Miami’s Design District, which gained international fame thanks to Art Basel, has become a year round “must visit” with its high end shopping, cultural offerings, and ever growing number of top dining destinations. Here are my picks for a perfect day in Miami. First off, start at one of Miami’s leading private museums, the De La Cruz Collection, owned by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, a couple of distinguished Cuban-American art collectors. The collection is housed in an architecturally praised building at 23 N.E. 41st St. You will find works by artists like Gerhard Richter, Alex Katz, Salvador Dali, Hernan Bas and Ana Mendieta. Admission is free, and it’s open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 P.M.
De La Cruz Collection.
From there make your way to the newly expanded showroom of Ecuadorian designer Adriana Hoyos, who has been called the Carolina Herrera of furniture and interior design, featuring contemporary classic styles and quality materials inspired by global textures and art.
By now, your visual senses sated, it’s time to move on to taste – lunch. There’s always the nationally acclaimed Michael’s Genuine and Harry’s Pizzeria, Michael Schwartz’s outpost for fine pizza, or the newest addition to his growing empire, The Cypress Room.
The Cypress Room Restaurant.
Much talked about new entrant is The District Miami featuring “Pan American flavors”. Food and Wine named executive chef Horacio Rivadero, formerly of Ola and The Dining Room, Best New Chef for the Gulf Region in 2012. The restaurant is the creation of Alexander Ringleb whose credits include Casa Tua in Miami Beach and Balthazar in New York.
Another hot spot is MC Kitchen. A block south of the Design District but worth noting is Kouzina Greek Bistro, which excels in its fresh grilled Branzino and specials from throughout the Greek islands. It also features an outdoor terrace, delightful in the wintertime.
If you’re still going strong, end up reviewing the fall collections of big name designers such as Prada, Maison Martin Margiela, Marni, Pucci, Dior, Christian Louboutin, now with separate Men’s and Women’s Shop, Celine and Hermes. Joining these global brands is a gem of a new shop, decorated the way Italians know best – like the elegant living room of a private home. V73 is the U.S. flagship of the Venetian handbag designer, Elisabetta Armelin, whose highly original creations include roomy totes and clutches, as well cashmere scarves, handbag and charms.
If a visit to Miami is in your near future, make sure to visit these local hotspots. The Miami Design District delivers culture, fine cuisine and great shopping, the best way to spend a day in the Magic City. ■