Fathom Favorites : Miami

1. Casa Tua

Casa Tua

No, the Italian cuisine isn't nearly as good as everyone says it is. And, yes, it's way overpriced even for Miami. But Casa Tua is a restaurant institution in this city, so you can't fight it and you shouldn't try. Go along for the scene and the setting, which is undeniably lovely and romantic, in a charming house with a great garden.


1700 James Ave.
Miami, FL 33139

2. Jugo Fresh

Jugo Fresh

The juice bar and café is a local favorite. Everyone's ordering açai bowls and cold-pressed green juices. There are a few locations around Miami.


1935 W. Ave., Suite 102
Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. Panther Coffee

Panther Coffee

Miami's local roaster's Wynwood location is a hub for creative types, gallery owners, neighborhood people, and visitors. It's always bustling.


2390 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127

4. Coyo Taco

Coyo Taco

There will be lines out the door for the freshest tacos in town. But LA native and Doc Caminos former exec chef Scott Linquist makes it all worthwhile. Be sure to order: grilled cactus, quinoa tacos, potent margaritas.


2300 NW 2nd Ave., #3
Miami, FL 33127

5. Sugar Cane Raw Bar Grill

Sugar Cane Raw Bar Grill

The neighborhood restaurant where you are bound to find local foodies and people in the biz hanging out. They serve a variety of small plates from the robata grill, the sushi bar, and the bustling kitchen. Try the roasted bone marrow. So tasty.

3252 NE 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

6. Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop

Before Downtown Miami's Wynwood became an open-air gallery filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants, there was Enriqueta's. Owned by Jose Luis Pla and his daughters, one look into their all-female galley-style kitchen makes it clear who is running the ship. They also have the best pan con bistec and possibly the best flan in all of Miami.


2830 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

7. ¡Azucar! -

¡Azucar! -

Step over the brightly colored Cuban titles of the sun-drenched Calle Ocho ice-cream shop and get comfortable on the guayabera-lined banquettes. Local favorites include Abuela Maria (vanilla blended with cream cheese, guava, and Maria crackers), guarapiña (sugar cane and pineapple juice), and egg-rich mantecado (Cuban vanilla), but there's always something new to try.


1503 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33135

8. Area 31

Area 31

Grab a seat outside, order some ceviche, and take in the spectacular views of downtown Miami and the bay. The fresh seafood and the great spin on tropical ingredients are what keep locals coming back.


EPIC Hotel, 16th Fl., 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

9. DB Bistro Moderne

DB Bistro Moderne

Daniel Boulud’s Miami bistro outpost continues to serve up inventive takes on French and American fare five years in. It's easy-going, lively, and always delicious. If it's your first time, the Thursday prix-fixe menu of db Bistro Moderne's favorites makes for an excellent introduction.

255 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

10. Mandolin


Midway through appetizers, the Design District restaurant will become your absolute favorite restaurant in Miami — the garden setting, the flickering lights overhead, the fresh fish, the impossibly delicious spreads.


4312 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

11. Michael's Genuine

Michael's Genuine

Chef/owner Michael Schwartz brings fresh, unpretentious, and hearty small plates to Miami’s design district. Try to score a courtyard table for an alfresco Sunday brunch (get the lemon ricotta pancakes), or have a really late lunch at the bar (3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.) For something more high-brow and intimate, Schwartz's nearby Cypress Tavern serves up great ingredient-driven and inventive food.

130 NE 40th St.
Miami, FL 33137

12. Cecconi's


The most beautiful dining room in town is in the courtyard of Soho House. Sit under fairy lights and silver buttonwood trees as handmade pasta and seafood from Northern Italy is set before you. Plan ahead and get reservations for their popular Sunday brunch buffet.


4385 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

13. The Dutch

The Dutch

It's sleek, it's cool, and it's so comfortable. There's a great outdoor patio covered with grape vines where you can indulge in homemade pastas and big glasses of wine. 

