Miami Guide

Last Updated: [09/15/20]


1 Hotel
The beautiful, eco-conscious hotel is fully committed to sustainability. They’ve thought of every last detail, from organic cotton sheets and mattresses, to all of the hotel’s taps, sinks and showers being equipped with Triple Clear Water filters. The five-star, luxury hotel has four pools, including the only beachfront rooftop pool in Miami. Make sure to check out its private, Tulum inspired beachfront club. The oasis like club boasts a full service sea to table restaurant, oceanfront bar, spacious group cabanas and daybeds. Its holistic Bamford spa is also worth a visit.

2341 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(833) 625-3111

The Edition
Tucked away from the noise of South Beach, the mid-beach, five-star, oceanfront hotel is set on its own private enclave. Its guest rooms provide a zen like experience with their minimalist design, neutral color palette and rainforest showers. For the ultimate culinary experience, check out Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room. Some favorites include their sweet pea guacamole and Fish tacos.

2901 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
(786) 257-4500

Faena Hotel
The five-star, luxury hotel features stunning Art Deco inspired suites and a private beach club. It’s South American inspired spa, Tierra Santa Healing House, offers holistic treatments and houses one of the largest hammams on the East Coast. The lavish oceanfront property also features some seriously wow worthy art. Be sure to check out Damien Hirst’s enormous, gilded woolly mammoth skeleton, displayed in a glass box.

3201 Collins Avenue, Faena District
Miami Beach FL, 33140
(844) 733-4190

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club

Nestled in the quiet residential town of Surfside and located just a few blocks south of the luxurious Bal Harbour shops, lies the Four Seasons at The Surf Club. Originally a seaside getaway for Hollywood legends in the 1930’s, the iconic Surf Club has been reimagined by the Four Seasons, adding a modern sensibility to the club’s Old World glamour. The sprawling oceanfront property,spans across nine acres of impeccable white sand, features two outdoor pools with cabanas, a world class spa and three restaurants, including Michelin-starred chef,Thomas Keller’s Surf Club Restaurant. It’s flawless interiors, designed by Parisian interior designer Joseph Dirand, effortlessly capture the glamor of the club’s glory days while infusing Dirand’s fresh minimalist take.

9011 Collins Avenue

Surfside, FL 33154

Palihouse Miami Beach

Located in a renovated Art Deco building in mid-beach, Palihouse Miami Beach offers oversized residential style rooms and studios, with the majority including kitchenettes. Their Beach Butler service offers round-trip transportation to and from some of their favorite local Miami Beach spots. The service also provides you with towels, umbrellas, beach chairs and and upon request cooler bag lunches. You can also explore Miami Beach on one of their house bicycles.

3101 Indian Creek Drive
Miami Beach, FL, 33140
(305) 763-8006

Soho House
Overlooking Miami Beach, the oceanfront, Soho Beach House Miami is set in a 15 story, Art Deco tower at the northernmost point of the Art Deco district. It has a pool, located just steps from its private beach, plus a Cowshed spa and Cecconi's restaurant.

4385 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 507-7900


Cilantro 27
The Peruvian restaurant serves the best ceviche in Miami. Jena orders the shrimp ceviche bowl.

723 Lincoln Lane N
Miami, FL 33139

Caja Caliente
Home to the original Cuban taco, Caja Caliente serves their tacos on 7 inch flour tortillas with 3-4 oz of protein. You won’t leave hungry.

2634 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

Casa Tua
An iconic culinary destination in Miami for nearly two decades, Casa Tua’s flagship property is located in a villa which also houses a boutique hotel and private members club. The beautiful yet relaxed atmosphere evokes the feeling of dining at your close friend’s house. Whether you are dining in their cozy library, outside in one of the lush gardens or at the chef’s table, you are sure to enjoy an incredible organic menu, impressive fine art collection and impeccable service. Casa Tua is a must when in Miami.

