A Locals’ Guide to Miami

On December 17, 2018

Miami is one of the most popular destinations in the world, with attractions for families, couples, and singles that range from world-class beaches to unique street galleries to amazing shopping districts.

Every year, more than 15 million people make their way to the city, just so they can experience all those world-famous attractions.

But what if that doesn’t quite appeal to you? You’ve already come this far, anyway, perhaps it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the cool local spots in Miami that aren’t tailored to tourists.

What do the locals do in Miami when they want to relax and have a good time? Where do they go that’s a little off the beaten path?

The options are almost endless, but if you were a local, chances are you’d spend some of your time at a few of these places.

1. Redland Market Village

“A little something for everyone” is a common phrase when people talk about attractions and destinations for travelers. However, it’s probably never been as true as it is when applied to Redland Market Village.

There is literally acres of merchandise to explore, and that’s before you even get around to the restaurants, food trucks, kids’ entertainment area, live music, and indoor farmer’s market. When you really want to find something unique, this is the first place to look.

It’s not exactly the flashiest place in Miami, but it’s exactly why the locals like it. It’s a simple (but huge), low-key, marketplace with, well, a little something for everyone.

2. Wat Buddharangsi Buddhist Temple

The Redlands is well-known throughout the area as a beautiful location, filled with vintage markets, nurseries, fruit stands, and much more. And that’s fine and worth the trip, but they’re missing some of the amazing cultural spots in the area.

Miami’s Theravada Buddhist temple opens its doors to everyone, giving them a chance to visit with the monks and discover more about their culture or just enjoy the peaceful setting.

3. Rouge in Miami Beach

Rouge was established a number of years ago by a chef who was determined to combine food and jazz music to create a completely unique experience. As soon as you arrive you’ll feel a definite sense of something classical about the venue, but mixed with the modern accoutrements that make your visit all the more enjoyable.

While it’s basically a French restaurant, the chef has combined plenty of flavors from Spain and Morocco to deliver something that has its own identity.

Where you really get a feel for the uniqueness of this place, though, is out in the courtyard. The aged bricks, the fireplace, and colorful plants blend together to create a warm and inviting location.

4. Sunset Harbour

This is where the South Beach locals like to hang out. It’s a small neighborhood that overlooks Biscayne Bay and is filled with a wide range of stores, bars, restaurants, and more. Once you park in the central parking lot, you can easily walk to all the best places in the neighborhood.

Feeling a little hungry? Then you may want to check out Pubbelly Sushi for something a little creative, or Icebox to treat yourself to some amazing cake by the slice. If you’re in the mood for a special drink, then the Purdy Lounge is a good choice for an elegant atmosphere, while Mac’s Club Deuce is the right choice if you prefer the complete opposite atmosphere.

And this is just the start. There are plenty of shops, gyms, yoga studios and much more scattered around the neighborhood.

5. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Right in the heart of downtown Miami, you can experience some amazing music and performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Many legendary performers have delivered shows to remember here, but it also serves as a venue for local artists to make their debut.

There are nearly 400 different events happening here every year. They even have many programs and performances for children to enjoy. Many of them are free.

There’s even a nice restaurant here where you can enjoy some fine dining before or after the show or event.

6. Brickell/Downtown

Not a lot of people consider the business district of a city a “must see” on their vacation. However, the financial and business district of Miami is located right on Biscayne Bay, with the Miami River going straight through and separating Downtown from Brickell.

The whole area has been a popular destination for young professionals in the city. You can visit the Perez Art Museum or spend some time at the River Yacht Club, enjoying a drink or just taking in the sights and atmosphere around the river.

If you’re in the mood for shopping, be sure to check out the new open concept shopping mall Brickell City Centre or the Mary Brickell Village.

7. The Biltmore Hotel and the 19th Hole Sports Bar & Grill

The Biltmore Hotel is one of Miami’s largest historical landmarks, and it is one of the most well-known places in Coral Gables. Between the resort hotel and the beautiful golf course, it has become a popular location. What fewer people know, however, is that anyone can visit the grounds and enjoy some of the activities and attractions in the area.

For example, the 19th Hole Bar & Grill is a great place to enjoy some delicious food in a casual setting while trying a selection of “Brews of the World.” You can sit back and watch a game on one of the many televisions or just sit out on the terrace and watch the sunset.

Book with RedCoach to See a Different Side of Miami

We hope this locals’ perspective to Miami has given you a few ideas for your next trip. There is definitely a lot of great attractions in this city beyond the most popular locations.

At RedCoach, we make it easy and affordable to reach this city because we have different routes going through the entire state including Orlando to Miami, Fort Lauderdale to Miami, and more. Check out our bus schedule and find the closest stop so you can book your trip and see a different side of Miami.

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