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Miami Neighborhood Guide: Downtown Miami

By Bri Hand | Sep 7, 2021

If you’re planning on moving to Miami, you’re likely trying to figure out the best neighborhoods in Miami, Florida, and which one would be the right fit for you. Downtown Miami is a highly concentrated district with the best this iconic city has to offer, such as amazing open-air shopping, arts and culture, stunning beaches, and incredible dining and nightlife.

Thinking about moving to Downtown Miami? Here’s our guide to the best restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, outdoor attractions, gyms, nightlife, and transportation in the neighborhood. 

Where to go out to eat in Downtown Miami

Known for their vast selection of creative and fresh ceviches and other traditional dishes, CVI.CHE 105 offers a wide range of Peruvian dishes. Try the fresh fish, lobster, or causa (a dish that makes cold potato casserole look like a work of art). 

Kyu is a popular Asian-inspired downtown restaurant with a diverse menu and environmentally friendly practices.

With a gorgeous bay-facing terrace and unbeatable cocktails, Crazy About You is an experience not to be missed, along with their approachable Spanish- and Italian-inspired menu.

Where to get coffee in Downtown Miami

For your caffeine fix, check out Breezeblock Coffee, a chic and plant-filled cafe that also serves tasty bites. 

Eternity Coffee Roasters is a contemporary cafe in the heart of historic Downtown Miami and serves house-roasted beans pour-over style. 

Vice City Bean is the kind of place where you’ll easily get to know the names of your favorite baristas brewing up your favorite cup of joe.

Not a coffee fan? Bubba Tea is a tea shop in the downtown district that offers authentic Taiwanese Boba tea—the perfect treat any time of the day.

Where to get groceries in Downtown Miami

Meat N’ Bone is an online butcher shop offering premium meats and delivery to residents all over the Miami-Dade district. 

You can also check out Milam’s Market, a third-generation family business downtown that offers a variety of grocery items with exceptional flavor. 

Want some fresh seafood? Plaza Seafood Market is the ultimate spot to pick up the fresh catch of the day downtown. You can also dine at their in-house restaurant and chow down on some fresh-caught seafood dishes.  

Where to work out in Downtown Miami

“No days off” is the motto at Legacy Fit. You’ll be sure to break a sweat at this all-inclusive gym. 

Take your workout to the water at EcoAdventures, which lets you kayak and snorkel off Key Biscayne, bike through scenic Florida trails, or join a nighttime owl walk. You can even volunteer or join a local group of nature enthusiasts. 

Let your dog get into the workout fun at Margaret Pace Dog Park, which is situated in an amazing downtown spot overlooking the gorgeous bay. 

Nightlife in Downtown Miami

The Wharf Miami is a beloved open-air event space right on the Miami River where guests can arrive by land or sea to enjoy live music and delicious drinks and bites. 

A truly eclectic Miami experience, Mama Tried is perfect for happy hours or late nights drinking with close friends. 

English pub meets old Captain’s tavern meets saloon at Lost Boy. Come here for no-fuss cocktails, cold beer on tap, and fresh sandwiches. This is a great place to enjoy the big game or gathering with friends in Miami.

Another fantastic nightlife spot downtown is Better Days, which is known for its classic mix of craft cocktails, beers, and eclectic throwback drinks. 

Transportation in Downtown Miami

Metromover is a free public transportation service offering smaller loops around Downtown Miami and Brickell, and serves as a connection between Metrorail and Metrobus.

Land in a great apartment in Downtown Miami

If you like the idea of moving to Downtown Miami, Landing offers fully furnished apartments with flexible lease terms, concierge services, seamless transfers, and all the amenities you need. Browse our available apartments in Downtown Miami, or contact us to learn more about how a Landing membership works.

Still looking for the right Miami neighborhood for you? Browse our other Miami neighborhood guides!

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About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.