Miami Beach has been my second home for years. The Atlantic Ocean, its beautiful Art Deco hotels and the people who come here from all over make it Florida’s most exciting city. But, the best-kept secret are the fun day trips to the islands of Key Largo, Islamorada or Key West. Stop at popular Mile Markers to find the best seafood shack, waterside inn or fishing cove. My favorite haunts are: Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Shell World, Pierre’s restaurant, Morada Bay, Postcard Inn, Anne’s Beach and Little Palm Island.

My heyday in Miami Beach began in 1995 when I opened the Delano Hotel for Ian Schrager with restaurateur Brian McNally and Madonna. Afterward, I partnered with BD Morr Group to build the Townhouse Hotel, a chic Euro hotel designed by India Mahdavi. Then, in 2004, I opened Miss Yip Chinese Cafe and brought real Chinese food to South Beach. And, I launched BUCK15 Lounge upstairs, a hip club showcasing local artists and DJs. I’ve seen a lot of changes since then — from the Versace mansion on Ocean Drive, Art Deco hotel conversions, the skyscraper condo boom to the transformation of the Miami Design District, Wynwood, Brickell, Miami River, Aventura and NoMi. The hits just keep on coming.

Here’s our 2022 Guide to the “Magic City.”


Alter- American
Dr. Smood - Coffee & juice
Coyo Taco
Enrique’s Sandwich Shop

Fireman Derek’s - Pie
Islas Canarias- Croquetas
Kush Wynwood- Burger
Kyu- Asian inspired
Momosan- Ramen

Oasis - Outdoor food hall
Panther Coffee
The Salty
Uchi- Sushi
Zac the Baker- Bread

Sunset Harbour

Barceloneta -Spanish
Icebox Cafe - American
Lucali - Italian

NaiYaRa - Thai
Panther Coffee

Pubbelly Sushi- Japanese
True Loaf Bakery- Bread

South Beach

27 at Freehand
Abbale Telavivian
Broken Shaker
Carbone - Italian
Casa Tua - Italian
Chick'n Jones
David’s Cafe -Cuban
Joe's Stone Crab- Seafood

La Sandwicherie
Monty's - Happy hour
My Ceviche - Stone crabs
Nobu- Japanese
Planta - Vegan
Prime 112 - Steak

Quinta La Huella -Uruyan Regina’s Grocery
Rosetta Bakery
Strawberry Moon
Swan & Bar
The Setai Bar
Time Out Food Market

Little Havana

Azucar Ice Cream
El Ry de las Frita - Cuban

Los Altos- Mexicano

Versailles- Cuban
Taqueria Viva Mexico

design district/ MID-TOWN

All Day
Cote- Indian Korean BBQ
Ghee Indian Kitchen
Itamae - Peruvian

Little Hen - American
MC Kitchen- Italian
MIA Market Food Hall

Michael's Genuine
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Sushi Yasi Tanaka by

BrickelL / off Brickell

Casa Tua Cucina - Italian
Il Gabbiano- Italian

NAOE Miami- Shabu Quinto Quinto La Huella
La Petite Madison- Cote

Luke’s Lobster
Zuma Miami

Miami North

Le Sireneuse Miam

Cecconi's in Soho House
Pao by Paul Qui
Carrot Express
Seaspice Brasserie

Le Sireneuse Miam
Bodega Taqueria
La Placita
Bazaar Mar
Los Fuegos By Francis

La Mar by Gaston Acurio
Upland Miami
Plant Food + Wine
Osteria del Teatro

1 Hotel South Beach
Cadillac Hotel
Casa Faena
Casa Tua
Drexel Hotel
Faena Hotel
Greystone Hotel

The Surf Club
Lennox Miami Beach
Nobu Hotel
Soho Beach House
SLS Brickell
St.Regis Bal Harbour

The Setai
The Standard Spa
The Goodtime Hotel
The Biltmore (C.Gables)
Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
W Miami

Bal Harbour
Brickell City Center
Lincoln Road
Miami Design District
Upper Buena Vista

Bike ride
Bowl at The Edition
Visit Little Havana
Book a beach day
Airboat ride in the Everglades
Visit Vizcaya
Drive to Key West
Miami Beach Boardwalk

Bass Art Museum
Faena Theater
Perez Art Museum
One Thousand Museum
Rubell Museum

Food Tour in Calle Ocho
Upper Buena Vista

Time Out Market
Lincoln Road Eatery

Luna Park City Centre
The Citadel