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Hidden Gems | Miami

With iconic hotels hallmarked by pastel hues and streamlined Art Deco architecture, Miami is one of the oldest destinations for year-round sun worship in the US. But in recent years it’s also become a hotbed of modern art and design, centred around the Wynwood neighbourhood. In honour of the Solstice Collection, here we highlight these two Miami hotspots.

The Deco District

There’s no shortage of sun in the culture capital of the Sunshine State. Miami has both the warmest ocean and winter air temperatures on the US mainland. Thanks to this tropical climate, the city has been attracting visitors since the 1920s. 

Miami’s initial travel boom coincided with the Art Deco movement, so more than 800 buildings on and around Ocean Drive display many of the style’s key elements: straight lines, symmetry and a geometric rendering of nature. 

The emphasis on symmetry relies on the rule of three, a hallmark of Art Deco compositions. But some stylistic qualities demonstrate a uniquely tropical bent: pastel shades of Miami’s Deco masterpieces borrow from the glow of sunrise over the Atlantic, while many buildings maintain qualities of opulent ocean liners, with curved edges replacing boxy corners and round porthole windows punctuating facades.

The Wynwood District 

In contrast to glittering luxury overlooking golden sands over on Miami Beach, Wynwood is the city’s former garment district and home to a rich mix of immigrant populations. In this urban setting of warehouses and factories, a street art movement emerged. Wynwood Walls is a programme that’s seen over 50 artists representing 16 countries covering over 80,000 square feet of walls with graffiti and street art.

By all means, stay in an Art Deco hotel on South Beach, but get a Wynwood-bound Uber to drink in the best social spots in the city. 

 Eat and Drink 

Wynwood Kitchen & BarLatin-influenced small plates in an outdoor patio featuring murals via Wynwood Walls.

No. 3 Social A rooftop bar overlooking art-strewn streets serves elevated street food, from ceviche to sliders. 

KYU Wood-fired Asian cuisine and killer cocktails. The Kimchi Bloody Mary is a brunch must.

Pub crawl… Four craft breweries – Veza Sur, Concrete Beach, J Wakefield and Wynwood Brewing Co – are ripe for a self-guided walking and tasting tour.

Alter An unmarked warehouse and industrial interior meet inventive New American cuisine. 

1 800 LUCKY A food hall for Asian-inspired grazing – plus a karaoke room!

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