Having lived in the Mid-Atlantic region for a large part of my life, I am (unfortunately) used to plummeting temperatures during the winter season and my February birthday has often been ruined by snow– who wants to go out on the town to celebrate when it’s freezing outside? Trekking through icy slush and bundling up in bulky layers is not appealing, even to the birthday girl herself (me).
This year, I was lucky enough to escape the cold and spend my birthday in Miami, Florida, where having a February birthday isn’t so bad at all. South Beach has become like a home away from home to me over the last few years, being just a quick, easy flight away to better weather and fantastic beaches. I’ve gotten to know the area quite well since I’ve vacationed there plenty of times, and was excited to show my boyfriend around (his first time there!), get a winter tan, and relax on the beach, frozé in hand.
Check out some of the highlights of the trip below!
Wynwood Art District
Though I’ve been to Miami several times, this was the first time I finally made it to the Wynwood Art District, home to the Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum featuring vibrant large-scale street art. We spent one of our mornings walking around the area, taking in the art, and ate breakfast at MIAM Café. While there are endless walls filled with eye-catching paint jobs, I spent a lot of my time looking down at my feet – perhaps my favorite part of the area were the spray painted quotes and sayings all along the sidewalks.
If you’re into rare sneakers and streetwear, Kith is the mecca. Based in New York, with a huge following of celebrities and sneakerheads alike, this is more than just a store. The Miami flagship location recently opened up a few months ago and happened to be right next to our hotel, so we were excited to check it out. While we didn’t buy any footwear or clothing, we did indulge our sweet tooth at Kith Treats, the brand’s culinary extension, which serves cereal-inspired ice cream treats in the same space.
For my birthday celebration, we made late dinner reservations at Bâoli, a clubby indoor/outdoor restaurant/lounge. It’s a dressy (and pricey) spot that’s great for a special occasion. After eating at our table while listening to blaring house music and receiving a sparkler along with my birthday dessert (a must!), we headed to the outdoor bar, which they literally light on fire. The night was #LIT 🔥.
Let me know if you’ve checked out any of these spots, or if you have any recommendations on where I should go the next time I am in Miami! I’d love to hear from you.
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