24 Hours in Miami by Pola Bunster
May 22, 2017Pola Bunster
As our city continues to grow, there are so many great local spots rising up that it’s becoming so hard to keep track. For self-proclaimed Culture Crusaders like ourselves, we’re constantly on the look out for the Miami treasures that can’t be missed by both residents and tourists alike. If you had 24 hours in this city, where would you go to get the “real” Miami experience? Where would you tell a friend to go? Let our Director of Storytelling, Pola Bunster, take you around must-see spots in her hometown:
“Alright, in a perfect world, you’d get here early(ish) on a Saturday morning completely refreshed and ready to explore. I’d start in Coconut Grove, one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city, with brunch at Glass & Vine (the slightly less packed sister of Eating House) overlooking the gorgeous oaks at Peacock Park. Take a walk along the bay or explore the charming cottages. Make sure not to miss the Coconut Grove Farmer’s Market (one of the best in Miami) and marvel at the coral facade of Plymouth Congregational Church (watch out for the Peafowl!). Check out The Barnacle Historic State Park if you have time.
Then head to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and make sure to roam the grounds on foot and get as lost as possible. Stop by Pinecrest Wayside Market on your way back for the famous strawberry shake and a fresh coconut. Watch the sunset at The 19th Hole Bar & Grill at The Biltmore Hotel overlooking its world-class golf course.
After getting ready, start your night off in Wynwood (so you can say you’ve been there) and hang outside at The Wynwood Yard for a bit. Check out Lagniappe just a few blocks away for some of the best live tunes in Miami, and grab some masterpiece cocktails at Beaker & Gray before heading into The Electric Pickle for some late night dancing. Chances are you’ll catch it on a SAFE night, so your hips will be in good hands. End your night (or early morning) at The Corner where interesting conversations will definitely await.
Wake up and head to the beach early; 3rd street is a personal favorite. Grab a sandwich from La Playa Market, a local gem, or pop into Urbanica The Meridian Hotel for some free coffee and local vibes. Before your flight home, make sure to pass by Little Havana for a quick drink at Ball & Chain to catch their funky Sunday sets with live tunes curated by Vlade Divak. Grab some Azucar Ice Cream for your Lyft ride and have a safe flight!”