Every December the art world scorns the cold and turns toward the sandy beaches of Miami Beach to celebrate the latest and greatest art masters and emerging stars. In recent years, the event has drawn more celebrities looking to party, get snapped and possibly even walk away with a new art piece. For those you lucky enough to attending, when you’re not gallery hopping or trying to get into the night’s hottest party, here is where you should be spending your time.
Under the Mango Tree
Acai bowls? Check. Fresh juices? Check. With its bohemian vibe, this tiny juice shop should be your go-to when looking to refuel with something healthy and refreshing.
714 6th Street, Miami Beach
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
If you’re craving some down home cooking, you’ve come to the right place. Chicken n’ waffles, macaroni and cheese, fried green tomatoes and grits are just some of what you’ll find on the menu.
1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach, runchickenrun.com
Joe’s Stone Crab
In business since 1913, this Miami landmark is known for serving up the best crab in town (crab season runs from October to May). Aside from the coveted crab, their clam chowder, fried chicken and key lime pie are all musts. Waiting is the name of the game, come early if you want to sit right away.
11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, joestonecrab.com
FIFTY Miami Ultra Lounge
Located on the 50th floor of the Viceroy Miami, this rooftop lounge is a party destination where bottle service and sky-high heels are par for the course. Even if you don’t want to party into the wee hours, the gorgeous interiors will certainly inspire.
485 Brickell Avenue, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
The Setai Bar & Courtyard
A boutique oceanfront resort with stunning Art Deco architecture, you can sip on carefully crafted cocktails and nibble on small plates of Asian cuisine while admiring the decor. Plus from Wednesday to Sunday from 8pm to midnight, they have a house DJ spinning tunes.
2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, thesetaihotel.com
Bleau Bar at Fontainebleau
It doesn’t get much more legendary than the Bleau Bar. The Rat Pack, Judy Garland, Elvis, and Marlene Dietrich are just some of who’s who that have visited. Premium tables cost a pretty penny (a window table is $500 on the weekends), but if you have a group of friends a table is worth the extra for the people-watching alone.
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, fontainebleau.com
Chrome Hearts Miami
Opening its doors earlier this week with celebrity guests including Kate Hudson and Zoe Kravitz, this new 5,000 square foot store is a gallery-cum-boutique where you can shop the edgy brand’s handcrafted jewellery, sunglasses and clothes.
4025 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, chromehearts.com
Offering up a thoughtful mix of over 100 designer brands from Rag & Bone to Givenchy, as well as up-and-coming designers. The 20,000 square-foot three-level luxury boutique can be found in a historic Art Deco building in the heart of Miami Beach that also boasts a rooftop deck and Parisian-style pastry shop.
1220 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, thewebster.com
Del Toro Shoes
A girl can never have too many shoes, so do yourself a favour and check out Del Toro’s flagship shop in Miami. Known for their velvet slippers with whimsical patterns and vibrant colours (think embroidered accents like skulls and bees on the toes), you’ll also find chic slip-on sneakers, comfy espadrilles and perforated oxfords.
2750 NW Third Avenue, #22, deltoroshoes.com