The tale of two (Florida) cities: Jacksonville and Miami

Jacksonville

Vacation season is in full effect, and two Florida cities in particular offer completely different takes on how to experience local in the Sunshine State. Whether you’re along the northern Florida coast in Jacksonville or the southern coastal edge in Miami, here are a few locally recommended places from our friends at Localeur to eat, drink and enjoy your vacay.

Jacksonville

Dos Gatos – Downtown
“Monday night is karaoke night at Dos Gatos!! Dance around the Spanish-inspired lounge and have some amazing cocktails. It’s located right across from The Florida Theatre, so if you’re in town seeing a show you can walk across the street for a drink (I suggest the Stolen Fish or orange jalapeño margarita). It’s a great place for happy hour and late-night dancing. Look out for DJ Nick Fresh if you’re visiting on a weekend!” – as recommended by Jacksonville Localeur Jennifer Mims

Dos Gatos in Jacksonville
Dos Gatos in Jacksonville

Black Sheep Rooftop Bar – Five Points
“Going into the Five Points area in Jacksonville, you’ll be greeted by a ton of bars and restaurants. If you’re just passing by, you won’t even realize that at the top of the Black Sheep restaurant is a rooftop bar. It’s one of the only ones in Jacksonville and always draws a crowd in. For summer days especially, once the sun sets you’ll find yourself surrounded by people enjoying the breeze and an Old Fashioned.” – as recommended by Jacksonville Localeur Toni Smallagic

Black Sheep Rooftop Bar in Jacksonville
Black Sheep Rooftop Bar in Jacksonville

Yoga 4 Change – Hemming Park
“Yoga 4 Change is a local nonprofit that offers free yoga classes in downtown JAX three times a week – Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-630 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Classes are held in Hemming Park to the right of the large mouth sculpture. It’s a great place to stretch and get an outside workout.” – as recommended by Jacksonville Localeur Jennifer Mims

Yoga 4 Change in Jacksonville

Miami

The Wynwood Walls – Miami
“Like the inception of art within art, The Wynwood Walls are a collection of murals located within the colorful streets of Wynwood. An area that was once unexplored territory is now inundated with locals and visitors from all around the world on a daily basis. The walls are welcoming to both serious photographers in need of unique and interesting backdrops for their models and to anyone looking to snap a selfie while wandering through the seemingly magical path of decorated walls. Within their immediate surroundings lies a cluster of galleries and equally colorful walls. Although you can enjoy the manmade scenery just about any day, we recommend planning a visit on the second Saturday of the month for a night of free gallery viewings, food trucks, and good crowds at local bars.” – as recommended by Miami Localeur Brad Wells

Wynwood Walls in Miami
Wynwood Walls in Miami

Café Mistral – South of Fifth
“Café Mistral is a small café frequented by SoFi locals due to its relaxed ambiance and simple yet superb menu. Their most unusual dish is the Fruban – Miami’s popular Cuban sandwich with a French twist. Like the Fruban, Café Mistral’s entire menu is inspired by the owner’s French and Miami roots. It is a must-visit for breakfast, brunch, lunch and/or dinner!” – as recommended by Miami Localeur Margarita Wells

Cafe Mistral in Miami
Cafe Mistral in Miami

Sushi Garage – Miami Beach
“Like its name suggests, Sushi Garage was once an actual car garage – but it’s been deliciously upgraded. Contrary to its sibling restaurant, Juvia, this trendy establishment is casual and completely dedicated to traditional Japanese cuisine. You can expect items like sushi, nigiri, and hand rolls, tempura dishes, plenty of grilled fish, noodles, soups, and salads. And get this: They make a wasabi-ice-cream-based dessert that does not suck.” – as recommended by Miami Localeur Nicole List

Sushi Garage in Miami
Sushi Garage in Miami