My husband and I got back from our first real post-covid vacation to Miami. I say first real because we took a very very lowkey trip to DC a few weeks ago when things were still closed. Miami on the other hand is open OPEN. Restaurants are open, bars are open, and beaches are full. Masks seem to be a thing of the past (unless you’re in an airport or uber). Below you’ll find my Miami Beach Travel Diary. I I hope you enjoy!
DAY 1: Our first day in Miami wasn’t a full day, it was really just a night. We touched down in Miami at 8:00 PM, quickly check into our hotel, and then went to Jaya at the Setai Hotel for dinner. Even though we had reservations, the wait for our table was LONG. (Irritatingly long). And it was impossible to get a drink at the bar during our wait.
When we finally were seated we quickly placed an order for Truffle Dumplings, Pad Thai, Fried Rice, and Naan. The Pad Thai was incredible but the rest of the meal was forgettable (and probably not worth the wait). After dinner we went back to our hotel to get some well needed rest.
DAY 2: We woke up bright and early the next day and headed straight to Little Hen for for brunch. Little Hen, which is located in Midtown is one of the cutest restaurants in Miami. I definitely recommend that you go in a cute outfit so you can get some cute photos during your visit. I forgot to make a reservation (Oops!). So we walked around the area for an hour while we waited for a table. When we were finally seated I ordered the French Toast which was ok. My husband got the Chicken and Waffles which was delicious. We also ordered a few of their picture perfect cocktails.
Next we and headed to the Design District to do some shopping. The Design District has tons of high end shopping, unique art installations, and great restaurants. I wanted to find a pair of sunglasses at Celine and was dying to try the YSL’s Bianca sandals. During our shopping visit it started raining so we popped into the Mia Market to get some drinks. The Market has a ton of eating options and a bar in the middle. Ricardo, our Bartender, was incredibly nice and gave us the names of a few after hours spots to check out.
My Aunt, Uncle and some of their friends happened to be in Miami so we met up with them for an early dinner. Although I stay away from “chain restaurants” when we’re traveling I really wanted to go to STK. This is going to sound basic but STK was my favorite meal in Miami. We ordered Crab Cakes, Truffle Mac, Beef Sliders and everything was AMAZING. After STK we went to a local lounge for a few hours.
DAY 3: We woke up on Day 3 to “inclement weather.” I had a whole day planned for us breakfast at the Salty Donut, Lunch at Nikki Beach, and then a visit to the actual beach but everything got scrapped because of the weather. While I was HIGHLY annoyed it gave us the chance to explore our Hotel. We stayed at the Kayak Hotel Miami Beach, a boutique hotel operated by KAYAK.
The Hotel has a full restaurant, a cocktail bar, and a roof top dipping pool. My favorite thing about the Kayak Hotel Miami Beach was its boho vibes making it perfect for pictures. While we waited out the rain we got lunch at the Hotel’s middle-eastern inspired restaurant Layla. I ordered the Grilled Chicken Shawarma and my husband ordered the Falafel, everything tasted great. 10/10 would stay there again. When the skies finally cleared we headed to my friend’s place to chill at her pool.
At night we went to Baoli Miami for a late dinner. I was initially turned off by the fact that you had to put down a $100 deposit to have dinner at Baoli. (If it wasn’t for that deposit we probably would have canceled our reservation and just grabbed dinner with my friend.) I ordered the Chicken, my husband ordered the Salmon, and we got the Sliders to share. Everything tasted great! Baoli had good food and an amazing vibe, I would recommend it. Especially if you’re looking for a fun late night spot and aren’t into the club scene.
DAY 4: Our last morning in Miami we headed down to Layla for one last meal before we hit the airport. My husband ordered the French Toast and I ordered the Avocado Toast. Even thought the weather was less than ideal we really had a great time in Miami. The only thing I would have done differently about our Miami trip is stayed in Midtown instead of Miami Beach, since we didn’t even make it to the beach. I’m so excited that the pandemic is finally over and we can travel again. It’s truly our favorite thing to do.