Miami Travel Guide

A few weeks ago we took a long weekend trip to Miami, and it was the perfect getaway! We flew Spirit Airlines (my first time in years), and all went smooth! And only $130 round trip! Zach did fit almost all of his stuff in a backpack (he’s the best) so I could take the one carry-on we purchased. All in the name of cute outfits 😂

We stayed at The Confidante, which we loved! Thankfully we are able to get corporate discounts through work, because some of the resorts are rather pricey. I had trouble coming up with a phrase or grouping of words to describe the decor and vibe, so I Googled a bunch of 1900’s eras and “mid-century modern” was the best I could come up with. Then I realized the hotel website of course has a whole section dedicated to describing the experience for their guests and it was much better – “Discover art deco features, pops of color, and 1950s flair throughout our beachfront hotel.” Well there you have it folks! The Confidante also has two pools, beach-front access, indoor & outdoor bars, and a really yummy burger. We splurged on hotel food and drinks one day, and after that I just recreated the rum & coconut water drink but without the pretty branded coconut and striped straw 🙂

WHERE TO EAT:

The Salty Donut was SO GOOD! I consider myself a highly-trained donut critic, and this place is a 10/10. My favorites were the Traditional Glazed & the Nutella. There were a lot of cute shops right near the donut shop, and it’s walking distance from Wynwood/Wynwood Walls which is a fun area to explore and go in and out of shops!

Dreamer Miami wins for the best aesthetics. It’s pretty much created for a photoshoot.

 

Under the Mango Tree had AMAZING smoothies and açaí bowls.

The Lobster Shack….OMG. This place!! This was our first stop upon arrival while we waited for our hotel room to be available. It was also our last stop before we drove to the airport. The only spot we ate at twice. Everything was amazing but the stand-outs were the Cajun Shrimp Roll and the Lobster Bisque. This is the kinda place you dream about afterwards.

In my opinion, the best meal we ate in Miami was hands down Upland. Every single thing was delicious, but my favorites were the pistachio pizza, the avocado + falafel salad, and the crispy gnocchi (Zach’s favorite was the flax-seed crusted cod). So many of the dishes were unlike anything I’d ever eaten before, but in such an amazing way.

Havana 1957 was our spot to sip on mojitos (the mango flavor was SO good) and get our fix of Cuban cuisine. Zach got the Cubano sandwich and I got the Especialidad de la Casa (roasted chicken, gravy, black beans, and rice) and we both left happy & full!

After Broken Shaker (see below), we hit up 27 Restaurant & Bar for a late dinner. It’s known for its local & fresh ingredients, and they shone through in each and every dish.

WHERE TO DRINK: 

Employees Only was an awesome spot for a cocktail! Especially because this was the only night it was raining. The prohibition style restaurant and bar was the perfect hideaway for the evening. We sat at the bar and watched the mixologist work his magic. All the cocktails were inventive and delicious! I also felt like this was more of a local spot which was neat. There were a group of ladies sitting next to Zach and I who the bartender knew by name, so I knew we were in good company. Also they had happy hour until 9 pm which is pretty darn amazing and perfect for an early bedtime!

As soon as I saw the outdoor space at Broken Shaker Miami I knew I wanted to spend an evening there. There’s also a Freehand Hotel and Broken Shaker in Chicago, so I knew they would have outstanding cocktails, but we really love the outdoor ambiance in Miami.

WHAT TO DO:

As mentioned earlier Wynwood is a fun area to explore! Wynwood Walls is home to large-scale murals by some of the most talented artists. The area has so many fun store-fronts, coffee shops, art galleries, breweries, and restaurants. Four days wasn’t long enough for all the eating we wanted to do, but two places that were high on my list are in this neighborhood (Alter & KYU).

Sadly the Miami extension of the Museum of Ice Cream is relocating, but maybe to an area near you soon! I think it’s funny that it’s called a museum, because the only learning part is fun ice cream facts hanging in the lobby while you wait to get in (but I think we all expected that). You do get lots of ice cream through the pictureseque walking experience. My favorites were The Sprinkle Pool (not real sprinkles by the way), the Bunns Shake Room (you actually had to “shake your booty” before they would give you the ice cream lol) and the Sweet Sculpture Studio (where you got the moochi)! The ice cream in Bunns Shake came out on the cutest ice cream conveyer belt & tasted like a Wendy’s frosty. Plus the room was a cute retro bubble gum pink.

Hang at the beach and the pool! The water is a clear-blue & the sand is soft and white 🙂

OTHER PLACES ON MY RADAR (I’d need more than 4 days to eat my way through this city):

Now start planning your next Miami trip! Summer beach-inspired outfit posts coming soon 🙂

xo

Emily

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6 Comments

    • ekanicka
      Author
      May 20, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      Oh yay!! Me too!!

  1. Debs Kan
    May 20, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Sounds like Miami was NOT a disappointment!! I like the shake your booty for ice cream 🤣

    • ekanicka
      Author
      May 20, 2018 / 7:01 pm

      Hahah I knew you would!! I did it happily, but Zach wasn’t as eager 😂

  2. May 24, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Thank you so much for such a fresh new take on Miami! This article and pictures destroyed my distasteful stereotype of Miami and replaced it with a yearning to visit this colorful and tasty city. I love the way you have a knack for finding the most unique and special places a city has to offer. You can be my travel agent any day:)

    • ekanicka
      Author
      May 24, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      Best compliment ever!!! So you tell me where we are going and I’ll plan 😊

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