Bienvenidos a Miami!  My friend and I stepped into our Uber after exiting Miami International Airport. Our driver was welcoming and asked where we were arriving from. As true New Yorkers, we proudly echoed, “Brooklyn”. This was my first time in Miami as an adult and the 25 years I waited to experience it, was well worth it. From must-visit sights, sounds (including Salsa, Hip Hop, and everything between) and delightful dining.
In need of a weekend getaway with your girls or otherwise?  Here are seven things to do, places to see..I’ll leave the people meeting up to you!

For Brunch…

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Yardbird offers Southern hospitality in every way possible with phenomenal service mouth-watering farm to table country-style menu and rustic décor. Reservations highly encouraged. When you walk in and are  seated be ready to be presented with a cocktail with a list of more than 40 bourbons that are delectable to sip.

Signature Dish: Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles

Best Cocktail: Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

To Shop…

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Just 15 minutes away from South Beach, the Lincoln Road Mall is a pedestrian’s paradise. It’s filled with fabulous Miami-based boutiques such as Alchemist, There you will find one-of-a-kind pieces and avant-garde jewelry in a gallery style setting.  Other famous outposts you can find Lincoln Road are Zara, Adidas by Stella McCartney and Hervé Leger.

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Meet art deco and fabulous interior design at The Webster on South Beach.  This one-of-a-kind outpost has three stories, chic clothing, and rooftop deck. That sounds lovely, right? In addition to its buzzing Miami location, they have opened in Bal Harbour, Costa Mesa, and Houston.  

For the Night Owl…

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Miami has a nightclub every taste. From Latin to hip hop and jazz, you will find it all. El Tucan Miami located in the now booming Brickell area in downtown Miami Beach is favorite for salsa. This is for the girlfriend that wants to dance to salsa all night long like they did on Calle Ocho in the 1940s.

If it’s lights, camera and action that you want, Club LIV is a Vegas style nightclub with celebrity sightings like Drake, Migos and Ty Dolla $Ign. The dancing, music and confetti are non-stop ‘til 6AM.

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Wynwood Miami

South Beach is home to Art Basel, Design Miami and SCOPE, a few of the world’s largest and most well-attended art fairs. It is also known for it’s  historic art deco designed buildings along Collins Avenue as well as the Perez Art Museum, Miami has become a hub of Art both in the States and internationally. If you are a fan of art and design visit Wynwood for its graffiti walls and the Miami Design District for fine art and world-class galleries.  

For Zen…

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Green Monkey wants you to stretch out and #liveyourpractice. Their innovative and fun yoga classes challenge the mind, body, and soul. After a night out on the town, you may want to say namaste to your girlfriends here.  

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Along Collins Avenue, you may run into some Spring Break-esque tourists, for sure but for an upscale, sophisticated and also relaxed Plan a spa day at  The Betsy’s Wellness Garden and Spa. Fun fact: It’s outdoors and on a rooftop.

Next stop: Firenze!