We don’t know about you, but we’re wary of winter and ready for sunshine. So, we asked our friend Shareen of Vintage Mavens to transport us to Miami for a pseudo-spring break! All of Shareen’s picks are mere blocks from the beach — places that are perfect vacation spots, but have that local feel. Shareen asked fellow Florida blogger, Steffy of Steffy’s Pros and Cons, to snap pics, with envy-inducing results. We don’t know about you, but after peeping Shareen’s fave Miami Beach haunts, we’re ready to nab a plane ticket and head for the beach.
Dylan’s Candy Bar (801 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139)
“You don’t need to be a sugar addict to fall in love with Dylan’s Candy Bar. The incredibly rich colors and interior decor will have you reaching for chocolate samples within the first five minutes. Plus, they have an amazing macaroon station, stocked with signature flavors!”
Shareen exploring the colorful confection that is the Miami branch of Dylan’s Candy Bar.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139)
“If you’re like me and prefer savory over sweet, Yardbird Southern Table is a destination you’ll love. I find myself here about once a week, and switch off between their signature Southern dishes (the mac and cheese is to-die-for) and their fresh salads. If you find yourself here on a Sunday, the brunch is one of the best in Miami Beach (with choices like Pecan Crusted French Toast and Mama’s Chicken Biscuits, how can it not be?).”
Indomania (131 26th St., Miami Beach FL 33140)
“My husband and I stumbled upon Indomania when it first opened back in 2007, and it completely blew us away. A fusion of Indonesian food with a Dutch twist, it offers dishes that you can’t find anywhere else.”
Dream Hotel, South Beach (1119 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139)
“It’s clear why Dream Hotel has a 4-star rating by guests — it’s a wonderful beachside hotel to stay at while visiting Miami. Everything from the spa to the pool embodies the luxurious pampering that visitors come for.”
Miami Beach’s Dream Hotel.
The Standard Miami (40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139)
“Right off the gorgeous Venetian Causeway, The Standard has an amazing bay-front view, delicious in-house restaurant, and a cocktail lounge complete with games and full library. If that isn’t enough to make you want to peek inside, they also have Bingo on Sunday nights and offer winners complimentary spa treatments!”
Ocean Drive Park & Beach
“People travel from all over the world to see the amazing beach that Miami has to offer — with white sands, clear waters, and a plethora of water activities to take part in, it’s easy to spend the entire day soaking in the sun! The entrance to the beach via Ocean Drive also has a lovely little park and the Art Deco Welcome Center!”
Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
“After a day in the sun, I love to dry off and walk down Lincoln Road, an open street filled with shops and restaurants. Stop into The Frieze for ice cream, then hop on over to Fly Boutique to peek at their vintage collection.”
The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum (1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139)
“The Wolfsonian is a museum/library/research center in the heart of South Beach. Its exhibits, collections, and cultural material always keep me coming back to see more. They also have a wonderful cafe (The Pan Pan Café) which offers delicious pastries and gourmet coffee.”
Tell us, Miami! Are these some of the places you’d recommend, too?