Concierge Recommendations

Miami, Florida

Feb 23, 2012
Art Deco buildings in Miami, Florida
Take a stroll to see the Art Deco buildings that Miami is known for.
Photography Stockxpert/Jupiter Images/Robert Miller

We asked Concierge Natacha Napotnik of Four Seasons Hotel Miami to gather the savviest sightseeing suggestions she could find—her own as well as those of other local connoisseurs, including some she works with every day at the Hotel. Experience the city’s vibrant nightlife, beaches, strong coffee and cultural ties to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Shopping

Be sure to visit local boutiques like Alchemist, The Webster and Curve.  If you’re looking for more square footage to roam, try the Bal Harbour Shops and The Village of Merrick Park.

Art Showcase

One of the top markets for Latin American art, Miami is a hotbed of galleries and exhibition spaces as well as host to the annual Art Basel Miami Beach. This year, the city will play host to a new exhibit, Orchestra Brasil. Premiering during Art Basel and Miami Design Week, the exhibit will showcase a dozen multi-awarded Brazilian designers. With their own South American flair, these talented artists craft contemporary furniture made from repurposed materials. The innovative pieces will be on display December 4-8 at the Brazil Art Fair.

Miami’s Wynwood area and the Design District are the best places to see cutting-edge works year-round by top local artists like Glexis Noboa and Herman Bas, whose work is also displayed at the Hotel. For less cutting-edge art, explore the upscale galleries of Coral Gables.

People-Watching

Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road is a vibrant, pedestrians-only street, perfect for people-watching as you sip a mojito, Miami’s quintessential cocktail, at one of its many fun, outdoor restaurants like the Van Dyke Café.  Or try Nespresso for Miami’s version of the Spanish cortadito, an espresso mixed with a small amount of milk.  The diverse fashion styles of South Beach are on full—and sometimes bare—display as amblers enjoy the breeze-cooled tropical air along Lincoln Road each evening.

Dine In

Considered one of Miami’s best restaurants for its Latin-Asian fusion cuisine, handsome Edge Miami restaurant sits above the pool terrace on the Four Seasons’ seventh floor. Start the evening with a drink poolside at Bahia. For dinner at EDGE, begin with the Lobster Cocktail and be sure to try one of their signature dishes, the Corvina with Baby Cucumber, Green Apple and Celery Leaf Yellow Pepper Sauce.

Downtown Culture

The stunning Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, is home to the exciting Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera and New World Symphony. Before the performance, get a bite to eat at Sugarcane in Wynwood or at The River Seafood and Oyster Bar, just a few short blocks from the Hotel.

Cuban Beat

For a taste of old Havana, Miami-style, sample a little Calle Ocho and Miami’s Cuban exile community. Have a traditional palomilla (steak) at Versailles, the legendary restaurant, modelled on the Havana original, with its ornate etched glass and small, power-packing cups of Cuban-style espresso.

Tropical Miami

Discover your own tropical island at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, a gorgeous, palm-fringed beach at the far end of Key Biscayne. Follow a late afternoon swim or bike ride—see the Concierge to arrange one—with a rum drink and a casual meal at the Lighthouse Café, next to the Cape Florida Lighthouse, Florida’s oldest surviving building. The setting could not be better.

Don’t-Miss Nightlife

Ever-trendy Miami Beach is famous for its after-hours fun in clubs like Set and Live, but check with the Concierge at Four Seasons for what’s-hot/what’s-not when you are in town. When in Miami do like the Miamians do and head to the clubs to rub shoulders with celebrities like Bono and Mick Jagger, and dance to the most vibrant new beats. DJs from around the world will perform the hottest trends in music and will have you dancing until the wee hours.  Up early in the morning? Head to David’s Café on Collins Avenue. After a fresh mango juice and café cubano y tostada you will be ready to hit the gorgeous beach and enjoy the sunshine.

 

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11 Comments about Miami, Florida

  1. Janette de la Pena says:

    Please I need to contact Ms. Marisa on the Concierge Area.

    Could you please provide me her e-mail
    Thank you
    Janette

  2. Natacha says:

    Thank you all for responding. I would be delighted to provide my personal recommendations outside of our fabulous restaurants at the Four Seasons. So lets start with one of my all time personal favorites; Meat Market on Lincoln Road, South Beach. Great people watching, fantastic food, and dont forget their signature cocktails especially the Siam Square. Stay tuned for more top Miami suggestions. In the meantime, Feel free to ask away….

    • FLeur Nisbet says:

      Please can you email me we- are staying with you this coming weekend and need to ask some advice.
      Thank you

      Fleur Nisbet

  3. Louise says:

    Check out the great Latin/ska/fusion sounds of local band Araka. They play at several clubs around South Beach including Jazid.

  4. SHaron Heydon says:

    Wheres the Miami restaurant recommendations then?

  5. Harry Carrel says:

    Try Talavera for Mexican in Coral Gables on Ponce de Leon. Also recommend Joey’s in the Wynwood district and the Pearl Restaurant in South Beach at Ocean Avenue and 1st.

  6. Julian says:

    Edge steakhouse in the hotel is fantastic but so are several restaurants within walking distance on the Brickell area. The area were the FS Miami is located is fun and pedestrian friendly.

  7. Jeanne says:

    Concierge Recommendations – Where are the dining recommendations in this article?
    Miami, Florida

  8. Harry Carrel says:

    Having just returned from a lovely stay at the Four Seasons Miami, I can assure all of your readers that the recommendations of Natacha are absolutely spot-on and must be followed at all costs. She was a font of knowledge on many subjects during our stay. We enjoyed eating at EDGE Miami and one other restaurant which she recommended: Talavera in Coral Gables. The juevos rancheros were excellent at Sunday brunch and we had a delicious dinner there too. Have Natacha call ahead for you to book a table in order to avoid the wait. Highly recommend the Four Seasons Miami — fantastic pool, spa, and fitness room, not to mention the excellent service.

  9. Marathonman says:

    Any ideas for “dine out”? Based on the focus if the article, I can’t believe you only name two hotel restaurants, both f which are in the hotel.

    • Caroline says:

      To be fair, the article addresses sightseeing suggestions, not specifically restaurants. I count at least six restaurant recommendations, 5 of which are not in the hotel. Considering this is an article on the Four Seasons’ website, I can’t fault them for including their own restaurant(s) in the article.
      I second her recommendation of David’s Cafe – the perfect place to grab breakfast and nurse your hangover. Calle Ocho, which she mentioned, is also a great, local recommendation – even if Versailles isn’t your style, there are some fantastic Cuban and Mexican restaurants in the area.

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