The Top 8 Things To Do And See In Miami's Design District

Sierra Brown

Miami’s Design District is one of the best places to visit in Florida. This neighborhood is a creative place filled with great shops, dining options, art, and architecture. Home to fine art galleries, showrooms, museums and other attractions, the neighborhood won’t let its visitors get bored. Take a look at this list of the best things to do and see in Miami’s Design District.

The Moore Building

1. The Moore Building

Building

The Moore Building is located in the heart of Miami’s beautiful Design District. This historic spot was built in 1921 serving as a furniture showroom space for Moore and Sons. This unique building features four floors of arcaded spaces and a central atrium. On permanent display in the atrium is the site-specific installation ‘Elastika,’ created by Iraqi-born London-based architect Zaha Hadid. The Moore Building is one of the most well known venues in the district and it is known to be a great place for events. Price: Budget Watch out for: the building’s design Address & telephone number: 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, USA

2. Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine

Bistro, Deli

Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine

Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine is an unforgettable place to visit when in Design District. It’s located next door to Buena Vista Bistro and Buena Vista Deli, so after enjoying a meal, stop by this eatery for some satisfying sweet treats. The owner’s family has been making chocolate for seven generations using old French recipes. Visitors can expect to find exotic chocolate flavors such as curry, lavender, and saffron laced truffles. Their unique chocolates can be accompanied by their hard to find wines. Price: Mid-range Opening hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon – Sat), 12pm – 6pm (Sun) Watch out for: the wine accessories Address & telephone number: 4557 NE Second Ave, Miami, FL, USA +1 305-396-6056

Truffles | © David Leggett/FlickrTruffles | © David Leggett/Flickr

3. Design District Art Walk

Design District Art Walk

The Design District Art Walk takes place the 2nd Saturday of every month. The gallery walk takes place at 40th street, north of the Wynwood Gallery district. This gallery is unlike any one you’ve visited before, as its events take place outside, featuring a large variety of art spaces, retail stores, antique shops, bars, and more. People of all ages can’t help but acknowledge the beauty of this open-air street-art installation. Price: Budget Watch out for: the large crowd of people Address & telephone number: NE 38th, 39th and 40th St. between N. Miami Ave. and NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, USA

4. Gavanna

Nightclub

Gavanna

Gavanna is a nightclub and the perfect hang out spot on a good night out in Design District. It’s beautiful lighting, the great music and the air of freedom make it the perfect place to unwind after a busy week. This trendy nightclub hosts many dance parties which are backed by rotating DJs. If you’re looking for a fun night out or for a place to celebrate a birthday or special event, Gavanna is the place for you. Stop by, grab a drink, and enjoy the comfortable seating and friendly service. Price: Budget Opening hours: 11pm – 5am (Fri – Sat) Watch out for: the upcoming events Address & telephone number: 10 NE 40t Street, Miami, FL, USA +1 305-573-1321

Nightclub 3 | © skynewyorkent/FlickrNightclub 3 | © skynewyorkent/Flickr

5. The Haitian Heritage Museum

Museum

The Haitian Heritage Museum is a non-profit organization that is committed to highlighting and preserving Haiti’s culture and heritage. They strive to provide a cultural Mecca for Little Haiti where people from both outside and within the community can come to enjoy beautiful Haitian art, historic artifacts, music, films, and literary works. The museum was inspired by the need to link all Haitian people in the Diaspora. Visit this amazing museum, absorb all the knowledge and enjoy the wonderful features they have for you. Price: Budget Opening hours: 10am – 5pm (Tue – Fri) Watch out for: the cultural arts events Address & telephone number: 4141 NE 2nd Ave. Suite 105C, Miami, FL, USA

6. De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space

De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space

The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space holds work from the personal collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz. The space serves as an extension of their home, which has also been available for public viewing for the past fifteen years. The collection centers around international contemporary art. The new three-story space, designed by John Marquette, includes project rooms that rotate throughout the year. One project room provides a space for local artists to display their works. This art space is a must-see in Design District so place it on your to-do list. Price: Budget Opening hours: 10am – 4pm (Tue – Sat) Watch out for: the program and lecture series Address & telephone number: 23 NE 41 Street, Miami, FL, USA +1 305-576-6112

Untitled | Courtesy of Mark Bradford and de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art SpaceUntitled | Courtesy of Mark Bradford and de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space

7. Swampspace

Swampspace

Swampspace was launched in 2005 by artist Oliver Sanchez and it presents innovative visual arts and performances by varying artists. It’s a venue recognized by the Knight Foundation for its enduring contribution to the arts, as it continually delivers unique experiences for art enthusiasts. Ocean Drives Magazine Brett Sokol referred to Swampspace as ‘Miami’s Best Kept Art Secret.’ This is the best artist run project space in Miami. If you’re interested in the arts and culture, visit Swampspace for an unbeatable experience. Price: Budget Watch out for: the sophisticated yet unvarnished atmosphere Address & telephone number: 3940 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL, USA

8. B Sweet Coffee Shop

Cafe, Coffee, Tea , Dessert, Pastries, Fast Food

Extraordinary Desserts
© Kimberly Vardeman/Flickr
This shop began as the owner’s dream, and with love, dedication, and much perseverance the dream flourished into what B Sweet Coffee Shop is today. This is a place where guests can relax and enjoy tasty meals. The friendly staff will make you feel like part of the family while the food will cause your taste buds to beg for more. B Sweet serves uniquely named meals like Keep Dreaming, Self Esteem, Have a Spiedie Day, and Hold me Tight. This spot serves breakfast, salads and sandwiches, and each meal includes unique touches making them like nothing you’ve ever had before. Price: Budget Opening hours: 9am – 4pm (Mon – Fri) Watch out for: the desserts Address & telephone number: 20 NE 41st St, Miami, FL, USA

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