Estefan Kitchen Design District
Last year, the internationally known couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan opened the fine-dining Cuban restaurant Estefan Kitchen with longtime friend Craig Robins, CEO and president of DACRA. In Palm Court, visitors can find bold flavors in native cuisine, presentations of live music, performing servers and bartenders, and an interior reminiscent of Cuba in the 1950s.
Whitewaller recommends: Visiting the restaurant’s express café.
OTL Design District
Sleek in design with a welcoming nature, OTL is a community hangout offering coffee, breakfast, drinks, sandwiches, pastries, and more. The two-story, 7,000-square-foot space also features an upstairs creative area that welcomes wellness classes and designer pop-ups.
Whitewaller recommends: Stopping by for coffee and avocado toast.
Blue Bottle Design District
Blue Bottle Coffee officially opened its doors to Miami in October 2017. The well-known coffee is complemented by a seasonal menu and a Cold Bar—serving zero-proof coffee cocktails. “In Miami, we were particularly drawn to the vibrancy of the city,” said Bryan Meehan, CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee.
Whitewaller recommends: The New Orleans–style iced coffee.
Mrs. Mandolin Design District
In 2009, Anastasia Koutsioukis opened her first restaurant in Miami, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, with her husband. This year, she celebrates a new opening—Mrs. Mandolin, a lifestyle shop-meets-café that offers its visitors products and treats inspired by global markets and the Mediterranean way of life.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying a cappuccino with friends.