With ART BASEL quickly approaching, check out some of Miami’s top low-key spots to wine, dine and relax between the hustle and bustle of all the art shows and parties.
La Santa Taqueria
La Santa Taqueria, tucked away in Midtown Garden Center opened in July 2017, and brings authentic Mexican street tacos to the area as a pop-up concept leading up to the grand opening of a mezcal/tequila bar and Latin food hall. Owned and operated by Chef Omar Montero, his first ever pop-up serves various tacos ideal for meat lovers, vegetarians, and the like, along with Mexican street corn, guacamole, quesadillas and more. Guests can BYOB and enjoy open air seating surrounded by lush greenery and artistic murals.
Via Emilia 9
Via Emilia 9, named after the merchant road in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, Via Emilia 9 is Miami Beach’s first authentic regional Italian restaurant and market. Perfect for lunch or dinner, Via Emilia 9 has something for all palettes and represents the Italian regions of both Bologna and Modena. Never compromising authenticity, Chef Wendy imports everything served at Via Emilia 9 from Italy (with the exception of fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs), including bread, which is brought in from the Vasalli Bakery in Ferrara, Italy. As Via Emilia 9’s expert “Sfoglina” or pasta maker, Chef Wendy hand rolls a variety of pastas and raviolis daily.
LaMuse Café at Avant Gallery in Downtown Miami combines the affinity for art and food of owner and gallerist Dmitry Prut. The restaurant allows guests to see the gallery in a whole new way, while providing a much-needed affordable dining option to the people who live and work in the area. The café plates inspired bites, brews tasteful coffees or teas and conveniently offers a Grab & Go option for those who don’t have time to tour its award-winning art gallery. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, LaMuse Cafe is set in a space reminiscent to Alice In Wonderland that’s whimsical, lush, and always bold, with menu items which playfully riff on iconic muses and artists known for their unforgettable style and moxie. The space is also an ideal canvas for private or corporate events, making it Miami’s most interesting spatial palette to host unforgettable lunches, happy hours, dinners, special celebrations and late-night parties.
The Diplomat Beach Resort
Fresh off a glamorous $100 million transformation, The Diplomat Beach Resort ushers in a new era of oceanfront perfection in South Florida. Voted a Top Florida Resort by Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2016, the hotel’s flair for the exceptional extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway. The resort features 1,000 bright, beach-y guest rooms, two sun-drenched pools, a glittering, ultramodern spa, plus 10 all-new culinary concepts led by celebrity chefs including Geoffrey Zakarian of Point Royal and Michael Schulson of Monkitail.