Let's face it: Miami Beach is super glitzy. But beyond the glam, the bustling city is also attracting a creative class of artists, designers and entrepreneurs that make the locale even more fascinating to visit. Case in point: Jessica Alba, Ellie Goulding, Chrissy Tiegen and John Legend have all recently vay-cayed in Miami.
And since airfare is about to get super cheap this fall, you really have no excuse not to skip town for Magic City. Read on for where to stay, where to play and what to eat in Miami.
Where To Stay
Argentinian hotelier Alan Faena sees his work as an – and his latest project, the 169-room , is truly an example of that. He called in to help him reimagine the six-block-long space that was formerly known as the Saxony Hotel.
The result? Opulent, Art Deco-inspired rooms, each of which includes dedicated butler service. The luxurious hotel even has Damien Hirst sculptures (on loan) and Jeff Koons pieces on its grounds.
Where To Play
No design enthusiast should leave Miami without a visit to the . The area, formerly known as Decorators' Row, has experienced a renaissance to the tune of showrooms by Armani/Casa, Christian Liaigre, Holly Hunt and Versace Home Miami.
Tired of shopping? Step inside one of the many contemporary art galleries or the for a burst of inspiration. And, of course, visit Zaha Hadid's incredible installation.
Meanwhile, swimsuit-clad tourists may stand out among the Art Deco architecture on Ocean Drive, but they're there for a reason. The Art Deco District made it onto the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and today, the Miami Design Preservation League offers of hotels, restaurants and other buildings of interest.
If you're heading to Miami in December, check out – arguably one of the coolest art shows in the United States. Last year, Miley Cyrus at artist Jeffrey Deitch's comeback party at the show. Yes, really.
Where To Eat
American restaurant helped put the up-and-coming Wynwood neighborhood on the map, according to . Using locally sourced seafood, fruits, vegetables and meats, chef Brad Kingore serves up dishes like grouper fish cheeks and morel mushrooms with artichoke.
Then there's , a New American restaurant specializing in small plates that started as a pop-up — and never left. Go for the chef collaboration dinners, stay for the pudding "dirt" cups at dessert.
Finally, a tip if you love Mexican food: Taco shops are a dime a dozen in Miami. But the blue masa tortillas at ? Those are definitely something to taco' bout (see what we did there?).