Hi Karen, I’m visiting Miami from London in October. I haven’t been in a few years. Interested in what’s new, where to eat and what to do. We like art, food, skateboarding and the beach! Thanks, Emily
I would suggest you go to the Chinese lantern festival called Luminosa. It’s quite something, unique. You need to see it at night. What you can do, is if you go there, afterwards head off to the beach and have dinner at the lobster bar sea grille. They have a miami spice special until the end of November, and the seafood is excellent. Dinner is $39 per person for three courses.
Wynwood with its street art and funky places shouldn’t be missed. If you go, I love 1 800 LUCKY which is an Asian food hall there. I wrote it up and also lobster bar.
For the beach, I suggest South of Fifth in South Beach. It’s quieter and you can rent a chair and umbrella to be comfortable.
Little River area is the new Wynwood in the sense that that’s where the art galleries are relocating and you can find some novel shops. A new destination there is The Citadel with a sustainable fashion and beauty market, food hall, rooftop bar and lounge, and it’s also the site of the Nu Deco Ensemble. The Ensemble features classically trained musicians that blend classical music with everything from the big band sound and pop to R & B and salsa. It’s terrific. Speaking about music, when you’re in town see if the New World Symphony has a Wallcast where they broadcast their concert on an outside wall. You can come hear and see the concert and bring a picnic. Plus it’s free.
For art, check out the private museums, foremost of which is the Margulies Warehouse. Other faves include PAMM and the Bass Museum.
Miami culinary tours does food tours of Miami and they do a very good job. You might want to consider them for a tour of wynwood (they include highlights of the street art too) and little havana. Sorry but no ideas about skateboarding.
Lots more. Check out recent posts in my blog. Enjoy your visit!