To help you plan your next trip to Miami, we asked the Concierge team of Four Seasons Hotel Miami to share recommendations for the very best of the city’s vibrant nightlife, diverse art scene, strong coffee and cultural connections to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Shopping in Miami
Just down the road from the Hotel is Miami’s newest shopping hub. Sustainable design is at the heart of Brickell City Centre, a USD 1.05 billion complex containing 500,000 square feet of retail space and a 1,000-foot (300-metre) climate ribbon made of steel, fabric and glass to protect shoppers from inclement weather while recycling rainwater. The Saks Fifth Avenue anchor has neighbours like Audemars Piguet and bespoke suit designer Kiton. The third and fourth levels are also packed with trendy restaurants, and will soon include a 47,000-square-foot CMX, The VIP Cinema Experience, where the movies come with a curated menu and handcrafted cocktails.
One of the top markets for Latin American art, Miami is a hot spot for galleries and exhibition spaces as well as host to the annual Art Basel Miami Beach.
Miami’s Wynwood neighbourhood and the Design District are the best places to see cutting-edge works year-round by top international artists. At the landmark Wynwood Walls, graffiti and murals painted by street-art giants like Futura and Shepard Fairey cover 80,000 square feet of the exterior walls. In the Design District, fashion meets fine art: Boutiques like Celine, Tom Ford, Panerai and Berlutti line the streets among art galleries like Galleria Ca’ d’Oro and Markowitz Fine Art, home to one-of-a-kind pieces by Salvador Dalí and Damien Hirst.
Artistic discoveries extend to Four Seasons Hotel Miami itself. Take time to explore the Hotel’s extensive art collection, largely from Latin American artists, including three oversized bronze sculptures from celebrated Colombian artist Fernando Botero and work by Venezuelan painter Jesus Rafael Soto and Cuban-born photographer Maria Martínez-Cañas.
Sip and stroll
Photography Courtesy of Coyo Taco
Northwest 2nd Avenue between 29th and 22nd streets in Miami’s Wynwood neighbourhood is perfect for people-watching as you sip a smooth cold-brew coffee from a local favourite, Panther Coffee. A few steps from Panther, snag a barstool at Coyo Taco, a bright and airy taco joint beloved by both visitors and local artists. For something a little different, order the pulpo tacos – flour tortillas stuffed with charred octopus, salsa Veracruzana and pickled jalapeños. For dessert, sample some of the unusual artisan doughnuts at The Salty Donut, such as the tropics-inspired guava-and-cheese. Wynwood is also Miami’s craft beer hub, with J Wakefield Brewery and Wynwood Brewing not far apart. The products of both can be enjoyed at EDGE Steak & Bar or Bahía, the poolside restaurant and sunset lounge.
Start the evening with a drink at the lively EDGE bar, or the rooftop terrace, and then stay for dinner. The cuisine at EDGE Steak & Bar is inspired by Miami’s local and Latin flavours and the chef’s Australian roots. Begin with the kangaroo empanada and order one of the signature dishes like steamed stone crabs in melted butter, or slow-cooked Aussie lamb shoulder.
Photography Courtesy of Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
The stunning Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, is home to the Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera and New World Symphony. Across the street and overlooking Biscayne Bay, the LEED Gold certified Perez Art Museum Miami (also known as the PAMM) features sustainable features like outdoor hanging plants to shade the artwork and a recycled water system. Six galleries display contemporary artworks with sociopolitical connections. In the same complex, The Frost Science museum will be home to an aquarium, a planetarium and provocative exhibits.
In Brickell, get a taste of 1940s Havana nightlife at El Tucán. Prix fixe dinner reservations start at 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm, but you can walk in and sit at the bar. The supper club puts on a cabaret show Thursdays through Saturdays. The club’s 11-piece orchestra also plays big band tunes for dancers in ornate, Carnival-style costumes.