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The Best of Miami

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Photo: Courtesy of the Raleigh

Exploring Miami's diverse neighborhoods, VIP nightspots, hot restaurants, and thriving art scene. Read the article

Inspired by: Smart City Guide: Miami — by Tom Austin, Published Nov. 2007

Hotels (6)

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    The Standard, Miami

    Picturesque, serene and located on Miami Beach, the Standard spa offers the perfect wellness getaway. At the spa, you can revel in all types of hyd

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    Tides South Beach

    Miami has been a city of big, brash hotels since the 1950’s. Although the landscape is always changing, a few properties rise above the rest, inclu

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    The Raleigh

    A 1940 Art Deco masterpiece that served as a backdrop for many Esther Williams films, this hotel delivers the grace and pure fantasy of old-line Mi

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    The Setai

    With some 40 floors, the Setai rises over South Beach like an opulent obelisk, serving as a playground for damn-the-expense visitors. Adrian Zecha

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    Mandarin Oriental, Miami

    Besides the Mandarin's trademark luxury Asian touches, the reason to stay here is the view of the downtown Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. Of cours

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    Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

    Hands down, the Ritz-Carlton is Miami's best full-service resort, with tropical gardens, a tennis center, a 20,000-square-foot spa, kids' programs,

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Restaurants (11)

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    BIANCA

    Formerly Blue Door at Delano

    Delano’s signature restaurant reopened in early 2012 with a renovated interior and a new modern Italian menu by Chef

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    Yuca Restaurant & Lounge

    YUCA, which stands for Young Upscale Cuban-American, caters to just that crowd, and power brokers and the political class love to network at this M

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    Le Glacier

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    Dogma Grill

    Looking for the perfect hot dog with a twist? Hit the menu at Dogma Grill, which is not your father's typical hot dog joint. Service can be a littl

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    Indomania

    Just 13 tables fill this pocket-size Dutch-Indonesian restaurant, where a cozy gray banquette runs the length of the space and walls are hung with

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    Table 8, Miami

    Dreadlocked star chef Govind Armstrong has created dinner-as-theater here, with fussy service, a dramatic and soaring space, and a formal Los Angel

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    Café at Books & Books

    The most civilized refuge on South Beach's main shopping artery, this café offers a mix of Latin and Southern cuisine, along with a healthy dose of

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    Donut Gallery Restaurant

    Opened in 1972, the Donut Gallery Diner has remained a favorite among Key Biscayne locals. Ironically, the restaurant does not sell donuts, but it

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    The Lido Restaurant at the Standard

    The Lido—just off the main lobby of the hotel—is a highly designed Scandinavian-style room, but for the ultimate in casual chic, dine beneath the u

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    S&S Diner

    In business since 1935 and housed in a 1938 Art Deco building, the S&S is an old-fashioned diner located just north of downtown. As they have since

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    Versailles

    Established in 1971, this casual café began as a gathering place for Cuban exiles living in Little Havana. Over the decades, it has continued to se

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Activities (21)

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    Standard Spa

    Located inside The Standard hotel in Belle Isle Park, this 12,500 square-foot holistic and hydrotherapy spa provides a broad range of relaxation tr

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    Club Nautico

    Headquartered in Key Biscayne, Club Nautico provides powerboat and yacht rentals for those looking to explore the waters off the coast of Miami. Th

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    Hoy Como Ayer

    Latin hipsters with deep pockets make their way to this Little Havana dance club that offers live music and salsa dancing at South Beach prices. Po

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    Miami Twice

    Since 1985, Miami Twice has offered an amazing selection of vintage and contemporary items from the 1920’s to 1980’s. When it comes to furniture, y

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    Antique and Collectibles Market

    Every two weeks, the Antique Collectibles Market opens on Lincoln Road Mall near Alton Road. Shaded by dozens of palm trees, a forest of white tent

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    Fly Boutique

    Looking for a new shopping experience in a cozy yet distinctive place as off the beaten path as you can get in Miami Beach? Try Fly Boutique, a fun

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    C. Madeleine's

    Looking for custom-made vintage clothes and accessories? C. Madeleine’s is a staggeringly huge warehouse hidden away on upper Biscayne Boulevard in

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    Modernista

    An impeccably refined store featuring vintage furniture and fixtures, with splendid Murano chandeliers from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.

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    Martini Bar, Miami

    This small hotel bar in South Beach’s art deco landmark, the Raleigh Hotel, offers a taste of a glamorous bygone era with its circa-1940’s mahogany

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    St. Jerard Botanica

    The mystical store has all the supplies you'll need to cast a love spell - or fend one off.

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    Art Basel Miami Beach

    The citywide art-apalooza, which began in 2002 as an outgrowth of the renowned Swiss art fair, happens every year on the first weekend in December.

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    Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

    Built in 1916 as a winter home by industrialist James Deering, this Italian Renaissance-style villa and its 10 acres of formal gardens was the firs

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    Upper Eastside Garden

    This quirky garden that's about the size of a suburban yard is tucked behind the vintage store Divine Trash, and serves as a groovy oasis that reca

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    Fox's Sherron Inn

    Centered around a beautiful oil painting of a jet taking off, this is a classic Miami cocktail lounge with aviation-themed décor and an aren't-the-

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    Circa 28

    One of the best dance clubs in Miami, Circa 28 lies in the heart of Wynwood and is full of hip artist types, especially on Circa Saturdays, when tw

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    From the lively beach scene in Fort Lauderdale to the often-empty Rosemary Beach, three don't-miss sandy spots in the Sunshine State.

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