South Beach/Miami Beach
8:30am: Hit the beach
Just short of hell, there is nothing as hot as a Miami beach day -- but do it anyway. Head there early, park in the public lot at 21st and Collins Avenue, between W South Beach and The Setai, and try to get a tan like an actual Miamian.
11am: Brunch at 27
Connected to Miami’s Freehand hostel-turned-hangout, this eclectic American brunch joint has everything you need to keep your strength up in the aforementioned blazing hot sun. Order the Huevos Diablos (fried eggs, tostada, black beans, carnitas, red and green salsa and queso) and pair it with a Green Bloody: tequila with roasted Serrano chilies, French Sorel, green tomatoes and lemon. Happy weekend, indeed. View on Map
Noon: Party at Broken Shaker
Annnnd we’re back outside! The other good thing about this hostel is its award-winning courtyard bar, Broken Shaker. Once Miami’s best-kept secret, now pretty much everyone knows about it -- and for good reason. If you’re not napping under a banyan tree or in one of its hammocks, you should be grabbing a comfy chair, mingling with the people actually staying in the hostel, and sipping on one of its Instagram-worthy cocktails. The drink menu changes weekly, but there’s always some kind of Old Fashioned with cereal in it (Coco Puffs, anyone?) with our name on it. View on Map
7:30 am: Get breakfast at Threefold Café
Order the Not So French Toast. We’ll translate: prosciutto, basil and ricotta sandwiches, on baguettes, that are then dipped in egg and fried. This spot serves breakfast daily but miraculously, is rarely crowded. You can eat this everyday. View on Map
9:30 am: Sweat it out at SoulCycle
This sexy spin class is all the rage here in the Magic City. You'll burn an AVERAGE of 600 calories in 45 minutes and look hot doing it, which totally makes the fact that you just ate 1,000 calories for breakfast okay. (…Right? Right.)
11:00 am: Grab a couch at Books & Books’ courtyard
This bookstore-meets-hangout is a Miracle Mile staple and hideaway. Find a seat in its outdoor courtyard, order an espresso OR a glass of wine (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere?!) and relax. There’s no wifi, so you can only be half-lying when you tell your boss you “didn’t see that email.” View on Map
11am: Take a canoe out on Hell’s Bay
Originally named because someone said it was “hell to get into, hell to get out of,” this canoe trail lets you paddle through mangroves, small ponds, bays, campsites, and everything else that only makes sense in the Everglades. Word to the wise: plan to go one way, or turnaround halfway through -- sailing there and back takes six hours.
2pm: Go to Schnebly Redlands Winery & Brewery Grab some food, drive north, and in the middle of a random giant grass lot, find light-strung tiki huts, a restaurant, flowing waterfalls, and a standalone winery, brewery and store. Grab a seat at one of the long picnic tables, and try some wine and beer made from Homestead’s exotic fruits, like mango, guava, coconut, pumpkin, and our personal favorite, lychee. View on Map
1pm: Get burgers at Dune Burgers on the Beach
It’s at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, yes, but it’s also a relaxed burger joint with b-a-l-l-e-r food that won’t break the bank. Post up in a cabana and order the Dune Classic -- it’s a huge patty, a bacon slab, and potato straws between two buns. View on Map
2:30pm: Go kayaking at Crandon Park
Crandon Park has everything from golf courses and tennis courts, to nature trails, mangroves, butterfly gardens, BBQ spots, and yes, kayaking. When you get in the park, head to the North Beach Concession and rent a double kayak for $20 per hour. Then go out on the Atlantic and try not to get lost.
Noon: Have lunch at Kush
Kush is the gritty little brother of Coconut Grove’s Lokal. But since it runs in the family, expect similarly epic burgers, local beers on tap, as well as alligator bites, chili hobo Frito pie and pastrami Reubens. Go for lunch and order the Kush & Hash burger -- it’s a burger served on a waffle bun, topped with hash, bacon, fried egg, American cheese, homemade ketchup, and comes with a side of maple syrup. No, we are not making this up. View on Map
1:30pm: Try to get out of the PaniQ Room
Next, hit the PaniQ Room, a live escape game and Miami’s latest craze. Grab your friends, choose a room (we recommend the Pirates’ Den) and work together, 90’s Clue-style, to crack through encrypted hints and figure out how to get out in under an hour. Good luck. View on Map
3:05pm: Get your caffeine fix at Panther Coffee
At 3:05 in “the 305,” something chaotic happens where everyone’s eyes get bloodshot, and the air fills with yells of start “CAFECITOOOOO.” That might be an exaggeration, but Miamians know what we’re talking about. When in Wynwood, calm this panic with a cold-brew coffee from Panther Coffee, made with small-batch Nicaraguan beans, roasted in-house. In true Wynwood style, there is art everywhere, so get that fix here too. View on Map
2pm: Get a tour of Wynwood Walls
There’s no missing these six giant warehouses covered in professional graffiti. Book tickets ahead of time, meet at the Walls (look for the iron gate entrance on North Miami Avenue, between 25th and 26th street), and let local artists and “Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide” give you the 4-1-1 behind the cool stuff you’re seeing.
4pm: Do happy hour at Sugarcane
When you find the vine-covered gates in the back corner of Midtown’s most popular mall-turned-hangout, congrats: you’ve arrived. Get there at 4pm and spice up your afternoon with a “Spice of Love” cocktail -- a mix of jalapeño, passion fruit, mango and vodka. View on Map
4pm: Kick off happy hour at Brother Jimmy’s
Brickell is hands-down the best place to go for happy hour, but to make sure you get the best of it, you’ll need to strategize. Brother Jimmy’s starts the earliest, so get there at 4pm for $3 drafts, $4 craft beers, and $5 wells. View on Map
8:30pm: Eat surprisingly well at Scully’s Tavern
When you walk into this strip mall dive, you expect greasy bar food that you’ll probably regret the next day. Not here. The food team is led by a classically-trained chef who only serves the best -- like Belgian escargot (in a bar?), frog legs, and nachos with house-made tortilla chips. While you’re there, order the potato chip-encrusted dolphin sandwich. You can thank us later. View on Map
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1. Threefold Cafe141 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables
2. Books & Books265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
3. Monty's Raw Bar2550 South Bayshore Dr, Miami
4. Lokal Burgers & Beer3190 Commodore Plz, Miami
5. Barracuda Bar & Grill3035 Fuller St, Miami
6. The Rusty Pelican3201 Rickenbacker Cswy, Key Biscayne
7. Robert Is Here Fruit Stand19200 SW 344th St, Miami
8. Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery30205 SW 217th Ave, Homestead
9. Ball & Chain1513 SW 8th St, Miami
10. Scully's Tavern9809 SW 72nd St, Miami
11. Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern7221 SW 58th Ave, South Miami
12. 272727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach
13. Broken Shaker2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami
14. Brother Jimmy's BBQ900 S Miami Avenue, Suite 135, Miami
15. Better Days75 SE 6th St Ste 103, Miami
16. Batch Gastropub30 SW 12th St, Miami
17. MC Kitchen4141 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
18. Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grille3250 NE First Ave, Miami
19. KUSH Wynwood2003 N Miami Ave, Miami
20. Panther Coffee2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
21. Dune455 Grand Bay Dr, Key Biscayne
22. LeKoke Wine and Bites1225 SW 8th St, Miami
23. El Exquisito1510 SW 8th St, Miami
24. Splitsville5701 Sunset Dr #202, South Miami
25. PanIQ Room Escape380 NW 27 ST, Miami