Three Miami insiders offer up their favorite finds.
Owner, Wynwood’s Gallery Diet
“Visiting the Keni Valenti Gallery is dangerous for my checkbook: he’s a vintage clothing dealer who collects Yves Saint Laurent, Lilly Pulitzer, and other classic designers. Locust Projects has shows by international art superstars like Theaster Gates and Miami’s best talent, such as Christy Gast. My favorite Wynwood watering hole is Lester’s; the owner—my husband—keeps it real with comedy nights, artist lectures, and top-notch espresso from Guatemala.”
Chef at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
“I grew up in the Florida Panhandle and lived in a VW bus in St. Augustine, surfing and cooking. Miami’s not known for great surfing, but when there’s a swell I’ll bring my board to Haulover Beach. I have a little boat, and it’s fun to go fishing and then head up the Miami River to Garcia’s Seafood Grille ($$) for grilled fish and oysters. And I love the old-school feel of Prima Pasta ($$), on Miami Beach—it’s got pictures of celebrities on the wall and a ton of character.”
Laure Hédiard Debreuil
Owner, the Webster boutique, in South Beach
“I always keep my eye on local designers, such as Nektar de Stagni—which makes witty pavé pearl earrings with smiley faces and 1970’s-inspired crystal-knot necklaces—and Del Toro, in Wynwood, with its fun loafers, wing tips, and sneakers. On my days off, I like to ride my bike and swim on the beach in South of Fifth, which I refer to as Brazilian Beach, for the barely-there bikinis and striped umbrellas.”