Here’s a guide to all the top spots and best things to check out in Miami, brought to you by Miami’s Shoe Gallery, LTD Magazine and The305.Com. The actual feature can be seen in the Winter 2008 issue of LTD Magazine, available at limited retailers now. But we’ve made an online version for you to enjoy in the meanwhile. Click here to see the scanned version of the feature or read below for the online version with a couple bonus spots…
Chef Creole (1) is a fan favorite providing authentic Caribbean dishes that have tourists and celebrities alike crossing the bridge from South Beach. Hit Hip Hop Grub Spot (2) for healthy fast food with meals named after your favorite hip-hop artists. Its community based and always makes sure they put the children first. On South Beach, La Sandwicherie (5) has the best assortment of sandwiches and David’s Cafe II (3) for a great meal and place to kick back before calling it a night.
Bonus: People’s Drug Store & BBQ (4) for soul food in Overtown, Versailles Restaurant for authentic Cuban food, Off The Grille (6) for wrapsÂ and the Latin American Market for Miami’s best tamales.
Off The Grille (Kendall, West Miami and Downtown Miami) – www.offthegrille.com
Hip Hop Grub Spot – 20356 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33169
Chef Creole – 200 NW 54th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Latin America Market – 7365 W Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33144
David’s Cafe II – 1654 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
La Sandwicherie – 229 14th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Versailles Restaurant – 3555 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135
People’s Drug Store and Bar-B-Q – 360 NW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33136
Dade Wear (1) is inspired by the city that brought you 2 Live Crew, Trick Daddy and Rick Ross, their designs don’t hide their 305 pride (check the DadeWear/ShoeGallery 2 Live For Your Crew collab in the pic above). Sweat Records (3) in Little Haiti is a huge supporter of independent artists. The spot is also a coffee shop/lounge that hosts various events each month. And Kid Robot Miami (2) is right in the heart of South Beach.
DADE Wear – www.dadewear.com
Shoe Gallery – 244 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33132
Sweat Records – 5505 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 – www.sweatrecordsmiami.com
Kid Robot Miami – 638 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
O.H.W.O.W. Gallery (1,2) opened with the goal of raising the bar for the creative world and integrating it’s true spirit into the wider world of culture at large. A collaboration between Aaron “A-Ron” Bondaroff and Miami based collector, entrepeneur and cultural connoisseur Al Moran. They tend to exhibit creativity and mayhem, showcasing talent with an approach never seen. One of the select few that can truly package the low brow with high brow, the yesterday with today, and the superficial with the thought provolking.
O.H.W.O.W. Gallery – 3100 NW 7 Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
WHAT”S GOING ON – Miami New Times (1)Â has it on lock! A weekly on top of every and anything going down in Miami including events, music, concerts, politics, art galleries and more. For Hip Hop related events, news and features, hit The305.Com (2) and for alternative and dance music hit MiamiNights.Com (3). And Map Magazine (4) has aÂ heavy focus on art, yet it dives on everything.
Sobe Live with Micha Ent (1, Micha with NORE)Â is definitely one of the top hip-hop nightclubs on South Beach and recently a winner of VHI’s Hip Hop Honors award for Best Hip Hop Club in the country. Headliner Market Group (3, Michael Gardner of HMG with Diddy) has some of the best events going on with A-List celebrities. Over four parties per week including their world-famous Thursday’s at ultra-sheik Karu & Y where you’ll find ball players, celebrities and some of Miami’s most beautiful women. CAMEO Nightclub (2), Heathrow Lounge, Bella Rosa and Mokai are all other alternatives with different flavors.
Sobe Live – 1203 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 – www.sobelive305.com
Michael Gardner / Headliner Market Group – www.myspace.com/headlinermarketgroup
Karu & Y – 71 NW 14th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33136
Cameo – 1445 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 – www.cameomiami.com
Heathrow Lounge – 681 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 – www.heathrowlounge.com
Bella Rose – 423 16th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139 – www.miami.com/bella-rose
Mokai – 235 23rd Street Miami Beach, FL 33139 – www.mokaimiami.com
The Miami Look….Levi’s 501 denim, solid color V necks and some fly hi-top kicks. Accessorizing is the key. Your fitted, watch and belty is what will make or break you. Stay away from anything Ed Hardy or Christian Audigier.