South Beach: Española Way

Española Way is a small and charming area within South Beach with Spanish colonial architecture and overhanging café lights, on a pedestrian friendly European style street. Only about two blocks long, it’s a must-stop to shop, eat, dine, drink and people watch amongst an international crowd of tourists and locals.

Just a few blocks off of busy Ocean Drive and the colorful Art Deco architecture of the area, lovely Española Way is a pleasant retreat from some of the more trafficked streets on South Beach. There’s a real sense of romance in the Spanish colonial buildings; the windows and doors are arched and covered by striped awnings, the streets are lined with palms of different varieties and potted plants along the sidewalk show off the foliage that can thrive in this lush tropical climate. Sit under an umbrella at a sidewalk table, enjoy the ocean breeze and order a plate of Mexican, Cuban, Mediterranean or Brazilian food – or just sip a coffee or cocktail – and enjoy the eclectic people watching of famed South Beach.

All in all, Española Way is a must stop for the romantic, the architect buff, the shopper and foodie.

Dining

All of South Beach attracts a crowd of locals and international tourists, and Española Way is the perfect place to come mingle with people from all over. Your waiter may be from Portugal and the couple dining next to you may be from Chile or Anguilla. Taste the flavors of the world with options from patatas bravas to P.E.I. mussels, chilaquiles to croquettas at Española Way’s row of restaurants.

Tapas y Tintos is more than a tapas restaurant serving wine. Sign up for a tango or salsa class, see a Flamenco show on Wednesday nights or come by on Fridays for “Tropical Night.” Tapas y Tintos is always a good time. Enjoy some traditional tapas or choose from the “Los Clasicos, Tabla Favorites” part of the menu that lists the most popular Spanish dishes, or split a Paella with the table. Enhance your meal with a side of sangria or a cocktail and then get up and dance!

At Nuvo Seafood and Pasta, Miami’s freshest flavors are on display. Have a classic mojito or one with a twist, like the dieter’s delight, a Diet Mojito with Splenda. Order the Seafood Tower - a mountain of fresh prawns, Alaskan King Crab, Littleneck Clams and Fresh Florida Lobster, or the trio of sashimi. Have the pooch in tow? There’s even a menu for the dogs to enjoy.

In the mood for a little Mexican? Dine at Oh! Mexico. Have a Mexican breakfast (Huevos Rancheros, Burrito Breakfast or Chilaquiles), lunch, or dinner at Oh! Mexico. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating with a cozy Mexican cantina vibe.

Havana 1959 and Mojitos Lounge are your options for Cuban food that you can only find in Miami. Every meal of the day is served up Cuban style at these authentic joints. Order a Cuban sandwich and don’t forget to follow it up with a Cuban coffee or cafesito. These spots are open late for munching after a night at a nearby club or live music bar.

Follow up dinner with one scoop or two of your favorite flavor at Noir Ice Cream or some yogurt with an espresso at MYC My Yogurt Café.

Looking for a romantic place to take a date while in town? This is it. Española Way is a favorite dinner date spot.

Shopping

The handful of shops at Española Way have shelves stocked with treasures you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t expect a department store experience around here; the stores are all independent boutiques full of unique finds. Take home light and airy clothes from Blanc Du Nil, where the style is breezy Mediterranean bohemian. For chunky bracelets and colorful earrings, stop by Bia’s Jewelry. Need to take a gift home for someone special? At Heart & Soul, you’ll find the perfect gift from a Swarovski pacifier to a straw hat.

Walking Distance

All of famous South Beach is right outside of the Española Way’s charming little enclave. Walk to nearby clubs like the world-famous Mansion, one of the hottest in the country, Mango’s Tropical Café, a high-energy nightclub and restaurant where the theme is Havana Nights, or the Rose Bar at the Delano, a chic hotel bar with a glamorous crowd.

Walk to the beach, just a few blocks away, lay out a towel and soak up the sun on one of Miami’s picturesque turquoise beaches.

Explore more of iconic South Beach. Start at Lincoln Road, walk to the end and then walk up Ocean Drive to soak up the deco architecture that give the neighborhood so much of its character.

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