Our very first guru’s recommendation of a Gastrobar in Miami Shores was met with a resounding Y A W N… but this is not your grandmother’s Miami Shores ladies and gentlemen. Yes – it is one of Miami’s oldest and prettiest neighborhoods with its historic architecture, an 18-hole golf course and country club, private schools, Biscayne Bay sparkling along its eastern border, and majestic oak trees, churches, and parks lining the streets. But just like the rest of Miami, Miami Shores’ downtown area, also known as Miami Shores Village, is having its day in the sun.
The sleepy Miami Shores of old has gotten a jolt of energy. It’s getting hip. Wine tasting shops, bib gourmand café, custom bakeries, gelato made on site, and beautiful home stores. Even Pura Vida opened its doors here. This makes perfect sense. It is a 5-minute drive to the highway, 15 minutes to Downtown Miami, and sits just north of Little Haiti and Little River where nowadays you can find Michelin starred restaurants and art galleries. Looking for things to do in Miami Shores, follow our Guru Guide.
Our Guru Guide to Miami Shores
GuruTip: Plan for 2-2.5 hours and leave your house hungry.
Let’s eat first. Park your car on 99th Street and begin at Tinta y Café, (9840 NE 2nd Ave) recently awarded a Bib Gourmand. Ingredients are sourced locally, and the food is made fresh. Choose a savory soup or one of many outstanding sandwiches. Finish with a cafecito and pastry to give you energy for your walk.
Want to make an impression on a host? Cross the street for some shopping at Mima (“Made in and around Miami”) Market (9725 NE 2nd Ave). Choose from an array of artisanal creations – lotions and soaps, honey, jam, tea, plants, just to name a few – and curate a unique custom gift box for someone special.
As you walk down the block, you will see Flight Lounge & Wine Club, a true neighborhood gem conceived by owners Kim & Andy to bring locals together to drink, eat, and share the experience. They have amassed a unique wine list and collection of craft beers (and sodas) from their travels around the globe and offer pairings with light bites. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable, and the space feels like a home with an extremely well-appointed bar. They have a calendar of tastings and pop-up dinners, or come for one of their oft-sold out comedy shows on the weekends.
Pebble & Vine (9703 NE 2nd Avenue) “living arrangements for living spaces”. Step next door to one of the most loved indoor plant shops in Miami. You don’t need a green thumb to choose something special amongst the stunning array of plants and flowers. They became so popular during Covid, they had to move to a much larger location that opened last week.
More shopping in Miami Shores? Yes. On 98th, there is a local treasure at the end of the block – Homecrush Décor & Personalized Gifts (168 NE 2nd Street). One of their signs says that you won’t leave empty handed, and you won’t. Everything is so thoughtful and beautifully curated, you can find anything for anyone here, and it will feel personal. A few blocks away on 96th street, visit Rustic French Home (168 NE 2nd Street), with its chic French style for all things home, along with lovely antiques, vintage, and unique consigned finds.
I don’t know about you but shopping in the heat makes me want …gelato! Thankfully, next door to Homecrush is Paradise Beach Gelato (210 NE 98th Street). For the past several years, the lovely and talented owner, Denise Hotze, worked out of a small space in Hialeah Gardens, a ”ventanita”, churning and creating on site gourmet and 100% handcrafted gelato. Now she will be doing it all in her new storefront in downtown Miami Shores. Paradise uses locally sourced, fresh ingredients and offers vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free options. Want to learn how to make gelato and ice cream? Paradise will be offering classes on site. Denise’s signature pistachio is a customer favorite, along with the pink grapefruit sorbet and vegan Mamay milkshake.
On 96th Street just west of the main street drag, you will find a place where magic happens – literally. Sarah Lucia Tafur of Sarahlu Confections (175 NE 96th Street) is a custom confectionary artist whose work is delicious and gorgeous. The shop is only open to walk-ins on Saturdays – otherwise only to pick-up previously ordered goodies online at her website or Instagram.
Across the street is Sobremesa (170 NE 96th Street) a beautiful little spot with wines from around the world lining its walls. You can reserve a seat for a wine tasting, or buy a bottle and choose from the array of elegant pantry items. This is a true local gem.
Need something to make for dinner? Or for the barbecue you are having this weekend? Visit Proper Sausage (9722 NE 2nd Avenue) artisan sausage maker and butcher. They are famous for their wide varieties of chorizos, such as fig and wagyu porter, or you can order one of their delectable sandwiches to go.
Run across the street to Sins Gastrobar (9835 NE 2nd Avenue) where locals line up for their happy hour which starts at 4pm and runs Tuesday- Fridays. You can sit at one of the outdoor tables or on a comfy couch inside by the cool and eclectic bar. They have great music and daily food and drink specials following themes of the seven deadly Sins. Check out their 3-course menu weekdays at lunchtime for $25.
GuruTips: Walk the east end from 94th-96th Street and N. Bayshore Drive – bring your treats and sweets and picnic on one of the benches while enjoying an unparalleled Miami view
Every Sunday explore the beautiful farmers market ((9401 NE 2nd Ave) where you can sample products from tasty vegan jams, breakfast treats, produce, honey, artisan soaps, home decor, plants , juices and more. Every Sunday 10a-3p in the heart of Miami shores .