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MIAMI I LOVE YOU!

Posted on 17 December 2016




Miami, often referred to as a Millionaire's playground, is all about sun, sea, shopping, and great food!

Miami is a very popular winter getaway for many Americans residing in the colder states of the United States, but it is also a popular getaway for Latino’s and Carabineers who love to visit this vibrant city to spend some quality time and to get some shopping done.

Its miles of pristine beaches and the beautiful turquoise Atlantic Ocean are an attraction for many. Add to this a warm, subtropical climate and you can see why many people, including celebrities, have chosen to set up home in Miami.

Miami is also a true shopping paradise. From high-end designer boutiques and flagship stores to a great range of shops with more moderate prices for those whose budget doesn’t quite stretch that far; you can find it all in this fabulous city!

Furthermore Miami is heaven to foodies! The countless fabulous restaurant this city offers is truly amazing. You can try a new restaurant every evening of the week and by the end of the year you still haven't dined at all the restaurants the city offers! From moderate to highly priced, and from diners to tastefully decorated restaurants; there is something great for every budget! 

And as if this is not enough reason to love Miami, the city also has its fair share of culture and art, including the Art Deco District in South Beach, which houses the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture. In the past two decades many hotels moved into the old Art Deco buildings on Collins Avenue, Ocean Drive and neighboring streets and avenues, and did a great job in terms of refurbishing and decorating these buildings. It is really worth peeking into the lobbies of some of these amazing hotels. Among my favorites are: 1hotel, Faenna, Edition, Nautilus, SLS, Delano, Nobu, Shore Club.

If you love contemporary architecture and art then make sure to pay a visit to Miami Design District and the Pérez Art Museum; it will absolutely be worth your time! And not to forget Miami’s ART BASEL, which is a real happing in the city every year around the first week of December.

ART BASEL 

This time we went down to Miami for Art Basel, North America’s foremost international modern and contemporary art fair showcasing over 250 galleries from over 30 countries. Art Basel attracts people from all over the world from all walks of live, including many celebrities (we ran into Leonardo di Caprio in our favorite restaurant Komodo one evening). Art Basel Miami Beach is the sister fair to the original Art Basel, founded in Basel Switzerland in 1970. In Miami Beach, it capitalizes on its unique geography as the meeting point of North America and Latin America. In 2013, a third iteration of Art Basel spawned in Hong Kong.

With plenty of ground to cover and drawing crowds of more then 50,000 people, Art Basel Miami Beach is just overwhelming. And that’s not even counting the endless satellite fairs, parties, and events that are also taking place during these 4 days. It’s important to pace yourself so that you can get the most out of the experience, but with so much to see and do we found it difficult to decide were to go.

So we decided to start at the main event, which is located in the Miami Convention Center on South Beach. For us, lovers of contemporary art, this was absolutely a disappointment since the art pieces did not fit our taste at all. So we decide to visit several of the 20 satellite fairs, stretching from South beach, to Midtown and Downtown. We visited Ink, Miami Design, Pulse, Scope, X Contemporary, Conception and many more. To be really honest, there were very few I liked. Of course there were pieces in each fair that were great, but my favorite satellite fair by far was Scope. And the best area to go to with most ambiance was most definitely Wynwood Art District.

Would I go back? YES! Not so much for the overpriced art, but especially for the great ambiance that Art Basel brought over Miami. I love when the city bustles and people are having fun. The Christmas decorations all over town added even more to the ambiance.


Artwork of various artists at Art Basel


MIAMI MY FAVORITE CITY 

Miami is by far my favorite city in the world. The city has a certain feel to it that makes me feel at home. It’s relaxed, diverse and very multi-cultural as a result of the heavy Latin American influence. Whether you choose South Beach, Brickell, Mid Town, Down Town, Medley, Kendall or Dadeland, the Latino influences are everywhere. The mixture of cultures in Miami is among other things what makes this city so special and so different from other cities in the United States.

Since Miami is only a two-and-a-half our flight away from Curacao and because the production of my brand Thalassa Boom Resort Wear is located in Miami, I frequently visit this wonderful city. Because Miami is growing so rapidly and so many new shops and restaurants are being set-up, I never get bored visiting this city. There are always new places to visit and new restaurants to try out. And the great thing about it all is that my partner Hans also loves Miami and also enjoys pretty much the same things in life (including shopping!!! J) as I do. So we often combine business and pleasure in this fantastic city!

I drafted a list of places I love; areas, restaurants, shops, hotels. I have divided my favorite places to eat, drink, sleep and shop into the 4 areas in Miami that I like to visit most. Please note that although I try to provide you with tips of places with different price points, I realize that not all places I like will fit the budget of everybody. I apologize for this, however I can only provide you with my personal experiences and hopefully there is enough choice between the list that fits your budget & liking. Although my list does not cover all the great areas, restaurants, hotels and shops you can possibly find in Miami, I still hope my tips can contribute to a more enjoyable stay when you are visiting Miami! And if you discover some other hidden pearl(s), then please drop me a note so I can visit those on my next trip to Miami! 

MY FAVORITE PLACES IN MIAMI 

SOUTH BEACH is an island connected by various bridges to the mainland. It is know for it’s great Art Deco low-rise architecture. The ambiance on Sobe (people refer to South Beach as Sobe) is super relaxed; multi-culti and LGTB friendly. You can find anything from casual to party chic / high-end. Sobe reminds me a lot of Amsterdam, but then smaller and on the beach. You will find many boutique hotels on Sobe. The higher-end hotels are mostly located on Collins Avenue and the middle- and lower priced hotels are scattered trough the island.

