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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.