Tons of new high rises, critically-acclaimed restaurants and performing arts events, and a world-famous nightlife scene all make Downtown Miami worth a visit. Here are five ways to enjoy yourself in the heart of the city.
Coming up on completing its first year up and running, Downtown’s hottest new dining establishment is Fooq’s. This new age French restaurant has a Persian twist and serves dishes like bouillabaisse with mussels and clams or the Persian lamb shank with hummus, herb yogurt, naan bread, and preserved lemon.
One of the other up and coming Downtown restaurants is NIU Kitchen, which opened in the summer of 2014. It’s a Catalan-style kitchen serving up locally-sourced dishes like the wahoo tartare made with cucumber, scallions, and lime zest. Only in season during winter, wahoo is possibly the best raw fish available in South Florida with an incomparably clean and refreshing flavor.
Downtown Miami is home to the city’s most famous afterhours clubs. These dancing hotspots don’t really get busy until 5:30 am. Club Space is arguably the area’s most well known destination with its pure dedication to true house music, as opposed to the new age EDM popular at South Beach clubs. Right across the street from Space you will find Miami’s first and only 24-hour club, E11EVEN. This place has a troupe of “classy” female performers that do all sorts of routines from cabaret dancing to acrobatics and more.
Built in 1926, the Olympia Theater started off showing silent movies. Now, it puts on a variety of performances from dance, to music, movies, and slam storytelling. Be sure to check out the grand finale of the Miami Beach Jazz Festival at the end of the month or screenings during the Miami International Film Festival in March. The other major performing arts venue in Downtown Miami is the Adrienne Arsht Center. It is home to the New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, and the Florida Grand Opera. Additionally, the center hosts traveling Broadway musicals like The Phantom of the Opera and other events.
Downtown is home to the newly constructed Perez Art Museum Miami. This contemporary institution normally has about six or seven exhibitions going on at once. Now through June 26, you can check out Romare Bearden’s eerie and inspiring collages portraying African American life in the sixties. You can even bring some LEGOs and donate them to Ai Weiwei’s piece by tossing them through the sunroof of a BMW parked outside the museum. The Perez Art Museum is closed on Wednesdays and you can get free entry every first Thursday of the month from 10am-9pm!
Watching the Miami Heat play at American Airlines Arena (AAA) is always a good time. The Heat have a pretty good team this year and with tickets as low as $15 for some games, there’s no reason not to enjoy one while you’re in town. The AAA also hosts all of the big names in music when they come to town like Madonna, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Adele. The other major sports stadium Downtown is Marlins Park, where you can catch a baseball game in style. Worried about the Florida heat? Don’t be. The ballpark has a retractable roof that, when closed, lets the entire stadium fill with cool air conditioning.