Miami is known for its beaches, famous stars, and most especially its party life. The place definitely field with places one could visit for one reason or another. Newbies in the place will probably have a hard time choosing among those places. Here are some of the most recommended spots to eat, stay, and visit in the fun-filled city of Miami.
WHERE TO DINE
Verde at the PAMM -Part of Herzog & de Meuron's Miami marvel, the Perez Art Museum Miami, this restaurant, also designed by the Swiss duo, is LEED certified and features a muted color palette, earthy wood tables, and concrete walls draped in a soft gauzelike material that offers the perfect foil to the rectilinear architecture of the building. 1103 Biscayne Boulevard; pamm.org
The Forge- Behind the 19th-century Parisian facade is a glitzy interior that's a rococo lover's dream. According to timeout.com, The Forge still has an 1822 Château Lafite Rothschild worth $165,000 to prove its star quality and an enomatic wine system to dispense various-sized pours of some of the world's most sought-after vintages. The decadent wines accompany steak and fish dishes such as the bone-in filet mignon with the signature Forge rub, and the local red snapper.
WHERE TO STAY
The Como Suite at Metropolitan by Como, Miami Beach- Como Suite offers an edited alternative to the over-the-top luxury of Miami Beach. In addition to a large living and dining area, the suite, designed by Italian minimalist Paola Navone, has just one bedroom. With its silk-wrapped king-size bed and a color palate (white terrazzo floors, seafoam-green walls) that blends seamlessly with the wraparound ocean views, staying here is more like living on a cloud than in thumping South Beach. From $1,250/night; comohotels.com
WHAT TO VISIT
Coral Castle- Miami's mysterious and highly unusual Coral Castle was completed in 1940 and was the brainchild of Edward Leedskalnin. According to architecturaldigest.com, The Latvian-born eccentric built the limestone castle as a monument to his love, Agnes, who left Leedskalnin the day before their wedding.
Coconut Grove at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens- Once you get over the surreal sight of an Italian Renaissance-style villa in the hippie enclave that is Coconut Grove, visiting Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is like entering a wonderland. Full of European antiques and decorative works from the 16th to 19th centuries and complete with original fittings, it will transport you to a golden age. No wonder it's so popular when it comes to weddings and quinciañera portraits.