Establishment neighborhood
4385 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Tucked into the lush courtyard of the Soho Beach House, Cecconi’s is the kind of place you’ll go for lunch and want to linger through sunset cocktails. Tiny lights are wrapped around the branches of the buttonwood trees overhead, small Edison bulbs hang from the wooden beams, and the flooring is a Nile-green-and-white-striped tile. And the food is consistently fantastic: The truffle pizza with goat cheese and zucchini blossom is worth the splurge; the garganelli Bolognese is always a solid bet. From Tuesdays through Saturdays, Cecconi’s has a delightful aperitivi hour.
1935 W. Ave., Ste. 208, Mid-Beach
JetSet is only studio in Miami that has Lagree Fitness Megaformers, which are pilates-like machines that have gained a cult-like following in recent years. Unlike a lot of pilates classes, you get a fair amount of cardio with your weight training and resistance-based body conditioning. It’s a relentless 50-minute workout that’s not for the faint at heart—which is probably why it’s so addicting. They have another location in Miami Beach, plus outposts in Wynwood, Coral Gables, and North Miami.
The Dutch
2201 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
Chef Andrew Carmellini—whom New Yorkers know (and love) for Locanda Verde, Little Park, Lafayette, and the Dutch in SoHo—took his act on the road opening inside the W South Beach. (Fun fact: Carmellini’s grandfather ran the Surf Club down the street back in the 1950s.) The seafood-heavy menu features crowd-pleasers like the diver scallops and Faroe Islands salmon; the Biscayne Platter (a dozen oysters, little neck clams, corvina ceviche, and more) is good for a group while the sheep’s milk ricotta is a no-brainer. The dining room, designed by the New York–based Meyer Davis Studio (the Dutch SoHo, Lure), marries a mod beach look with driftwood beams overhead, light oak floors, and a zinc-top bar. At lunch, ask for a table outside in the garden.
Los Fuegos
3201 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The only stateside restaurant of famed Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann (who was featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table), Los Fuegos at Faena Hotel Miami Beach serves some of the most memorable meals in Miami. It’s an open-fire kitchen—and glassed-in, so you can see some of the action unfold while enjoying a cocktail at Faena’s outdoor bar. If you’re going to enjoy a steak while in Miami, this would be a place to do it—but don’t pass on the wood-oven veggie sides.
The Setai
2001 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The minute you pull up to the Setai, it's obvious that this is a place with history. The original hotel (called the Dempsey-Vanderbilt, for boxer Jack Dempsey) was designed and built in the 1930s. Eighty years later, the gorgeous old Art Deco hotel is best known for over-the-top luxury: think beach attendants who move your lounge chair to the perfect angle, bring just-cracked coconuts, and have a way of keeping loud partygoers away. The temperature-controlled infinity pools (plural)—a seventy-five-degree lap pool, a ninety-five-degree family pool, and an eight-five-degree central pool—all overlooking the private beach, are a major part of the allure.
Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
On a stretch of what’s referred to as “Mid-Beach,” the private club has brought a level of exclusivity to Miami with the opening of its chic, fifty-room property. (Soho House operates as a private club, but hotel guests have the run of the premises.) For those familiar with the club’s amenities, there’s the Cowshed Spa, a rustic relaxation retreat; and Cecconi’s, which serves largely Italian fare in a scenic courtyard setting, tiny lights flickering in the trees overhead. Rooms are generously sized, and in contrast to much of the minimalism seen elsewhere in Miami, feature gorgeously tiled Moroccan-feeling floors, raw concrete beams, and worn-in leather armchairs. A strip of private beach is lined with blue-and-white-covered lounge chairs and features a tiki bar, while daybeds flank the buzzing swimming pool.
27 Restaurant
2727 Indian Creek Dr., Mid-Beach
The Freehand's restaurant is located in a historic 1930s house directly adjacent to the hotel—also designed by Roman and Williams, the interior has a colorful, beachy vibe complete with picnic tables, bright pink-and-green shelving, blue-and-white wallpaper, and tables lit with Virgin Mary candles. The menu is a hodgepodge of cuisines that's illustrative of Miami's melting pot—Caribbean, South American, and Middle Eastern flavors meld together in dishes like cheese bread made with cassava flour, banana bread French toast with Appleton rum, and arepas with ropa vieja and queso de mano. Don't leave without having one of the tiki-bar-inspired drinks, which are served with a garnish of orchids, plastic sunglasses, and upside-down nips of rum.
Miami Beach EDITION
2901 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach
The beautifully redone EDITION hotel (formerly the 1955 Seville Hotel) is a one-stop shop for all things Miami. There’s the fashionable, hard-partying crowd; a palm-fringed lobby; a slick swimming pool; and even an underground nightclub, Basement, which includes both an ice-skating rink and a bowling alley. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, white oak furnishings, and all the techy trappings, including a Beats Pill wireless speaker to keep the party going long after you’ve left the pool scene. Matador Room, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s upscale restaurant, is king of the dining scene.