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By: Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy

From cutting-edge museums to oceanfront spas, here's how to make the most of 72 hours in the Greater Miami & Miami Beach.

Box of unique donuts from The Salty Donut
Find flavors inspired by Miami at The Salty Donut

Friday

Morning: Wynwood’s Top Artsy Spots

Kickstart your weekend with breakfast treats from The Salty Donut in Wynwood. Choose from brioche-style donuts like guava-and-cheese, a unique take on a quintessential Miami dessert.

Get your selfie game on at one of Miami’s most Instagrammable spots, The Miami Selfie Museum. Visually stunning backdrops make this museum unforgettable.

Next, Wynwood Walls is a must. The striking outdoor gallery will dazzle you with larger-than-life murals. Explore the surrounding neighborhood for even more artistic gems.

Exterior view of Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti
Authentic Haitian art & food at Little Haiti Cultural Complex

Afternoon: History & Global Cultures

Dreamy English cafe Little Hen transports you across the pond with a delightful tea party vibe. Take afternoon tea with an omelet or its popular rose-petal pancakes.

Continue your global tour at the Little Haiti Cultural Center for authentic Haitian art at Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti. Immerse yourself in Afro-Caribbean culture with flavorful Kreyol dishes and live Kompa music.

Next, explore Miami’s history at the Historic Black Police Precinct Courthouse and Museum, where former members of the force share compelling stories of what it was like to be a Black police officer in Miami during Segregation.

Mojito served with plenty of mint leaves at Cafe La Trova
Try the mojito at Cafe La Trova

Evening: Cocktailing & Museums in Little Havana

The Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center’s signature rum cocktails and Cuban art set the scene for your night out in Little Havana. Those who want to dance are in luck: nights at Cubaocho mean salsa dancing to live Latin music.

Continue the adventure at Café La Trova, with handcrafted cocktails designed by the world-famous Julio Cabrera. Taste the flavors of Cuba through James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein’s culinary masterpieces, like the banana-leaf-steamed local catch.

Women enjoying the sunshine & bay breeze at Lido Bayside Grill
Breakfast with a view at Lido Bayside Grill

Saturday

Morning: Relaxation on Miami Beach

Fuel your day with an oceanfront Mediterranean breakfast at Lido Bayside Grill. Soak up views of Miami Beach’s shoreline while feasting on omelets and avocado toast.

Looking for a luxurious spa experience with unbeatable vistas? The Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau Hotel has everything you need to spoil yourself at its wellness sanctuary. Choose between hammam baths, ayurvedic rituals, facials and romantic couples packages.

People looking at the Miami Mountain sculpture at The Bass Museum
Enjoy contemporary art at The Bass Museum

Afternoon: Outdoor Bistros & Contemporary Art

A few steps away from the spa is La Côte, also at the Fontainebleau. Sip elegant cocktails and savor South of France-inspired tapas while overlooking the pool and the Atlantic beyond.

Find inspiration at the Bass Art Museum with cutting-edge contemporary art that embraces diversity and showcases Miami’s many international cultures. Explore thought-provoking, interactive exhibits in the Art Deco-inspired space.

Mango's performers on the stage
Don't miss the show at Mango's Tropical Cafe

Evening: Dine, Drink & Dance the Night Away

Step up your cocktail game at the Broken Shaker in The Freehand Miami steps away from the sand. Here, award-winning beverages and delish bar bites are made with fresh ingredients harvested from its on-site garden.

Next, dance the night away, Miami-style. Mango’s Tropical Café offers live entertainment, a nightclub and salsa lessons.

As the night comes to an end and the munchies kick in, head to Pizza Rustica. The pizzeria is the go-to spot for authentic Roman pizza with house-made dough and sauce.

Aerial view of Bayside MarketPlace
Waterfront shopping at Bayside MarketPlace

Sunday

Morning: French Brunch & Boat Tours

Since brunch is the most important meal of the day, revel in decadent Parisian fare at Café Bastille. The charming cafe is replete with dishes like crêpes and “Frenchtastic Benedicts.”

Stroll through the “heart of Miami,” Bayside Marketplace. With panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, the open-air shopping center offers dining, live music and boat tours to see parts of Miami only accessible by water.

Visitors enjoying sea life at the Frost Museum of Science
Feel like you're under the sea at The Frost Museum of Science

Afternoon: Bayside Lunch & Science Museum

Known for being Bayside Marketplace’s premier dining experience, Hard Rock Café boasts views of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. The renowned restaurant is home to incredible live music, drinks and food, like its Legendary Steak Burger collection.

Nerd out at The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science up the street. Bask in interactive exhibitions, a three-level aquarium, an innovative planetarium and live science demonstrations. Then, visit Florida’s largest history museum at HistoryMiami, with nearly 40,000 artifacts ranging from prehistoric pieces to 20th-century Afro-Cuban folk art.

Red Rooster's two-tiered presentation of fried chicken, seafood & deviled eggs
Try Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s spin on fried chicken at Red Rooster

Evening: Comfort Food, Casinos & Latin Grub

Critically-acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant Red Rooster pays homage to Historic Overtown’s dynamic history and culinary diversity. Red Rooster will win your heart (and stomach) with its Fire Roasted Wagyu Oxtail and the Fried Yardbird.

Feeling lucky? Head to Magic City Casino or Hialeah Park Racing and Casino. Magic City Casino features poker tables and a huge room full of Vegas-style slots. If you head to Hialeah Park Racing and Casino, fall in love with the 16th century Mediterranean aesthetic surrounding its over 850 slot machines. Refuel after all that winning at 24-hour restaurants Pinolandia near Magic City Casino or Tu Pan near Hialeah Park. 

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