The best South Beach restaurants boast fresh ingredients and a blend of delicious influences from the area’s melting pot of cultures. To help guide our guests on where to go and what to try, we’ve put together a list of our favorite places to eat in Miami Beach.
Miami Beach’s Mexican food scene has gained popularity over the past few years, expanding to include some high-quality options. Alma Mexicana is perhaps the best example of great Mexican food in Miami Beach. The restaurant’s specialty fish tacos are delicious and come freshly wrapped in homemade tortillas. The guacamole and pico de gallo are mind-blowing as well.
As one of South Florida’s top classic sandwich shops, La Sandwicherie has long stood as a South Beach institution. The menu is filled with dependable lunchtime staples and a variety of more creative options, each designed and created in-house. ‘Wiches to watch for at La Sandwicherie include the Tropical — avocado, mozzarella, black olives, papaya, mango and pineapple — and the Alaskan — smoked salmon and mozzarella.
Serving some of the freshest and most delicious food in Miami Beach in an elegant and intimate space, Osteria del Teatro is the premier Italian restaurant in South Beach. The restaurant’s Lobster Salad and Osso Bucco alla Milanese are out of this world. Also, anything with noodles is worth a try, as they make fresh pasta in-house.
Combining the rich flavors that define Peruvian cuisine and the fresh seafood in plentiful supply in Miami Beach, Chalan on the Beach hits a home run. Shellfish platters, rice and ceviche are all out of this world at Chalan, one of the best South Beach restaurants.
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Shopping in Miami
Shopping in Miami Beach is an essential South Florida experience. Spend an afternoon perusing local boutiques for designer brands and in-vogue accessories to ensure you’re dressed to impress on the dance floor and the beach.
Well-stocked with breezy beach wear, funky accessories and great jewelry, Heart & Soul is a great place to go shopping in Miami Beach. The store’s expansive and eclectic inventory is sure to have something that will catch your eye. In addition to finding something for yourself at Heart & Soul, it’s also a great place to find gifts: the shop offers a standout selection of watches, handbags and kids’ hats.
Check out Splash for an undeniably elegant and fashionable shopping experience in Miami Beach. The shop’s inventory complements the casual vibe of local culture and the upscale, breezy style of South Beach with a variety pieces from world-class designers. Find cute swimsuits for the beach and gorgeous, airy dresses for walking Ocean Drive at Splash.
South Beach is definitely Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And when you visit, you can too! Check out Kim Kardashian’s famous retail store — Dash — at its newest location in South Beach. Dress and accessorize like America’s favorite reality TV star by including Dash in your list of places to go shopping in Miami Beach.
For the sexiest and most high end swimsuits in South Beach, swing by Beach Bunny. The swimwear shop’s collection covers a range of styles and brands, including suits made with luxury fabrics in the latest cuts. With cover-ups, beach bags, accessories and more, you’re guaranteed to find something perfect for your stay in Miami Beach.
As the creative product a braintrust of South Florida’s top fashionistas, Frankie is an absolute gem among local boutiques. Classy shoes, sleek sunglasses and hip flannels are just a few examples of all the forward-thinking, ahead-of-trend items shoppers can find at this Purdy Avenue shop. To get a taste of what makes Miami Beach unique, be sure to stop by Frankie.
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Miami Beach Culture
Miami Beach culture is replete with great music, art, beach activities and world-famous architecture. When you’re trying to figure out what to do in Miami Beach, be sure to consider some of these must-visit cultural locations and activities.
Consistently drawing some of music’s biggest names to Miami Beach, the Fillmore is a premier local music venue. The space consists of a grand auditorium and huge stage ideal for a rocking show. Be sure to stop by this Miami Beach staple during your stay at Winter Haven Hotel.
The Bass Art Museum’s perpetual cycle of fascinating contemporary art exhibits makes it a premier destination for authentic Miami Beach culture. Be sure to spend a day exploring this beautiful space and the amazing work they have on exhibit. In addition to regular visiting hours, the Bass Art museum hosts family days, educational programs and concerts!
Thanks to its oceanfront location, Miami Beach culture revolves around the fun and exciting world of water sports. Water Sports Miami Beach caters to this interest, providing exciting oceanfront experiences and opportunities to relax alongside the water. This exceptional local service offers jet skiing, parasailing, luxury yacht charters and much more.
The Art Deco District is the epicenter of Miami Beach culture. The home of the Winter Haven Hotel, this incredible neighborhood has more than 1,000 historic buildings. To learn and observe the district properly, take one of the Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco District walking tours.
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Miami Beach Attractions
Winter Haven Hotel’s location in the heart of the Art Deco District makes it easy to enjoy a broad range of Miami Beach attractions during your stay. From beautiful beaches to eclectic neighborhoods and unique dining destinations, our hotel is surrounded by worthwhile things to do in Miami Beach.
Miami Beach can serve as a relaxing beach getaway, a hub of world-class architecture and culture, or an indulgent haven of delicious food, forward-thinking fashion and late-night excitement. Explore our recommendations and make Miami Beach your own.
This public space is essential piece of the fabric of the city and its unofficial gateway to the ocean. Connecting the restaurants, bars and shops of Ocean Drive to the soft sands of the beach, Lummus Park stretches 10 blocks north-to-south in prime Miami Beach.
For a more floral alternative to the sun-soaked beaches on the east side of SoBe, look no further than the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. This beautiful 2.6-acre tract of urban greenspace features unique collections of trees and flowers both native to Florida and sourced from alternate locations. The garden’s standout sections include its Japanese garden and its array of orchids.
This iconic memorial pays solemn tribute to those lost and those impacted by the Holocaust. Designed by architect Kenneth Treister, the statue and its accompanying Memorial Wall are open, free-of-charge, to the public until 10 p.m. daily.
You can always keep up with the most fun and exciting events in Miami on the Winter Haven Hotel Events Calendar. And for a quick rundown of the most exciting ones to come, we put together a list of five fall events you can’t miss in Miami this year: Miami Carnival October 8th This fall we’re in store for another installment the extravagant annual festival known as Miami Carnival. A...