Regardless of whether you’re heading there for the Miami Masters or for Ultra, I don’t need to convince you to spend a few more days in South Beach to feast on music, food, and perhaps the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Here’s a quick three-day guide to Eat, Do and Watch in Miami:
Forget the bacon and eggs and leave that toast behind. But pack the marmite; always pack the marmite! Get ready for breakfast lasagna at Threefold Café where you pile on layers of eggplant, tomato, ham, Gorgonzola, basil, and tomato sauce that are topped off with a poached egg, sprinkled with shaved Parmesan, and served with an arugula and olive salad; the perfect holiday breakfast. That’s what you want tuck into before you head to the tennis match and find that all you need for lunch is a cold popsicle or a root beer float; you can thank us later. The intrepid can head to La Carreta for perfect Cuban options or to Mo’s Bagels and Deli in Aventura for Matzoh Brei, the dish of matzo fried with egg.
Not an early riser? Then say Ceviche, Ceviche and head to Ola Miami for Tuna and Fois Gras ceviche, Ola Oysters and Roast Cuban pork. Am I making you cry yet? Is your partner a instagram addict? Then you want to take her/him to CECCONI’S at Miami Beach for elegant Venetian cuisine, outdoor courtyards and enough dim lighting to make you think you’re in a romantic comedy. Did you know that candlelight makes the pupils dilate so your eyes look prettier? No really. If you’re more in the mood to make a night of it and it happens to be a Thursday, then head to Villa Azure, again at Miami Beach to watch the beautiful people and if you’re lucky, fireworks over the water. Yes, I tend to romanticize everything. It’s probably going to be more like a hip hop video.
That’s easy. Explore South Beach. There’s so much space, so this is heaven if you’re heading there with the kids. Kick a ball, borrow a dog or people watch. If you’re a skater, pack or rent skates and show off your tricks. Check out the boutiques on Ocean Drive and max out the credit card; you only live once. Make your way to News Café for an early lunch and some wonderful people watching; this beach was made for staring and that’s what you’ll do. After lunch head, explore South Beach’s art deco roots, which always remind me of Scarface. Scratch all that violence and focus instead on the buildings that come in blue, green, pink and yellow, it’s like choosing macaroons at Laduree. Head to the Art Deco Welcome Center and join one of its 90-minute guided walking tours. If you happen to be around on the 26th then get ready to celebrate Miami Beach’s 100th birthday.
Fleetwood Mac on the 21st of March. Enough said. Book your tickets immediately. The next suggestion is a no-brainer. If you’re in town for Ultra, try and catch at the Miami Masters and vice versa. Ultra music goers can also catch Serena Williams, Kei Nishikori and top tennis pros and legends at the 6th Annual All Star Tennis Charity Event. If it is jazz that you prefer then Nicole Henry and Jazz meets Broadway plays on the 20th of March; the 10th Annual Jazz festival is on between the 20th and the 22nd at Miami Gardens; 25th March- Jazz in the Gables.
Children and Teenagers:
If you’re there with the children, then don’t miss Storytelling Miami on the 21st and the 28th at the Miami Gardens. Ariana Grande plays on 28th March. A friend of mine just went to One Direction and is yet to recover. But think of the brownie points; homework done in time for a year.
Reshma can be found at www.reshmakrishnan.com crying over the Ola Miami menu. It’s just not fair is it? If you happen to go, write in and make us jealous.
To plan your trip to “Magic City” this summer check out Eventraveler’s guide to Miami.