2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

14. Pubbelly


Asian meets Spanish at this cozy space, with a novel plates of shortrib tartare on goat butter toast or mofongo in a shoyu broth. They now serve a dim sum brunch on Sundays, and if you want more raw fish, head over to Pubbelly Sushi next door. It's a tight space, but the good news is that they finally started taking reservations

1418 20th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. Joe's Stone Crab

Joe's Stone Crab

Open since 1913, the SoBe institution continues to lure beach goers and revelers with stone crab claws and the beloved key lime pie. If you’re not in the mood for an old-school sit-down dinner, drop by the more casual version next door at Joe’s Take Away.

11 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

16. Yardbird


One word: CHICKEN! Everything involving chicken at this Southern restaurant is a home run. Chicken and waffles, chicken biscuits, chicken under a brick, and, obviously, the famous Llewellyn's fried chicken. It's all deliciously Southern and unlike anything else in Miami.


1600 Lenox Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

17. La Sandwicherie

La Sandwicherie

Go for the super fresh and inexpensive baguette sandwiches with incredible homemade mustard sauce. The French salami and camembert pairing is a favorite. Don't forget the vinaigrette.


229 14th St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

18. 1 Hotel South Beach

1 Hotel South Beach

In a city known for its nighttime antics, this 426-room eco-resort is an oasis of calm — with direct access to the beach and four beautiful swimming pools. Being kind to Mother Nature is a priority: Rooms are outfitted with hemp-blend Keetsa mattresses, organic cotton sheets, and walls made of salvaged driftwood. A fleet of Teslas offer complimentary rides within a three-mile radius and the lobby features a stunning 11,000-plant "living" green wall. Dine on locally caught fish, antibiotic-free meats, and fresh produce at Tom Coliccho’s first seafood restaurant, Beachcraft.


2341 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

19. Hotel Victor

Hotel Victor

A recent reno reveals modern beachy furnishings in creams, off-whites, and muted blues. A variety of rooms (affordable doubles to suites) are have Dean and Deluca snacks, Sferra linens, and large bathrooms. Cabanas surround the lovely, heated deco pool. A great little spot to know about on the strip.


144 Ocean Dr.
Miami, FL, 33139

20. The Miami Beach EDITION

The Miami Beach EDITION

This just-opened "next generation urban resort" from Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels occupies a sleekly renovated 1950s landmark on Collins Avenue in the mid-beach section of South Beach. There are 294 minimalist rooms and suites, many with breathtaking ocean vistas. Everything is spotlessly clean, and white linens and neutral wood finishes abound. The staff — from room service to cheerful concierges — are eager to please.


2901 Collins Ave.
Miami, FL 33140

21. Freehand Miami

Freehand Miami

A breezy Deco building a block from the beach is outfitted with a fun and fashionable crowd drinking specialty cocktails by the pool. Both a hotel and a hostel, choose from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms or shared rooms with hotel-grade mattresses. Even if you're not staying here, drop by for a drink at The Broken Shaker or lunch at 27.

2727 Indian Creek Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

22. Thompson Miami Beach

Thompson Miami Beach

This 380-room beachfront spot captures the mid-century modern aesthetic through interior design by noted British tastemaker Martin Brudnizki. Rooms feel spacious: Many have ocean views, and more than 30 suites have expansive terraces, full kitchens, and living rooms. The pool and garden areas are perfect for people watching, and Seagrape is run by James Beard Award-winning chef and local food hero Michelle Bernstein. The tenth floor spa has lovely sea views and the Crown Room is the perfect spot for a cocktail connoisseur.


4041 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL, 33140

23. Metropolitan by COMO

Metropolitan by COMO

The latest of Ian Schrager's EDITION hotels for Marriott (London and Istanbul are thriving) has 294 minimalist rooms and suites, many with breathtaking ocean vistas. Everything is spotlessly clean, and white linens and neutral wood finishes abound. The staff — from room service to cheerful concierges — are eager to please. Market by Jean Georges Vongerichten serves delicious food 24/7 in a vibrant, open air space. The poolside restaurant Tropicale has perfect shrimp cocktail in a bouganvillea-strewn landscape. But really, this place is such a one-stop hotel shop that you could bring an entire family here and find an activity, spa treatment, luxury suite, or amenity for everyone.


