MiMo stands for Miami Modern, which is the city’s signature style of architecture from the 1950’s and 1960’s. This wave was the first instance of geometric patterns and art deco buildings that have become so iconic around town, but with extra Miami flair like murals on the sides of buildings. Besides the architecture, there a number of great places to eat, shop, and listen to music. Here are some of our favorites:
Our favorite spot to eat in the MiMo district, this modern American tavern changes the menu constantly with creative dishes like the beer-battered fried Florida avocado and the Dr. Pepper braised pork cheeks. It was even featured on Bravo’s TV series, Best New Restaurant. Between all of the wood panelling, deer trophies, and mason jars, the interior will have you feeling like you’re in a old time general store, or hunting lodge.
5132 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33137
When it comes to music, Churchill’s Pub is a landmark in Miami. You can find live jazz, death metal, classic rock, punk, or techno here every night of the week. There’s also karaoke every Tuesday, spoken word, comedy, and singing open mics every Wednesday. It’s just a couple blocks west off the main drag of Biscayne Boulevard. You can’t miss the giant, lit up mural of Winston Churchill above the entrance or the big white double decker bus outside.
5501 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137
If you’re looking for the most authentic Italian food in Miami, then check out Via Verdi. After starting the successful Quattro Gastronomia on Lincoln Road, twin brothers, Fabrizio and Nicola Carro, from northwest Italy decided to open up another establishment in the Mimo district. The Carro brothers have a menu with 12 different pasta dishes, grilled branzino, and ossobuco, but the daily specials are where their talent really shines. Look out for made-from-scratch ravioli, gnocchi, grilled octopus, and black truffle anything. Located right on the main drag, the restaurant has indoor dining available as well as an outdoor patio and a martini bar.
6900 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33137
All the vinyl junkies will definitely want to check out Sweat Records, located right next to Churchill’s on 2nd Avenue. Unlike other modern record stores, Sweat’s prices haven’t increased dramatically in recent years, and there is Panther coffee and tea for you to sip on as you browse the eclectic collection, which includes everything from hip-hop to new wave and indie rock.
5505 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137
The MiMo district is a hidden gem for those looking to do some shopping for outfits that no one else will have. Hint is a women’s clothing boutique with a one-of-a-kind mix of American, Latin, European, and Canadian designers including Wildfox and Viviana Uchitel. If you’re looking for a gift for a friend or loved one like a Miami-chic style blouse or necklace, this is your spot. All of the thrifty fashionistas out there wont want to miss a trip to Fly Boutique, a treasure trove of vintage clothing and accessories for men and women. It’s like rummaging through the closet of your best-dressed grandparents!
Want to learn more about the features that make up Mimo architecture? The Miami Preservation League puts on a tour right here in Miami Beach every first Saturday of the month. Just meet at the southeast corner of 73rd Street and Collins Avenue at 9:30am for the 90-minute experience.