Headed to Art Basel? Where to Eat, Play and Stay in Miami

Think Miami Beach, and visions of booty baring bronzed ladies reminiscent of Sisqó’s The Thong Song music video may pop up, while Will Smith’s classic hit Welcome to Miami is sure to get stuck in your head for hours. Miami Beach, especially South Beach, is surely a haven for endless suntans and chic nightclubs, but it’s also an eclectic a mix of cultures that boast a whole lot of color from the food to the architecture.

Where to Eat:

Byblos is arguably one of the most aesthetically pleasing restaurants in town, featuring Middle Eastern and Northern African fare. Pao by Paul Qui is the brainchild of a Top Chef champ and James Beard Award-winning chef, and serves a mix of Filipino, Japanese, and Texas barbecue cuisine. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill features globally inspired small plates from three kitchens: an open fire grill, raw bar and traditional kitchen.

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Where to Play:

Miami is an adult playground from the inside out. The easiest, and most iconic thing to do would be hit the beach! For people watching, boutiques, and lots of drinking opportunities, hang out at the famous South Beach. Miami’s obsession with combining art and fashion is obvious year round, and especially so in preparation for Art Basel Miami Beach, with shops and storefronts artfully designed for that magical allure. For shopping, head to Lincoln Road, the Bal Harbour Shops, and the Brickell City Center. The indie boutiques of Wynwood are another must for incredible shopping finds. Enjoy late night attractions like salsa dancing at Ball & Chain in Little Havana, sip back craft beers in Wynwood, or do the nightclub thing at LIV Nightclub.

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Where to Stay:

The gorgeous 1930s hotels that line Ocean Drive feature an array of dreamy art-deco buildings complete with iconic pastel shades. For luxury and a private beach, stay at Mandarin Oriental.

Faena is the cream of the crop. The hotel is situated oceanfront in the new Faena District, a short walk from South Beach, which is Miami’s emerging hot spot hub. Everything from the architecture to the amenities is totally over-the-top amazing.

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