Guest Post: Cultural Heaven – Fine Dining and Arts in Miami

Guest post by Hannah Hutchinson

Cultural Heaven – Fine Dining and Arts in Miami

Miami’s Design District has become a hotspot for amazing art, with galleries and museums popping up on a regular basis. Everything from Buckminster Fuller to contemporary art to fine art can be found around the Design District. In this area of Miami, the city comes alive with color and design thanks to the artistic genius of thousands of artists.

But don’t think the Design District is only a place to marvel at art. It has also become an amazing place to find great food and drinks. World-class restaurants are just a short walk away from modern art galleries, and you can find cute little eateries a step away from some of the most famous works of art in the city.

If you’re visiting Miami, here are the places you want to go:

Maman Fine Art

The Maman Fine Art museum was established with the goal of promoting contemporary and modern arts and culture. The museum works closely with its artists to create and curate amazing pieces from both local and international artists. There are cultural activities for the family to enjoy, making this one of the most amazing museums of fine art to visit.




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While you’re there, pay a visit to:

Crumb on Parchment – This little café may not look like much from the outside, but the moment you step inside you’ll be transported to another world. The café is the creation of award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, and is home to some of the best breakfast and lunch food, as well as world-class pastries. The décor is shabby chic, but the food is beyond superb!

Buckminster Fuller Fly’s Eye Dome

This “autonomous dwelling machine” was designed and created by the amazing Buckminster Fuller himself and built by hand in 1977. The geodesic dome is a true work of art and architecture, and is a clear forerunner of “green building”. The 24-foot prototype of Fuller’s dome sits in a prominent outdoor location in Miami’s Design District.

While you’re there, pay a visit to:

Buena Vista Deli – After a walk around the Design District, you’ll be hungry for proper filling fare: artisan crafted bread, homemade pates, luxurious sandwiches and paninos, and some of the best homemade pastries you could ask for. The word “deli” may not scream elegance, but wait until you try the food!


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Bossa Gallery

This gallery of fine art displays the work of some of the most talented Brazilian and American photographers. The images are intended to create a dialogue and showcase the two worlds, as well as portray the rich, vibrant culture of Brazil. There are more than just beautiful photographs on display; guests can attend lectures, listen to talks by guest speakers, and even talk with the photographers responsible for the photos.

While you’re there, pay a visit to:

Lemoni Café – Yet another simple-looking café, this place delivers greatness in terms of cuisine. The fare is simple—wraps, panini, sandwiches, and salads—but you’ll find a broad selection of South American fine wines. Sunday visitors to the Design District will definitely want to get in on the Sunday brunch, where you can eat to your heart’s content and satisfy your cravings for food as well as art and culture.

Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

This museum is dedicated to promoting the works of artists pushing the bounds of contemporary art. The exhibitions are regularly rotated, so you will never have the same artistic experience twice. There are special exhibitions for local artists, as well as innovative modern artists from around the globe. If you’re a lover of modern art, this is definitely the place for you to see the latest and greatest.


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While you’re there, pay a visit to:

Seven Lounge –This bar-cum-restaurant is tucked away in a discreet location, but you’ll find that the privacy offers you a place to relax and enjoy some of the best drinks in the Design District. Plus, the restaurant offers some of the most amazing foods to eat: tuna tataki, bacon-wrapped dates, Angus beef sliders, and truffle fries slathered in gorgonzola cheese. It’s a truly unique eatery, with some amazing cocktails to satiate your palate.

Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink – This is the place to eat if you are looking for something, as the menu promises, “simple, fresh, and pure”. Michael’s is one of the oldest eateries in the Design District, and has a reputation for serving locally-sourced dishes that will blow your mind and satiate even the most finicky palates. Specialties like poached duck eggs, bananas Foster French toast, and duck hash parsley aioli will make you want to keep eating. With an excellent lunch, brunch, and dinner menu, it’s a restaurant you’ll never grow tired of.

The Haitian Heritage Museum

For a taste of Caribbean culture, this is the place for you to spend the day! The award-winning museum is unique in the United States, as it’s the only place to show the rich variety of Haitian culture, art, and customs. The educational programs will provide in-depth information on the world of Haiti, and you can stroll the art exhibitions to take in the bright colors and broad art styles popular on the island. This museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing Haitian culture, and it does an amazing job!

While you’re there, pay a visit to:

The District Miami – What could pair better with Haitian culture than the tastes of Pan-American cuisine? The food is all produced with local ingredients, presenting flavors of seafood delicacies from around the Gulf Region—including Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The freshly-baked bread is to die for, and the signature dishes (lobster Malanga tacos, tuna tartar, and corvina ceviches, among them) are truly inspiring. The dishes are as delicious as they are exotic and original.

If you’re visiting Miami, you can’t leave without taking in the best fine arts and dining in the city. The Design District is home to some magnificent art galleries and museums, as well as restaurants serving world-class food. Together, they make for a day in paradise!

Hannah Hutchinson is an aspiring interior designer finishing her masters degree at Central St. Martins College of Arts, currently leading the blog of One River Point. In her free time she tries to fight her wanderlust, with absolutely no success: traveling around the world, getting to know new cultures is her favorite pastime activity.

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