As the Sabah team celebrates our fifth year at our Miami Beach Residence at the Standard, we reflect on the vibrant energy that this city has brought to our brand. Miami is where the year begins for us, as we soak up the sun, dip in the ocean, and sample the local flavors of the city. For some of us, Miami is also our home, and we take pride in our knowledge of the city and its hidden gems.
With that, we introduce to you our extended version of Sabah's Guide to Miami -- a guide of our favorite places to eat, drink, shop and dance. This guide, now in its extended edition, is a reflection of our personal experiences and recommendations for those looking to immerse themselves in the Miami experience. We encourage you to read it, download it, share it and try our recommendations! Whether you're a tourist, or a local... you might just find your new go-to spot.
WHERE TO EAT:
El Bagel (6910 Biscayne Blvd)
New Yorkers can never be too far from a trustworthy Bagel spot. In Miami, El Bagel is the place to go for the freshest hand rolled bagels in town. Pro tip: Schedule a pick up online, this place is that popular.
Caracas Bakery (7283 Biscayne Blvd)
Now open in the MiMo district, as their second location in Miami, ran by our friend, Jesus. Caracas Bakery offers a delicious blend of Venezuelan/French inspired artisan baked goods, including the BEST "Cachitos” in Miami. Ask a Venezuelan! Treat yourself, family, and friends to a warm breakfast assortment – and don't miss their delicious cafecito, or their heavenly pan dulce.
All Day Bakery (1035 N Miami Ave.)
Whether you're in the mood for a classic breakfast or something a little more unexpected, you'll find it here. We love sitting outside, sipping our coffee, and people-watching. It's become our go-to breakfast spot in Downtown Miami.
Paradis Books and Bread (12831 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami)
This North Miami nook is our little hideaway. We always find something for the mind and the palate. Come here to dine solo, find a new read, and take some wine and sourdough to go.
La Natural (2057 SW 8th St.)
For Sabah, La Natural feels like casa. Relaxed, great tunes, a wonderful ambience and great sourdough pizza. Always take Andreina’s wine recommendation!
Sanguich De Miami (178 E. 7th St.)
If you want to try a real Cuban sandwich, you must visit this spot in Little Havana. We recommend ordering “ El Cubano” with a cafecito.
Tigre (620 NE 78th St.)
Friend and collaborator Chef Deborah De Corral and team opened the very cool and laid back restaurant Tigre. The menu is based on Argentinian classics and local seasonal ingredients. Request a table outside by the river where from time to time you will spot a manatee.
Los Félix / Krüs Kitchen (3413 Main Hwy)
Los Félix takes you on a journey to the roots of Latin America. Chef Sebastián Vargas specializes in using corn grown with the traditional indigenous farming technique called milpa – and was awarded a Michelin Star last year! On the second floor, you’ll find Krüs, a one-of-a-kind dining experience featuring an international and evolving menu. Co-owners, Josh and Pilar, guide your experience by providing pairing suggestions from their considered selection of natural wines, while also sharing information on their curated, shoppable market goods.
SUR (5929 NW 2nd Ave #1209)
Nestled in the heart of Little Haiti, Sur is a family-owned Argentinian Cafeteria that prides itself on its homemade baked goods and traditional Argentinian sandwiches – the Milanesa Sandwich is our Sabah team’s top pick!
Below Zero Miami (375 NE 54th St #5)
Below Zero owner, Gabo, learned his recipes from his father, who owned a sweet shop in Argentina. The chocolate with dulce de leche ice cream is a must-try, and is said to be as satisfying as watching Messi score a goal.
Boia De (5205 NE 2nd Ave.)
Hands down, one of our favorite restaurants in town. This is a one-of-a-kind dining experience, featuring an evolving modern Italian menu, with an extensive wine list, and creative cocktails. Don’t miss the crispy polenta, or the White Truffle Tagliatelle. Bon Appétit!
WHERE TO DRINK & DANCE:
Lagniappe (3425 NE 2nd Ave.)
Choose your own cured meat & cheese platter, pick a bottle of wine, and find a table in their large backyard -- great people watching, too!
Ball & Chain (1513 SW 8th St.)
Ball & Chain is back. Iconic B&C represents everything Miami: Salsa, mojitos and a damn good time. Bonus note: there’s no cover charge… ever. The heartbeat of Calle 8, this is a classic must-hit spot in Little Havana. Visit during their happy hour for pre-dinner drinks, or top off your Friday or Saturday night with some latin dancing.
Miami Sound Bar (123 SE 2nd Ave.)
This is the Sabah team’s go-to place to unwind and relax. Sip on delicious cocktails while listening to local DJs spin records through an impressive hi-fi sound system.
Tropezón (512 Española Way, Miami Beach)
We highly recommend this Andalusian-style bar tucked away in the alleys of Española Way. Try their delicious tapas and Grapefruit Gin & Tonic. Come the last Sunday of the month and experience “Paella Sunday,” where you’ll enjoy their paella menu with a spanish wine pairing.
Dante's HiFi (519 NW 26th St.)
You can find the Sabah team here on any given night; having an old fashioned while listening to great vinyl records.
WHERE TO VISIT:
Rubell Museum (1100 NW 23rd St.)
One of the most significant and farranging collections of contemporary art in the world. This museum is a must visit while you are in Miami; have a coffee in the garden before or after.
Beach (South of 5th)
This is where the locals go to the beach. A mix of colorful umbrellas, incredible views, mild waves and occasionally live music.
Nina Johnson Gallery (6315 NW 2nd Ave.)
Visiting Nina’s gallery in the Little Haiti neighborhood is a treat; a beautiful space, warm hospitality and always a great collection on view.
The Standard Spa (40 Island Ave.)
For the Sabah team, it’s all about the Turkish Hammam. Slide into a pair of babas and enjoy all this magical place has to offer: morning yoga, mud baths, Turkish rubs and scrubs, arctic plunges, sound baths, and plenty more. There's no better place in Miami to relax and recharge.
Jupiter Gallery (1217 71st St., Miami Beach)
Jupiter opened in early 2022 in the Normandy Isles of Miami Beach, with an exhibition by NYC-based artist & Sabah friend, Marcus Leslie Singleton. Gabriel Kilongo, born in Congo & raised in Israel, celebrates heterogeneity, and introduces artists from all over the world.
Dale Zine (7395 NW Miami Pl.)
Dale Zine shop is the place to go if you want to get acquainted with Miami’s independent voices in a fun and friendly environment. Get lost in this open, cultural space where you’ll find plenty of interesting books and zines as well as local art and fashion.
Listen to Miami's local sound:
Our good friend Jillionaire is a Trinidadian DJ and music producer. He’s well known for his unique blend of Caribbean and electronic music, as well as his time as a member of the group, Major Lazer. Here’s Jillionaire’s curation of Caribbean tunes for the Miami Day-to-Day.
Here’s Jillionaire’s curation of Caribbean tunes for the Miami Day-to-Day.
Lágrimas de Oro is a Cuban, queer DJ based in Miami. Playing and producing parties for over 10 years, she procures her selections from Tokyo, to Havana, and everywhere in between, orchestrating a melange of obscure dance and high energy sounds on her own terms.
Groove to this Miami 80’s Pop Playlist curated by LDO:
DJ Safe Stadick embodies the vintage Latin sounds of rumba, guaguanco, mambo, bolero, salsa, Latin funk & soul. Catch his live vinyl set performance, “LA CURA,” at select locations around Miami.
Download & save Sabah's full Guide to Miami here!