Photo: Brian Marcus of Fred Marcus Studio
Once considered a part of street-art-filled Wynwood, bayside Edgewater, and the luxe Design District, Midtown Miami has become a destination all of its own now. Once home to a rail yard and industrial-style buildings, this new neighborhood, which popped up in the mid-2000s, was never one you'd ever think of using the word trendy to describe. But now, you can compare it to spots like New York's SoHo with chic shops and restaurants all centered around a few well-designed, pedestrian-friendly streets, making it an easy spot to get around for guests without a car. Here are a few ways they can make the most out of a day in Midtown during your wedding weekend.
Where to Dine & Drink
SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill
SUGARCANE may only have been around five years, but it seems like it's been a staple on Miami's dining scene for decades. Recommend to guests that they head over for the happy hour (a local favorite) followed by a dinner sampling — a mélange of local and South American flavors streaming out of the three kitchens: robata, hot and raw bar.
Guests looking at the pricetags on menus around town may be worried they're in for a spendy weekend in Miami, but many chefs are stepping up to the plate introducing quality cuisine at affordable prices. Case in point: Blackbrick, one of the hottest Chinese restaurants in town, has Chef Richard Hales adding a special spin to Chinese favorites at reasonable prices. Just sample General Tso's Florida gator, and you'll see what we mean.
Bocce Bar is basically Miami's version of Eataly, with housemade pastas and antipasti dishes that source ingredients straight from Italy. Behind the bar, your guests can pick up Italian artisanal products from the restaurant's market, but they shouldn't skip over the bar itself, stocked with homemade aperitivos sure to get the evening started on the right note.
Things to See & Do
Squeeze in a Workout
Fitness fanatics can keep up with their daily routines by booking a class at the newest Barry's Bootcamp location in Miami. There's a reason why the hour-long classes have been dubbed "The Best Workout in the World," drawing a cult following of celebs and locals alike who love not only the secret fitness formula, but also the MALIN+GOETZ-stocked showers in the changing rooms.
Guests who didn't have time to get a mani and pedi before hopping the flight down to Miami can resort to more than the hotel spa. Eco-chic Nail Bar is the perfect solution, with its chic pod-shaped chairs that hook up to iPhones and iPads, so they can not only control their choice of music while getting worked on, but they can also double task taking care of any last-minute arrangements they need to make before your wedding day.
Shop Design-Savvy Housewares
We won't tell if you just so happen to add an item or two from Bobby Berk Home on your registry as a subtle hint for any last-minute shoppers who need to find something in-person when they touch down in Miami. If you're a fan of mid-century modernism, this is definitely your place with collections inspired by the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Get Wedding-Day Ready
Those who aren't part of your wedding party (but still want to get done up just as fabulously) can pop into Blo — and come out looking camera-ready with a speedy wash and blowout in under 30 minutes. Read real brides' reviews here!