The City

Travel Guide to Miami, Florida, USA

A year-round escape, Miami is eager to welcome visitors to its sunny and energetic shores. Known for its wide beaches, glamorous South Beach parties and over 800 stunning Art Deco buildings, Miami is an ideal place to let loose or relax for the weekend. During the day, spend time in a cabana at a luxe beach club or go shopping in the high-end Design District. At night, delight in fresh fish served at a surfside hotel before salsa dancing until the morning light. Don’t forget to explore the international cultural scene, which peaks during the weeks of Miami Art Basel, but is always on hand in the Wynwood District.

Sleeping

Where to Stay in Miami: 1 Hotel

Recently named one of the top ten hotels in the United States, 1 Hotel South Beach is a large luxurious property with a strong eco-conscience. An emphasis on sustainability pervades every detail, from the hotel’s use of apps instead of paper to the silky 100% organic cotton sheets that adorn your spacious bed. Proof that doing good feels good, the 1 Hotel offers top-notch amenities to help you relax, from a luxurious spa and salon to a 15-square metre pool at eye-level with the ocean, there are countless ways you can unwind here. Of course, there is always a beach chair waiting just for you at the hotel’s private beach club, the perfect place to spend an afternoon with a book or simply taking in the bustling atmosphere around you.

Best Hotels in Miami

The Setai: A serene haven among the bustling energy of South Beach, the hotel is housed in a magnificent historic Art-Deco building.

Delano: A favourite of the A-List, this is a stylish hotel with a boutique feeling and friendly attentive staff.

The Raleigh: A modern yet nostalgic luxury hotel bringing the glamour and style of the Art-Deco period to today’s guests.

The Edition: A slick and swanky oceanfront hotel with all the modern comforts you could wish for.

Eating

Where to Eat in Miami: Sugar at East Miami Hotel

For a delectable dinner, head to the 40th floor of the East Miami Hotel for a unique, Asian-inspired restaurant and rooftop bar nestled in a lush garden. Sugar offers sharing, bite-sized tapas dishes like Korean Chicken Wings, Beef Satay and sushi. Pair your meal with one of their many delicious cocktails - we recommend the Tiger Lily, a refreshing concoction of Zapaca 23 rum, hibiscus, passionfruit, ginger beer and lime juice. With a fun rooftop atmosphere, panoramic views of the Miami skyline and international DJs spinning tracks all night, Sugar is a superb choice for an evening out.

Best Restaurants in Miami

Joe’s Stone Crab: Come for the crab, stay for the key lime pie. This is a local favourite and must-visit while in Miami Beach.

The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller: In North Miami, multi-starred Michelin chef Thomas Keller heads up this beautiful restaurant serving a timeless continental menu in a historical setting.

Ariete: Innovative and creative cuisine served in a chic but family-friendly atmosphere.

Sushi Garage: With a focus on simplicity, this sushi eatery is all about minimalist design and maximalist flavour.

Seeing

What to do in Miami: Wynwood District

Miami’s internationally acclaimed contemporary art scene shines the brightest in the Wynwood Art District. Packed with over 70 galleries and countless works of street art, Wynwood is a colourful place to spend a culturally inspiring afternoon. If you happen to be there on the second Saturday of the month, stroll along the "Art Walk," in which many of the galleries open their doors late and serve food and drinks. Like Miami Art Basel, it can turn into more of a party than a place to study art, but if you go early and stick around, you will enjoy the best of both worlds!

Best Things to do in Miami

Ball and Chain: A vibrant and iconic Cuban-style nightclub in Little Havana.

Perez Art Museum: Located in downtown Miami, this is a contemporary art museum showcasing young and exciting local and international artists.

Freedom Tower: A National Historical Landmark, this building once acted as a reception centre for Cuban refugees is now a symbol of the American promise for new life in a new land.

Art Deco Walking Tour: Travel back to the 1920s and 30s on this fascinating architectural tour through South Beach.