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Best Brickell Lunch Spots

Brickell is constantly transforming. With the variety of trendy and contemporary eateries sprouting around the district you just know there are a host of places to stop for a delicious lunch. To make your life easier, we’ve put together a knockout list of what we consider some of the best lunch spots in Brickell.

Crazy About You

Just from the name “Crazy About You,” one can get romantic vibes from one of Brickell’s most amazing lunch atmospheres. Developed by the team at Spanish Grupo La Misión- which brought us Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita as well- this contemprary Brickell restaurant serves savory eclectic cuisine and features a fantastically romantic view of the bay. Popular for lunch- dates, Crazy About You features beautiful decorum, freshly made food, and has tremendous bang for your buck. Some crowd favorites are the serrano ham croquettes and the mojo-roasted half-chicken with spinach and artichokes.

Casa Tua Cucina

If you haven’t heard about Casa Tua Cucina on brickell.com before, where have you been! Perhaps our favorite food destination, Casa Tua is a perfect spot to meet for a delectable lunch experience. The 18,000-sq.-ft. marketplace features a wide host of different stations serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The setting is perfect for a quick bite and the design is superb with its clean tile work and casual ambiance. Casa Tua offers a wide range of pizzas, pastas, pastries, charcuterie and crudos along with a wine bar and a flower shop.

Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita

Another fantastic lunch location from the Spanish Grupo La Misión, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita is an experience for the ages. A rustic 2- story setting, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita was once the site of Miami’s Fire Station No. 4. Something quirky and awesome about the restaurant is that the upstairs with its rooftop dining area, panoramic views of the Miami skyline, and indoor seating area, is called “Dolores”. On the other hand the downstairs is referred to as “Lolita,” and features a café on weekdays while transforming into a trendy night lounge in the night.

Tacology

The true haven of tacos, Tacology is home to some of the best Mexican street food in all of Dade County and Miami. Located in the heart of the Brickell City Center, Tacology’s neon purple logo is hard to miss. Tacology was created by Chef Santiago Gomez and has a unique market atmosphere with majestic hanging vines, decadent canopies, and colorful seats. A perfect place to gather during lunch time with friends or family, Tacology combines a cool atmosphere with zesty, tangy, and delectable Mexican food options. I normally go for the Pulled Chicken Chilaquiles which are to die for. Tacology also makes its way onto our 10 Best Brickell Restaurants list.

Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen

Trendy, hip, artsy. This is what comes to mind when thinking of Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen. Commonly known in the community as the “Mediterranean Chipotle,” Zuuk infuses cool black & white interior designs with quick, fresh, and healthy food. Customers can construct their own bowl, roll, or salad and add proteins, toppings, and spreads to create their own unique Mediterranean masterpiece. The service at Zuuk is fantastic and the employees are known to be some of the friendliest in Brickell.

Best Happy Hours in Brickell & Downtown Miami

Who doesn’t want to enjoy a good happy hour every week? Living in the financial district of Miami can make daily life feel hectic and nonstop, so it is important to recognize the hotspots that will enable you to relax and unwind, all while saving a couple of bucks.

Casa Tua

Here at Brickell.com Casa Tua Cucina is one of our top restaurants overall and you can check out our favorites on the menu in our Top 10 Best Restaurants in Brickell Article. Casa Tua’s happy hour also fits its high standard. Casa Tua Cucina is located in the recently opened Saks Brickell City Center. The food hall is massive and regal in its own right and is a popular destination for brunch, snacks, or dinner. The Casa Tua bar proudly serves 48 assorted wines by the glass, beer on tap, as well as a host of specialty cocktails. To enjoy Casa Tua happy hour you must be seated at one of the spots at the bar. The happy hour at Casa Tua runs from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m every weekday. During the 3 hour stretch you can enjoy $8 cocktails, $6 wine, and $4 beer. On top of that Casa Tua serves $5-10 tapas to satisfy your snacking inclinations.

American Social

American Social is a trendy and popular spot located on the waterfront. It is perfect for casual gatherings between family and friends and is known for its delectable brunches, casual ambiance, and is a hype spot to catch a game. American Social has prime location on the Miami River and regulars are privy to some tremendous views. Happy hour at American Social is on weekdays from 4 – 8 p.m. and features $10 cocktails along with half off other alcoholic beverages. On top of that you can pair your drink with $6 snack plates and enjoy a wide range of beer options.