2445 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL, 33140

24. Mandarin Oriental Miami

Mandarin Oriental Miami

On a tiny island near downtown Miami, the Brickell Key locale feels like a Zen escape from the South Beach crowds. The private beach is well-kept and almost always empty except the occasional private parties hosted by the hotel. The 15,000-square-foot spa has a variety of Chinese, ayurvedic, European, Balinese, and Thai treatments and massages. Azul is a local favorite, as is MO Bar and Lounge with live Cuban jazz music.


500 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami, FL 33131

25. Epic Hotel

Epic Hotel

As the cultural and social scene shifts from South Beach to Downtown Miami, the cool hotels are following. This 52-story high-rise overlooks the Atlantic on one side and Miami's glittering skyline on the other, enjoyed from floor-to-ceiling glass doors and private balconies. Arrive by yacht to the hotel’s own marina, stop for lunch at the Japanese sushi shrine that is Zuma on the first floor, and head up to the sixteenth-floor terrace for a dip in one of their two pools. Pets are welcome and bikes are ready for loan.

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

26. Soho Beach House

Soho Beach House

A bastion of charm and good service in an usually charmless and service-less town. While its location right next to the famous Fontainebleau means occasionally dealing with the spillover party crowd, the 50-room boutique hotel and member’s club is a different scene entirely. It's all Cuban-style tiled floors, leather armchairs, freestanding tubs, exposed ceiling beams. Do not miss the private beach, a massage at the aptly-named Cowshed spa, and brunch at Cecconi’s.

4385 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

27. W South Beach

W South Beach

A perfect brand for Miami, the W here takes on the all-white uniform, elegant art, awesome restauratants, and a pool scene with a surprisingly refined tone. Tennis happens on a rooftop and the basketball court has ocean views. Pets are welcome through the PAW program (treat yo'self).

2201 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

28. Fontainebleau


The Art Deco landmark opened in 1954, designed by legendary Morris Lapidus. In the 1950s and '60s, the hotel was a favorite playground of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and the Rat Pack, and it starred in the sweeping, opening aerial shot of James Bond's Goldfinger in 1964. At 1,504 rooms, multiple restaurants, nightclubs, and a 40,000-square-foot spa, this is the place to come to live large. 

Read more on Fathom: No Sleep Till Miami

4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140

29. Gale South Beach

Gale South Beach

With just 87 rooms, the Gale feels tiny next to its bigger and glitzier South Beach neighbors. It's Old Miami by way of Retro Hollywood with plush leather seats, oak panels, and chandeliers in the lobby and Regent Cocktail Club (where bartenders mix the best cocktails in town). Shout-out to the rooftop pool for panoramic views of the city, and the Rec Room in the basement for the impressive vinyl collection.

1690 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

30. Shore Club

Shore Club

David Chipperfield’s design is fresh and clean with lots of white-on-white complementing the bright hand-painted pillows by Izhar Patkin and Kim MacConnel sprinkled around the hotel. Opt for one of the seven poolside bungalows with a private outdoor shower (swipe the Malin+Goetz for home). The hotel's two pools are South Beach favorites, as is the Redroom in Skybar.


1901 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

31. The Standard

The Standard

It's on the bay, so though you're in South Beach, the scene feels miles away. Go here to get away from kids, eat tofu-avocado salads by the pool, dunk in the waterfall, and simmer in the hamam. No Miami hotel makes you feel classier, and it's a great place to make new friends from all over the world.

Read more on Fathom: Detoxing in Miami. Of All Places.

