Published 4 March, 2019
Travel Guide: Miami
Last week we were in Miami for a friend’s wedding but to be honest it was an excuse to escape this never ending winter (even if just for a few days). It was glorious and I now feel like a new woman. We were lucky enough to get my little bro to come with us and babysit a few times so we got the best of both worlds – family aaaand adults only hangs! Since we loved this trip so much, I thought I’d share a few of the places we enjoyed the most:
This was a new area of Miami for me, we stayed here and were really digging the old school Miami vibe! Glad we got to know some new places 🙂
Panther Coffee – Hands down, favorite coffee i’ve found in Miami so far. They have a few of these cafes scattered strategically around the city. Luckily for us, we had one less than 5 minute walking distance from our airbnb in coconut grove. Funny enough we’re drinking matcha in these pictures but rest assured the coffee is good!
Peacock Park – super cute park and playground with the MOST beautiful trees. Really reminded me of being back home in Costa Rica. Located right on the water, it was a great place to let G run free and enjoy the fresh breeze. We didn’t get a chance to go to the restaurant next to the playground called Glass & Vine but it looked promising and had great reviews.
Monty’s – Breezy, casual, waterfront seafood joint with really good eats. We enjoyed sitting here so much feeling the ocean air and sunshine beams. Food was pretty good but atmosphere made it next level.
Vizcaya – We’ve been here a few times before, sadly didn’t get a chance to take G this time around. The indoor museum is nice and all but the real reason to go here are the gardens. they’re absolutely stunning and a must visit if it’s your first time in Miami.
Green street Cafe – cute little cafe with plenty of sidewalk seating, an extensive menu and kid friendly staff. Loved that they serve the impossible burger here, they actually make a killer burger. G was happy with her usual pasta marinara and I had the greek salad.
Coco Walk – brand new boulevard in coconut grove featuring tons of cute shops, restaurants and cafes. There’s also a movie theater (Ioavi took G to watch her first movie, EVER!) and a Le Pain Quotidian for those monster chocolate chip cookies to burn off while exploring.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – our friends had their wedding here and the location was absolutely stunning. Highly recommended to go exploring solo (you don’t need to be part of an event) and admire the greenery. Don’t forget to pack a light stroller and plenty of water and sunscreen for little ones, there’s lots of walking involved.
Plymouth Hotel – We didn’t actually stayed at this hotel this time around but know it well from the last time we were in Miami. I love it because it’s a little off the main beach boardwalk so you don’t get all the crowd and its easy to sneak into (read: hotel hopping, yes. It applies to outside on NY as well :D) but not too far out that you have to walk more than a few blocks. The pool is super comfy with lots of shade and little gazebos free to use as long as you order some menu items, which we do and a lot because their food is fantastic! Hotel restaurant in Blue Ribbon Sushi and another reason why I love this hotel so much. Do yourself a favor and order a mojito by the pool. you won’t regret it.
Boardwalk – If not staying at south beach, we like to park a little farther from the main road and walk the boardwalk. It’s bustling with people and theres always something to see. You’ll pass by the many playgrounds (G’s favorite), outdoor markets (my favorite), and volleyball courts (David’s favorite). When you see a little beach spot you love, make a pit stop to dip in the ocean and play in the sand. Pro tip: There’s lots of FREE shade next to the lifeguard hut.
Butcher Shop Beer Garden – lively beer garden with quirky decor, great food options and a kid-friendly environment. Get the poutine! so good!
Morelia Gourmet Paletas – my paleta dreams come true. Pretty much any flavor you can imagine and SO MUCH YUM! We got the passion fruit-condensed milk, dulce de leche, cookies & cream and plain ol fudgy chocolate for G.
Zak the Baker– these are the only pastries in Miami worth having, always spot on. Take them to go while walking around the colorful graffiti murals.
Upper Buena Vista – We came here for drinks the night after arriving at Miami and were so sad we didn’t get to spend more time here! This place was so cool! It’s like a small outdoor shopping center but not in the traditional sense. It’s surrounded with trees, artsy decor, and features a selection of coffee and food spots, tattoo parlor, barbershop, and little boutique stores that sell vintage, handmade and unique items. Worth checking out if you’re in the area.