SoCal Cantina

SoCal Cantina is truly a margarita lovers heaven. This quirky yet contemporary outdoor bar is located in the heart of Brickell outside of the popular restaurant, Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita. A Mexican masterpiece of a bar, SoCal Cantina offers fantastic tequila options and mezcal drinks along with small snacks. Happy hour runs from 4- 8 p.m everyday and cocktails are a cool $7 while beers come in at $4 a pop, and shots at $5.

Area 31

Area 31 is one of the most popular bars in Brickell. The views at Area 31 are tremendous the fantastic happy hour options make it an attractive option to many. On Fridays, guests at Area 31 can enjoy specialty cocktails, select rum, and champagne starting at just $5. One of the unique things that makes Area 31 different is that the price of the drink corresponds to the time of purchase; $5 at 5 p.m., $6 at 6 p.m., etc. They also have a regular happy hour weekdays from 5 – 8 p.m. where you can order $7 specialty drinks and snacks.

Best Coworking Spaces in Brickell

Do you need a change of scenery from that dormant and lifeless office space that you currently work in? By working in a Coworking Area you can rent out space and work in a fun environment alongside other innovators. Miami is now the second most entrepreneurial city in the United States, which means business owners are constantly on the lookout for affordable and professional spaces to work. If you want rent out a Coworking space in Miami these are some properties you need to check out.

Capital One Cafe

850 South Miami Ave


You can find the convenient Capital One Cafe in the Capital One Building on South Miami Avenue. This popular hotspot is a relaxing place to sit back, enjoy a warm some fresh joe and get to work. There is free wifi that is reliable enough to get your tasks completed on time. We personally find that Capital One Cafe is a great rendezvous spot for quick meetings between friends and associates. One really unique perk that sets Capital One Cafe apart from its contemporaries is that if you are part of a non-profit, student or alumni organization you can also book a “Private Community Room” for meeting space during normal business hours.

Hive Brickell

1548 Brickell Avenue


Hive Brickell is one of those locations that anybody feels right at home in. Its design epitomizes a home setting but also tangos with the balance of a work setting to optimize your mental output. One of the fascinating things about Hive is that there is no requirement to have a long term commitment. Hive offers semi-private and private office spaces that are available on an hourly, daily or monthly basis. It’s the best of both worlds: your own personalized office free of any hassles and binding agreements. Semi-private office spaces options begin at $500 per month, $75 per day or $25 per hour.

Quest Workspaces

1395 Brickell Ave and 777 Brickell Ave


Work. Stay. Play. That is the motto at Quest Workspaces. Their 1395 Brickell location at the Brickell Arch is meant to be the full lifestyle and luxury experience not just for you but for your clients as well. Quest Workspaces contains spacious conference rooms with spectacular views. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee on the 25th floor of the Conrad Hilton overlooking Key Biscayne or a stay at their exclusive newly remodeled Questers’ Only Condo on the 33rd Floor. You can come relax at the Conrad Spa or work up a sweat at the Crossfit Vida or the tennis courts as well. Rates for workspaces start at $499 per month at Quest.

Building Co Miami

120 SW 8th St


Perhaps one of the most innovative workspaces in the city Building Co Miami is a sight to behold. Jose “Hutch” Rasco and Juan Diego Calle wanted to help other tech companies succeed in the city that they love. To bring this dream to life, they envisioned a physical space where local tech entrepreneurs could gather, learn, collaborate, and grow their businesses together like a little slice of Silicon Valley in the 305. Building Co is home to some of Miami’s top tech companies and startups, and the founders’ vision is being brought to life every day. At Building Co individual desks start at $550 per month.1

Pipeline Brickell

1101 Brickell Ave South


Pipeline Brickell is the place for you if you are an independent professional, a small business team, or an entrepreneur with a fresh company. This corporate building provides its members with a dynamic learning environment in a desirable location. The aesthetic of this coworking space is unmatched comprising of modern furnishing and vibrant decorations enabling your creative juices to flow and allowing you to work at your optimal level. Pipeline offices also offer a variety of conference rooms and event spaces.  Office rates start at $649 per month.


Best Luxury Condos in Brickell

The Brickell district is home to some of the best condominium developments in all of South Florida. Here is a list of the creme’ de la creme’ when it comes to Brickell condos.

