MiamiFebruary 7th, 2020
When you’re ready for a break from Quebec’s winter, Miami beckons with sandy beaches, big city attractions, convenient direct flights and a common time zone. Here is our short list of things to see and do and eat and drink, in Miami.
Relaxing on the beach may take up most of your time during a winter vacation, but Miami offers many other options for activities. Here are a few to consider.
South Beach Kayak
South Beach Kayak offers kayak rentals launching into Biscayne Bay. You will paddle between panoramic views of the city centre, and exclusive waterfront residences.
Info: 1771 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach | 305 975-5087 | southbeachkayak.com
Guided Tours by Dr. George
Dr. Paul George, a former president of the Florida Historical Society, leads a variety of guided tours under the auspices of the HistoryMiami Museum. Themes and sites change each month.
Art Deco District Walking Tour
A 1.5-hour walking tour introduces Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles found in the historic architectural district of Miami Beach. Participants visit hotels, restaurants, and other commercial buildings in the neighbourhood, including several indoor tours.
Oleta State Park
Oleta State Park is located 30 minutes north of downtown Miami. This large nature park can be explored by swimming, on foot, by bike, by kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard.
Info: 3400 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach | 305 919-1846 | floridastateparks.org/OletaRiver
As its name suggests, the Microtheater is very small and its performances are short. Plays are performed in English and Spanish, in 15 minutes or less, in 15-seat rooms. The concept, originally from Madrid, is managed in Miami by the Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana. A bar serves drinks and tacos while you wait for your show.
Info: 1490 Biscayne Boulvard | 305 448-9677 | microtheatermiami.com
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
The Institute of Contemporary Art focuses on emerging local artists. Entrance and guided tours are free, but we recommend booking tickets online in advance (and arriving before 1 p.m. for the guided tour).
Info: 61 NE 41st Street | 305 901-5272 | icamiami.org
Art Basel in Miami Beach
Contemporary art fans can already make plans for next winter: one of the world’s biggest art fairs, Art Basel, will be held from December 3 to 6 in 2020.
Info: Miami Beach Convention Center | artbasel.com/miami-beach/
The former Wynwood industrial district has transformed into a cultural destination with galleries, restaurants, bars and shops like MVM Miami, Style Mafia, Frangipani, Nomad Tribe, Shinola, and many others. Most of the new establishments are located on or near 2nd Avenue.
The best years of the Lincoln Road Mall may have passed. Big chain stores are abundant, and most of the restaurants are touristy. Nonetheless a handful of independent businesses remain, including Books & Books bookstore, and Oolite Arts: studio and exhibition spaces where visitors can see work by local artists.
Info: lincolnroadmall.com | oolitearts.org
Bal Harbor Shops
For luxury fashion, head to the Bal Harbor Shops, where big labels like Chanel, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Escada, Dior, Gucci, and Bonpoint are gathered in a shopping centre decorated with a jungle of tropical plants.
Joe’s Stone Crab
A centenarian institution. Famous crab claws are available in season—usually from mid-October until May. Otherwise, try fish, steaks, and seafood, with Key lime pie for dessert.
Info: 11 Washington Avenue | 305 673 0365 | joesstonecrab.com
Greek and Mediterranean flavours (via Montreal) in a modern, comfortable atmosphere. Grilled, fried fish, sashimi or tartare. A tasting menu, with wine pairings, is also available outside of their busiest hours.
Info: 730 1st Street | 305 604-6800 | milos.ca
Stiltsville Fish Bar
This is a friendly restaurant with harbour views and a local menu. They serve the freshest fish and seafood—since the marina is across the street, waiters can name the boat that caught your dinner.
Info: 1787 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach | 786 724-1671 | stiltsvillefishbar.com
This lively rooftop lounge bar overlooks the Little Havana neighbourhood. Open from breakfast to dinner, it offers a variety of vegetable dishes such as salads and tacos. In the evening, the space transforms into a trendy bar serving tropical cocktails with a view of downtown Miami.
Info: 528 SW 9th Avenue | 786 574-3775 | lifehousehotels.com/hotels/miami/little-havana/restaurant/terras
For a quick bite to eat by the beach, on tasty croissants, this open-air sandwich bar is open at almost all hours of the day (from 7 a.m. to 5 a.m.).
Info: 229 14th Street, Miami Beach | 305 532-8934 | lasandwicherie.com
Osteria del Teatro
Located in the Art Deco District. The menu offers a wide choice of fresh pasta and a few meat and fish dishes, as well as a slate of daily dishes.
Info: 1443 Washington Avenue | 305 538-7850 | osteriadelteatro.miami
Located in a cozy Mediterranean house dating from 1925 with enchanting decor and a terrace with lanterns, this establishment serves fine cuisine from northern Italy. Casa Tua is also a hotel.
Info: 1700 James Avenue | 305 673-1010 | casatualifestyle.com
This bistro located in a former warehouse serves contemporary American cuisine highlighting local products, fish and seafood as well as meat and tropical fruits. They also have a nice terrace.
Info: 223 NW 23rd Street | 305 573-5996 | altermiami.com
Located near the Performing Arts Center, this Italian café bistro with a sunny green terrace dates back to the revival of the Wynwood District.
Info: 2506 NW 2nd Avenue | 305 438-0488 | joeyswynwood.com