Miami is another one of our favorite locales and South Beach is usually where we spend most of our time – although we love us some Design District and Bal Harbor, which we will obviously cover below.
There’s always some trouble to get into and some surprisingly good shopping in this beachside getaway, so with help from one of our favorites, Natalie, of Gee Beauty (who happens to have a Gee Beauty Spa in Miami, MUST VISIT) we’ve created another list of ‘must visit’ spots.
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Ever since this piece of Miami history re-opened it hasn’t stopped being a hot spot. Great rooms, pool and spa plus it’s the home to Hakasaan and LIV.
by far the most beautiful place to watch the sunset, the Standard is a gorgeous getaway from the craziness of the main strip as it’s located on a cozy part of the bay. If you don’t stay here, make sure you pop in for a mojito just before the sun begins to set – especially on Sundays. Magical.
Also located on the bay side, but a bit more central, The Mondrian is Phillipe Stark at his best. Modern, whimsical and super slick – you won’t want to leave your lounge chair.
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We love eating at Juvia. Its a new Peruvian, Japanese fusion resto that just opened on Lincoln Road. The view is spectacular, and the vibe is perfect for Miami. Think St. Barths meets Miami. – Natalie Gee
Fried chicken and biscuits. Need I say more?
Everything at this Design District gem is beyond delicious. With an ever-changing menu
to match the season, you’ll be hard pressed to pick just a few things.
Sister restaurant to the original London, England hotspot – it’s hard to beat Hakkasan when it comes to design and deliciousness. Modern Cantonese at its best.
Joe’s Stone Crab:
A Miami institution. If you like fresh seafood it’s not to be missed. Bring your appetite.
Regardless of whether you have a reservation or not, be prepared to wait. But don’t worry; this always crowded celebrity hotspot serves up large enough portions that you won’t be hungry for long.
Another see-and-be-seen spot, Carpaccio’s patio is always jam packed with Birkins and beauties. Bonuses: the Italian food is pretty stellar and it’s at the Bal Harbor Shops.
Seasalt and Pepper:
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Being social is one of the best parts about living in Miami. You can basically go anywhere for a cocktail! I still love going to The Standard for après work drinks, the view of the intercostal is just so peaceful. But if you are looking for a great hotel bar, I love The Delano or the recently opened SLS hotel. –Natalie
Super over the top party like it’s 1999 kinda vibe. Bring your dancing shoes and be ready to go wild.
a live music rock n roll spot in midtown that may or may not be home to the hottest doorman alive (no guarantees he still works there ladies…) If you’re looking for a break from all of the ‘IM IN MIAMI BITCH’ of South Beach, dip up to Bardot.
Not because we have a Gee Beauty there, but I really love shopping at Bal Harbour Shops. Anchored by Saks & Neiman Marcus, you basically cannot find a better shoe selection in the city, and the collection of other big brand shops cannot be beat. The Webster also has a gorgeous collection of clothing & accessories, and I can surely find myself getting some of the best fashion inspiration when I’m there. – Natalie
I totally agree with Natalie and would add that when checking out the Webster, you can continue to walk along Collins and find a bunch of stores that you’ll find familiar. Sephora, Intermix, Ardene B, Barney’s Co-op. And if you’re up for the trip, the Design District has beautiful Celine and Christian Louboutin stores. *Drools
Bal Harbour Shops:
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Being a pretty tropical climate, the weather is basically warm or hot-like-fire. So pack your warm weather wear. But keep in mind if your heading down from November – May the evenings can get chilly so bring something to throw over your sexy LBD.
Speaking of sexy, Miami leans on a heavy Latin influence which means breaking out your short shorts won’t be a problem – as a matter