Jade Brickell

Jade Brickell is quite simply one of the most attractive and majestic condo establishments in the Miami area and its exemplary perfection is exhibited in a multitude of ways. Designed by the world renowned Revuelta Vega Leon Architects, Jade Brickell features 338 luxury residences infused with smart technology. Jade is in close proximity to the water and surrounding hotspots providing residences with prime location privy to only the best condo developments. Personally, we would rate the amenities as 5 star and some of the best in all of South Florida; like the 31,000 square feet Tropical Haven, infinity-edge lap pool, reflecting pool, and full service European-style spa. Tremendous floor plans are available at Jade Brickell with the best being floorplan B found in the 1 or the 11 line. These properties come with tremendous views of the bay and are highly sought after units. 

Four Seasons Residences

Just like the world famous 5 star hotel, Four Seasons Residences does not disappoint as it ranks as one of the best condo developments in the Miami area. As the second tallest high rise in Miami, Four Seasons Residences offers astounding views of the bay and city alike. The amenities are top-of-the-line as residents get membership to the fantastic Equinox Brickell gym, full-room service, an assortment of pools and activities, and close access to some of the best restaurants in the city. When we focus on some of the best floor plans that Four Seasons Residences has to offer, units E & F come to mind located at the 41st floor and up. These are corner units with beautiful views of Biscayne Bay. As another prime location development, Four Seasons Residences has become a mainstay at the top of our condo rankings.  

Santa Maria

The Santa Maria built in 1997 has been a mainstay amongst the top condominium developments in Brickell. Developed by the famous Ugo Colombo this 51-story highrise is easily detectable on the Miami skyline and is known for its famous views and tremendous positioning on the waterfront. The amenities at Santa Maria are truly fantastic including: an elegant clubhouse, gazebo and cabana area, underground racquetball court, lighted tennis court, oversized pool, and a secluded courtyard with a tree-shaded path. Residents are also just a short drive away from South Beach, American Airlines Arena, and the rest of Brickell. At the Santa Maria getting a bay facing property is ideal and we recommend the 01 and 02 lines at Tower Level between the floors of 27 and 42. Sporting tremendous floor-to-ceiling windows these circular properties with spacious balconies will provide you with unforgettable views of Biscayne Bay.

Echo Brickell

Echo Brickell is a premier 57-story 180 property condominium development built just recently in 2017. One of the major perks of Echo is customers have a wide variety of properties available ranging from one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom floor plans, including an exclusive penthouse designed by the famous architect Carlos Ott that is going for a cool $37 million. This penthouse property includes an indoor lap pool, private gym, 23-foot high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Echo Brickell employs smart technology and features Italian cabinetry, marble floors and countertops, and premium kitchenware. Perfect location in the heart of Brickell and fantastic amenities like the unique vanishing edge pool which overlooks Biscayne Bay makes it even more appealing. We would strongly recommend the 01, 02, and 03 lines at Echo Brickell. The beauty at Echo is the multitude of floorplans available making it a flexible option for potential residents.   

Rise & Reach Brickell City Center

The Rise & Reach Condominium developments feature some of the best locations in all of Miami. In close proximity to Brickell City Centre, this pair of condo buildings enable residents to enjoy a juicy slice of Brickell including all the top-of-the-line restaurants, shops, and entertainment options it has to offer. Built in 2016 by the well-known Swire Properties, Rise & Reach are LEED certified developments with residences that are delivered fully finished and furniture-ready with a choice of two interior finish packages. The two buildings also each have half-acre amenity decks. Residents are given a choice of many property sizes from 1-4 bedrooms. The most preferable floor plans in our eyes at Rise & Reach are 01, 03, and 11 lines. These units are all water facing and are on the higher floors enabling residents to experience tremendous views of Biscayne Bay. 

Carbonell

The Carbonell Brickell Key is located on Brickell Key in Miami, Florida. Carbonell- as one of the very best condos- features sensational views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami river. The beauty of the Brickell Key life is the tango between spectacular urban setting and a “homey” exclusivity feel. Residents of Brickell Key are able to enjoy their own island space while being connected to the larger Miami area. Carbonell a 40-story establishment was constructed in 2005 and offers one to three bed properties along with penthouse options, the condominium building also has 333 properties. From the moment you enter Carbonell Brickell Key you feel the vibe that it exhibits. The porte-cochere entrance welcomes you into a fantastic two-level lobby of water, maple, and marble, with a lobby terrace onlooking the river.

