10 things to do when in Miami

June 13, 2014

To stay.

1.The Delano This cutting-edge luxury hotel has earnied a reputation as the coolest in South Beach. With its whitewashed, minimalist design; billowing curtains; Phillippe Starck furniture; and unrivalled star-studded pool area – it’s not hard to see why. Details: visit morganshotelgroup.com 2. Shore Club Every time we visit the Shore Club, we find out something new. Designed by famed British architect David Chipperfield, the place oozes a cool and vibrant atmosphere from its Art Deco lobby, to its labyrinth of gardens, filled with secret passageways. Details: visit morganshotelgroup.com 3. Metropolitan by Como Opened in March, the Metropolitan is a stunningly refurbished 1920s art deco grand dame, with an enviable beachfront perch. Details: visit comohotels.com [gallery link="none" ids="3235,3236,3237"]

To go out.

4.Segafredo Segafredo is South Beach’s prime people watching territory. Take a seat at the Lincoln Road bar to witness the nightly parade that parodies Darwin’s ‘Ascent of Man’. Dress code: from Havianas to Hermes. Details: visit sze-originale.com 5. Radio Bars trend in Miami quicker than David Beckham’s hair, but Radio is one we pick to endure the cycle. The heterogeneous décor and chilled vibe are underwritten by a quality drinks menu. Details: visit radiosouthbeach.com [gallery link="none" ids="3238,3239"]

To eat.

6. Juvia As the sun sinks on Lincoln Road the atmosphere changes up a gear, so after a quick aperitif in Segafredo rise above it all by riding the elevator up to Juvia. The restaurant may not be as high as the Burj Khalifa’s Atmosphere, but you can still impress your date with the penthouse panorama. The ambience and food here is first class – we first visited when invited by the chef from one of the world’s largest private yachts – and it lived up to his standards. Details: visit juviamiami.com 7. Vita at Baoli Guys and girls visiting the city tend to head to Baoili for its fabled Wednesday nights. As hedonistic as its Cannes counterpart, the night is loud and raucous with streams of pyrotechnic strapped bottles borne aloft through revelers who grind to pumping tunes. It’s not the place for a quiet (or cheap) romantic dinner. Think Dubai’s Cavalli Club, but with more authenticity. Details: visit baolimiami.com 8. Otentic As the name suggests, this authentic little French restaurant serves up the unpretentious quality food one would expect if staying in a farmhouse in Burgundy. Having recently moved to a larger premises to cater for its hardcore following, the new location offers a cosy terrace for dining al fresco, seated restaurant area and a bar to belly-up to for some of the best-priced fare on the beach. Details: visit otenticrestaurant.com [gallery link="none" ids="3240,3241,3244"]

To do.

9. Miami Heat With the most successful team of the modern era going for a three-peat in the NBA Championships, no visit to MIA between now and the end of June would be complete without watching the Miami Heat in the playoffs. The dazzling entertainment on the court by LeBron, Wade, Bosch and Anderson is matched off it and if you memorize the chants of ‘Let’s go Heat’ and ‘De-fence’ you’ll blend right in. Details: visit aaarena.com 10. Wynwood Art Walk The up and coming Design District is the epicenter for Miami’s burgeoning art scene. The walls in Wynwood are covered in a colourful explosion of murals, tags and stencil work by renown street artists like Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Space Invader. Take the monthly Art Walk (first Saturday of the month) for a semi-organised culture crawl. Best time to visit: November during Art Basel Miami. Details: visit wynwoodartwalk.com [gallery link="none" ids="3242,3243"]