40 Island Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

32. The Betsy

The Betsy

With its Georgian architecture and contemporary interiors, The Betsy feels refreshingly low-key compared to its glitzier Ocean Drive neighbors. The lack of a nightclub also means this place is perfect for families, but sitters can be arranged with the concierge for date night (might we suggest BLT Steak). Get up early to secure prime sunbathing spots on the rooftop deck, or take a dip in the tiny, but very private, courtyard pool. It's currently undergoing expansion to an Art Deco wing next door, promising more darling accommodations and communal spaces.

1440 Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

33. The Setai

The Setai

It’s 40 floors of over-the-top opulence that really only works in South Beach. While they preserved the Art Deco exterior of the refurbished Dempsey Vanderbilt building, interiors reflect strong Asian influences. Gone are the Miami whites, replaced with polished teak floors and black granite baths. Add three infinity pools, Sunday jazz brunch, and a tea-inspired spa experience to round off an extravagant stay.

2001 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

34. SLS Hotel South Beach

SLS Hotel South Beach

It's a boho boutique hotel stunner, thanks to its big name associations (Sam Nazarin, Philippe Starck, Lenny Kravitz). Rooms are filled with Starck's take on French aritocracy and naughty touches (mirrors on the ceilings). By day, everyone's recovering from last night's party in cabanas with steps leading straight into the pool. Nighttime is when the rest of the world wakes up, starting with dinner at The Bazaar, where James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés creates inventive dishes, and ending at Hyde Beach for drinks.

1701 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

35. Tides South Beach

Tides South Beach

A surprisingly elegant for South Beach that harks to the old Miami glamor with its monumental L. Murray Dixon-designed Art Deco entrance. All 45 suites face the ocean and are some of the most spacious along Ocean Drive (walk-in closet included). Kudos for the mellow mezzanine-level pool scene, and for Kelly Wearstler's '08 update with marble bathrooms, faux animal rugs, bleached oak screens, and lots of tortoise shells.

1220 Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

36. The Raleigh

The Raleigh

The 1940s style — reflected in the furniture, the cedar wood pieces, the terrazzo floors — nfuses the hotel with an impossibly beautiful aesthetic. And the world the hotel creates manages to include so many conflicting qualities: The Raleigh is cool and welcoming, gorgeous and high-quality, trendy and timeless. Guests and locals flock to the Martini Bar or to the Art Deco Pool Bar. You'll never want to leave the hotel but when you do, the hotel will loan you a Raleigh bike to go out and explore the neighborhood.


1775 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

37. Books and Books

Books and Books

A wonderful independent bookseller in the historic Sterling building in the Lincoln Road Mall has a focus on design books and an impressive magazine collection.

927 Lincoln Rd.
Miami, FL 33139

38. Malaquita


Pick up jewelry made from the shop's namesake stone, malachite, and walk away with a tightly curated collected of indie Mexican crafts and clothing.

2613 NW 2 Ave., Unit 13
Miami, FL 33127

39. Wynwood Letterpress

Wynwood Letterpress

It's a one-stop shop, paper-wise, from beautiful paper plates to gift tags to coasters to colorful confetti. Plan ahead and see if you can get a much-coveted spot in one of their amazing lettering workshops.

2621 NW 2nd Ave, Suite 21
Miami, FL 33127

40. Boho Hunter

Boho Hunter

Four friends from Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela met in Miami and opened this concept store carrying indie South American designers.

184 NW 27th St.
Miami, FL 33127

41. Cigar Boutique of Little Havana

Cigar Boutique of Little Havana

It's tempting to step inside and breathe in the history, even when it comes with a heady dose of aromatic smoke. Once the site of El Credito Cigar Factory that produced La Gloria Cubana cigars, the Calle Ocho shop, now run by former employees, has plenty of both.


1100 SW 8 St.
Miami Beach, FL 33130

42. The Webster

The Webster

An incredible edit of designer clothing and accessories set in a classic Art Deco building. It's a dream closet. See: exclusive brand collaborations with the likes of Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler. Buy: a signature orange blossom-scented candle.


1220 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

43. Plant the Future

Plant the Future

The dreamiest terraniums, artistic orchid arrangements, futuristic figurines, and air plants.


2511 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127