• US@UO: Summer in Miami

    Get the insider’s guide on how to spend the perfect summer day in Miami with our official summer guide, curated by the @UOMiami store team (and then click here to read our interview with @UOMiami's Tayler Rich).

    They explain, "Miami is literally a melting pot of cultures. There's so many different things to experience and great food to try all within one beautifully lush and tropical city. It is also a plus that we can wear shorts year round. 

    In the summer, it's so hot that you have no choice but to want to spend all day in the pool or at the beach."

    Miami Beach:
    We may be a little biased but Miami definitely has some of the nicest beaches in the world. No matter what part of the coast, the white sand and crystal clear blue water makes Miami the perfect place for any summer vacation.

    Their picks:
    Take a stroll down Ocean Drive to see the unique Art Deco architecture that has been preserved over the years. Ocean drive is parallel to the sand, so after you are done roaming the area you can cool off in the ocean. 

    The coolest beach spot to visit is South Point Pier. There's a long boardwalk that leads you out over the ocean overlooking the coast of Miami Beach. The waves in this area tend to be really calm so bring a pool float and cooler of beer, and I guarantee you'll have the most relaxing day ever.

    When you get hungry there's plenty of places to go, but we highly recommend La Sandwicherie. It's a cute outdoor sandwich joint that also makes fresh juices and smoothies. I wish there was one in particular that we could recommend to you, but to be honest, the whole menu is great. They make this French vinaigrette that you can also buy by the bottle. Do yourself the favor and buy like 10 of them and literally pour it on anything, it's that good!

    The Broken Shaker is a fun spot to hang out with your friends and grab a cute cocktail to sip on by the pool. It's linked to The Freehand which is a hostel style hotel, so if you're traveling with a large group of friends that may be a cool place to stay while you're in town.

    Kill Your Idol and Lost Weekend are two side by side bars that have the characteristics of a dive bar minus the grimey dive qualities. Grab a  reasonably priced beer and some pub style snacks to munch on while you play pool with your friends. Get the chipotle tater tots, they won't let you down! 

    Wynwood is an art district area with colorfully painted wall murals lining the streets. There are cool shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, and businesses that have popped up here over the past few years. The whole area is pretty aesthetically pleasing and there are plenty of things to do and see while you're there. 

    Their picks:
    Panther Coffee is the hands down the one of the best places to get high quality coffee in Miami. The outdoor area is canopied with a large tree that you can sit under to catch up on some work or just people watch. 

    Right next door is a mexican spot called Coyo Taco with killer food! If you're trying to get more for your dollar, make any of the Taco options into a burrito or salad. After you finish eating walk through the back door that says "employees only". You will find your self walking through a dark hall to the entrance of a speakeasy bar that's dimly lit up with novena candles. 

    Zak The Baker is a kosher deli that makes their own bread daily.  If you don't order their avocado toast, you'll truly have missed out on one of the greatest things you could possibly ever put in your mouth.

    Gramps is a bar that has one of the best specialty drink menus with both an indoor and outdoor area to hang out in.  They host different theme nights during the week like bingo and karaoke, plus a pizza joint located in the back called Pizza Tropical. Their most popular cocktail is "Rosemary's Baby", but order anything and I promise their bartenders will not disappoint! 

    If you're into beer, there are a few local brew spots that are a chill place to try new things. Wynwood Brewing Company, Concrete Beach Brewery, and J Wakefield Brewing, are all located within a couple blocks from each other. 

    Miami as a city is quite large, making it a necessity for most locals to travel by car. On your visit if you do have the chance to venture out into the suburb areas, there are endless places that are worth stopping at.

    Their picks:
    Mary's Coin Laundry is literally a laundromat but it has a Cuban cafe window attached to it. It is located on a street corner in the the middle of a neighborhood area. The best thing about it is that it's open 24 hours, so it's perfect for a late night snack. They make the best pan con bistec (steak sandwich) in town. 

    Frankie's Pizza has been around since the 50's, and they still sell only traditional style square pizza. Looks like a pizza your grandma could make, but the crust is so unique, like no other pizza you've had before.

    Lokal is located in the coconut grove -coral gables area, is a gastropub with an extremely tasty menu and craft beer selection. Their burgers are all Florida grass fed Kobe style meat and the menu is made with local, sustainable ingredients. Highly recommend their fried gator bites if you're feeling adventurous. 

    The Viscaya Museum and Gardens is a 10 acre villa style mansion that is surrounded by well manicured gardens that overlook the Biscayne Bay. The beauty of this estate is pretty indescribable, it's just one of those things you need to see for yourself. 

    Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a lovely spot if you're into cool plants. It's a bit pricey for admission but totally worth it, because it's so large you will literally want to spend your whole day there. They even have a butterfly conservatory. 

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