With work on pause for the holidays, you're having a moment in Miami. Here's how to make it memorable.
MIAMI – Divert your gaze from the glam of South Beach. Expand your visuals at boutique shops and indie art spots in Wynwood. Push your palate at new chef-driven eateries in some of the city's chic hotels. Here's how to rock winter break in Miami.
TAKE AN ART DETOUR
On the downtown waterfront of Biscayne Bay, the super manageable, light-filled designed by Swiss architects is worth the visit if only for the tropical native greenery. The well-curated gift shop is good for sourcing a cardboard safari skull puzzle. , the museum's patio restaurant, is perfect for rosé sipping and a wood-fired squash blossom pizza.
A quick jaunt away, the buzzy, hipper-than-thou Wynwood nabe is the place for a sidewalk graffiti tour and, on the second Saturday of every month, an . The succulents in the terrariums at push the boundaries of the imagination, as does a proper detour to for grilled cactus and quinoa tacos and potent margaritas.
HAVE A CULINARY MOMENT
These days, top chefs and hoteliers are two peas in a pod. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened (swoon at the sexy, red-hued bar) and at , a mod, white-on-white hotel by Ian Schrager.
Further down, Tom Colicchio’s seafood-centric matches the rustic beachy vibes of . Across the street, perched at serves a delicious mix — Siberian nachos, Chinese pastrami fried rice, Jamaican jerk chicken.
Outside the strip, has a tasting menu with herbs from the chef’s outdoor garden. The no-frills is the spot for a cubanita torta with spit-broiled pork. And their speakeasy stirs a fine digestion aid — illegal Mezcal Joven, lime, fruit, and hellfire bitters, a.k.a Don Diablo. When the sandman calls, hit the hay at one of the aforementioned hotels.