Asia

In terms of desirability, few buildings match the allure of the Asia Brickell Key condos. This building by developer Swire Properties features incredible architecture by J. Scott Architecture and is located on Brickell Key. With its waterfront location on the northern side of the island, Asia residents enjoy unobstructed northern vistas of the water as well as the Miami cityscape. The Asia Brickell condos has just 123 units, which means each residence has a tremendous amount of space and a significantly higher sense of privacy as you’re basking in the waterfront boutique living experience. The building’s seventh floor is home to a beautiful urban oasis featuring an infinity edge pool and there are plenty of amenities to make the most of the island living experience. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see Asia residents taking a leisurely stroll near the building or admiring the stunning sunset views thanks to the island location.

Bristol Tower 

Standing forty stories tall right on Brickell Avenue, the Bristol Tower condos elegant contemporary design commands attention. Its location next to the tranquil waters of Biscayne Bay coupled with the lush landscaping and easy access to the bay collectively create a living experience that feels like you’re staying at a resort 365 days a year. The Bristol Tower condo remains another fine example of the unique appeal of living in the trendy Brickell area. Bristol Tower provides a broad array of units to choose from. Go with a two bedroom unit or something larger with five bedrooms, boasting a fantastic array of residential features. Modern kitchens, diverse layouts, balconies with plenty of space, private elevators leading to private foyers, astounding views are all qualities that make the Bristol Tower condos among the finest residences in all of South Florida. Bristol Tower’s amenities further reinforce the feel of living in a resort. Play a round of tennis on the courts, spend the day swimming or sunbathing by the pool, keep the body active in the fitness center, there are plenty of amenities to make use of.

Icon Brickell

Brickell Icon

The Icon triumvirate of Icon Brickell I, II, and III make up some of the best condos in Brickell. Designed by Arquitectonica and developed by The Related Group, the monumental residential development features more than 1,700 condominium units. Beginning with its multi-level entrance, the Icon on Brickell is an impressive design marvel. Modeled after the Maoi structures of Easter Island, the 100 columns that populate the entrance to all three towers are designed by Philippe Starck and stand at 22 feet tall. The well-designed entrance has separate drop-off sections for each tower’s lobby as well as two drop-off sections for the two bayside restaurants. The incredible design of Icon on Brickell continues throughout the lobbies and into the towers. Philippe Starck also designed each tower’s lobby with ceiling heights of 22 feet. Furthering its standout design is the buildings’ amenities layout. From a two-acre pool terrace with three infinity edged pools to a 28,000 square-foot fitness center and spa to five restaurants and even a rooftop pool and lounge called Icon Club 50, the Icon on Brickell is a luxury condominium tower on Brickell rivaling world-class resorts.

SLS Lux

SLS Lux is a premium condo establishment built in 2018 and developed by the well-known Related Group. SLS Lux Brickell rises 57 stories high and includes 450 condo residences including 84 luxury condo-hotel suites. The floorplans at SLS Lux range from 1-3 bedrooms and the penthouse options are 3-4 bedrooms. All of the condo residences at SLS Lux Brickell are fully finished and infused with Smart Home technology, Italian cabinets, rain showers in the master bath, and floor-to-ceiling walls leading to a spacious balcony. SLS Lux is located in the heart of Brickell near the hotspots of Mary Brickell Village and Brickell City Centre. The premier lines at SLS Lux in our opinion have to be the corner properties 01, 04, 05, and 09. All of these properties are spacious and have tremendous wrap around balconies that provide amazing views. The only limitationsto SLS Lux properties is the distance away from water. 

10 Best Restaurants in Brickell

With so many people working and playing in Brickell, you can imagine that there are a lot of great eateries in this upscale neighborhood. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of some of the best restaurants in Brickell. If you haven’t been to any of these spots yet, it may be time to plan a visit and indulge in an extraordinary dining experience!

Casa Tua (70 SW 7th St)

Perhaps my favorite location to indulge in lunch, dinner, or even a slice of pizza, Casa Tua Cucina is the place for all things Italian. Casa Tua Cucina is the creation of Miky Grendene the founder of the iconic Casa Tua Restaurant and Private Club & Hotel who collaborated with luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue creating an environment of infused luxury dining and shopping. When I enter Casa Tua I instantly feel at home. Tons of magnificent artisan creations ranging from the Black Truffle Tagliolini to the Prosciutto and Mushroom Pizza fulfill my cravings. Add a Mezcal Passion Martini and I’m good to go. Combine the delectable cuisine with the sleek design and vibrant atmosphere, this exquisite food hall is one of the top places for lunch and dinner in all of Brickell. 

