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Things to do in Midtown – Shopping, Dinning and More

February 18, 2019

Today we will talk about things to do in Midtown Miami.

When you think of Miami, you think of the glamour of South Beach or the Cuban flair found in pockets throughout the city. However, while Miami is, indeed, known for South Beach and Little Havana, there are some other emerging neighborhoods in the city that are slowly gaining popularity. One of them is Midtown.

Midtown, bordered by Buena Vista, Upper East Side, Design District, Edgewater and Wynwood, is new cool residential neighborhood that has a lot to offer. A pocket-sized community with broad appeal, Midtown’s color-flooded walls, outdoor cafes, and fine food purveyors all snuggle into an invitingly promenadeable collection of streets and shops. Walk to the nearest couture coffee shop and join Miami’s next big artist in enjoying a small-batch roast. Here is your guide to the best Midtown has to offer.

WHERE TO STAY IN MIDTOWN 

HYDE Midtown Pool Deck

HYDE Midtown Pool Deck

Hyde Suites & Residences  Midtown Miami opened its doors in September 2018, making it the first luxury lifestyle hotel in midtown. The 60-room hotel is part of the larger 410-unit residential tower created by a slew of development heavy hitters including sbe, The Related Group and Dezer Development with architecture and interiors by Arquitectonica and Rockwell Group, respectively. The hotel offers fantastic amenities and extremely specious rooms with kitchenettes allowing for ultimate convenience while on vacation or a business trip. You can read more about the amenities in my other blog post here. There are running a great special now : “Book 3 Nights and Get 1 Free”.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

The dinning room

The dinning room of newly opened Indian restaurant Maska

Long admired Indian chef Hemant Mathur has officially made his way down to the Magic City with the debut of Maska in the heart of Midtown (former Brasserie Azur space).

The menu at Maska features a mix of traditional Indian fare sprinkled with a mix of more modern dishes. Expect items like the critically acclaimed tandoori lamb chops, duck-filled tacos, curry-topped crab cakes, and array of stuffed breads, an assortment of curries and even a chutney tasting. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant boasts a lounge area, expansive bar, an open kitchen, and a open Tandoor adjacent to a Maska Model Mural on its wall.

Casual Dining at Mason Open Late

Casual Dining at Mason Open Late

Midtown is home to the latest buzzy restaurant opening with Mason  by Beaker & Grey’s Brian Nasajon, inside the old Gigi space. The concept is a cozy, new-fangled diner serving updated versions of old standbys. Think, classic Reubens, medianoches and oxtail hash. It’s also filling the midtown late night dining void left by Gigi and staying open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. nightly.

Zuccini Pasta at Glam Vegan

Zuccini Pasta at Glam Vegan

Chef Todd Erickson also set his sights on midtown when it came to opening his first foray into plant-based cuisine with Glam Vegan. Look for items like jackfruit tacos with tomatillo, cashew cheese plates, gazpacho and a BBQ vegan burger. On Sundays, enjoy all day brunch with crave-worthy entrees like vanilla-almond French toast topped with blood orange and coconut whipped cream.

Beautiful outside patio at Sugar Cane

Beautiful outside patio at Sugar Cane

Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill‘s Chef Timon Balloo churns out small plates from an open fire grill, raw bar and traditional kitchen at this neighborhood favorite known for innovative dishes. Try the goat cheese croquettes or the pork belly dumpling and see if you can actually share. Sugar Cane was the first restaurant to open in Midtown and it is still one of the best ones. Come here for a happy hour, dinner or brunch and you will find it full every time.

SHOPPING

Outdoor Shopping Center in Midtown Miami

Outdoor Shopping Center in Midtown Miami

Much of midtown is a development orbiting around The Shops at Midtown Miami which features the largest critical mass of value-oriented retailers in the City of Miami. The center has helped spark the revival of the Midtown district by creating a link between the Design District and the Wynwood Arts District. So make the most of your visit and get a little shopping done while you’re here. The shops consist of familiar retailers like Nordstrom Rack, West Elm, Target, Dicks Sporting Goods and Petsmart.

HEAD TO THE DESIGN DISTRICT

Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome installed in Miami Design District

Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome installed in Miami Design District

Here’s another activity that requires a brief field trip north to the ever-unspooling Design District. Yes, you can shop here too with fancy flagship boutiques ranging from Prada to Saint Laurent, but you can also visit the new ICA, Miami museum, which is always free, and explore the new St. Roch Market food hall.

So as you can see Midtown is really a city within the city. You can spend the whole weekend here. Check out my other article about Midtown’s health and fitness spots.

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