You have made your move to Miami. Smart!
And you picked the Downtown-Brickell neighborhood as your new locale. Even smarter!
Now let me fill you in on places to go, sights to see, bars to visit, because you don’t want to just sit around in your luxury condo all the time.
Of course, if you’re planning on strolling down to the beach, you’re in the wrong place, but if you’re looking for that Manhattan feel that you’re still missing a bit, you’ve arrived.
The Brickell area has seen tremendous growth in the past 10 years, turning a run-down neighborhood into a vibrant, lively, innovative work and live enclave.
Now that you’re here, you’ll need to eat and drink and be otherwise merry, right? Right!
And since no one makes a decision on an empty stomach – at least per my better half – let’s see where you can go to grab a bite.
If you’re the romantic type, Crazy About You is a place with a gorgeous view and great food right on Biscayne Bay. Craving something manly, like a great steak with a side of soccer game, try Novecento Argentinian Bistro. In a mood for something more refined, try Toscana Divino, offering Italian fare that is sure to please even the most finicky diners. Wild mushroom risotto with truffle – think I made my point.
Looking for a light bite after a day of hard work? Doraku is a great place for sushi washed down with a few happy hour cocktails, right in the middle of Mary Brickell village. Balans, right across on the other side of the road is the perfect spot for brunching and people watching. Did I say bottomless mimosas??? Oh boy, that sounds like trouble. And because no list would be complete without a good Irish pub, try Fado Irish Pub. Perfect for game watching on weekends with a great selection of bar food and Irish delicacies.
Now that you filled your belly, let’s go and do some shopping. My favorite is Blush boutique in Brickell Village. Perfect for your last minute pool party invites or for sophisticated office wear – and everything in between! Atik Shop is just around the block for the laid back, fashion-minded city dweller or tourist.
StudioLX, on the same block, offers just the right mix of well-known and up-an-coming designers
For my men visitors, I have to recommend the Village Humidor with its quality cigar and cigar product offering. The friendly sales staff will help the novice cigar aficionado navigate the waters.
With an average of 248 sunny days in Miami – or 365, but oh, who’s counting- you’ll need a nice selection of shades. Look no further than Edward Beiner Eyewear with its wide selection of quality sunglasses. Prescription glasses are also available.
Now that you tried some of the neighborhood best eateries and shopped until you dropped, it’s time to make some $$$. ‘Cause let’s admit, that rent won’t just pay itself. So let’s get down to business. You’ll need a trustworthy IT Services company to set up and connect those pesky Apple or god forbid Windows devices you gathered over the years. Look no further than iFeelTech. After a few months of trying to do business in Miami, you’ll appreciate the reliable services iFeeltech can provide to you small business.
OK, you worked your butt off and now want to get pretty for the weekend. FACE, BROW & BEAUTY BAR offers a wide range of beauty services from eyebrow waxing, threading to facials to lash extensions and more. To get your hair done, visit my favorite neighborhood place, Patrice Bourgier Coiffure and ask for the lovely Louisa.
To be cont….