Miami’s Design District is one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in the city. The streets are lined with gorgeous designer shops and cute little known boutiques, with modern and contemporary art installations just around every corner. It’s the ideal neighborhood for a day of shopping, lunch at an award-winning restaurant, or a visit to some of Miami’s finest museums.
Here are five places you must visit when you are in the Miami Design District:
Tucked away on the second floor of the Design District’s Palm Court, you’ll find Politan Row — one of Miami’s first food halls. This food hall has a dozen stations featuring food from around the world. Inside guests can take their pick from Italian food at Dal Plin, Peruvian sushi at Itamae, hot fried chicken from Coop, a full raw bar, vegan treats by chef Chloe and more. It’s a great spot to feed a group with several appetites all in one easy place. It’s also the first stop on Miami Culinary Tours’ Design District tour, where attendees get to sample various bites from around the market.
Politan Row is just one small corner of a large section of the Design District called Palm Court, appropriately named due to the 50 different types of palms that decorate the area. Here visitors will find high-end shops like Piaget, Dior, and Swatch. Along with delicious spots like MadLab Creamery, which serves a variety of gelatos with your choice of fun toppings and glittery accents. Palm Court also hosts several events throughout the month that include yoga classes, wine tastings, and a concert series during the winter months.
Aubi & Ramsa
For those with a sweet tooth that also appreciate a nice stiff drink or two — Aubi & Ramsa is just the place for you. This chic ice cream shop looks like a bar at first glance, and with good reason. Each of the over two dozen ice cream flavors featured is infused with a specific spirit to create a cocktail-like experience with each frozen bite. Flavors include Highland Truffle — Belgian chocolate ice cream made and Macallan 12 year and smooth touch of chocolate chunks, Tangerine Mimosa — a luscious Tangerine sorbet made with Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut, The ABC — a cordial ice cream made with Amaretto, Bailey’s & Remy Martin Cognac, and so many more. Note: you must be 21+ to enter this shop.
Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is a gorgeous fairly new museum housing some magnificent exhibits of contemporary art. Here you’ll see big names known in the art world as well as many underrated and daring artists. It’s a three-story museum that’s free to the public, making it the perfect spot to visit during a stroll in the Design District. They’ve also got a jam-packed calendar of events that are geared toward up-and-coming artists.
De la Cruz Collection
The de la Cruz Collection is an art gallery owned by the Cuban-born American businessman Carlos de la Cruz and his wife Rosa. It houses their art collection and is open to the public free of charge. Their collection started in the 1980s and has since grown to house over 30,000 square feet of art that have been on display in the Design District since 2009. De La Cruz Collection also hosts lectures, educational scholarships in NY for high school students of DASH, educational travel to Europe for college students of New World School of the Arts, and summer workshops for grade school children.
By Writer Amber Love