Where's the Fun in Miami?
There's more to Miami than bikinis and booty. In the final installment of a series profiling the Magic City, The Root explores the 3-0-5 you won't see in a typical rap video.
There is no shortage of great restaurants on SoBe, but some of the best eats are found away from the high-foot-traffic areas. We highly recommend a sunny afternoon lunch at the Ritz-Carlton's DiLido Beach Club restaurant -- the beachside view and watermelon mojitos will leave you with no regrets.
For a high-end gourmet experience you will never forget, suck it up and shell out some cash for dinner at the Setai, where the dim sum is to die for and truffle mac and cheese will cost you $25. For a colorful dose of culture and a more affordable bill, go to Tap Tap for tasty Haitian food, potent cocktails and hand-painted artwork everywhere you look.
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If you're a hip, cool local living in Miami, you probably don't venture across the causeway to Miami Beach that often. There's more than enough fun to be found around downtown Miami, if you know where to look. A good place to start is the Design District, an 18-block neighborhood that is all art galleries, chic boutiques, elegant restaurants and high-end furniture stores. Every second Saturday of the month, the District comes alive for Art & Design Night, and the galleries are abuzz with art lovers and open-bar aficionados.
The District is also a hotbed of activity during Art Basel, which is arguably the most fabulous celebration of art in the United States. There are great eats in the District -- we recommend Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, which is known for incredible brunch; a fun, upscale outdoor atmosphere; and the occasional celebrity sighting.
Further south along Biscayne Boulevard, you'll find the Adrienne Arsht Center, and if you're looking for a concert, play or ballet, it's more than likely to be hosting an event you'll be excited about. Along the waterfront, there's the outdoor Bayside Marketplace -- which is chock-full of chain restaurants like Chili's -- and its landscape-dominating neighbor, the American Airlines Arena. Those ginormous billboards of D. Wade and LeBron will immediately let you know who the reigning poster boys of the city are, in case you needed a reminder.