How to experience Miami: according to locals

Miami / Fort Lauderdale

Art and outdoors, history and celebrities – Miami’s mash-up of accolades makes it an unforgettable cultural destination. Before you take a trip to the 305, make sure you know what makes it unlike any other beach-y getaway you’ve ever experienced. You can spend weeks here and never get bored, but our locals are sharing their tips for a worthwhile 24 hours in Miami.



  • Fuel your day with a healthy treat

    Giant bowl of granola and fruit

    Jugofresh – multiple locations

    “This hot spot began as a juice bar with its first store in South Beach's Sunset Harbour neighborhood. Since then, it has grown by adding a handful of locations, including its newest outpost on South Pointe Drive, and by expanding its cold-pressed juice menu to include smoothies and ‘comida’, or food. The entire menu at Jugofresh is composed of natural, whole foods, but their açaí bowl is my favorite breakfast option. Regardless of what you choose, I guarantee you will not leave their store without a bag full of healthy goodies.” – as recommended by Miami local Margarita Wells

  • Shop for hidden treasures

    Row of cats with fishing poles

    Maya Hatcha – Coconut Grove

    “Looking for a Miami souvenir but aren’t quite feeling those DayGlo South Beach tanks? Maya Hatcha has you covered. A Grove staple for over 40 years, Maya Hatcha has everything from funky sandals and bags to yerba mate gourds. With a constantly rotating selection, this store is a bastion of the Grove’s hippie days.” – as recommended by Miami local Nina Lincoff

  • Find a lunch you'll love

    Gourmet food with meat and garnish

    The Local Craft Food & Drink – multiple locations

    “The Local is a blend of everything people love right now: craft beer, locally sourced food, and experimental takes on comfort-food favorites. This gastropub does it right. You can find the latest rotating taps listed on giant chalkboards on one side of the restaurant and the cheese and charcuterie list on the chalkboard other.” – as recommended by Miami local Patricia Guarch Wise

  • Get off the grid

    Sunset view over water with clouds

    Virginia Key Beach – Virginia Key

    “Virginia Key may only be one short bridge span from Miami, but it can feel like the middle of nowhere. The Virginia Key beaches offer secluded, almost private areas to picnic and barbecue along the waterfront. Parking is nearby, but most sites require a short walk along wooded paths, which seems to enhance the secluded effect. This is the place to play out your Robinson Crusoe dreams – if only for an afternoon.” – as recommended by Miami local Brad Wells

  • Make room for an unforgettable dinner

    Gourmet sandwiches on plates with lettuce

    KYU Miami – Wnynwood

    “Although Asian cuisine is on the rise, this new ‘green’ Wynwood spot slays the competition. Led by two Zuma alum, this wood-fired restaurant offers an eclectic menu while using an ORCA food waste composter to plant trees, which they say compensates for the wood used by their grill – pretty strange, but effective. Make sure to order an array of their delicious dishes: duck breast ‘burnt ends,’ wagyu beef brisket, and Thai fried rice, along with lighter options like hamachi and crispy spicy snapper tartare, to name a few.” – as recommended by Miami local Nicole List

  • Get a local brew

    Stained glass window sign

    The Abbey Brewing Company – South Beach

    “The Abbey is Miami's oldest and only brewpub. This hidden South Beach gem has been a neighborhood favorite since 1995 because of its extensive beer selection and its unassuming ambiance. The Abbey's central location makes it the ideal place for a pre-dinner drink, post-dinner conversation, or even for a nightcap.” – as recommended by Miami local David Alvarez Rizo