1700 James Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Situated amongst the Bal Harbour Shops with a view of lush palm trees, Hillstone’s menu features classic American cuisine and vegetarian friendly options. Jena’s favorites are the grilled artichokes, jumbo shrimp cocktail and prime filet.

9700 Collins Avenue
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

Il Gabbiano
Located downtown, the sister restaurant of New York’s Il Mulino, offers authentic, Italian fine dining and a lively atmosphere. If you dine on the terrace, enjoy the stunning views of the Biscayne Bay.

335 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

Joe’s Stone Crab
The old school seafood restaurant has been a staple in South Beach for 100 years. It’s most well known for its stone crab served with legendary mustard sauce and hash brown potatoes.

11 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Le Jardinier
Rooted in classic French technique, the vegetable forward restaurant, focuses on the use of the highest quality local vegetables, seasonal ingredients, fresh herbs and greens, some of which are harvested from its onsite garden. The fish and meat that compliment the plant dominated menu, are wild and sustainable.

151 NE 41st Street, Suite 135
Miami, FL 33137

If you’re in the mood for Japanese, then Makoto is a must. Located in the Bal Harbour Shops, Makoto combines traditional Edomae-Sushi with a contemporary twist. The food is fresh and their ultra pristine fish is flown in from the Tokyo market twice a week. Make sure you try the truffle salmon, it’s insanely good. Other favorites include the miso eggplant, crab salad and dynamite roll. 

9700 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33154

Inspired by the tavernas of Aegean coastal towns, Mandolin Aegean Bistro serves clean and simple Mediterranean dishes, using only the freshest ingredients. Jena loves the Greek sampler, mussels, house cut fries with garlic greek yogurt and the whole Mediterranean sea bass.

4312 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

Matador Room
Reminiscent of the glamorous supper clubs of the 1940’s and 50’s, the iconic Matador Room’s seasonal menus have been reimagined by Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Using the freshest, locally sourced, seasonal produce, Jean-Georges offers his interpretation of Caribbean, Spanish, Latin and South American cuisines.

2901 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Known for some of the best oysters in Miami, the oyster bar offers a great selection of seafood, including cooked local catches, lobster rolls, seafood towers and Russian caviar. Mignonette makes some of the best plant based vegetarian vegetable options in Miami. If you go for dinner, you can watch the sunset through its floor to ceiling windows.

210 NE 18th Street
Miami, FL 33132

Recognized as one of the best Mediterranean seafood restaurants in the world, Milos Miami is located just steps from the beach, in South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. Their incredible selection of fresh fish is presented on ice with the selection changing daily. Their lightly fried zucchini and eggplant tower, served with kefalograviera cheese and tzatziki are unforgettable.

730 1st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Located inside the Eden Roc and Nobu Hotel, the waterfront Nobu Miami lives up to its standard of incredible food and service. Their white fish sashimi dried miso and eggplant with spicy miso are some of Jena’s favorites.

4525 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

The Japanese-Chinese fusion restaurant is the brainchild of Russian restauranteur Arkady Novikov, as well as his first U.S. outpost. The upscale restaurant’s vibrant atmosphere, delicious food and exceptional service do not disappoint.

300 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

Papi Steak
A modern take on old world Miami, Papi Steak offers a variety of classic steakhouse staples with a twist.

736 1st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Porto Sagua
Porto Sagua has been a staple for authentic Cuban food for over 50 years. Situated in the heart of Miami, the old school restaurant serves Cuban favorites like fried plantains, pressed Cuban sandwiches, rope vieja, and fried whole snapper.

700 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Sant Ambroeus
Inspired by the Italian Gran Caffés of the 1950’s, the Palm Beach outpost of Sant Ambroeus combines its signature Italian dishes, as well as new dishes inspired by the sea and fresh ingredients of Florida. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to check out their signature coffee bar and gelateria and indulge in one of their delicious house-made cakes, pies or tiramisu.

