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Explore These Miami Neighborhoods

December 04, 2016

We’re glad you’re interested in exploring different Miami-area neighborhoods. Besides Miami Beach, there are several places that are worth visiting. Whether you’re a family, a hipster, a yuppie or an aristocrat, you are sure to find a spot that suits your status!

Miami Design District and Wynwood

This neighborhood is the latest of Miami’s successful revival of an area that used to be neglected. The city created Miami Design District as a hub where Fashion and Design industries could collaborate and grow. Many luxury fashion boutiques, high-end furniture stores, art galleries, and restaurants quickly popped up here.

Today, the neighborhood is comparable to Madison Avenue in New York City and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and attracts the elites of Miami and wealthy visitors. It’s definitely worth visiting, at least window shopping, and discovering the magnificent designs and arts displayed outdoor.

South of the Design District is Wynwood (which is more clunkily known as the Wynwood Arts District). Running all the way to the northern fringes of Downtown, it’s an area roughly bounded by NE 2nd Avenue to the east, I-95 to the west, I-395 to the south and NE 36th to the north.

Formerly a working-class area with a large Puerto Rican population, Wynwood is one of the city’s newest trendy neighborhoods. Many of its erstwhile factories and warehouses are now inhabited by creative types—more than 50 galleries, artist’s studios, art complexes, private collections and museums call the district home. The proximity of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has enhanced the area further. Hip hangouts include Wood Tavern and Panther Coffee.

Brickell and Downtown Miami

If you’re into the urban modern living, Brickell is the place to be. This shiny area is not only Miami’s financial hub and business district, it’s also a swanky area where inner-city living is being reinvented.

Many young professional who dislike commuting live in Brickell to be close to work. The waterfront area is very clean and well organized. Brickell is also home to some fine restaurants and lounges that appeal to yuppies.

A notable place to start off a visit is the Bayfront Park and Bayside Marketplace, next to American Airlines Arena. A stroll on River Walk Trail will put you in the heart of our skyscrapers. Head south along the river from Bayfront Park and you’ll get a terrific view of Brickell Key island.

Coconut Grove

On the Southern coast of Downtown Miami lies this charming and leafy neighborhood. It’s one of the few historic Miami neighborhoods still vibrant and where Miami hippies congregated back in the 60s and 70s. It’s one of the most desirable family neighborhoods.

Coconut Grove is the home of few interesting places: The popular tourist attraction Villa Vizcaya, the oldest house in Miami-Dade county, the Barnacle Historic State Park and Miami City Hall. The former two are worth visiting to learn about the influential people who were behind the rise of South Florida.

The heart of Coconut Grove is CocoWalk, an open-air shopping mall. It’s a lively area too with many shops and restaurants nearby. Their popular organic farmers market takes place every Saturday under a giant beautiful tree at the corner of Grand Ave. and Margaret St.

Coral Gables

Tree-lined boulevards, fountains, and winding roadways give Coral Gables, Florida its identity as "The City Beautiful." Coral Gables' giant swooping banyan trees and wide-open streets make it one of the most desirable and old-fashioned neighborhoods in the area. In fact, Coral Gables didn't evolve organically like much of Miami; George Edgar Merrick planned it in the 1920s.

Shoppers flock to fine boutiques and specialty stores along Coral Gables' Miracle Mile to find the hottest new styles and the best in traditional artisanal products at specialty stores like leather goods and bridal shops. Brides from around the world saunter up and down the downtown Coral Gables area searching for their perfect gown, waiting to be found in one of the many boutiques. Stylish shoppers are known fans of Merrick Park, the local luxury mall.

Coral Gables restaurants appear on the culinary map for a variety of cuisines. Their elegant ambience and exacting service are taken for granted in Coral Gables, Florida - a city dedicated to fine living. Stop by Coral Gables on a Friday night and you'll stumble into one of the city's most popular happy hour spots.

Other destinations in the area include Venetian Pool, the Biltmore Hotel and GableStage, Miracle Theater, Coral Gables Art Cinema and the University of Miami.

Little Havana

It’s a laid-back and mostly working-class neighborhood that welcomed early Cuban migrants during the 1950s. Little Havana needed an entire post of its own and we recently covered it here.

There you go, starting with these Miami area neighborhoods should give you a good idea about our region. If you’re interested in learning more about some of the best places to check out, make sure to read our top recommended things to do in Miami.

Finally, this awesome short film offering great snapshots of Miami and its locals, will give you an idea of what Miami is all about. Happy travels and enjoy your stay!