Miami is amazing for many reasons. Topping this list is the city’s unrivaled cuisine. With a melting pot of cultural concoctions for your palate to feast on, it’s possible to sample all the flavors of the world without ever leaving South Beach.
And now that spring is in the air, the most fun way to experience the foodie side of Miami is on bike. There are plenty of miles of protected, picturesque, cycling lanes to keep you safe—especially if you’re also enjoying the finest of Miami’s cocktail culture along the way. Here’s our roundup of your perfect foodie day out—your bellies will be sure to thank us!
Coffee Bar at The Raleigh Miami Beach
To start your morning properly caffeinated, pop into the Coffee Bar at The Raleigh hotel. This iconic spot serves European-style espresso and freshly made muffins, perfect fuel for a long day out.
Cleo at The Redbury
Prop your bike out front with you as you dine open air style on Chef Danny Elmaleh’s family style Mediterranean fare. Sample the piping hot mezzes, Lamb Tagine, and our favorite—the brussels sprouts. And really, what would a meal in the sun be without a Mediterranean Margarita to compliment it?
We didn’t even know Watermelon Mint ice cream existed until we realized we couldn’t live without it. At Azucar, purveyors of homemade Cuban ice cream, you can get flavors like this as well as Coca-Cola and Sweet Potato Ancho Chile Chocolate Chip. Worth the short detour out of South Beach.
South Beach’s favorite, long-standing sandwich counter has been filling bellies for over 25 years. With just a few seats at the bar, you’ll have to work your way into this popular spot. The reward is freshly baked French bread or the flakiest croissants piled high with avocado, prosciutto and more.
If you love hummus as much as us, you’ll definitely want to hit up this hidden South Beach backyard spot for early evening snacks. Israeli emigres Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi started their endeavor as a popup cocktail bar, but it’s quickly become the destination for premier drinking, and tremendous bar food, like this black Angus burger picture here.
Ride over to the architectural wonder of 1111 Lincoln Road. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, this structure is stunning in itself, but at the top you’ll find Juvia, a penthouse dining experience overlooking South Beach. If you love seafood, this is your place, with fresh oysters, cured Scottish salmon nigiri, lobster salad and more.
We’re suckers for a happy hour, especially when said hour includes half priced creamy rock shrimp, crispy rice with spicy tuna and a “burning mandarin” to wash it all down. From Monday – Thursday, Katsuya‘s “Eat. Sip. Repeat.” Happy Hour in the Dragon Lounge is the most delicious way to get through the week.
The Bazaar by José Andrés
No trip to Miami is complete without dinner at The Bazaar at SLS South Beach. Sure, if you’ve never had Colada Cubana—coffee with foie gras—you don’t know what you’re missing. But if you’ve tried even a bite, dinner will never be the same. A pioneer of avant-grade yet traditional Spanish-style cooking, José Andrés always surprises at his eponymous restaurants. Plus if you join The CODE you’ll get exclusive access to off-menu items for even more deliciousness.
Where to Rent a Bike:
Fritz’s Skate Bike & Surf