Bal Harbour Shops

The menu at Upland offers a wide range of California inspired cuisine, including pizza, pasta, salads, vegetable dishes and seafood.

49 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Surf Club

9011 Collins Avenue

Surfside, FL 33154

Michelin starred Chef Thomas Keller’s Surf Club restaurant is located within the iconic Surf Club at the Four Seasons Hotel. Originally a seaside holiday getaway for Hollywood legends in the 1930’s, Surf Club reopened in 2017 with all the splendor of its glory days. The restaurant embraces the historic club’s Old World Florida aesthetic and its à la carte menu reinterprets classic Continental cuisine for a contemporary palate.

Lido Restaurant at The Surf Club

9011 Collins Avenue

Surfside, FL 33154

Situated in the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel, Lido is one of the best beachfront dining experiences in Miami. The seafood forward menu offers simple and genuine Mediterranean cuisine with a focus on organic and sustainable ingredients.

The Champagne Bar

9011 Collins Avenue

Surfside, FL 33154

The palm-fringed Champagne Bar at the Four Seasons Surf Club captures the essence of a summer holiday on the Amalfi Coast. Offering the largest selection of Champagnes in Miami, the bar’s menu is enhanced by a modern collection of imaginative cocktails.

Little Hen

3451 NE 1st Ave, Suite 100

Miami, FL 33137

The English inspired breakfast and eatery is the perfect brunch spot. Its dreamy space is filled with soft pastels and homey accents, giving it a charming, vintage European farmhouse feel. Its decadent menu features delicious specialties like rose petal pancakes with rosewater infused maple syrup, bourbon batter French toast with caramelized apple and vanilla sauce and a caviar omelet filed with smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives. Traditional English High Tea is also served alongside a selection of mini sandwiches, scones and French macaroons.


1854 Bay Road

Miami Beach, FL 33139

The upscale, Sunset Harbor foodie destination, uses locally sourced ingredients to fuse elevated Thai street food with Japanese specialties. The result is explosive flavors that melt in your mouth. Some of Jena’s favorites include the lemongrass soup, green curry and the Tirade appetizer, which consists of red snapper with chili, garlic, lemon and cilantro.

The Lido Bayside Grill

40 Island Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Located at The Standard Hotel, the waterfront restaurant is Jena’s favorite place for vegan options like char broiled zucchini with sesame miso dressing, chili, lemon and garlic broccoli and cauliflower with tahini and pickled chilis. They also have a good shrimp cocktail and dolphins swim by as you’re eating, making the whole experience super relaxing.

Mr. Mandolin

7301 Biscayne Boulevard

Miami, FL 33138

Inspired by the street food cultures of Greece and Turkey, Mr. Mandolin uses the freshest ingredients that are organically sourced whenever possible. Jena loves their meat and fish skewers, along with their rice and hummus.

Casa D’Angelo

2906 NE 207th St

Aventura, FL 33180

The fine dining Italian restaurant offers an incredible wild snapper, excellent vegetable side dishes and a delicious Caesar salad.


2001 Collins Avenue

Miami beach, FL 33139

Located inside The Setai, the Asian fusion restaurant draws on incredible flavors from Vietnam, Thailand, India,Korea, Japan and China. Enjoy chef Vijayudu Veena’s take on delicacies such as Peking duck, curry and dim sum. 

The Ocean Grille

2001 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Setai’s open-air, oceanfront restaurant, is perched on a deck surrounded by tropical foliage and palms. Its menu offers classic American dishes and specialty seafood selections for lunch, and Italian specialties for dinner. If you go for dinner, their exotic truffle pizza is a must.


1636 Meridian Ave

Miami Beach, FL 33139

The chic, bohemian rooftop restaurant and lounge, pairs elegant dining with glamorous nightlife. Enjoy eclectic blends of Balearic music, while dining on deliciousMediterranean Japanese fusion dishes. 

