Visit Miami like a local with tips from Brickellista
No one knows Miami Beach quite like our gal pal Evelyn Torres, managing editor at BrickellistaFiles.com. We’re Miami-bound for Swim Week, the busiest bikini week of the year — but thanks to Evelyn, we'll still be able to see the city like a local. Think: "taco obsessions," guava pastries, and some seriously great shopping.
1. Morning fix
Perfect day on Miami Beach starts with a cafecito! And the locals know that a strong café con leche is the way to go. My favorite spot isn’t glamorous, but they make a coffee that will keep you going all day long. David’s Café on Alton Road is where you will find locals getting their morning fix. The best part is you can grab a delicious guava pastry to make your morning extra Miami!
2. Let’s get bendy!
Next stop is yoga, and while I jump across various studios, my go-to on the beach is the Standard. I’ll usually catch their outdoor yoga class if I want to break a sweat. It’s better than any hot yoga studio with the infamous Miami humidity! The best part about the Standard is the impeccable views of Miami so you can om while mega-yachts glide by. I suggest a morning class before the sun gets too caliente.
3. Add color to your wardrobe
One thing is certain — we don’t wear a lot of black in Miami. Luckily our local boutiques cater to our love of all things color. My favorites are Atrium, Frankie’s Boutique, and Jessie Boutique. All carry my favorite brands and change their selection frequently, so I can always find something new. When in a pinch, I’ll pop over to Sunset Harbor to visit Market and Blush boutiques because they always have budget friendly pieces for a quick outfit makeover.
4. Grub away
After a day of shopping, I’ll mosey on over with my puppy Zoey to Huahuas Taqueria on Lincoln Road. My friends and I are in the midst of a taco obsession, and this is one of our favorite spots. To beat the Miami heat, I’ll order a frozen strawberry margarita with their delicious fried chicken and cornbread tacos and the cheese dip with guacamole. #dontjudgeme
5. Cocktail hour
After a day in the sunshine, it’s nice to kick back, relax, and watch the world go by. I swear I’m not a granny! Smith and Wollensky, next to South Pointe Pier, is the spot to grab a glass of vino and check out some of the cool lifeguard houses along the beach. My girls and I love ending our day here — it’s where Miami locals love to end their day. Local secret: Take your vino to the park nearby and have an evening picnic. It’s sincerely the best way to soak in the Miami air — and more importantly, the perfect backdrop for a few selfies.