Your concierge’s must-do guide to Miami
Evening views of Brickell Bay with Miami's skyscrapers illuminated

A concierge’s guide to Miami

Miami has a certain energy that comes from having so many different people from all over the world in the same place. And, as well as the restaurants, shopping and nearby nature, people’s perceptions are also catching up with the reality of what a culturally rich city this is in terms of museums, performance and art. Here’s the insider info you’ll need to make the most of your time in and around Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s Brickell Key neighbourhood – and beyond – care of Chief Concierge, Italo F Fornoni

A man strolls beneath plants suspended from the overhanging roof at Perez Art Museum Miami

Best for culture

I always encourage our guests to visit Maurice A. Ferré Park, which houses the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. They are true gems in Miami’s cultural renaissance. Also close to Mandarin Oriental, Miami is the Brickell City Centre, which is a shopping complex of unusual beauty. And, while I find that the city’s Zoological Wildlife Foundation is not often at the top of guests’ must-visit lists, perhaps it should be, as it’s in an environmentally responsible setting that offers visitors the luxury of getting up close and personal with animals that can usually only be seen in the wild.

Looking out onto the water from the seaside promenade at South Pointe Park

Best for a long walk

Guests of Mandarin Oriental are able to take a lovely 1.3-mile scenic walk all around the island of Brickell Key. Depending on the time of day, you can sometimes spot rare wildlife such as manatees, dolphins and iguanas. Or, if you prefer people-watching, drive to Miami Beach, where the boardwalk at South Pointe Park is the ideal spot for a nice stroll.

Octopus dish at La Mar by Gastón Acurio

Best for a date

With gorgeous views of Miami and sultry lighting, La Mar by Gastón Acurio is one of the most romantic spots in the city. Alternatively, on Miami Beach, Casa Tua offers intimate, cosy corners that set the tone for the perfect date night. Also, on Miami Beach, Juvia boasts ocean views and a distinctly contemporary setting. We’re also lucky to have the Adrienne Arsht Center near the hotel – it always has an amazing line-up of theatrical and dance performances.

Aerial shot of the winding branches of the waterways of the Everglades National Park

Best for families

No family visit to Florida is complete without experiencing the Everglades National Park. It’s only a one-hour drive from Miami, but feels a world away. The park encompasses 1.5 million acres of tropical and subtropical habitat in what is one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Closer to Mandarin Oriental, Miami, I recommend Jungle Island adventure park and the Miami Children’s Museum for guests of all ages.

Seafood dishes at R House including prawns cooked in garlic and sardines

Best for a long brunch

The aforementioned La Mar by Gastón Acurio not only offers superb views while you dine, but also delicious Peruvian specialities – try the lomo saltado (stir-friend Angus beef) and fried egg. You can't beat a long and lingering brunch alfresco at the Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill in Midtown or at the internationally minded R House in Wynwood, followed by a stroll to see the different art on display at the Wynwood Walls.

Diners enjoying a dish of mushrooms at Makato

Best for a business lunch

Looking for a spot for a power lunch? Head to the famous Truluck's seafood, steak and crab house, or to Cipriani – both are in the Brickell area, and both provide the perfect backdrop for business dealings. As does Makoto – a Japanese restaurant from a star chef of the same name – at Bal Harbour Shops.

Coffee being brewed by a barista

Best for coffee or dessert

There are several Miami locations for the speciality roaster Panther Coffee, which is a real local institution and an alternative to the bigger chains. Meanwhile, delectable desserts are always on hand at B Bistro + Bakery, while the Key Lime Pie at Joe’s Stone Crab has earned acclaim. And personally, I’m always in the mood for the Bedrock ice-cream sandwich at Wynwood Parlor.

Tropical wallpaper backdrops the well-stocked bar shelves at Sweet Liberty

Best for a night out

Beyond the hotel’s own excellent offering, try Sweet Liberty in the Collins Park area. If clubbing is your thing, then head to the world-famous LIV nightclub. Finish the night eating a hot dog at La Moon to help soak up all those cocktails.

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