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Welcome to Miami: 9 Essential Stops in the Magic City

Welcome to Miami: 9 Essential Stops in the Magic City

By: Nick Remsen

To get into the spirit of the coming warmer weather (any day now!), we ventured south to Miami and had the times of our lives. Want a taste? Our guide to Miami includes restaurants, nightlife hotspots, galleries and more—and outfits to match each destination. Beinvenido!

Miami Beach may have the reputation of being, well, a party town. It’s not an entirely unsupported opinion: this South Florida destination is indeed a nightlife hotspot. Restaurants, clubs, and bars are often filled to the brim with revelers looking to let loose. But, Miami Beach—and, in fact, Miami (they are two different, though adjacent, cities)—offers much more than just cocktails and clubbing. The area has emerged as a cultural harbor, with new museums, galleries, parks, developments and more having opened in recent years. Neighborhoods in the region are flourishing: see Wynwood, where street art is celebrated and where coffee shops, tattoo parlors and independent boutiques have opened by the dozen, or the Design District, with its glossy high-end shopping, or Little Havana, where you can grab a Café Cubano and experience the beat of Miami’s Cuban heart. Of course, you can (and should) also stop by the clubs, too—there’s so much to see and to do. They don’t call it “The Magic City” for nothing.


BEACH BABES: Left: Gingham Asymmetrical Ruffle Blouse and High Waisted Denim Shorts. Right: South Pointe Park Pier. 

Get a local feel for the city with a few hours spent exploring Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood—cut-off jean shorts and a frilly, lightweight top are perfect for keeping cool while checking out this enclave. The “Fifth” in South of Fifth is Fifth Street (Miami Beach’s lateral roads are numbered in the ascendant from south to north); this is a primarily residential zone, with a number of high-profile apartment towers, excellent restaurants (like the world-famous Joe’s Stone Crab) and great sightseeing, to boot. Our favorite thing to do in SoFi? Head to South Pointe Park Pier—it’s Miami Beach’s southernmost tip—which has 17 acres of recreational space, as well as a long jetty that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean. The views are incredible in all directions, especially during sunrise and sunset—and you might even catch an incoming or departing cruise ship churning by.


PLAY DATE: Striped Short Sleeve Shirt and Destroyed Denim Shorts

As you might guess in a seaside city, fitness is a focus in Miami Beach. On the beach itself, you’ll find volleyball or soccer games underway by day, or, even, polo matches at certain times of the year. (Yes, the horses play on the actual sand.) Over on the bay, paddle boarding and sunset yoga classes are guaranteed. One of our favorite spots for getting physical is the Flamingo Park Tennis Center. Throw on a t-shirt and sneakers (there’s no dress code, other than wearing athletic shoes) and book a court to hit with friends, or hire a pro for an hour-long lesson. And don’t worry if you forgot your racquet—Flamingo Park has rentals at the ready. Beginners to experts, all are welcome.


WONDER WALL: Right: Wynwood Walls. Left: Striped Wrap Midi Dress and Express One Eleven Graphic Tee

For an evening filled with art, action, awesome food—and maybe a few glasses of champagne—we recommend a creatively cool and effortless look. Throw on a graphic chevron-striped dress over a t-shirt for Wynwood’s Art Walk. Every second Saturday of the month, starting at 6:00pm, this burgeoning neighborhood encourages its galleries, restaurants and boutiques to throw open their doors and welcome passersby for new debuts, new stock or, simply, a drink and a snack. Wynwood has developed exponentially over the past few years, and on this particular night—now an established and beloved tradition—it comes alive. For the best in street art and graffiti, stop by Wynwood Walls; for excellent pizza, cap off your gallery tour with dinner at Joey’s. (Insider’s tip: order the Dolce e Piccante pie—it has figs, gorgonzola, honey and hot peppers, and it may very well be the best pizza you’ll ever have.)


BRIGHT NIGHTS: On her: Sequin Mini Skirt // On him: Slim Performance Stretch Suit Jacket

Miami Beach offers no shortage of places to party. From happy hour bars along Ocean Drive to after-hours spots in Downtown Miami city, there’s always somewhere to go. Yet very few of the area’s venues have stood the test of trendiness (nightclubs seem to come and go so quickly) like LIV, the ultra-decked out mega-club underneath the Fontainebleau Hotel. It is one of the most profitable nightclubs in the country, and regularly sees celebrities in both attendance and performing. (Next month, LIV hosts Lil’ Jon and Felix da Housecat.) Cardi B rapped there during Art Basel in December. The Kardashians have all been spotted at LIV’s prime bottle service tables. Throw on a crystal-studded top and sample a bit of Miami’s glitz with a night out—just make sure you book a table in advance, as the place is often packed to capacity!womens-sequin-dress

GLOW ON: Sequin Sheath Dress and Slingback Heels

Insiders regularly call out The Standard Spa as the place to see and be seen in Miami Beach. It’s a spa, hotel, lounge, restaurant, pool, dock, gym and more all in one familial, anything-goes setting. (It’s not unusual to see guests dining in their bathrobes.) Room rates can be expensive during peak vacation times, but even if you’re not splurging, it’s worth visiting for a bayside meal (try the turkey burger) or to purchase a day pass to the recently refurbished pool. By night (this photograph was taken on The Standard’s famous canary yellow-hued beach loungers), a Deco-inspired graphic dress goes perfectly amongst the tranquil breezes and twinkling lights of this singular, unforgettable location.


TROPICAL TAKEOVER: Lace Fit & Flare Dress, Tropical Short Sleeve Shirt, Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress