Majority of our trip consisted of eating and burning in the sun on the beach. Isn’t that’s how a proper vacation supposed to go?
My favorite thing about Miami Beach food scene was that there were not a lot of chain restaurants (at least not obviously so). My second favorite – outdoor eating. There are plenty of places to choose from. The four main areas for tourists to explore for food are: Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Española Way, and Lincoln Road Mall.
First night in Miami Beach we went to explore the Ocean Drive starting at the North end down to the South end (1 mile). All the restaurants have various specials, like 2 for 1 drinks and entrees, which makes it seem like a great deal, but really just makes it a fair price. Make sure your waiter knows you’re there for the special, otherwise they will bill you full price. And gratuity is included at 18% in most places (check the receipt).
Ocean Drive runs along the Lummus Park, which makes for a nice walk, but it’s a busy scene and can be overwhelming if you’re just looking to relax.
I don’t even remember the restaurant we ended up eating at (they all seem the same after a while), but the food was good, and they had live music.
Pretend you’re in Cuba by taking a ride in one of the antique cars.
And explore the lobbies of unique boutique hotels along the way.
On the second day we had lunch at our hotel, The Royal Palm. I had to try the Cuban sandwich and mom got their burger. Both were delicious!
And if you’re looking to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving, I highly recommend the Rosetta Bakery – the most delicious fruit tart I’ve ever had!!! Seriously, this is at the top of my recommendations list!
On our last night mom and I had the hardest time deciding on the place for our last dinner in Miami Beach, but we finally settled on Fung Kü (part of the Catalina Hotel).
I craved a poké bowl, and my craving was satisfied. Their seaweed was delicious!
Venturing further North, you’ll run into Collins Park, which has some fun statues!
Lincoln Road Mall
I thought this promenade was the most touristy. I met up with some friends that live in Miami for dinner in one of the places, but didn’t take any pictures; I only ordered a house salad with chicken and it was exactly what it sounds like. But the area is nice to walk around!
And finally I’ve decided to save the best for last and it was also the last place we visited before we headed home. Compared to all places above, Española Way was much more quaint and charming. It’s a narrow road with mixed in residences and restaurants.
We had brunch at the A La Folie Café, a truly French cafe operated by handsome frenchmen. I was craving a crépe and got the Norwegian crepe with salmon. All their crepes are made with buckwheat flour, which, I guess, makes it healthy, but also a bit dry.
Albeit wishing I’d have ordered a different crepe, this was my favorite place the whole trip! The ambiance is so simple, but so relaxing. Mom and I spent a couple of hrs just sitting and chatting. It was amazing!
Of course our flight home was delayed (yep, you guessed it, United), but it was practically empty, which was a bit eerie, but spacious. 🙂
Until next time, Miami! Thanks for having us!