Casa Tua Cucina Opens In Saks Brickell City Centre

Zuma (270 Brickell Blvd Way)

As heralded international chef Rainer Becker’s first U.S location for his line, Zuma features izakaya- inspired modern Japanese cuisine. The thing that struck me when going to Zuma for the first time was the magnificent design inside the massive establishment and the multitude of spaces you can enjoy your meal; all with unique views and vibes. Zuma has a main dining area, sushi and robata counter, sake bar, lounge, and even a terrace. The term Izakaya quite literally means “edible art,” and this is truly what you experience at Zuma. Not only is the food like a picturesque portrait, but the flavor and experience is out of this world. When ordering from the sushi bar I normally go with the popular Spicy yellowtail roll with serrano pepper and wasabi mayo. Pairing this with a glass of Midorikawa Masamune warm sake will certainly make for a memorable evening. 

Japanese Dining Miami | Zuma Restaurants

Fi’lia (1300 S Miami Ave)

Nestled within the recently opened SLS Brickell Hotel, Fi’lia is the epitome of wholesome Italian dining. Opened by celebrity chef Michael Schwartz, “Fi’lia” -which is actually a spin-off of the Italian word for “daughter”- offers homemade, rustic, classical Italian cuisine with handmade pastas, brick-oven pizzas, along with fresh meats and seafood. Fi’lia is a perfect dinner location in my opinion as it is a quaint and elegant spot intertwined with an open-kitchen concept making you feel comfortable and at home. The Margherita pizza at Fi’lia is a must- have and classics like Cacio e pepe are superb as well. If your on the daring side you have to indulge in the Snapper Tartare garnished with smoked trout roe, served alongside crisp Yukon potato chips. An honest family atmosphere, Fi’lia has all the right ingredients for a memorable evening with your partner. 

Dining in Miami | Miami Italian Restaurant | Fi'Lia | sbe

La Mar (500 Brickell Key Dr)

La Mar is a Peruvian masterpiece developed by the world-renowned chef Gaston Acurio. La Mar truly has some magnificent views of the city and Biscayne Bay and the interior offers a comfortable and cozy vibe. The spot offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating with three contemporary bars providing distinctive culinary experiences ranging from upscale novo-Andean cuisine to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood. Some of the most brilliant features of this premium dining experience are the tremendous ceviches, tiraditos, and the signature pisco sours. I normally find my way to La Mar on Sundays during two-hour brunch when they serve unlimited cocktails. The meats are exquisite at La Mar and the plantain chips are delightful with their famous Tari sauce. For an romantic evening with your partner or a gathering with family and friends, La Mar will serve your savory desires. 

La Mar By Gaston Acurio - Restaurants In Brickell | Mandarin Oriental, Miami

KOMODO (801 Brickell Ave )

Positioned in the heart of Brickell, Komodo is an indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge space that combines Southeast Asian cuisine with the booming nightlife culture of Miami. Some of the most popular dishes served at Komodo are the Peking Duck, Tuna & Toro Roll, and Lobster Dynamite. The eatery spans three-stories and offers a bar on each level with artisanal cocktail menus. Additionally, Komodo features outdoor seating in the form of “birds nests”, which creates a playful and relaxing vibe suited for any occasion, day or night. Komodo is well known in Miami for its inviting feel, delicious food, and instagram-worthy aesthetics; the attention to detail from the dishes to the decorations truly make this restaurant feel unique and authentic. Owned by David Grutman, Komodo Miami has served the likes of celebrities to locals, and is sure to elevate your standards for a truly extraordinary dining experience. 

Komodo Miami

Quinto La Huella (788 Brickell Plaza)

If you are looking for a spot in Brickell, Miami that offers a relaxing environment that promotes ethnic, simple, and delicious food, Quinto La Huella is the place to be. Executive Chef, Nano Crespo, incorporates his culinary expertise to create a menu that subsides every seafood lovers desires. Not a fan of seafood? Quinto La Huella offers pizza, pasta, and traditional food from Uruguay making it flexible for vegetarians. My favorite dish is the rich ravioli de ricotta y acelga, a charred ravioli dish coated in tomato and parmesan. The soft texture of the ravioli paired with a savory sauce is undeniably culinary excellence. While Quinto La Huella offers a wonderful array of choices for food, they also have a large drinks menu that consists of champagne, rose, white wine, sangria, red wine, and special La Huella drinks. The Caipi Maracuya, which perfectly pairs with any meal on the menu, is vodka infused with passion fruit and cane sugar. Visit Quinto La Huella for a traditional Uruguayan meal while also enjoying the contemporary ambience of the top rated restaurant. 

