The 10 Best Brunch And Late Breakfast Spots In Miami's Design District

Bulgaru at Miami's Design District | ©Phillip Pessar
Bulgaru at Miami's Design District | ©Phillip Pessar
Photo of Sierra Brown
14 November 2016

The Design District is in the crossroads of many prominent Miami neighborhoods and is made up of old warehouses that have been converted into retail spaces, art galleries, restaurants and cafés. It’s home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, architecture firms, stores, bars and restaurants. Here we check out the best places for brunch.

Ella | Courtesy of Genuine Hospitality Group, Ella


Ella is a light and minimalist café which serves breakfast, lunch and late afternoon food. There’s much to enjoy under the spectacular décor and sky blue hanging lamps. Upon entering this café you’ll be greeted by the counter, front and center, featuring daily there-until-they’re-gone baked items, a chalkboard menu wall to the back above an open kitchen, and lots of light washing through its windows.

Address & telephone number: 140 NE 39th Street, Unit 136, Miami, FL, USA +1 786-534-8177

Ricky Bakery

Bakery, Dessert, $$$
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Ricky Bakery‘s menus reflect the nationalities, especially Latin American, that characterize this county. While they serve meals that appear simple enough, such as the breakfast burrito, breakfast croissant, and Cuban french toast, they still embody many delicate nuances from a variety of Latin American and other nationalities.

Mad Chiller

The owners of Mad Chiller have been attracting locals and visitors alike for about two years. They started off as a coffee roaster and then decided to incorporate good artisanal food to go with the fresh organic coffee. They’re nestled in The Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, an old art deco bakery housing local contemporary artists, with studios and galleries open to the public. Mad Chiller is open on the weekends from 9am to 3:30 pm for breakfast and brunch. Their menu is curated weekly with drink specials, mimosas, fine wines, and craft beers.

Address & telephone number: 561 NW 32nd St, Miami, FL, USA +1 609-356-6490

Mad Chiller | Courtesy of Mad Chiller

Cypress Tavern

Restaurant, American, Gluten-free, $$$
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James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz introduces Cypress Tavern, an American grill and cocktail bar in Miami’s Design District. Schwartz brings the simplicity of classic French fare for dinner and weekend brunch. Weekends are the best days to visit because Cypress is one of the few restaurants that offer savory and sweet plates for brunch in the area. Today’s Rotisserie features a special spit-roasted protein, like leg of lamb, served with roasted potatoes and Meyer lemon salsa verde. Extras include thrice-cooked fries, breakfast sausage and wood grilled asparagus.

Buena Vista Bistro

Restaurant, French, $$$
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Tapas Plate
Tapas Plate | ©Ken Hawkins/Flickr
Once you enter Buena Vista Bistro you’ll be immersed in a laid-back, 1950s-inspired setting that won’t distract you from the food. When renowned Chef Claude Postel moved to Miami, he was certain that he wanted to open a true neighborhood joint where diners could gather for a taste of authenticity and value. After five years on South Beach, he opened Buena Vista Bistro, a small, intimate restaurant that quickly became the neighborhood hot spot. Since freshness is of utmost importance, Claude goes to the market every day to select only the freshest ingredients to use in that day’s dishes.

Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop

Open for breakfast and lunch, Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop keeps the Design District well fed on everything from bacon and eggs to handmade sandwiches. This small Cuban cafeteria-style joint feeds hearty breakfasts and lunch specials to the hungry citizens daily. Here, you’ll find the usual morning staples like tostadas, empanadas, and café con leche, along with interesting meals like a sweet plantain omelette and cream cheese toast. Ham, pork, cheese, and BLT sandwiches and served french fries, are also great simple options.

Address & telephone number: 186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL, USA +1 305-573-4681

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

Bar, Restaurant, Japanese, American, Seafood, $$$
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At Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, they say ‘Kick Back, Eat Well and Stay Awhile,’ and they make it easy for customers to do so. Three distinct culinary hubs: robata grill, hot kitchen and raw bar, unite at Sugarchane, resulting in what Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin called ‘a greatest hits of delicious dishes.’ Inside, Suragarcane’s signature tropical fans, soaring ceilings, sultry interior bar and dining space create a ‘come one, come all’ attitude loved by both regulars and newcomers.

R House Wynwood

Restaurant, American, Contemporary, $$$
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R House is a fine dining restaurant and lounge with an art gallery right in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood arts district, serving a contemporary and eclectic mix of American, Mediterranean, Asian and Latin dishes. R House provides patrons the opportunity to admire and acquire art as well as enjoy DJs and live music. One thing to know about this restaurant is that their Sunday brunch is one of the best in town. On Sundays, from 11:30am to 4pm, join the Sunday Sauce Brunch Party which features unlimited brunch appetizers and one main entree for a reasonable price.

Limon y Sabor Peruvian Seafood

Restaurant, Peruvian, Seafood, $$$
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Limon y Sabor has been deemed the best place for Peruvian food in the city. Whether you love Peruvian food or have never tried it but are looking for something new, this restaurant should be on everybody’s destination list when visiting Miami’s Design District. All meals are created by expert chefs who prepare the best of Peruvian food using selected ingredients of the highest quality. In addition to good food, they offer the best service and a welcoming environment that will make your visit to Limon y Sabor the first of many.

Buena Vista Deli

Deli, Bakery, Pastry Shop, French, $$$
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Locals and visitors alike enjoy Buena Vista Deli because it’s a welcome reminder to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life, which many of us tend to forget in the fast-paced bustle of Miami’s Design District. Guests also enjoy the charming setting, reminiscent of a typical French café with its cozy interior and chalkboards announcing the daily specials. Buena Vista Deli is the perfect spot to stop by for an unorthodox breakfast or brunch. Pop by and grab your choice of artisan crafted breads, a homemade pastry, sandwich, or panini before heading to work.

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