Okay, so John and I fit A LOT into our trip to Florida. I did my research on where to go and what to do a few weeks before we went so we could make the most of our time. We stumbled upon some of the places on my little list by just wondering around some days which was cool.
WHERE TO STAY:
We stayed at the infamous Fontaine Bleau Resort. I was excited to stay here because it’s located right on the beach with gorgeous pools, amazing restaurants, high-end boutiques, and basically anything you could imagine including the celeb hotspot, LIV nightclub. You can expect to see anyone from Jbiebs to Leo DiCaprio partying there. I’m definitely glad we experienced it but John and I both agreed we’re more into the quieter, boutique hotel scene.
1 Hotel was by far my most favorite hotel we explored while there because of it’s boho-chic vibe. We explored the rooftop pool there one day and fell in love with it. I mean look at this view.
WHERE TO EAT:
SO MANY insanely amazing restaurants. So I’ll just list them off in order of my favorite.
- Versailles- this one is an Uber ride across the bridge but is SO worth it. A traditional Cuban restaurant. THE BEST PLANTAINS I’ve ever had in my life.
- Nobu- any city with a Nobu I’m there. Shishito peppers & rock shrimp. yes, please.
- Scarpetta: I had the Pici (creamy pasta with wild mushrooms) and John had the Duck and Foie Gras Ravioli.
- Prime 112: MUST GET the Kobe beef dumplings and mac n cheese are out of this world.
- Gianni’s at the Versace Mansion. The Octopus was to die for & so was the dessert!
- 1800-LUCKY: basically a food court with different types of Asian food. The sticky buns and dumplings were my fave!
- The Plymouth Hotel: These thick fluffy pancakes with fried chicken…. I suggest eating outside because you get a nice view of the pool which sits in the middle of the hotel in a little courtyard.
- La Côte: burger and fries were yumoooo + the spicy marg
WHAT TO DO:
The best thing to do is really just explore and see what you stumble upon, but there are a few must-dos. The art district is really cool and has a ton of fun colored painted buildings like Wynwood Walls and there are exhibits from Art Basel. There’s a cute bakery called Zak the Baker. There’s also an artisan popsicle spot called Cielitos!
You have to go to the Versace Mansion even if you don’t eat at the restaurant. Have drinks by the pool or sit in the courtyard. It’s iconic and has so much history, so its something you don’t want to miss out on.
The Edition Hotel. There is a bowling alley and skating rink in the bottom of the hotel that opens up in the evening. We didn’t actually get to do this because we didn’t make reservations ahead of time, but we stopped by and checked it out and the hotel is gorgeous!
Miami is a vibrant city with amazing food, gorg beaches, & killer shopping so I’d definitely recommend going and a week is more than enough to pack a ton into your trip.
I hope this is helpful!