The best things to do in Miami

(CNN) — All eyes are on Miami as the city hosts Super Bowl LIV this year — but with its year-round blue skies, sunshine and Caribbean-blue waters, the Magic City is always ready for its close-up.
A thriving art scene, an ever-changing culinary landscape and, of course, the beach, bay and buzzy hotel pools combine to make an irresistible travel destination. Whenever you visit, these are the can’t-miss classics to add to your Miami to-do list.

Beach and beyond

Miami, Florida: The city synonymous with style, sex and surf is never a bad place to visit.
Miami Beach is home to the most famous stretch of coastline in Florida, set against the neon backdrop of Ocean Drive.
Mid-Beach (between 23rd-46th Streets) is home to more spacious resorts away from the touristy bustle. Surfside and Sunny Isles to the north offer towering accommodations on the water.
Other neighborhoods worth exploring include like Coral Cables, Coconut Grove, Wynwood and the Design District. A day trip to the nearby Everglades National Park will round out your Florida experience with air boats and gator sightings.

Goods and galleries

Shopping hub Brickell City Centre also makes an architectural splash.
Shopping hub Brickell City Centre also makes an architectural splash.
Art Basel Miami Beach brings the art world to Miami in December, but the city has plenty of art and splashy architecture to enjoy all year, even in shopping hubs like the Design District (home to the free Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami)Bal Harbour ShopsLincoln Road Mall and the Aventura Mall (where art comes in the form of a 93 foot tall slide by artist Carsten Höller).
For street art, head to Wynwood, where colorful murals share space with art galleries, laid-back bars, restaurants and hip boutiques like Warby Parker and local floral art spot Plant the Future.
Downtown, Brickell City Centre houses a clutch of boutiques from lesser-known European brands, while the new Frost Museum of Science keeps kids busy with interactive exhibitions and a planetarium open every day of the year.
The Perez Art Museum (PAMM) hosts excellent exhibitions and a permanent collection of Caribbean and Latin American art. Keen art-hounds should carve out time to visit some of the city’s private collections, too, including the Marguiles Collection at the Warehouse and the Rubell Museum.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, 61 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137, +1 (305) 901-5272
Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, FL 33180, +1 (305) 935-1110
Brickell City Centre: 701 South Miami Avenue., Miami, FL 33131, +1 (305) 998-7922
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132, +1 (305) 434-9600
PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132, +1 (305) 375-3000
Marguiles Collection, 591 NW 27th St, Miami, +1 (305) 576-1051
Rubell Museum, 1100 NW 23rd St, Miami, +1 (305) 573-6090

Restaurants and coffee

Florida’s party city shows off an abundance of sun, sand and sexy outfits in this video tour.
Miami is a great food town, with new restaurants, bars and food halls opening up seemingly every week.
Enduring favorites you’ll want to sample at least once include Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach (stone crab season runs from mid-October through mid-May) and Michael’s Genuine in the Design District.
Brunch is a competitive sport in Miami, and you’ll need reservations at the most popular spots like Yardbird and Mandolin.
Mingle with locals at casual spots like David’s Cafecito, La Sandwicherie, Zak the Baker and Panther Coffee, and save your most glamorous outfit for a night out at top spots like Nobu Miami, Zuma and The Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller.
Two places for a Miami experience unlike any other are 27 Restaurant & Bar, where chef Jimmy Lebron channels Miami’s melting pot of cultures into mouthwatering dishes bursting with Florida-fresh ingredients, and Kiki on the River, an indoor-outdoor restaurant on the Miami River with a lounge vibe and delicious Mediterranean fare perfect for the warm climate.
For a taste of the city’s signature Cuban flavors, head to Calle Ocho in Little Havana and enjoy live music and mojitos at historic venue Ball & Chain, followed by medianoches and a colada (sweet Cuban coffee, served with a stack of tiny plastic cups for sharing) at Versailles or La Carreta (both have outposts at Miami International Airport, if you need another dose on your way home.)
Politan Row Miami, 140 NE 39th St Suite #241, Miami
Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, +1 (305) 673-0365
Michael’s Genuine, 130 NE 40th St., Miami (Design District), +1 (305) 573-5550
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, +1 (305) 538-5220
Mandolin Aegean Bistro, 4312 NE 2nd Ave., Miami (Design District), +1 (305) 749-9140
David’s Café Cafecito, 919 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, +1 (305) 534-8736
La Sandwicherie, 229 14th St., Miami Beach, +1 (305) 532-8934
Zak the Baker, 295 NW 26th St, Miami (Wynwood), +1 (786) 294-0876
Panther Coffee, multiple locations
Nobu Miami, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, +1 (305) 695-3232
Zuma, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, +1 (305) 577-0277
The Surf Club Restaurant, 9011 Collins Ave., Surfside, +1 (305) 768-9440
27 Restaurant & Bar, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, +1 (786) 476-7020
Kiki on the River, 450 NW North River Dr., Miami, +1 (786) 502-3243
Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., Miami (Little Havana), +1 (305) 643-7820
Versailles, 3555 SW 8th St., Miami (Little Havana) & multiple locations, +1 (305) 444-0240
La Carreta, 3632 SW 8th St., Miami (Little Havana) & multiple locations, +1 (305) 444-7501


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