We spend a lot of our time exploring the countless events and fun things to do in South Beach, but there’s also a world of delicious restaurants and unique destinations in nearby North Beach. For those who want to explore the whole island, here are five hidden North Beach gems to add to your list.

PhoMi2Go

An unpretentious brick and mortar in North Beach, PhoMi2Go is widely considered one of the best  Vietnamese bistros in all of Miami Beach. Stop by for some of the signature pho soup, as well as other house favorites like the banh mis, and mint lemonade. There’s a variety of each dish, but we suggest the grilled shrimp pho for something extra special.

PhoMi2Go. 17010 W Dixie Hwy. (786) 916-2790

Lettuce & Tomato

Lettuce & Tomato is a North Miami Beach restaurant and one of the most well-reviewed gastropubs in the city. Tucked away in a small strip mall, and open every day, each dish here is carefully crafted with the best ingredients. Stop by for lunch or dinner, and try fun dishes like short rib or salmon steamed buns, smoked white fish or leg of lamb tostas, burgers, salads, coffees, craft cocktails and more.

Lettuce & Tomato. 17070 W Dixie Hwy. (305) 760-2260

Oleta River State Park

For those of you on the hunt for natural attractions in Miami Beach, it doesn’t get much better than this one. The Oleta River State Park is a 1,043-acre Florida State Park located right on Biscayne Bay. This is your Miami Beach destination for bike trails, hiking, canoeing, camping, and picnicking. It’s also just a beautiful place to walk around in North Miami Beach.

Oleta River State Park. 3400 NE 163rd St. (305) 919-1846

Vegetarian Restaurant By Hakin

The Vegetarian Restaurant By Hakin is one of the most critically-acclaimed vegan restaurants in Miami Beach. The contemporary design of the tropically-themed restaurant includes some Caribbean flare and fresh juices. Everyday, the restaurant serves top-notch vegan pizzas in addition to daily specials like curried vegan chicken, and “meatless” meatballs.

Vegetarian Restaurant By Hakin. 73 NE 167th St. (305) 405-6346

Taiwan Ice

This destination for unique shaved-ice, and ice cream treats is one of the most unique and beloved treats in all of Miami Beach. The specialty here is rolled ice cream with exciting flavors like honeydew melon,  oreo, and more. Additionally, Taiwan Ice is known for its delicious Thai iced teas, which it serves in fun light-bulb glasses.

Taiwan Ice. 16165 Biscayne Blvd. (305) 749-6601