MOST ROMANTIC LOCAL RESTAURANTS
- Le Sirenuse Miami Restaurant
This looker of a Mediterranean restaurant hails from Positano in Italy’s Amalfi Coast but the feel is every bit Old Florida, down to beautiful palm motif carried throughout the space. For a taste of la dolce vita, start with a classic Bellini—the brunch drink makes for a fantastic aperitif—and make your way through the menu sampling delicate salads, pastas cooked al dente and a variety of seafood options to choose from.
The Surf Club Four Seasons
9011 Collins Ave. Miami, FL 33154
Known for its power-lunch crowd and big bowls of luscious Italian fare. The pasta is fresh, of course, and cooked perfectly al dente, though nothing out of the ordinary. It’s the kind of food you’d expect to find in Italy: straight-forward preparations that feature high-quality ingredients. What Fiola offers that you won’t get in most restaurants abroad is a great service. The waitstaff here cares and it shows.
1500 San Ignacio Ave Coral Gables, FL 33146
- Amara at Paraiso
Michael Schwartz’s Edgewater restaurant celebrates Miami’s dining scene and culture through a hyperlocal menu, comprising coastal ingredients and Latin-influenced dishes. Amara, which is located within the Related Group’s ritzy new Paraiso district, boasts spectacular waterfront views and deck seating, for that only-in-Miami kind of dining experience.
3936 N Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33127
If you’re hoping for a star sighting, your chances will be greatly improved by taking in a meal—and the gorgeous decor—at Cecconi’s, the open-to-the-public Italian restaurant on the ground floor of the members-only Soho Beach House. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Miami outpost of the Venetian original serves up the same inspired dishes, from braised lamb ravioli with peas and pecorino to veal saltimbocca with sautéed spinach.
Soho Beach House
4385 Collins Avenue Miami, FL 33140
Presentation and pomp take on greater significance and places such as Elcielo, a Colombian import that specializes in molecular gastronomy and over-the-top dishes designed to trigger the senses. Meals here are coursed by moments because not everything that reaches your table is edible—some courses are intended to arouse the palate while others are meant to spark curiosity.
31 SE 5th Street Miami, FL 33131
LOCAL FLOWER SHOPS
- YOSVI FLOWERS
2835 NW 7 Street Miami, FL 33125
- FLEUR FLOWER BOUTIQUE
16167 Biscayne BLVD
North Miami, FL 33160
- ROSE COLOURED
7338 NW Miami Court Miami, FL 33150
- HOUSE OF LILAC
7162 SW 47 Street Miami, FL 33155
176 NE 41st Street Miami, FL 33137