Article by Suzy Buckley 06.21.2016 Photographed by Blasius Erlinger
Heading to Miami? Make a beeline for the city’s tropical restaurants, waterside lounges and the kind of shopping that makes women jump for joy.
- Carpaccio (Bal Harbour) Meet for a business outing or even a first date amidst a casual yet refined ambience — indoors and out — at this local Italian favorite. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but once seated you’ll be treated to true five-star service. 9700 Collins Ave. carpaccioatbalharbour.com
- Sea Grill (North Miami Beach) Fresh seafood and a raw bar right on the water make this Greek-inspired restaurant one of the area’s best dining spots. Sit on the patio for stunning views of the twinkling Sunny Isles high-rises and the Intracoastal Waterway. 3913 NE 163rd St. seagrillmiami.com
- Bistro Bal Harbour (Bal Harbour) Sip a barrel-aged Old Fashioned or Black Moth Truffle Vodka while taking in vistas of the Haulover Inlet and endless Atlantic at this rustic-modern, Latin American-inspired restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami. 10295 Collins Ave. ritzcarlton.com/balharbour
- Unika (Coconut Grove) Browse through this loftlike shop’s sharp items by Miami-born and nationally known labels like Cynthia Vincent, Parker, Joie and Vince. It’s a favorite among style-setting local students. 3444 Main Highway facebook.com/UnikaintheGrove
- Base Superstore (South Beach) Get your groove on to the latest dance and house music while browsing limited edition toy and apparel from retailer Kidrobot and well-designed travel accessories by Flight 001. 927 Lincoln Road baseworld.com
- Gee Beauty (Sunset Harbour) Founded in Toronto by a mother-daughter-daughter trio, this beauty product haven boasts products for anti-aging potion junkies and luxe lotion lovers with the best Gee Beauty, Malin+Goetz and Moroccanoil products. 1845 Purdy Ave. geebeauty.com
- Moda Mario (Fort Lauderdale) Shop for colorful and textured womenswear and made-to-measure men’s Italian and French private suit labels at this thriving business owned by former “Miami Vice” styler Mario Argiro. 805 E. Las Olas Blvd. modamario.com
- Bal Harbour Shops (Bal Harbour) From newcomers like Parisian fragrance and candle purveyor Diptyque to household names like Alexander McQueen and Versace, these open-air shops feature something for everyone. 9700 Collins Ave. balharbourshops.com
- Bal Harbour Beach (Bal Harbour) Work up a sweat in a free yoga or Pilates-based class or stroll along the sea wall, which edges into the turquoise Atlantic and provides great opportunities for selfies.
- Art Deco on Ocean Drive (Miami Beach) Stroll among this historic street’s more than 800 buildings dating from the 1920s to 1940s, boasting iconic candy colors, subtle pastels and mesmerizing geometric shapes. Ocean Drive.
- Little Havana Following Fidel Castro coming to power in 1959, thousands of Cubans fled to Miami — and brought their rich culture with them. Stroll down streets with Mediterranean-style houses or dance to authentic Latin music in Domino Park.
- Vizcaya Museum & Gardens The former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, this early 20th-century Vizcaya estate features breathtaking Italian Renaissance gardens — perfect for a leisurely, romantic Sunday afternoon. 3251 S. Miami Ave. vizcaya.org
- Key Biscayne Do as the locals do and ditch the crowded, tourist-saturated mainland beaches for this Atlantic gem that’s just a short drive over the Rickenbacker Causeway. Picnic, barbecue and take in the stunning Miami views.