Joia Beach

1111 Parrot Jungle Trail

Miami, FL 33132

Nestled on the white sandy beaches of Watson Island, the beach club and Mediterranean restaurant offers breathtaking views, a vibrant atmosphere and incredible food. 

La Natural

7289 Northwest 2nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33150

The neighborhood pizzeria serves the most incredible sourdough pizza, along with delicious vegetable dishes and natural wine.


Healthy Food

Malibu Farm
With panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean, Malibu Farm Miami offers farm to table dining that is fresh, organic, and locally sourced whenever possible. It’s perfectly proportioned menu offers plenty of gluten free and vegan options.

4525 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Miami Juice
Offering a wide array of healthy options, Miami Juice serves freshly prepared food, juices and smoothies using seasonal fruits and vegetables.

18660 Collins Avenue, #101
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

An upscale, plant based restaurant with a drool worthy menu.

850 Commerce Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Pura Vida
Pura Vida is a must for organic smoothies, juices and coffee. The health conscious cafe also offers a wide variety of smoothie bowls, veggie bowls, salads, wraps and serves an all day breakfast.

3818 NE 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Located in the Miami Design District, OTL is a health conscious restaurant with vegan and gluten-free options.

160 NE 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137


Panther Coffee
Panther Coffee sources some of the world’s finest coffees and roasts the beans on site. If you are plant based they offer macadamia, oat and soy milk.

1875 Purdy Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139 

Naughty Coffee

19501 Biscayne Blvd

Aventura, FL 33180

Located inside Aventura Mall, Naughty Coffee serves some of the most delicious coffee.



687 NE 79TH Street

Miami, FL 33138

Miami’s oldest caviar store and gourmet market offers a wide array of high-quality delicacies. Some of Jena’s French favorites include their foie gras, caviar, wild shrimp, truffle honey, truffle butter and duck.

Lucio Wine Store

207 Northeast 82nd Terrace

Miami, FL 33138

The boutique wine store has a cult following.  Its organic and biodynamic wines, cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and artisan jams are all hand selected by Chef Lucio Bueno.


DB Blow Bar

Linda gives one of the best blow drys in Miami, and Jena loves the Italian owner Giancarlo.

90 Alton Road

Miami Beach Florida 33139

Gee Beauty
Shop Gee’s edit of natural beauty and wellness brands and then relax with one of their beauty treatments. Gee Beauty offers facials, threading, makeup application, manicures, pedicures, lash and brow tinting, lash lifting and extensions.

1845 Purdy Avenue
Miami Beach, FL  33139

Sana Skin
Stop by Sana Skin Studio for customized, goal driven facials, real guidance and curated clean skincare products. You can also book a session in Sana’s LED light room to calm inflammation and breakouts, reduce fine lines and promote circulation.

167 NW 25 Street
Miami, FL 33127

Dr. Elizabeth Trattner
Dr. Elizabeth Trattner’s signature facial rejuvenation treatment, The Gemstone Acupuncture Facial, is a must when in Miami. It not only reverses signs of aging but also enhances beauty and skin health from the inside out. Dr. Trattner also offers services in integrative weight management, Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as acupuncture treatments.

1920 E Hallandale Beach Blvd
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Tierra Santa Healing House
Located on the third floor of the Faena Hotel, Tierra Santa Healing House, is an oasis of holistic therapies for the spirit, mind and body. The 22,000 square foot sanctuary, offers ancient South American healing rituals, including shaman developed body treatments, indigenous ingredients, acupuncture, as well as sound, color and crystal therapy. All treatments are performed with their own range of organic hand blended Sacred Oils, resins, butters, healing stones and poultices and their advanced rejuvenating facials combine organic skin care with state of the art technology. Their jasmine infused hammam is reported to be one of the largest on the east coast.

3201 Collins Avenue, 3rd Floor
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Neiman Marcus
Located in the Bal Harbour shops, Neiman Marcus carries a curated selection of clean beauty and skin care products.