Sexy Fish (1001 S. Miami Ave.)

Located in Brickell Flatiron, upscale dinery, Sexy Fish will offer exquisite Japanese-inspired cuisine, and the largest Dom Perignon selection in the entire country. This is only the second Sexy Fish location, the first being in London, UK, which houses the largest Japanese whiskey selection in the world. It’s no secret that Sexy Fish will have an extensive cocktail selection, however, the drinks aren’t the only thing that make this spot stand out. There will also be plenty of late-night entertainment and music, adhering to the local culture. The menu includes many of the original Sexy Fish’s signature dishes, like fresh sushi, sashimi, and fish or meat cooked on a Robata Grill. This restaurant elegantly delivers one of the most unique and exclusive dining experiences in all of South Florida, if you are looking for a meal you won’t forget, you’ll find it at Sexy Fish Miami.

The River Oyster Bar (650 S Miami Ave)

The River Oyster Bar is one of Miami’s top seafood destinations found near the Miami River. A true gem of a restaurant, The River delivers a contemporary twist on classic seafood dishes in a refreshing and comfy location. This seafood lover’s dream is well-known for its selection of hand-shucked premium oysters, hand-selected local produce, and fresh cold-water fish brought in from Alaska. The happy hour is tremendous and the service is second to none when it comes to Miami restaurants. Perfect for a romantic evening out or a business rendezvous, The River Oyster Bar will surely satisfy your needs. 

Tacology (701 S Miami Ave)

Officially known in my opinion as the haven of taco, Tacology is home to some of the best Mexican street food in all of Dade County. Located in the heart of the Brickell City Center, Tacology’s neon purple logo is hard to miss. Tacology was created by Chef Santiago Gomez and has a unique market atmosphere with majestic hanging vines, decadent canopies, and colorful seats. My favorite dish out of them all at Tacology would have to be the Pulled Chicken Chilaquiles served with tangy tortilla chips, freshly made tomatillo salsa, along with exquisite Manchego cheese. On top of that -a dish that is great with friends or family as an appetizer- is the Queso Fundido, a brilliant fondue with warm tortillas. When you need to satisfy those powerful Mexican food cravings look no further than Tacology, a one-of-a-kind taco experience located in the heart of Brickell.  

Cantina La 20 (465 Brickell Ave) 

“The Twenty” as I like to call it, is a masterpiece of a cantina reflecting true Mexican cultural essence. A deli, restaurant, and cafe all rolled up into one perfect concoction with mariachis in the background, world- class chef Santiago Gomez has positioned Cantina Veinte among the best restaurants in Miami. Words cannot do justice to describe the magnificent Art Deco architecture within Cantina La Veinte with its brilliant black and gold colors and enchanting geometry. The food is equally as enticing with dishes from each Mexican state featuring avant-garde techniques such as vacuum cooking and spherification. The “vuelve la vida” Mexican ceviche is like taking a nibble of heaven; bursting with an avalanche of juices and citrus it is a must have. They also have over 250 tequilas and mezcals to choose from. I don’t know about you compadre, but for me that’s my way of relaxing and unwinding to find my nirvana.

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Best Rooftop Bars In Brickell And Downtown Miami

You’re not on a terrace or a balcony, you’re on the actual rooftop with nothing but the skyline surrounding you. These are the best rooftop bars in Brickell Downtown Miami.

Sugar at the East Hotel

sugar rooftop brickell miami east hotel

Perched atop EAST, Miami’s 40th floor, Sugar is an Asian-inspired oasis framed by Brickell’s rising towers. Bamboo chairs, lush greenery, and a hand-carved bar open up to spectacular views of Biscayne Bay; even the bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Sugar is all serenity by day, but things get scene-centric after the sun sets on weekends; on these nights, prepare to wait in the downstairs lobby to be let up.

Area 31 at the EPIC Hotel

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Area 31 is the home to some of the best seafood dishes in the Miami area and offers unmistakeable views of the Miami skyline, Biscayne bay, and the Miami river. It serves as both restaurant and bar, with indoor majestic seating, and a casual terrace lounge. On Friday’s Area 31 is a hotspot for happy hour. The Area 31 monkiker is actually coined from a sustainable fishing area in the Atlantic Ocean designated by the United Nations. Pretty Cool!

