A journey to North Miami can stir up your appetite—even if it’s just 10 miles from Downtown. Start your day at Alaska Coffee Roasting of Miami, a local favorite whose menu—which includes breakfast dishes like loaded, cheesy hash browns and a wood-fired pizza—matches the quality of the house-roasted java. Let the caffeine buzz carry you to Red White & Blue Thrift Store. Here you’ll find only-in-Miami oddities (it’s where Calle Ocho and Orange Bowl paraphernalia go to die) mixed in with designer steals and cool vintage housewares at bargain prices.
Though tucked away on a busy street lined with shops and cafés, the small Cane A Sucre is easy to spot around noon thanks to the loyal lunch rush. Order at the counter from a selection of artfully constructed French-Cuban baguette sandwiches, then grab a cortadito and commute 300 yards across the street to the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. The sprawling, world-class museum has featured work from Edouard Duval-Carrié, Roy Lichtenstein and many others. If you happen to visit on the last Friday of the month, admission is pay what you wish from 7 to 10pm.
Owned and operated by the same group for more than 20 years, Luna Star Cafe is an old-school coffeehouse with live folk music, one of the last venues of its kind in South Florida. When the sun sets, coffee turns to beer and all ears tilt toward the stage. A $10 cover charge (or $10 food-and-drink minimum) ensures a crowd of true music lovers. And no night is complete without a full belly courtesy of Steve’s Pizza. The late-night joint’s saucy, New York–style slices set you right for bedtime.