition of classic Italian dishes such as his chicken piccata. One to watch: Kiki on the River (50 NW North River Dr; facebook.com/kikiontheriver), a Mediterranean stunner from Roman Jones, managing partner of the Opium Group, and Steve Rhee, former chef at Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis. The swanky restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the river, a terrace and an aquatic-themed mural by local artist Juan Rosas, whose work has made a splash at the Wynwood Walls.
Have yacht, will party. That’s the idea behind the river’s polished resident, River Yacht Club. Order one of their magnums of rosé, settle into a plush couch, and watch the parade of megayachts. Looking for something else waterside? The sceney riverfront bar at Seaspice plays host to Miami’s glitterati with its stiff sangrias and a chic lounge. For low-key fun, head inland to revamped Taberna Las Rosas, an Allapattah dive bar with an extensive roster of tequilas.
Located in a former Victorian boarding house, Roam Miami is shaking up what it means to live in the Magic City. Members share a communal kitchen, a pool and working space while hanging their hats in a private suite. They’re also granted living privileges in sister properties in Madrid and Bali, Indonesia. Allapattah Market (729 NW 29th St; allapattahmarket.com), which the Wood Tavern Group opens this month, plans to bring together vendors and artisans in a 15,000-square-foot open-air space with a decidedly hippie vibe.