Published: April 2009
By Tom Austin
From Coral Gables to Little Haiti, we’ve mapped out Miami’s top neighborhoods.
Coconut Grove Though much of the Grove’s bohemian 1960’s feel has succumbed to overdevelopment, the area has retained a mellow groove. Check out the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market on Grand Avenue.
Downtown The business and commercial heart of Miami is a clash of cultures: office buildings frame the stores of Flagler Street, a retail strip that’s straight out of Latin America.
Miami Beach South Beach has evolved from a sleepy retirement community to Glitter Gulch, but the Beach still has its depth: the kosher restaurants along 41st Street, the Art Deco grandes dames on Collins, and the surfers to the south.
Key Biscayne Set in the waters off downtown Miami, this island has the city’s best beaches and an old-school vibe that recalls the golden era of the Sunshine State.
Wynwood Formerly hardscrabble, now a haven for the young and cultivated, Wynwood is filled with private museums, galleries, and performance spaces. Drop by on the second Saturday of every month for opening nights at area galleries.
Little Havana Southwest Eighth Street, or Calle Ocho, is a bit slick nowadays, but you’ll still find hand-rolled cigars, churros, and classic guanabana ice cream in the neighborhood shops.
Little Haiti In the last few years, this neighborhood of botanicas (a cross between an apothecary and mini-market) and street vendors has taken on a trendy edge, thanks to a handful of studiously alternative record shops and hip restaurants.
Coral Gables A manicured Pleasantville (think Connecticut gone tropical), known for its lush gardens and early-20th-century landmarks.