Bloom Skybar at the Langford

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Downtown Miami’s renowned Langford hotel features a rooftop hotspot formerly known as Pawn Broker but is now the Bloom Skybar (pictured above). This 12th-floor bar and lounge which was formerly backed by the Pubbelly Group continues many of its famous traditions like the popular bathtub cocktails. The bar is immensly popular with the happy hour crowd, especially on Friday nights. Bloom Skybar’s 1920s-inspired space adds Miami flair with its music selections and programming.

Rooftop at E11even

eleven roodtop miami downtown

You don’t have to give into the strip club scenario downstairs to enjoy Eleven’s rooftop; an elevator takes those looking to sip in sky straight to the top floor deck. Once upstairs, you’ll be drenched in Downtown’s city lights and the bay breeze. The vibe here can range from party-pumping to leisurely, depending on the night; check Eleven’s programming schedule for information on DJs, hookah nights, and more.

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Brickell’s Best Hotel Pools

These three stunning hotel pool areas are Brickell Miami’s ultimate outdoor retreats.

W Miami: At W Miami (pictured above), a 300-foot pool infinity pool leads directly out to Biscayne Bay. At the tip of the breezy deck, guests can peer over the Miami River, Brickell Key, Port of Miami, and Rickenbacker Causeway.

four seasons miami brickell hotel pool

Four Seasons: A two-acre tropical escape awaits pool-goers at the Four Seasons. Sitting on the 7th floor, the pool deck dons two resort style pools. Find relaxation at the wading pool with hammocks suspended between towering royal palms. Find fun at the private cabanas and grab a bit at the renovated Bahia poolside restaurant. This pool is open to the public for $$50 per person, based on availability, and private cabanas start from $100 (not including pool passes). To check availability, please call (305)381-3030.

east miami hotel pool brickell

EAST, Miami: EAST, Miami‘s spectacular pool blends concrete and Caribbean with four unique pool experiences across 20,000 square feet. Go for a swim in the lap pool, wake up for the day in the cold plunge, embrace lounging in the spa pool, and heat things up in the hot tub.

 

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Ways to Keep Cool this Summer in Brickell

Summer in Miami is in full swing. So, we must grin and bear it! Surviving summer in South Florida is possible, but you need a plan to keep cool. Our 3 months of summer aren’t too bad. At least we don’t have to deal with 9 months of freezing cold weather! Here are a few suggestions on ways to keep cool this summer in Brickell. We’ll help you make the hottest months of the year pleasurable…or at least bearable.

Vacation…Staycation

Brickell Staycation

Carve out some time for a staycation in Brickell, rather than going on vacation. Brickell’s hotels feature luxurious pool-scapes with swaying palms and comfy lounge chairs. If you really want to keep cool rent a poolside cabana and chill out all day sipping on piña coladas or some other tropical drinks. Nothing beats a dip in the pool; followed by a cool, crisp rooftop lunch and cocktail.

Chill Out at the Movies

Brickell Movies

Take chilling out to a new level at Brickell’s luxury movie theater, CMX. Located in Brickell City Centre, this swanky movie theater offers a movie-watching experience like no other. The theater features oversized, comfortable reclining chairs so that you can relax, while keeping cool and watching a movie. The best thing about watching a movie at CMX is enjoying the luxury dining and full bar service, which is available to all moviegoers.

Go Shopping

Brickell Shopping

Brickell City Centre may be an outdoor mall. But don’t be fooled; it’s pretty cool, thanks to the covered pedestrian walkways. This mall spans three city blocks and features over 100 local and global retail brands. Saks Fifth Avenue is the major anchor store, with other brands such as Tommy Bahama, Armani, Victoria’s Secrets, and Kendra Scott thrown into the mix. For and extra blast of cool air, step inside the stores and shop away.

Explore Some Restaurants

Brickell Food

Summer is the ideal time of year to explore some of Brickell’s restaurants that tend to be super crowded during tourist season. Beat the crowds and dine on some of South Florida’s most delicious food. Some suggestions include:

  • Obra Kitchen Table – 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami, FL 33131 – Obra Kitchen Table features Latin flavors brought to life by Venezuelan chef and owner, Carlos Garcia.
  • Bazaar Mar by José Andrés – 1300 S. Miami, Ave., Miami, FL 33130 – Bazaar Mar is owned by renowned Spanish chef José Andrés, and offers a taste of all things seafood.
  • Edge, Steak & Bar – 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33131- Edge features a traditional steakhouse menu with food curated by executive chef Aaron Brooks.
  • La Petite Maison – 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, FL 33131 – La Petite Maison is a chic, high-end French brasserie with Mediterranean touches, and comes from the team behind Miami’s well-known Zuma.
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More Families Calling Brickell Home

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Brickell is high-rises, stop-and-go traffic, and nightlife, such as restaurants and clubs. Fast forward to 2018, and you might have to rethink your view of Brickell. Over the past few years, Brickell has seen an increase of families with young children, with more families calling Brickell home.

