Summer in Miami inevitably means one thing… rainy days are headed our way. While nothing beats a stroll through Palm Court on a sunny Saturday, a stormy day in the Miami Design District holds its own charms. Read on for a few ways to keep entertained when the weather won’t cooperate.
GRAB SOME LUNCH
With a bevy of delicious restaurants in the area, the options are endless. Catch up with friends over one of Harry’s Pizzeria’s signature thin crust pizzas, oysters at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, or a Petite Filet Mignon and Chopped Lobster Cobb salad at MC Kitchen. Harry’s Pizzeria, 3918 N. Miami. Avenue; Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, 130 NE 40th Street; MC Kitchen, 4141 Northeast 2nd Avenue
VISIT A MUSEUM
Take in the latest works of some of the most talented local up-and-comers in the art world at ICA Miami. Right now you can catch Brazilian artist Laura Lima’s thought-provoking installation, “The Inverse” and on July 8th three new exhibitions open including Ida Applebroog’s fascinating “Mercy Hospital” make their debut. Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue
Brush up on the history of Haiti at the Haitian Heritage Museum, truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Mixed-media artist Babette De Waele explores social situations and human interactions in her current art exhibition, “Digital Media of the Caribbean’, on display now. If you’re looking for history, The Haitian Heritage Museum is also currently partnering with the National Museums of Kenya on “Rites of Passage,” highlighting coming of age traditions across different cultures. Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 105C
HAVE A SPA DAY
The sound of rain may be soothing, but for a truly zen experience a massage is in order. Opt for a day of pampering at Eména Spa and take advantage of having the time to take care of yourself. Book the Essential Spa Package which includes a 55-minute Custom Organic Facial, 55-minute Deep Tissue Massage and a mani/pedi. Eména also offers laser hair removal, waxing, even injections. Bonus: they’re open until 9pm. Eména Spa, 4100 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 301
LEARN ABOUT WINE
Abaco’s knowledgeable sommeliers will teach you everything you need to know about vino, and recommend some of their favorites. Sip on a hard-to-track-down bottle like a Vega Sicilia, Unico 2007 from Ribera del Duero, Spain or a 2012 Chateau Montelana Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Purchase one of their pre-designed tastings or create your own by mixing and matching half and full pours. And the charcuterie boards are a must.Abaco Premium Wines, 140 NE 39th Street
SCHEDULE A COZY COFFEE DATE
So many spots to choose from! Bring a book or your laptop to Crumb on Parchment and grab a delicious croissant and a spot on one of the settees. Or, opt for The Breakfastwhich, which is actually amazing any time of day. Mercato’s white marble tables are perfect for that rainy-day Instagram latte shot. Grab a Lavazza espresso shot and the gluten-free Chocolate S’Mores Cake for a delicious midday pick-me-up. Crumb on Parchment, 3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Atrium of The Melin Building; Mercato, 4141 NE 2nd Avenue
GORGE YOURSELF ON MACARONS
No one does macarons like Ladurée. Order their signature tea, the Mélange Ladurée — a mix of China black tea, Sri Lankan black tea and rose petals — and a macaron tower and don’t stop ‘til you’ve tried them all. (You must try the rose!) Ladurée x Chrome Hearts, 4025 NE 2nd Avenue – Ground Floor Cafe
DESIGN YOUR OWN HOMEGOODS
Pop by the Jonathan Adler store and spend the afternoon custom designing your own pillows, throws, or rugs. Or, take advantage of their free interior design services to give your home a refresh. Jonathan Adler, 4040 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 102
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