New York may be known as the city that never sleeps, but with lax liquor laws that allow for drinking until 5am, and a cornucopia of fabulous places to see and be seen, Miami isn’t getting much rest either. The Magic City is a cauldron of global cultures, between Cuban food and Latin architecture, to Puerto Rican music and European fashion, and the only things hotter than the weather are the abundant spices. During Miami Music Week, the city is flooded with electronic music enthusiasts in search of all-night romps and beachfront dance-offs. But don’t spend all day nursing your hangover, because there is so much to see and do in Miami besides catching your favourite artist. We’ve curated a list of our favourite Miami spots and activities and asked the city’s native DJs to weigh in on how to best spend your free time there...
Top five places for a hangover feed
01. The Social Club
For an authentic South Beach dining experience complete with regional fare, chic décor and a glitzy crowd, look no further than The Surfcomber Hotel’s The Social Club. The brunch menu’s sharable, tapas-style plates offer a smattering of unique eats, ranging from fresh doughnuts and carrot cake waffles to biscuits and chorizo gravy, and even smoked brisket grilled cheese. If you want to power through the hangover, pair your food with one of the many boozy brunch options, like bottomless mimosas or a morning mule. Or, if you’re still hurting, splurge (at a $13 price point) on a fresh pressed juice.
Address: 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Pricing: $15 per main course
02. Ms. Cheezious
There are few dishes better for sopping up a night of heavy drinking than gourmet-grilled cheese. Ms. Cheezious elevates everyone’s favourite comfort food with meats that are smoked and cured onsite, paired with sides of soups, salads, fries, wings, milkshakes, beer and wine. What started as a food truck concept back in 2010 has grown to be one of Miami’s most creative brick-and-mortar restaurants. Even the vegans and gluten-free eaters can enjoy some melty, gooey goodness and accompanying board games at this award-winning establishment.
Address: 7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Pricing: $10 per main course
"The Magic City is a cauldron of global cultures, between Cuban food and Latin architecture, to Puerto Rican music and European fashion..."
03. La Sandwicherie
For more than 30 years, La Sandwicherie has been serving up fresh sandwiches, salads, smoothies and shakes. Best known for its French-style sandwiches, the crisp baguettes and flaky croissants are topped with the best quality vegetables, and finished off with La Sandwicherie’s famous magic sauce that tastes like a tart Dijon-based French vinaigrette. With locations in Miami Beach, Brickell, and a forthcoming new shop in the heart of Wynwood, La Sandwicherie is a storied Miami institution.
Address: 229 14th Street, Miami Beach, FL, 33139 / 34 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL, 33130
Pricing: $8 per sandwich
04. La Moon
Some may view the hotdog as a classic all-American dish, but you haven’t lived until you’ve tried a foot-long, Colombian-style dog from La Moon. The 12 inches of Kobe beef are slathered with a hearty helping of toppings such as bacon, chorizo, garlic mayo, pineapple, homemade mustard, ketchup, cheese, fried onions, potato sticks and even a quail egg. But the hotdog isn’t the only decadent option on the menu — try an arepa stuffed with steak and cheese to further a full belly. Famously featured on The Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food show, La Moon does affordable Colombian street-food right.
Address: 97 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130
Pricing: $11 per main course
05. Rail 71 Cafe
Nestled in the heart of the Little River neighbourhood, Rail 71 Cafe is a health-conscious eatery that prides itself on handcrafting fresh plates on a daily basis, using the finest local products. Providing patrons the option of either a relaxing sit-down dining experience or a quick, on-the-go meal, Rail 71 caters to all types of clients in its charmingly rustic atmosphere. Its globally inspired dishes offer new takes on traditional breakfast and lunch staples, incorporating natural, wholesome ingredients, in-house prepared sauces and ethnic spices. Rail 71’s crown jewel is its premium coffee bar, with each cup crafted with care.
Address: 7255 NE 4th Ave, Unit 111, Miami, FL, 33138
Pricing: $8 per main course