If you are lucky enough to visit the beautiful sun-drenched city of Miami, whether now or in the future, we’ve put together a guide on how to spend an unforgettable 48 hours in the city. Keep in mind that when you have limited time it is best to get around independently, the neighbourhoods of Miami are spread out, so to avoid waiting in the sun for slow public transport, hiring a car in Miami is
Miami – Day 1
Get up early to watch the stunning sunrise over Miami beach before the crowds of beach fit bodies arrive and put my UK untoned effort to shame.
Next up you should hit the Miami Design District, a neighbourhood which was originally a pineapple plantation. Today it has become a spectacular pedestrian walk where you can enjoy designer shopping which include Louis Vuitton, Hermés, Fendi and Tiffany, don’t forget your credit card! Then explore the art galleries and enjoy the variety of gastronomic delights on offer.
Afterwards, you can walk to Wynwood, a former industrial neighbourhood but today is characterized by the myriad of graffiti, art galleries, independent fashion designers and of course, some more great food.
To finish the day you can go for Happy Hour in Sugar, the rooftop bar of the EAST Hotel. Enjoy a cocktail (or two) overlooking the magnificent Miami skyline.
Miami – Day 2
Enjoy breakfast at the iconic News Café, since 1988 it has been ‘the‘ place in South Beach for breakfast and people watching. Once done, go for a walk around the neighbourhood and enjoy the beautifully restored Art Deco architecture of the area.
For even more shopping, you must stop at the Webster. The 3-story luxury boutique is housed in a historic Art Deco building and offers an exquisite collection of top brands which include Acne Studios, Maison Kitsuné and Off-White.
For lunch, try eating at Los Fuegos, Chef Francis Mallmann’s restaurant at the glamorous Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Then relax in the beautiful gardens of Vizcaya Museum, a Renaissance-style former villa. The house and gardens on Biscayne Bay were built over 100 years ago as the winter home of the millionaire John Deering.
For coffee try the locals’ favourite at Panther Coffee on Coconut Grove, a laid-back and artsy neighbourhood with indie stores and sidewalk cafes. Visit the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), a modern and contemporary art museum specialising in international art from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Finally, go to dinner at 27. There are many pretentious restaurants in Miami but this is definitely not one of them. Established in an old 1930’s house with eclectic decoration, the restaurant offers Latin flavours fused with cuisines from around the world.
Insider Tip: You cannot miss trying the cauliflower dish and the catch of the day.
There is a lot to do in Miami and 48 hours is definitely not long enough but we hope these highlights will help you get the feel of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city. As mentioned, the neighbourhoods are spread out so we highly recommend having a rental car in Miami even if it’s just for that cool air conditioning during those humid summer months.
Also, if you have a rental car you have the opportunity to get out of the city and explore the surrounding areas such as the Everglades and the laid back Florida Keys.*