A Day in the Life of Downtown Miami

A schedule of how to spend your day in the neighborhood, including places to see and things to do for locals and first-timers.

Oct 3, 2022 · 3 Minute Read

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So, you have 24 hours in Miami? Whether you’re a history-lover craving to learn more about the city’s roots, a foodie seeking to dine on an array of yummy dishes, or a local on the hunt for a new favorite dive bar, Downtown Miami is the spot for you. Bookmark, save, or screenshot this guide to reference the next time you’re headed to the neighborhood.

9:00am – Grab breakfast at Café Bastille

Croissant from Café Bastille

If you need an AM energy boost, a nutty cappuccino and flaky croissant with housemade jam from the neighborhood’s signature brunch spot is the perfect way to get things going. The all-day French cafe offers bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and sangria for those seeking a buzz for their buck.

Pro tip: Show up early, the restaurant fills up quickly!

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11:00am – Learn more about the city’s history at HistoryMiami Museum

City of Miami historical bus

Class is in session! For just $8 to $10, discover 12,000 years of South Florida’s history as you explore the museum’s core exhibit, Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South Florida.

Pro tip: HistoryMiami offers off-site self-guided and guided tour options of the many historic neighborhoods, landmarks, and sites throughout South Florida.

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12:00pm – Break a sweat at Downtown Strength & Conditioning

People working out Downtown Strength & Conditioning

Whether you’re a gym rat or just starting your fitness journey, this boutique-style fitness center will have you feeling the burn after one class.

Pro tip: If you’re a neighborhood local, your first class is complimentary!

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2:30pm – Catch a movie at Silverspot Cinema

Silverspot Cinema theater

Surround your senses at a movie theater unlike any other. Enjoy comfortable reclinable seats, delicious bites and sandwiches, and of course, an incredible selection of films.

Pro tip: Movie tickets are $8 every Tuesday as part of the theater’s ‘Terrific Tuesdays’ special!

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5:00pm – Enjoy happy hour at Over Under

Drink at Over Under

To balance the action-packed day you’ve had, enjoy some well-deserved relaxation with a frothy frozen cocktail or ice-cold beer at one of the Flagler District’s hidden gems, Over Under.

Pro tip: On Sundays, Fratesi’s Pizza hosts a weekly pop-up and word on the street is… it’s must try ‘za.

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8:00pm – Savor delicious Spanish tapas at NIU Kitchen

Food at NIU Kitchen

End your day in Downtown at this Catalan-style tapas restaurant and wine bar. From delicacies like their pa amb tomaqué (bread with crushed tomatoes) to climactic bites bursting with flavor like their ous (poached eggs, potato foam, black truffle, and jamon ibérico), your palette will be satisfied after experiencing this spot.

Pro tip: Once you’ve wrapped up your meal, head to Mama Tried across the street for some late-night libations and good vibes.


Want to explore more Downtown Miami places? Learn about the small businesses that are the heart and home of our community here.

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