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Locals share what’s on their Miami bucket list for 2019

We tapped a group of insiders to find out the local sites topping their lists of things to do in Miami in 2019

Virginia Gil

It’s been a hell of a year. But rather than look back at all that happened in 2018, we’re casting our gaze forward and crafting a bucket list of things to do in Miami in 2019. Specifically, we put together a checklist of Miami musts to finally tick off over the next 12 months, from classic attractions and staple Miami restaurants to the old-school Miami Beach bars we’ve yet to visit (no judgment, please). And if you think lifers have done it all, think again. This set, many of whom are born-and-bred Miamians, still have plenty to see and do in the 305. 

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“I’ve never been to the Venetian Pool and every year I mean to go. Hopefully, summer 2019!”—Sara Liss, Surfside

The Surf Club Restaurant. It’s amazing to see someone with a world-renowned reputation in the Miami area. Remember he was the chef for French Laundry.”—Gio Maselli, Coconut Grove 

“In 2019 I finally want to get my hands on a Knaus Berry Farm cinnamon roll. I’ve still never braved the line but in 2019 that changes. I will bring a tent and camp out if I have to.”—Ryan Pfeffer, Time Out Miami associate editor 

“I’ve always wanted to paddleboard from the Sunset Harbour Marina at sunset because it faces west.”—Lauren Cedeño, Time Out Market marketing manager

“I want to finally get a reservation at KYU! I’ve had a gift card for the restaurant for two years and still can’t get a table.”—Andrea Carneiro, Pinecrest 

“I’ve always wanted to go on an Everglades Airboat ride because I’ve never explored the Everglades beyond a school field trip. And, well, let’s just say I’ve been out of school for a while.”—Jacqueline Basallo, Coral Gables 

“I might be the only food writer in Miami who’s never been to Prime 112. And, alas, have never tasted the fried Oreos that seemingly every diner raves about. If it’s the last thing I eat in 2019, it’s going to be those Oreos.”—Virginia Gil, Time Out Miami editor

“Simple: I want to go to La Petite Maison because everyone has been but me.”—Mike Viera, Coral Gables 

“I want to visit Key West, I have never been there. Looking forward for the Lincoln Eatery and Time Out Miami Market for sure! New murals and events in Wynwood.”—Valeria Claiman Cattan, Time Out Tastemaker  

“In 2019, I want to run across the Rickenbacker Bridge in Key Biscayne. Also on my list are David Grutman’s two latest restaurants, Planta and Swan.”—George William Anthony Read, Kendall, Time Out Tastemaker

”I’ve never done Coral Castle. I need to go on 11-11 at 11 to see some coral art and find out if anything magical happens.”—Gio Gutierrez, Shenandoah 

“I love Michelle Bernstein so I can’t wait to try her new Little Havana spot Cafe La Trova. I already know it’s going to be amazing.”—Jess Swanson, MiMo

“To be honest, I don’t know that there’s anywhere I haven’t been; I’m looking forward to Time Out Market Miami.”—Amber Love Bond, South Miami 

“Ad Lib just shot up to the top of our dining list for 2019. It’s going to be interesting (and delicious) to see what Hedy Goldsmith and Jamie DeRosa cook up in the old Swine space.”—Dianne Rubin and Geoffrey Anderson, Coral Gables

“Having survived the first year of motherhood, I’m not ready to rediscover Miami. In 2019, I plan on making runs to the Miami Children’s Museum and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and living the experience all over again, only this time through my toddler’s eyes. I also plan on making a trip to Venetian Pool since the last time I went was a whopping 12 years old. On a personal note, if I can sneak in a day with my husband to Ember (Brad Kilgore’s much-anticipated restaurant, I would be a happy gal.”—Melanie Garcia-Galarce, Miami Springs

Get cracking on your own Miami bucket list

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