Good Morning, MDD
Looking for your next must-try breakfast spot? Head to the Miami Design District and start your morning on a haute note. Here are six places to get a tasty breakfast #atMDD:
Blue Bottle Coffee
Its Golden Gate Bridge and artsy hipsters aside, San Francisco is also known for its legendary coffee — and since Oakland, CA’s Blue Bottle Coffee decided to make a new home for itself in the Miami Design District, caffeine-addicted Miamians haven’t been able to get enough. Open at 7 a.m. seven days a week, go here for your early-morning handcrafted coffee, espresso, Cold Brew, and New Orleans–Style Iced Coffee, all sold within 48 hours of roasting so that every guest gets to drink it at peak flavor. Get your breakfast fix by pairing it all with avocado toast, overnight oats, or for a sugary start to your day, one of its famous Liège waffles with caramelized salt. Enjoy! Blue Bottle Coffee is located at 3818 NE 1st Avenue.
Buena Vista Deli
Stop by this charming French bakery-café any day after 7 a.m., and you’re guaranteed a sweets-filled breakfast! Start with madeleines and chocolate croissants, and if you’re really hungry, move on to fresh breads with housemade jams. Craving something savory? It has that, too. In fact, Buena Vista Deli serves one of the best quiche Lorraines in town. Buena Vista Deli is located at 4590 NE 2nd Avenue.
Crumb on Parchment
James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein can do no wrong, and her Miami Design District bakery and café proves why. Sitting in the dazzling atrium of The Melin Building, this cozy, country-chic haunt is not just your average lobby café. Order a double latte, a hot tea, orange juice or something else, and pair it with a croissant, Crumb Granola with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt, huevos rancheros with avocado, or even a hearty plate of NY-style bacon, egg and cheese. For a real treat, order a slice of Michelle’s homemade banana bread—you won’t be disappointed. Crumb on Parchment opens at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Crumb on Parchment is located at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue.
Named after the oldest daughter of James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur, ella was a pop-up café-turned-neighborhood mainstay. Sitting right in the heart of Palm Court, its sky-blue lamps, open kitchen, sun-filled interior and chalkboard menu wall make you feel like you’re grabbing a bite to eat in your best friend’s apartment. But… eat the food, and you’ll know that’s not the case! Open at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday, start with a freshly-pulled espresso and ricotta toast on brioche, or opt for one of ella’s mouthwatering gourmet donuts (they usually introduce a new flavor every morning). If the weather’s nice and they have the maple and chocolate donut on tap, grab a table and enjoy it in the charming palm-fringed courtyard. That’s a new kind of heaven that only ella regulars know. ella is located at 140 NE 39th Street, #136.
This artisanal Italian café and marketplace will send you home with grab-and-go croissants, scones, bread, cookies, salads, sandwiches and more. An offshoot of Chef Dena Marino’s MC Kitchen, Mercato opens every morning at 9 a.m., so go, grab a piping-hot cup of Lavazza coffee and peruse its glass cases of pastries, fruit, yogurt and other morning pick-me-ups. Mercato is located at 4141 NE 2nd Avenue.
Brought to us by Miami nightlife guru David Grutman, Miami Design District’s Craig Robins and New York City's The Smile Cafe, this casual café is part neighborhood hangout, part coffee shop and part creative space. Line up at the counter order from its all-day breakfast menu; the avocado toast on Zak the Baker bread with red pepper, egg and cheese sandwich with prosciutto cotto, Super Seed Butter Toast on brioche with fresh blueberries, or overnight oats with Greek yogurt are all favorites. More of a coffee-and-snack kind of breakfast person? Find a high-top table and indulge in a house-made banana quinoa muffin. OTL opens at 8 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends, and with its laid-back vibes and light-filled, welcoming space, any morning at OTL is sure to be a relaxing (and filling) start to your day. OTL Miami is located at 160 NE 40th Street.
For all the coffee purists, the latest java go-to spot, Sabal Coffee, can now be found inside St. Roch Market. Focusing on the complexities and nuances of coffee and tea through his menu, they work with the flavors derived from the bean or leaf’s origin and preparation techniques to craft his beverages. On the menu guests can pick from espresso-based beverages like lattes and cortados, to ready-brew, to cold-brew, and single-origin pour-overs. Sabal Coffee is open daily at 8 a.m. inside St. Roch Market at 140 NE 39th Street, second floor.
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