Azucar Ice Cream
1503 SW 8 St., Little Havana
It doesn’t get much better than some Azucar ice cream on a hot day: think incredible flavors like café con leche (Cuban coffee and Oreo), olive oil, orange zest and dark chocolate, and guarapiña (sugarcane and pineapple) served in generous waffle cones. Made fresh daily, Suzy Batlle’s shop in Little Havana sources ingredients for their desserts locally—their ruby red mamey comes from the Los Piñarenos fruit stand down the street, El Nuevo Siglo Grocery Store hand-prepares their platano maduros, and seasonal fruits and vegetables come from South Florida farmer's markets and growers in Redland, Florida.
3137 Commodore Plz., Coconut Grove
For Bianco Gelato, quality is key. In addition to using 100% organic ingredients, they never use hydrogenated fats, GMOs, artificial ingredients, or chemicals. Now sold in over 40 locations in Miami, they also have diary free, low-fat and low-sugar options, as well as specialty coffee and the yummiest almond milk lattes.
Coconut Grove Farmers Market
3412 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove has a nice-sized Saturday farmers’ market, not tiny but not overwhelming, with a wide, quality selection. Depending on the week, you might see a vegan Ethiopan stand, a kombucha stall, locally grown pickles, and of course, lots of organic fruit and veggies. Photo: @carlachloe
232 5th St., South Beach
Dirt opened in Autumn 2015, with a mission to source ingredients from local farms and bring a level of transparency to the process for customers. (Part of this is a cool map that hangs on the wall, pinpoints that highlight how much Chef de Cuisine Nicole Nicole Votano’s menu draws on nearby Florida farms, including organic ones as much as possible.) There are gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and kid menus, with dishes changing somewhat seasonally but including options like an egg white and avocado mash breakfast bowl; chia pudding with coconut milk and cacao nibs; sandwiches served on Zak the Baker bread, and a kale, quinoa, and blood orange salad with cashew cream. The smoothies made with coconut meat are noteworthy. The 5th Street space has a fittingly bright, clean vibe lit by rose-gold lights, a small juice bar in the corner, plus some tabletops if you aren’t taking your drink/food to go.
2230 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood
The force behind this budding fast-casual chain is actually a couple; Danish businessman René Sindlev famously founded the jewelry company Pandora, and his Italian wife Patrizia Manici Sindlev was a model and architect in her first career. To open their cafes, which serve only organic, kosher, and non-GMO juices, snacks, and coffee, they partnered with a doctor to develop recipes that support cleansing and nutrition, including three whole-foods cleanse programs that you can mix and match for up to seven days. Even if you're not doing a full-on cleanse, it's a great place to pick up a salad or juice to go, or to meet colleagues for a working lunch (each is equipped with solid Wifi). The original is in Wynwood, but they now have a location in Brickell, too—we're keeping an eye out for their New York launch later this year.
140 NE 39th St., Design District
This pop-up café has pretty much anything you'd want: breakfast options include a smoked salmon roll with cream cheese and buttermilk pancakes, and lunch and early dinner items ranging from chicken tartine with hemp seed pesto to vegetable tacos. You can grab prepared food to-go, but they have ample outdoor seating in the District’s Palm Court. As an added bonus, they serve Panther Coffee, beer, and wine.
222 26 St., Wynwood
This is Miami’s most ubiquitous cold-pressed juice and smoothie chain—there's another location Mid-Beach, plus outposts in Whole Foods' across the city—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also one of the best places around to grab a juice (or an acai bowl). The space, located in Wynwood Walls, is literally bright green; there’s limited seating, but you can always take your drink and explore the nearby street murals.
1935 W. Ave., Mid-Beach
This is Miami’s most ubiquitous cold-pressed juice and smoothie chain—there's another location in Wynwood, plus outposts in Whole Foods' across the city—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also one of the best places around to grab a juice. Plus, the menu boasts seriously amazing acai bowls.
500 S. Pointe Dr., South Beach
This South Beach newcomer, run by an adorable married couple from Maui, specializes in locally and organically sourced health food. Their menu is full of vegetarian and allergy-friendly dishes, with smoothies and acai bowls in the morning and buckwheat ramen and gluten-free pizza in the afternoon. The décor here is just as light as the food, with walls of subway tiles in the back and dainty patio tables out front—it's exactly the kind of place you want to meet friends for lunch after a workout.
18660 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles
Part natural grocer, part sit-down restaurant, part healthy takeout joint, Miami Juice has been a staple for Miami's detoxing, juice-drinking, yoga-practicing set for years. The grocery section is a great place to find locally grown produce, plus a solid selection of wine, beer, and specialty health foods, and the sit-down restaurant features a long wood bar where you can sample made-to-order vegetable and fruit juices (they also have a steady supply of citrus-infused water). Needless to say, the salad takeout situation is on point.
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