This week marks the launch of our newest American store in Brickell, Miami. To familiarise ourselves with our new surroundings, we quizzed local resident and new store manager, Julissa Huertas about where to go and what to do in the surrounding area. Think of this as your go-to guide for a week in the city.
We’ve put together a hitlist of where to go and what to do in Miami. Think of this as your go-to guide for a week in the city
FOR THE BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP
Whilst there's a host of luxury hotels situated across Miami, some of which host desirable restaurants and bars as well as beautiful rooms (Zuma in the Epic Hotel downtown for example, is well worth a visit), it’s The Conrad in Brickell that tops our recommendations list. It’s just a stone’s throw from the newly launched Reiss store and boasts additional touches that really make a difference. There’s a pillow menu, for example, so that guests can tailor their night’s sleep accordingly, and they offer a 1/3/5 experience guide which presents itineraries to ensure guests make the most of their stay, even if they’re only in town for a couple of hours. Head to the rooftop pool to take in the views of the city by day.
1395 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
FOR THE BEST BREAKFAST
Whether it’s interiors or menu that entices you to try a new brunch spot, Area 31 is sure to deliver. Designed with a stunning outdoor terrace that looks out onto the city but feels disconnected enough that it’s wonderfully relaxed, it’s easy to let brunch turn into afternoon drinks at this desirable spot. Specialising in fish dishes by evening, we recommend the Benedict.
Kimpton EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
FOR THE BEST CITY VIEW
The best view of Miami by far can be found atop the East Hotel in Brickell, just a stone’s throw from the newly opened Reiss store. Make your way to the rooftop bar, Sugar, where you’ll find a picturesque drinks garden and bar area offering panoramic sights of all that the city has to offer. Get there early to watch the sun set, whiling away the hours by working your way down the cocktail menu and snacking on the establishment’s delicious Asian-inspired tapas.
788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL 33131
FOR a little culture
As with any city, Miami boasts a multitude of cultural offerings. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is well worth a visit as it’s a far cry from the vibrancy of South Beach and the hustle and bustle of Brickell, providing escapism for all who visit. The 34-room building and its 10-acre gardens were designed by industrialist Charles Deering in the 1910’s who took inspiration from traditional European design but added signature Miami style attributes. It’s beauty still remains prolific today and guests can explore the stunning architecture, interior design and 10 acres of gardens. We suggest taking time out from what’s sure to be a packed itinerary to absorb a shot of well-known Miami culture.
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129
FOR GREAT COFFEE
Popular with both locals and tourists alike, Panther Coffee in Wynwood Design District is a hit with some of Miami’s coolest residents and most importantly – it serves up some of the best coffee in the area. There’s a true focus on quality and the journey from bean to coffee cup is celebrated in this boutique-style destination; perhaps because it started life as a humble coffee cart? Soon gaining a reputation and expanding into a permanent bricks and mortar residency, it now owns three welcoming shops. Order an iced latte and settle in with a magazine or book to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
FOR PEOPLE WATCHING
Make Ocean Drive your go-to for people watching. Located in Miami Beach and loved for its Art Deco vibe, eclectic hotel selection and buzzing nightlife, it’s one of the most famous parts of Miami. Lincoln Road is another hotspot. It’s Miami’s open-air mall; a pedestrianised destination that attracts tourists and locals alike due to its reputation for some of the best dining and shopping spots in the city.
Waterfront dining at its most modern, Crazy About You in Brickell offers a chic setting whether you’re keen to try out the food menu or you’re just there for cocktails with a twist. In colder months, stay indoors and enjoy the scene-setting music, making yourself comfortable on the high-top tables (or the beanbag chairs in the lounge if your outfit allows).
1155 Brickell Bay Dr #101, Miami, FL 33131
Whether it’s location, décor, atmosphere or menu that most attracts you to a restaurant, Cantina La Veinte in Brickell is sure to tick the box. Based in a two-story building on the waterfront with a contemporary design aesthetic and authentic Mexican food, it’s a great place to spend the evening. Whether you’re booking as part of a large group or have a more intimate evening planned, sip on the comprehensive margarita offering and order small plates in large quantities until the early hours.
495 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
SOMEWHERE ONLY LOCALS KNOW…
“The best insider tip I can give is to go to Cubaocho Museum of Performing Arts. A hidden gem in the heart of Miami and something a little different from the array of more modern recreational activities on offer, it’s a lovely place to have a coffee as well as providing an insight into Cuban culture.” Julissa Huertas, Reiss Miami store manager.
1465 SW 8th St #106, Miami, FL 33135