What to Do in the Miami Design District: Our Guide
The Miami Design District, a hub for design enthusiasts, offers a visual feast with its sculpture-filled plazas, striking architecture, and luxury brands enticing shoppers with opulent interiors. Located a short distance from the vibrant Wynwood, this district has emerged as a premier dining destination, boasting Michelin-starred restaurants and the flagship eatery of local culinary maestro Michael Schwartz.
Top Attractions in Miami’s Design District
de la Cruz Collection
Founded by Cuban collectors Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, the de la Cruz Collection is housed in a 30,000-square-foot museum in the Design District. Open and free to the public, the museum, designed by John Marquette, showcases international stars and local artists across its three-story, light-filled space. This philanthropic couple has been sharing their passion for art, education, and collecting for over 30 years.
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Mandolin Aegean Bistro, nestled in a charming 1940s bungalow, offers a homey atmosphere curated by husband-and-wife team Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis. Serving simply prepared bites of Greek and Turkish cuisine, the menu features salads, sandwiches, and main dishes. Don’t miss the Instagram-worthy whole Mediterranean seabass, grilled with lemon, olive oil, and oregano.
Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami, housed in a three-story building with gleaming white walls and a lush sculpture-adorned garden, is dedicated to the global appreciation of modern art. This newly opened institute boasts large, light-filled exhibition rooms and appeals to both the photo-hungry youth and seasoned collectors. Discover up-and-coming artists alongside masterpieces by iconic figures like Picasso, Lichtenstein, and Christo.
Immerse yourself in the Miami Design District’s captivating blend of art, dining, and design—an experience that transcends boundaries and delights the senses.
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