Miami Diary Pt. 1 – Brickell
To set the scene I’m writing this post from my extra tacky USA Flag beach towel on extra beautiful South Beach, Miami. I have the sea crashing right in front of me, and a strip of palm trees lined up behind me – I am incredibly (and unsurprisingly)! content.
I have fallen for Miami way more than I was prepared for. It’s the perfect mix of city and beach life, we have easily managed to fill our time here with a blend of enjoying the tropical climate, to all the fun things we look for in a city break.
I wanted to share a travel diary, and will be doing so in 4 digestible chunks! (You can also check my instagram highlights here)! The easiest way for me to break this up is into the 4 main areas we spent our time – Brickell, Wynwood, South Beach and Downtown Miami. Here you can find my restaurant and bar recommendations, what I wore, where to stay, what we got upto & all my photos from our trip!
It makes sense to start at Brickell, as this is where we chose to stay!
East is located right in the heart of Brickell, a 40 story urban complex including a gorgeous rooftop bar, restaurant, 24/7 gym & my personal favourite- a v. trendy pool area. Our quickly formed routine tended to include a morning of sunbathing right here, before going out to explore.
I don’t have any pictures of our room, aside from the view from our balcony below. It’s quite special going to bed (with floor to ceiling windows) and looking out at the city. It’s quite far away from the vision of South Beach I’d previously had in my mind when thinking of Miami – in the best possible way! As well as the insane view I have to take a second of appreciation for the extra large walk in shower with Malin & Goetz toiletries. Perfect way to start the day!
The hotel is connected to Brickell City Centre Shopping Mall, which includes a Sephora (most important), Saks, Diptique and Aesop to name a few. We didn’t actually eat at the in-house Uruguayan restaurant Quinto La Huella, however I’m slightly gutted we didn’t because the reviews and the setting look pretty good! (Reviews here).
We used Uber to get around mostly, however East is within walking distance of many highly rated restaurants and bars (more on this further down)! Biscayne Bay is also just around the corner, and it’s a short walk to Bayfront Park, The American Airlines arena, and Museum Park. Miami also has a ‘Metro Mover’ that is completely free, with a stop literally next to the hotel and mall (however doesn’t cross over to Miami Beach)!
All in all an ideal stay in a central and up and coming area, I’d recommend to anyone who’s interested in more than just the beach and party side of Miami!
Where to eat in Brickell.
The Karaage bowl at Baby Jane is a strong contender for my favourite dish ever. So good we had to come back twice, I can only hope to find something similar when we’re back in the UK. The bao buns also come highly recommended, served to the soundtrack of hip-hop by the friendliest staff. The cocktail menu is very nearly as good as the food, and all very reasonably priced – wherever you choose to stay in Miami, Baby Jane is a must!!
Dirt is ironically clean, fresh, healthy food, round the corner from where we stayed in Brickell – and a nice break from the carbs and calories I consumed at all other meals (when in America)! This kind of food is perfect for breakfast or lunch – I opted to be extra basic and have avo toast with a side of sweet potato fries – but again reasonably priced (Miami is expensive)! and no post food guilt.
This restaurant/bar was recommended to us by a local, and when we looked it up and saw a 4 hour happy hour everyday we inevitably ended coming back twice. Opt to sit outside with the beautiful view of the riverfront – time it right and you can watch the sunset behind the palms. We ate the specials on our first visit, and I had the strawberry Salmon salad on the second – both were so tasty!
There are so many other amazing looking places to eat in Brickell that we just didn’t have time to check out.
– Nusr-et (AKA Salt Bae)
– Komodo (Asian Fusion)
– Dolores but you can call me Lolita (we did eat here but I didn’t get any photos! Frozen Sangria was a particular highlight)!
– Coyo Taco (Mexican)
What I wore
Adam Selman x Le Specs
Fiorucci Body, Anine Bing Skirt, Adam Selman x Le Specs Glasses
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Vizcaya is not quite in Brickell, but is just a 10 minute drive from the city centre and an absolute must visit if you find yourself in Miami. The luxury villa overlooks the beautiful view of Biscayne Bay. The gardens are perfectly maintained and the interior of the villa is insane – it’s a little slice of Italy in the heart of Miami.
More from Miami coming soon!..