Concierge Confidential: Miami in 48 hours with Luxury Concierge, Maya Frankiel
Some come to Miami to enjoy the vibrant arts and impressive nightlife, others are here explore the hottest new restaurants in the trendiest neighborhoods, but one thing is for certain, everyone lands in Miami looking to seek refuge and relax in this city’s surf and sun.
We’ve teamed up with our luxury concierge expert, Maya Frankiel, who is constantly scoring impossible-to-get dinner reservations, filling extraordinary travel requests, and happens to know this city as well as own native, Sao Paulo, Brazil. She let us in on her plan to the perfect 48 hour itinerary when in Miami.
If someone told you they had 48 hours to spend in Miami what would you recommend they see?
Well in 48 hours you certainly won’t be able to see everything this city has to offer, but you can certainly get a taste for this city’s flavors, cultures, colors, and personality. If it were me, I would break the days down as follows:
Morning: The Big Attractions
I suggest spending the morning walking or bike riding along the boardwalk on South Beach, checking out the candy-colored Art Deco buildings that adorn Ocean Drive. This is the part of Miami that makes us famous as it’s usually what you see in movies or on a TV series. From here, I’d explore Lincoln Road, there are a lot of wonderful boutiques, vintage stores, and outdoor cafes to people watch. Or, if you’re more interested in the arts, I would suggest you grab a cortadito, the famous Cuban espresso, as you’ll need all of your energy today, and head to the Perez Art Museum in Downtown, Miami.
Lunch: Devour our Culture
Head to the Miami Design District and take in 18 blocks of interior design showrooms, art galleries, and high end boutiques. While here, you must pay a visit to the renowned Wynwood Walls, a tribute to top international street artists. For lunch, I would suggest Michael Schwartz’s restaurant, Michael’s Genuine.
Afternoon: Head South
I absolutely love Vizcaya Museum & Gardens! In my opinion the most magnificent way to spend the afternoon is to stroll through this extraordinary European-inspired estate. It’s both stunning and serene and is nestled within 10 acres of Renaissance Italian and French inspired gardens.
Evening: Dinner and a Show
It’s so hard to choose just one restaurant in Miami to have dinner, as we have so many fantastic chefs catering to a diverse collection of cuisines, but my two personal favorites are Smith and Wollensky, as it’s just steps away from the beach in South Beach or Il Gabiano, located in downtown Miami, as it has the most breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. A few honorable mentions would have to be Joes Stone Crab, Villa Azul, Zuma, and Barton G.
If you’re anything like me and love the performing arts, I would suggest heading over to the Adrienne Arsht Center after dinner. They are famous for ballet, opera, and world renowned plays. (Tickets are better purchased in advance). If you’re more of the after-dinner-cocktail type I would suggest Area 31 at the Epic Hotel, which has great views of the city or Juvia at 1111 Lincoln Road. This address is of a very famous, futuristic looking parking garage designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The restaurant and terrace actually sit atop of the garage and offer the most spectacular views of the city.
Many will say no trip to Miami is complete without exploring the electrifying nightlife. My top recommendations are always LIV at the Fontainebleau, FDR at the Delano, Wall Miami at W South Beach, Mansion, Set, Hyde Beach at SLS, and Rec Room.
Today do anything water related! If you’re staying with us (which I truly hope you are!) why not spend the day on the beach beneath the rustling palms listening to the murmur of the ocean while we serve you delectable Miami inspired cocktails and cuisine? If you’re more of an adventure seeker, try snorkeling through the mangroves of Elliot Key or head Oleta River State Park for an afternoon of kayaking, bicycling, fishing, and hiking.