9 Best Things to Do in Miami This Summer
A development boom in the Magic City has ushered in stylish new hotels, inventive restaurants, one-off boutiques and slick lounges. We’re feeling the Floridian heat, people!
Recalling the glory days of Miami, the eye-popping Faena is one of the most glam hotels to grace the Atlantic's azure shores. Film director Baz Lurhman (Moulin Rouge) and his wife Catherine Martin spared no expense, draping the spacious 169-rooms with cinematic red velvet and a spectacular teal blue. Unwind with a "shaman-developed" body treatment at the Tierra Santa holistic spa before dinner at chef Francis Mallmann's first American outpost.
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At Wynwood’s wellness mecca, Sacred Space Miami, you'll find a new upscale vegan outpost from chef Matthew Kenney that includes both his restaurant and a state-of-the-art raw culinary academy. The airy dining room serves black pepper kelp noodles with spicy greens and sunflower cream and coconut ceviche tacos, along with detoxifying juices, and for the booze inclined, a list of organic sake and wine-- best enjoyed on the palm tree-flanked patio.
Come June, the legendary Art Deco icon hotel Plymouth, reopens its doors in Miami Beach. Overseen by Fernando Santangelo (responsible for the rebirth of Hollywood's Chateau Marmot), the space includes a rare oval lobby peppered with vintage chairs and sofas draped in ruby and blue (an homage to the South of France) Upstairs, the 110 white-on-white rooms offer a chic retreat from buzzy South Beach.
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A nod to 1940’s Cuba, El Tucan in Brickell’s neighborhood is a cabaret/dinner show that incorporates Afro-Latin beats, Parisian pop and emerging DJ's. Chef Jean Paul Lourdes serves Caribbean and South American dishes before the dance party starts in a room done up in tropical colors, crushed velvet and sparking chandeliers.
This June, the contemporary Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) features the visually enchanting Floridian artist Robert Rauschenberg. The highlights, borrowed from PAMM's own permanent collection, include pieces like Love Hotel (Anagrams (A Pun) and the 1986 work entitled Tibetan Garden Song, ROCI Tibet (1986). After taking in the art, slip into Verde for a lunch of small plates like crudo and delicious squash blossom pizza with zucchini and goat cheese.
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In the heart of Brickell, the Hong Kong-based Swire Hotels opens its first property outside China. Sticking with the brand's clean, streamlined aesthetic, the sleek, LEED certified glass encased structure has 352-rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the city. Upstairs, there's a series of pools and the rooftop Sugar lounge for Asian style tapas and cocktails. Opens May 31st.
Bachour Bakery and Bistro
You can skip the trip to Europe this summer. This mod bake shop in Brickell World Plaza stocks rows of freshly baked pastries from chefs Antonion Bachour and Henry Hane: buttery croissants, tartines with smoked salmon, capers, crème fraiche and eggs. Grab a seat on a patio--the perfect spot for key lime tart with raspberries and iced coffee.
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Downtown Miami is thriving, and the new boutique Langford Hotel is the nabe's latest addition. Housed in a 1925 Beaux-Arts bank building, the hotel has an old-meets-new vibe with rooms done up in vintage brass accessories, antique chests and a subtropical aesthetic of teal and gold. We're digging the hotel's restaurant, PB Station, which is modeled after a train station, and the a rooftop lounge with views of the twinkling skyline.
In Wynwood, two Zuma vets are behind KYU (pronounced "Q"), which turns out in-house smoked and grilled meats with a Japanese flare. Crowdpleasers include wagyu brisket in black shichimi pepper, a crispy, smoker-to-fryer fried chicken and duck breast "Burnt Ends." If that sounds a little heavy, go for the lighter sliced Hamachi in white ponzu with green herbs and chili.
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Photo by Juan Fernando Ayora