Forget South Beach, Miami’s coolest ‘hood
If your Miami radar is set only to South Beach, it’s time to explore new turf this summer.
Across the MacArthur Causeway — nestled between Overtown and Brickell — a boom is churning along the banks of the Miami River.
This emerging hood is attracting a slew of sleek boîtes, bites, sleeps and boutiques that prioritize a quality, local vibe over the party-till-mañana scene on the beach.
Exemplifying this embrace of the low-key is the Underline, a $120 million High Line-inspired park (now in the early-planning stages) that will eventually snake through the neighborhood.
Here’s a tour of the new Miami River District — and its array of sophisticated spots with a South Florida twist.
Like the love child of Las Vegas and Brooklyn, the East is a brightly colored, luxury hipster haven from Asian hotel group Swire, along with Miami architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia and New York-based designer Clodagh. Just opened last month, the sleep’s 352 rooms offer keyless entry and walk-in rain showers.
Donwstairs, restaurant Quinto La Huella grills up beef straight from the Uruguayan Pampas. Then there’s the gym, which boasts a 20,000-square-foot outdoor pool-and-deck area including a lap pool, cold plunge and hot tub. Talk about making a splash.
One of the most popular spots in the neighborhood, this nautically themed venue is housed in a renovated warehouse perched directly on the riverfront. Guests often arrive by boat to feast in the indoor/outdoor dining rooms and newly opened Modern Garden lounge. The menu, from executive chef Angel Leon, includes caviars and “casseroles,” which are served clambake style. If you can’t snag a coveted sunset reservation, the Champagne-soaked brunch is a worthy alternative.
This men’s boutique carries clothes and shoes from cool-kid favorites J Brand, Rag & Bone, Todd Snyder, Vince and Maison Kitsuné. Its curated selection rotates frequently,…
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