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The City That (Really) Never Sleeps: 48 Hours In Miami

May 7, 2014

You find yourself in Miami for 48 hours. In this bustling hub of culture where day and night so easily blend together, it’s helpful to have a game plan. We’ve got your back, from our top hotel pick to your arts and culture must-sees, check out a few of our favorites just for you.

Day One

10:00 am: You’ve arrived. Step off the plane into sunny Florida and leave your worries on the tarmac.

11:00 am – Up your art consumption with a visit to Gallery Diet, a contemporary art gallery located in the Wynwood District of Miami. With an eclectic mix of international artists, Gallery Diet is the place to catch the next art world darlings before they finally forego starving-artist-anonymity and rise to stardom. 

1:00 pm – Grab a midday bite at this 100 year-old eatery. Joe’s Stone Crab is the ultimate place to chow down on some surf and/or turf; the Manhattan Clam Chowder and Rack of Lamb served with Mango Port Jelly top our list of must-try dishes. The perfect restaurant to visit with company – all portions are large enough to share.

3:00 pm: Check into SLS South Beach. Take a selfie with our larger-than-life rubber ducky, and drop off your bags.

4:30pm – Cool off with a late-afternoon dip at SLS pool before getting gussied up for your big night out on the town.

8:00 pm – Head to The Bazaar by José Andrés South Beach to taste the chef’s award winning fare. Make sure you order the Cubano, Not Your Everyday Caprese, and Key Lime Pie for dessert to experience José’s avant-garde take on traditional Spanish cooking!

11:00 pm – Spend your evening dancing at Hyde Beach Miami. Known to be a favorite amongst musicians and models alike, this SoBe hot spot has an eclectic playlist and cool crowd that’s dressed to impress.


Day Two

11:00 am – Roll out of bed for brunch at The Raleigh Miami Beach‘s Restaurant Michael Schwartz (want insider tips, check out our write-up here). Relaxing and delectable, the weekly brunch is guaranteed to hit the spot. The menu is seasonal and diverse and the drink list is definitely worth perusing. Hair of the dog is a very real remedy.

1:00pm – Hit up Wynwood Walls, a major Miami tribute to graffiti and street art. With a mission of exposing graffiti artists to the public, the Wynwood Walls has become a mecca for street art lovers and an artistic statement in itself.

4:00 pm – There’s really no better way to end your afternoon than with a quick bite at Umami Burger. Try the Hatch burger and the truffle fries – they won’t disappoint.

7:00pm – Ease into your evening with a cocktail at Bar Centro. Perfect to unwind and recap your weekend with friends, if by unwinding you mean experimenting with the the extensive cocktail list that will keep you occupied for hours.

9:00pm – The best way to end the weekend? Sushi. Grab a table at Katsuya; order the yellowtail with jalapeno, shishito peppers, and the seared ahi tuna with fried onions. Wash it down with a Burning Mandarin or two – the perfect night cap to a perfect 48 hours in Miami.

Photo by Carlos Ramos