My favorite restaurants/bars:
STK (1Hotel), Juvia (with the best view of Sobe on Lincoln Road), Katsuya (SLS Hotel), Matador Room (Edition) Pao and Los Fuegos (Faenna Hotel), Hakasan (Fontaine Blue), Watr (1hotel rooftop bar), Segafredo (the best cocktails of Sobe), Nespresso (great to specialty coffees & great lunch), Balance (fusion cuisine), Na-Yara (great Thai food), Sushi Garage, Orange Blossom (excellent breakfast and lunch), Jugo Fresh (the best smooties and juices)

My favorite places to visit:
Lincoln Road, Collins Avenue, Ocean Drive, new upcoming area around Bay Road
Tip: explore the island on a bike! There are various bike rentals located on Sobe or just take the city bikes that are located in many areas in Sobe

My favorite stores:
Zara, Forever 21, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Intermix, Coltorti, Babalou, Alchemist, Vault, Kith, Bigdrop, Beach Bunny, Havaianas, Marciano, Top Shop, Red Zebra

Great places to stay:
1hotel, Edition, Faena, W, SLS, Delano

Great shops, restaurants, hotels on South Beach 


BRICKELL is a part of Miami that expanded tremendously in the past 2 decades and is still growing rapidly. Brickell is the Financial District of Miami often referred to as the 'Manhattan of the South'. Many business and residences are located in this area and many restaurants, bars, hotels opened their doors to accommodate the many people living and working in this area. Brickell is a great area to stay if you either need to work in this area, or if you like to explore the many restaurants and the recently opened Brickell City Center which is home to Saks 5th Avenue and many more great shops.

My favorite restaurants/bars:
Komodo, Quinto de la Huella (East Hotel), Sugar (great rooftop bar at East Hotel), Goya, Zuma (Epic Hotel), The River Yacht Club, Bazaar (SLS Hotel Brickell), PF Changs, Balance, Blue Marlin (for drinks) Jugo Fresh (the best smooties and juices in Wholefoods), Dr. Smood, Wholefoods

My favorite places to visit:
Brickell City Center, the Shops at Mary Brickell, Avant Gallery

My favorite stores:
Saks 5th Avenue, Sephora, Guisepe Zanotti, Koko & Palenki, Lululemon, Pinko, Victoria’s Secret, Intermix, Agent Provocateur

Great places to stay:
SLS Brickell, East, Epic, W

Shops, restaurants, hotels on Brickell 

WYNWOOD ART DISTRICT is a super trendy upcoming neighborhood well known for their fabulous graffiti murals and smaller art shops. It is home to many galleries, museums, collections, art complexes, art studios, art fairs and the fabulous graffiti Wynwood Walls. The late Tony Goldman created the Walls in 2009 in an effort to develop the area's pedestrian potential. The Walls have brought much notoriety to Miami within the genre of graffiti and street art. Artists from around the world have contributed to the Wynwood Walls, which has been covered by media bringing international attention to the destination. Every second Saturday of each month, a community-wide art walk is held. Galleries, art studios, alternative spaces and showrooms open their doors to the public for art, music and refreshments. This neighborhood is growing rapidly and is a great place to spend the day!

My favorite restaurants/bars:
Kye, Dr. Smood, Jugo Fresh (the best smooties and juices) 

My favorite places to visit:
Walking through the streets and just allowing the galleries, museums and shops to guide you.

My favorite stores:
Plant the future, Alice & Olivia, various pop-stores

 The Walls and artwork in Wynwood Art District 


MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT is super nice upcoming area full of contemporary architecture. Although heavy construction is still going on, this is a MUST! Most buildings and shops are constructed in the past years and the results are absolutely stunning! Even the parking garage is an eye catcher! Various apartment buildings are being constructed as I am writing this post, so this area will be booming within no time. Many high-end brands have set-up store in this open air shopping area in the past 2 years, so for the high-end label lovers in areas of fashion, jewelry, interior design and art, this area is a must-go!

My favorite restaurants/bars:
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, MC Kitchen, Harry’s Pizzeria, Cypress Tavern

My favorite places to visit:
Walking around this area admiring the great architecture and the windows & collections of the flagship stores

My favorite stores:
Christian Laboutin, Dior, Luis Vuitton, Versace, Pucci, Fendi, Tom Ford, Cartier, Rolex, Bulgari, Hublot, Audeman Piquet, Kartell, Biasia

Beautiful architecture, great shops & food in Design District

 

OTHER GREAT PLACES TO EAT:

  • Cheesecake Factory (Fusion, located at multiple locations, great for family dinners and a perfect price-quality balance)
  • Grand Lux Cafe (Fusion, located at multiple locations, great for family dinners and a perfect price-quality balance)
  • PF Chang’s (Asian, located at multiple locations, great for family dinners and a perfect price-quality balance)
  • Houston’s (Great steak and seafood restaurant, Part of the Hillstone Group -)
  • Five guys (Great burgers & fries, fast-but-good-food)

 

MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP:

 

My next blog post will be in January 2017, so for now I wish you a great holiday season and all the best!

XXX, 



 

 

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