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  • Miami.

  • The name brings to mind gorgeous beaches, warm weather,

  • and Art Deco landmarks.

  • But at the intersection of North and South America,

  • Miami has exploded onto the international cultural scene

  • in recent decades.

  • Want to experience the best of Miami?

  • Venture beyond glitzy South Beach and swing

  • by these three hot spots on the mainland.

  • The first stop is Coconut Grove.

  • Situated southwest of Downtown Miami,

  • this upscale residential enclave is one of Miami's oldest

  • and most iconic neighborhoods.

  • The gem of Coconut Grove is Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

  • Originally built at as a winter home

  • by business magnate James Deering.

  • The Vizcaya estate is nestled among dense mangrove swamps

  • and offers a spectacular view of Biscayne Bay.

  • The ornate main house features a blend

  • of Italian Renaissance Revival and Baroque architecture.

  • And inside you'll find an exquisite collection

  • of art and furnishings acquired by Deering

  • during his world travels.

  • The lush expansive gardens surrounding the main compound

  • are a welcome break from Miami's hot sun

  • and a prime backdrop for your Instagram feed.

  • If you've built up an appetite, head north

  • and you'll eventually reach SW 8th Street.,

  • better know as Calle Ocho.

  • The main thoroughfare of Little Havana.

  • Even though Americans can now fly to the real Havana

  • in less than an hour, Little Havana remains an enthralling

  • outpost for the Cuban expatriate community

  • and a vibrant setting for Cuban food, culture, and ambiance.

  • Drop by the walk-up window at the legendary Cafe Versailles

  • for a croquette, or a cortadito,

  • a super-charged Cuban version of an espresso.

  • Day or night you are bound to encounter old friends

  • catching up, or a heated debate about politics.

  • Right across the street is La Carreta, which serves

  • a variety of authentic Cuban specialties including

  • Ropa Vieja and rice with sweet plantains.

  • If you're feeling lucky after lunch, settle in

  • for a street sighting of dominoes.

  • If you can find a seat that is.

  • As evening approaches, the energy and buzz shifts

  • to a bustling art infused area

  • north of downtown called Wynwood.

  • No other neighborhood in Miami has undergone

  • as a dramatic transformation as this former

  • industrial district that has been reborn as a hub

  • for international art galleries, shops,

  • and a diverse restaurant scene.

  • The year round pleasant weather and seemingly endless

  • collection of vibrant street murals,

  • has made Wynwood into a giant outdoor art gallery.

  • For a unique dinner option drop by 1-800-Lucky,

  • an open food hall in the style of an Asian market.

  • Featuring a collection of vendors offering a variety

  • of dishes from fresh ramen to steamed dim sum

  • to hot peking duck.

  • Finish off the night with matcha ice cream served

  • in a fish shaped cone or an Asian inspired cocktail

  • at the bar.

  • Looking around, it's hard to believe you're still in Miami.

  • But when it's 80 degrees in the middle of winter,

  • you'll be glad you are.

Miami.

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Miami is Hotter Than Ever

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/27
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