Greater Downtown Miamii

Brickell is part of the Greater Downtown Miami, which comprises 3.8 square miles south of 1-95, north of Rickenbacker Causeway, west of Biscayne Bay, and east of I-95. Six of the other neighborhoods that make up this area include Midtown, Edgewater, Historic Overtown, the Central Business District, Wynwood, and the Arts & Entertainment District.

More and more families are moving into Brickell, instead of opting for family-friendly suburbs. Despite being an urban neighborhood, it has a community feeling. Brickell is a very safe environment for children.

Formally, Brickell was not a family-oriented neighborhood. The area was mostly known as the largest financial business district of the South East. However, this notion has changed drastically. Nowadays, Brickell offers more places and events for children. Additionally, a lot of new developments include preschools.

The Miami Downtown Development Authority used data from the U.S. Census to analyze the demographics of Greater Downtown Miami They found that the population of Greater Downtown Miami has reached an all-time high of 92,235. That demonstrates a 65 percent surge from 2000 to 2010, and an additional 38 percent increase from 2010 to 2018. It is projected that the number will rise another 19 percent by 2021. Making the total population of Greater Downtown Miami to a whopping 109,617.

The most populous group in Brickell and Greater Downtown Miami are young professionals ranging between 25 and 44 years of age, equaling about 45 percent of residents. Surprisingly, the number of children 14 –years-old and younger has

soared to 11,484; that’s a 53 percent increase since 2010. The number of family household has grown 42 percent, totaling 47,958.

If you are interested in learning more about the Brickell area, contact me at Brickell.com. Together we can discover if Brickell is the right area for you and your family to call home.

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What’s New At Brickell City Centre

Brickell City Centre has already become Miami’s go-to place for luxurious shopping, dining, and entertainment. And just when you thought that this Brickell hub could not get any better, think again! CMX dine-in movie theater just opened its first United States location at Brickell City Centre. The Mexico-based company, Cinemex, has over 600 locations worldwide, and is the sixth-largest theater chain in the world. CMX at Brickell City Centre spans 35,759 square feet with 10 movie screens, and doubles as a place to hangout before and after watching a film.

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CMX offers patrons two dining areas that serve sandwiches, burgers, seafood, pizza, salads, and more. Additionally, CMX offers patrons two bars that are fully stocked with international, domestic, and craft beers, as well as a great selection of wine and cocktails. The theaters all include reclining seats with USB ports for phone charging, rotating food trays, food service call buttons, and personal lighting. Moviegoers will appreciate the spacious area between seats that offer plenty of space for food servers to deliver food.

CMX Brickell City Centre provides a far more superior dine-in movie experience than its competitors, as all of the theaters feature laser projects, which provide exceptional picture quality. Additionally, CMX Brickell City Centre has one theater with Dolby Atmos that takes surround sound to the next level. A fun feature to the CMX movie-watching experience are the glasses that display subtitles in various languages.

Another recent opening at Brickell City Centre is the Apple store. This new location has become the flagship store for Apple in the Miami area. Apple at Brickell City Centre has over 100 employees with half of them being Spanish-speakers. Since Miami is such multi-cultural city, employees at the Apple store speak a total of nine different languages.

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Fashion-lovers will love that Zara has just filed for a construction permit for a new two-level store that will include 32,168 square feet of space. Zara is expected to open this coming winter. Additionally, the construction of the interior Italian food hall at Brickell City Centre is now underway. La Centrale, Italian food hall, will occupy 38,000 square feet of space covering three levels. The ground level will feature a market, a coffee shop, and an eatery; the second level will have a gelato shop and a few full-service restaurants; and the third level will have a culinary school and wine shop. La Centrale Brickell City Centre is expected to be open this fall.

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Brickell City Centre continues to bring excellence to the Miami area offering residents and visitors alike luxe experiences that rival New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris. If you’d like to find out more information regarding the Brickell area, contact me at Brickell.com or (786) 306-4287. It will be my pleasure to share all the great things that Brickell and Brickell City Centre have to offer.