What to do with a December Sunday in Miami?
December 2, 2013 1:55 PM Subscribe
Due to random business trip scheduling, I will have a full Sunday to myself in Miami in early December. What can't-miss things should I do, see, eat, and bring home with me? Alternately, is there some great cafe or bar for me to hang out at with my AlphaSmart and write? Special snowflake details inside!
posted by rednikki to Travel & Transportation around Miami, FL (6 answers total)
Everything I know about Miami I learned from watching Burn Notice. Alas, I'm not aiming to engineer a heist or blow anything up, so it's not particularly helpful in this matter - although if anyone can tell me where I can grab a beer with Chuck Finlay I'd be much obliged.
I arrive very late the night before, so I will quite literally have the whole day. As I currently live in sunny Southern California, "hey! the weather isn't sucky winter!" experiences are not novel, although I do enjoy the odd beach.
I will not have a car, so all will have to be accomplished on foot, by public transit or by taxi. My hotel, near the airport, is already booked.
Things I like: design, architecture, books, handbags (no, really - I am in need of a new one and finding a new one is a two year process for me, just ask under_petticoat_rule), unique jewelry, toiletries from foreign countries, long walks, open-air markets (the sort of thing where craftspeople sell their stuff, although I'm more into modernist stuff and less into "put a bird on it" twee). Epic gardens a la the Huntington Gardens near Pasadena. Also, locally brewed beer.
Regarding dining: interested in breakfast, lunch and dinner but sadly, difficulty level here is rather high. I'm a vegetarian, and I'm allergic to soy and corn. (Yes, really allergic, not just "I don't like this.") I recognize this knocks out a lot of hip dining experiences and may knock out anyplace interesting in Miami, but hey, never hurts to ask! Japanese food is right out and Asian food in general is difficult. Mediterranean food (excluding French) and Indian food tends to be very easy. South American cuisine is a mystery to me. I will happily use Yelp but was also interested in getting local recommendations if any.
Also: if anyone has a cafe or bar they would recommend as a great place to hang out and write for a few hours, I'd love to hear! Diesel Cafe in Davis Square (Boston area) is my ne plus ultra for this, and Angel City Brewery in LA is its beer-fueled counterpart. It doesn't have to be identical to that, however - but comfortable places to sit and write along with a clientele that provides interesting people-watching would be the vibe I'm aiming for.
Sadly, late-night fun is out as I have early-morning meetings.
Thanks to anyone who chooses to answer!