If you're looking for something to do this Saturday, look no further than your own backyard: the Miami Design District.
From spa treatments and yoga classes, to casual and trendy dining, art galleries, and of course, its famous A-list shopping, there's enough to do here to keep you busy every hour of the day.
Don't know where to go? Follow our itinerary below for a Saturday #atMDD you didn't know you could have.
9 AM: Start your day with breakfast at OTL.
Nightlife guru David Grutman opened a casual, good-for-you-good cafe OTL in the Miami Design District, and we can’t get enough of it. Perfect for a light breakfast, fuel your morning with plates like Overnight Oats with kiwi, or for a real treat, OTL Super Seed Butter Toast on toasted brioche with fresh berries.
10 AM: Go to Ahana Power Flow at Ahana Yoga Studio.
Downward dog your way into Saturday with 75 minutes of energizing yoga at the neighborhood’s only yoga studio.
11:30 AM: Keep that zen with a cup of coffee at Ella Cafe.
Grab a chair in Palm Court and order a cappuccino. If your practice worked up an appetite, get a chocolate cookie to go with it. Delicious.
NOON: Explore the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space.
Part art gallery, part extension of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz’ home, the 30,000 square-foot de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space has three stories of rotating art displays—most of which belong to the de la Cruz family themselves. The current exhibition, Progressive Praxis, is a reflection of today’s culture. It mixes different art mediums and modern technology to create compelling artworks that challenges viewers and for them to think.
1 PM: Grab lunch at Harry’s Pizzeria.
The brainchild of Michael Schwartz, this casual pizzeria is the perfect place to go for pizzas fresh out of the wood burning oven. With everything from traditional Margherita and Classic Cheese pizzas, to something more gourmet—like a Slow Roasted Pork pizza with fig, roasted onion, fontina and arugula—this pizzeria promises a little something for everyone.
2 PM: Shop!
Tiffany & Co. Alice + Olivia. BVLGARI. Valentino. Miu Miu. YSL. Need we say more?
3 PM: Book a massage at Eména Spa.
This luxurious spa, salon and wellness boutique was designed with happiness in mind. Book an 80-minute Lathi Massage and let yourself relax as a professional masseuse nourishes your body with warm, healing oils. After your massage, get your nails done or go for a blowout—at Eména Spa, there’s no such thing as too much pampering.
5 PM: It’s 5 o'clock somewhere, so…
Drink some wine! Head to Abaco Wines & Wine Bar, a bespoke wine shop and tasting room on the second floor of Palm Court, and let certified Sommeliers impress you with tastings of their best vintages. For a real treat, get the Abaco Wine Flight. It comes with three 2.5-ounce pours of the Sommelier's vino of choice, all paired with a cheese and charcuterie plate.
6 PM: See the artsy side of the MDD.
IfIf the name didn’t already give it away, the Design District is covered in world class art and design. Walk around the neighborhood and you’ll find art installations and murals you won’t find anywhere else: like the alluring Vortex and Jungle murals by 2x4, Netscape by Konstantin Grcic which doubles as a great place to put your feet up and go for a swing and The Design District’s most iconic piece, Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome in Palm Court, to name a few.
7 PM: Get dinner at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
This restaurant put Miami Design District on the map, and ten years later, it’s still an area gem. Created by celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schwartz, go here for locally-sourced, down-to-earth food with a talented twist. Don’t know what to try? Order the the Frita Burger with chorizo-beef and shoestring potatoes, Crispy Pig Ears with chili and lime, Wood Oven Roasted Double Yolk Egg with cave-aged gruyere and sourdough crostini, or for a sweet ending, Banana Butterscotch Pudding with salted caramel, donuts and crema. In other words… anything you order won't disappoint.
9 PM: Finish your day with drinks at Estefan Kitchen.
This place is owned by superstar husband-and-wife duo, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, so you know it’s fun. After dinner, stop by this haute new Cuban spot for one of its World Famous Mojitos—like the Mango Mojito with Bacardi Superior Rum, fresh mint leaves, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and a dash of sugar and club soda—live music, and if you're lucky, the Estefans themselves.
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