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10 New Things to do In Miami

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

The past year hasn’t left much room to explore Miami, but as spring approaches and we ease back into the ‘new normal’, we’re excited to share some new spots that have popped up.

Whether you’re looking for a trendy bar to enjoy drinks with friends, a new outdoor restaurant, or an intimate live music event, there’s plenty of places to discover.

In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, many places have adapted their premises to ensure guests feel safe and comfortable, but that fun isn’t compromised.

From fresh dining options to socially-distanced hangout spots and open-air events, here are 10 new things to do in Miami in 2021.

Cool New Cafes

El Turco (opening soon)

Opening soon at Upper Buena Vista, El Turco is a Turkish cafe that focuses on breakfast (‘Kahvaltı’) and lunch dishes. Situated beneath Upper Buena Vista’s bodhi tree, El Turco delivers a culinary experience that introduces visitors to ancestral culinary traditions and their stories. Prefer to dine at home? El Turco has a range of takeaway options on offer, including Turkish bagels and homemade jam. Boasting a menu full of healthy breakfast options, El Turco knows how to add variety to your morning meal!

Enjoy handcrafted coffee to your heart’s content at Finca’s Coffee. The newly opened coffee shop at Upper Buena Vista works with the community to grow organic specialty coffee in Honduras, using the highest quality beans. Founded to facilitate access for artisan roasters, Finca’s is passionate about quality, sustainability, and community. The UBV shop roasts coffee daily in the cafe and offers a subscription service for coffee connoisseurs and home baristas. Whether you want to enjoy great coffee in a tranquil Miami setting or would prefer home delivery, Finca’s has you covered.

For expertly decorated cakes and tasty sweet treats, Sweet Epico is the place to go. Situated within the Upper Buena Vista urban oasis, Sweet Epico is a new cake studio perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Whether you’re looking for a custom celebration cake or a treat for yourself, there’s plenty of mouthwatering options at Sweet Epico, from baked goods and pastries to delicious desserts.

Awesome Open-air Events

From March through June, Fever Originals is hosting a series of Candlelight Concerts across Miami. Locations include Palapa at Upper Buena Vista, Jungle Island, and Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The socially-distanced event showcases local Miami musicians in an evening of live classical music. Each concert is situated in a stunning venue bathed in candlelight for a wonderfully romantic evening. Sit back and relax as the Listeso String Quartet plays classical versions of songs you know and love, as well as new pieces yet to grace your ears. It’ll be a night beneath the stars to remember.

Head to Palapa at Upper Buena Vista for an evening of live music hosted by Gilmar Gomes, a world-renowned Brazilian percussionist, singer-songwriter, international recording artist, producer, and visual artist. Experience acoustic Brazilian sound infused with eclectic vibes and cross-cultural collaborations in a magical open-air venue. This intimate yet socially-distanced event will be held on various dates throughout 2021, beginning February 25th. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

Fuerza Femenina is another fabulous open-air event hosted at Palapa Miami. Relax and unwind at this intimate concert as a triplet of powerful women guide the audience on a mystical journey into the sacred sounds of the Amazon Rainforest. Perfectly situated in the urban jungle of Upper Buena Vista, enjoy the voices of Delfina Mun, Giselle World, and Gracia Maria delicately intertwined with flutes and strings in an evening of socially-distanced entertainment.

Fresh Restaurants and Bars

Recently opened in South Beach is the Moxy Hotel, a boutique hotel with a tropical vibe designed for guests and locals alike. Featuring six new bars and restaurants, including an all-day lobby bar, taco stand, and raw bar, the Moxy is set to be South Beach’s new favorite hangout spot. Among the new drinking venues is Serena, a rooftop restaurant and bar with a laid-back yet sophisticated vibe inspired by the rooftop and patio restaurants of Oaxaca and Mexico City. Hang out by the poolside during the day and head to the bar at night for an evening of fun.

Tigre Miami is a newly opened restaurant and bar nestled along the river, just a stone’s throw away from Biscayne Boulevard. Offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Miami life, Tigre takes inspiration from traditional Buenos Aires cafes and neighborhood bistros, serving up a modern spin on Argentinian cuisine. Decorated with lots of lush greenery, this indoor-outdoor eatery is the perfect place to go for a relaxing afternoon or evening with friends. Take a seat on the serene waterfront deck, order some delicious food and drinks and spend some much-needed down-time beside the tranquil river.

If it’s been a while since you’ve enjoyed an exquisite culinary experience, look no further than the newly opened Wayku. Situated in the Wynwood district, the team at Wayku is passionate about providing a conscious diet with a signature twist and touches of nomadic cuisine. Guests can enjoy dishes featuring familiar ingredients with an innovative twist created by experimental chef, Matteo Gritti. Alongside the delicious food menu, the restaurant boasts a cocktail bar headed by mixologist, Mona Gallosi.

La Natural is another brilliant new eatery situated in Little River. Founded by Miami restaurateur Javier Ramirez, La Natural serves a menu of sourdough pizza, creative vegetable dishes, and natural wines. With a pared-back vibe and an option of indoor and outdoor seating, it’s a brilliant spot to go for a relaxed, socially-distanced meal with friends.

From open-air concerts to fresh culinary experiences, there’s plenty of new things to do in Miami this year while keeping to COVID-19 guidelines. Pack your mask and your hand sanitizer, and spend some quality time exploring all that Miami has to offer!

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