The Sacred Space Miami
105 24th St., Edgewater
Miami’s energetic design aesthetic collides—gently, sustainably, and with gratitude—with alternative wellness and lifestyle at Karla Dascal’s The Sacred Space Miami. In reality, it’s four spaces in one, five if you count Paradise Farms, the biodynamic farm that services the on-site restaurant (along with a number of other Miami dining meccas). There’s a space for classes and workshops. There’s a sprawling event space. There’s a plant-based restaurant (see two sentences ago). There’s a tropical garden. Visiting the 36,000-square-foot space is very choose your own adventure, with all paths leading through an indoor-outdoor, minimalist environment. A sampling of the classes and workshops on the programming schedule: kundalini yoga, a sound bath, a visit from Wim Hof, mindfulness meetups, and something fascinatingly called a moondance experience. Post-moondance, head to Plant Miami for a vegan and kosher take on South Florida cuisine (and occasionally, live music). Take your oat milk latte to go and spend some time hanging out in the garden, surrounded by bamboo, a guava grove, maybe a talipot palm in rare bloom. Check yourself out in the reflection pond. Maybe even take a photo—a day of clean food and conscious…
1756 N. Bayshore Dr., Edgewater
With a full menu of detox-approved meals for every time of the day (smoothie bowls, salads, soups, juices, you name it) and an order-online setup that makes for easy takeout, Pura Vida is exactly the kind of place we try to keep in our Rolodexes for busy weeks. They now have two locations—South Beach and Edgewater—so you can find them on either side of the Julia Tuttle.
Pérez Art Museum
1103 Biscayne Blvd., Edgewater
Opened in 2013, the Herzog & de Meuron–designed building has been largely responsible for the renewal of downtown Miami. Funded partially by collector Jorge Pérez, for whom the museum is named, the 20,000-square-foot glass-and-concrete space boasts some 1,800 works from the likes of John Baldessari, Olafur Eliasson, and Dan Flavin. There are also works on display by important Latin American artists including José Bedia and Beatriz González. Don’t miss a walk through the outdoor tropical-plant-dotted sculpture garden, with large-scale sculptures that are breathtaking against the water's edge.
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
1018 N. Miami Ave., Edgewater
Ella Fontanals-Cisneros's private collection is focused on Latin American artists, which is unsurprising, as Fontanals-Cisneros herself was born in Cuba and came of age in Venezuela. The exhibitions are housed in a former boxing gym near the Arts District: a square building that's significantly spruced up by a stunning tile mural, which creates the illusion of a bamboo forest. Her foundation, for its part, gives annual commissions to mid-career Latin American artists who then become part of group shows at the space. It's an opportunity that not only exposes them to Miami's global art community but also gives them space to create their work outside the pressures of the market. Like other private collections in Miami, entry is free.
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