Miami is one of my absolute favorite cities. The energy, the food, the shopping, and the feeling of an endless summer. I definitely recommend everyone visit at least once. I’ve been to Miami quite a few times and always get DM’s asking me for hotel and food recommendations. I decided to round everything up for you guys in a Miami travel guide!
Where to Stay
1 Hotel South Beach – I stayed here for my birthday and it is truly a dream. The architecture and interior design are very modern, white, and sophisticated. The entire chain of 1 Hotels is amazing with great customer service. I’ve stayed at the one in West Hollywood and it was just as beautiful.
EAST Miami – If you’re looking for more of a downtown stay, I love EAST Miami in Brickell. It’s only about a 20-minute drive to south beach, but perfect if you want to be more in the city. I stayed here in June and definitely loved being 25 floors above the city. It’s also close to Brickell City Centre.
Fontainebleu Miami Beach – This hotel gives me more of a Las Vegas resort vibes. It’s a hub of nightclubs, restaurants, and an amazing pool area with cabanas. I loved staying here because there are a ton of things to do on the property. I feel like you could stay here and never have to leave.
Other Hotels: SLS Brickell Miami, Mandarin Oriental Miami, W South Beach, Faena Hotel, The Confidante, The Setai, Loews Hotel, The Miami Beach EDITION
Where to Eat
Swan – Such a cute restaurant. The pink and green decor gives me Beverly Hills Hotel vibes.
Jaya at the Setai – One of my favorite nighttime spots! All of the tables are surrounded by water and it almost feels like you’re eating in a different country. The atmosphere is perfect for a girl’s night out.
Cecconi’s – The best Italian spot. I definitely recommend their bolognese pasta dish!
Mila – Another unique spot. They have an incredible fire artist performer every night.
Water at the 1 Rooftop – This is definitely my favorite place to eat brunch by the ocean.
Papi Steak – I had my birthday dinner here! It is one of my favorite restaurants in Miami. The atmosphere is very classic and elegant, and the food is delicious.
Other Restaurants: Nikki Beach, Amara at Paraiso, Carbone, Joia Beach, Strawberry Moon, Komodo, Kiki on The River, Broken Shaker (cocktails)
Where to Shop
Miami Design District – I can never go to Miami without going to the Design District. This is where designer stores like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Prada are. It is also home to the Dior café!
Bal Harbour Shops – Another high-end outdoor shopping mall! If you can’t find a brand at the Design District, you’ll probably find it at Bal Harbour.
Brickell City Centre – Another great spot for shopping, eating, and entertainment. This is a great place if you’re looking for a Zara, lululemon, etc.