Those who come to stay at the Winter Haven Hotel are dropped right in the heart of South Beach culture on the flashy Ocean Drive. Thanks to the warm, white sands of South Beach right across from this strip of upscale boutiques and restaurants, this area has long been a popular place for both locals as well as tourists to frequent.
Many of the people who hang out or stay on Ocean Drive could easily spend a weekend lounging by the ocean, eating and drinking their way down Ocean Drive. With no shortage of bars or beaches, you can easily spend 36 hours indulging on Ocean Drive.
Start off your food tour of Ocean Drive at the popular Front Porch Cafe. Quaint outdoor seating and a whimsical breakfast menu that includes Seuss-style green eggs with pesto and shameless breakfast pizza, this place will get your weekend in South Beach started off right. Of course, happy hour rules don’t apply in this city: toast your 36 hour trip with a bloody mary right away.
Burn off breakfast with a few hours in the sun, walking around the neighborhood, before heading to lunch at BLT Steak. Fusing Miami Beach’s love for seafood and international cuisine, BLT Steak has classic Cuban sandwiches and elevated cobb salads topped with fresh lobster.
Wrap up your first day of feasting on Ocean Drive at the Winter Haven Hotel’s very own restaurant, Il Bolognese. Enjoy Northern Italian comfort foods, inspired by the country’s Bologna region, while seated on the outdoor patio.
Late Night Snack
If the party continues well into the night, soothe those late-night cravings with a visit to the twenty-four hour News Cafe. Post up on the sidewalk beneath a green umbrella for nachos or a duck-filled quesadilla.
Nurse your hangover with bottomless mimosas at the Palace Bar. This famous sidewalk cafe is known for weekend drag shows (hello, drag Beyonce), and classic, albeit greasy, food. Book a table in advance for the best views of the show.
Signature cocktails, progressive seafood dishes, and whitewashed interiors are just a few reasons to swing by the Local House for lunch. Try the watermelon and goat cheese salad, or fire sliders with blackened tuna, avocado, and spicy pepper sauce.
If you’re full and tired from two consecutive days of beach bumming, partying, and eating, on Ocean Drive, one look at Fresco Trattoria’s menu will revive your appetite. You could keep it light with their selection of insalates, but we recommend making room for the breaded, deep-fried mozzarella.