9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154 


1680 Meridian Avenue, Suite 601

Miami Beach, FL 33139

SkinTheory uses some of the most advanced technologies and premier techniques to help you achieve your preventative and corrective treatment goals. They offer services such as IPL and Genesis laser treatments, PRFM for hair restoration and facial rejuvenation, dietary diagnostics, health and wellbeing, as well as skincare. Jena highly recommends Jenna for Botox and there is also a functional MD who works in the office.

IGK Salon

3930 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33137

If you’re looking for a great colorist, then IGK is the spot. Chase Kusero is a master with color. He has been coloring Jena’s hair for 13 years and moved to Miami around the same time she did. Jena also recommends Lexi for color. For cuts, Jena highly recommends Kevin and Elizabeth.

Vivid Salon

6301 Biscayne Blvd, #102

Miami, FL 33138

The blow dry and nail bar does a great bikini wax. Be sure to ask for Josefina for a bikini wax and Barbara for a blow dry. By the way, I’ve NEVER gotten an ingrown hair from Josefina’s wax. UNREAL!


Must See

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Just south of Miami’s modern skyline, lies one of the most breathtaking Gilded Age American estates you will ever see. Conceived as a modern and subtropical interpretation of an eighteenth-century Italian villa, Vizcaya boasts some of the most incredible art collections dating from the early 20th-century all the way back to Pompeii. The cultural oasis is surrounded by 11 acres of formal gardens and the estate includes 34 decorated rooms, in the main house, and 11 historic buildings in Vizcaya Village. The statues, busts, vases and urns that decorate Vizcaya’s gardens range from antiquity to the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and include modern art from the early 20th-century.

3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129


Miami Design District
If you’re in the mood to shop, check out Miami Design District for Rodeo Drive worthy shopping. The creative neighborhood and shopping destination is home to some of the best shopping, restaurants and art galleries in Miami.

140 NE 39th Street
Miami, FL 33137

Bal Harbour Shops
The exquisite open-air shopping mall has been described as a tropical Madison Avenue; housing over 100 high-end shops, boutiques, department stores and restaurants, all situated amongst a lush garden setting.

9700 Collins Ave.
Bal Harbour, FL  33154

The Webster

The flagship location is located in a gorgeous pastel Art Deco building on Collins Avenue. It’s a must-visit for any luxury lover or those looking for harder to find pieces from Chanel and Gucci.

1220 Collins Avenue


Assure A Smile, Dr. Hermann
Assure A Smile provides holistic dental care as well as a wide array of cosmetic services.

9220 SW 72nd Street, Suite 205
Miami, FL 33173

Body Science Life
Body Science Life aims to provide you with the most accurate and precise ways to improve your health, using scientifically proven information from your unique genetics and hormone levels.

5975 Sunset Drive, Suite 100
South Miami, FL 33143

Evolutionary Healing Institute
Evolutionary Healing Institute treats the root cause of chronic, unexplained illness, pain and disease by using a method called “Unified Healing Therapy” which allows communication into the brain, nervous system and higher self. The therapy rewires the nervous system by positively altering Allostatic loads, which results in Autonomic Nervous System balance and transcended states of mind.

1450 Madruga Avenue, #204
Miami, FL 33146
(305) 667-8174 

Home and Garden

Casa Planta Garden Center
If you’re a garden enthusiast, you will love shopping at Casa Planta Garden Center. Casa Planta is situated on ten lush, beautiful, green acres and has a wide variety of plants, including tropical palms, trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as a great selection of outdoor furniture, fountains, pottery, garden accents and so much more. Even more impressive are their prices.

6825 SW 127th Avenue
Miami, FL 33183 


Burn up to 1,000 calories per hour with Kukuwa’s unique full body workout derived from African cultural dance. The energizing workout will have you using muscles you didn’t know you had.

1172 S Dixie Hwy, #154
Coral Gables, FL 33146