The Coolest Streets in South Beach
The celebrated streets of SoBe are many and varied indeed. With a city as vibrant as South Beach, it's no surprise that its streets are every bit as alluring as the neighborhood itself. Hit the town to find hidden gems, live music, boutique shops, and buzzy restaurants along Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road, Española Way, and more. Here are the absolute best streets in South Beach to see and snap.
One of the must-visit destinations (and arguably the most famous street in Miami Beach) is the palm-lined Ocean Drive. Its brightly colored Art Deco buildings are beautifully preserved, housing boutique hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Pick up a walking tour from the Art Deco Welcome Center in Lummus Park (or take our self-guided Art Deco District tour!), view the extravagant Versace mansion, or lounge on restaurant patios for live music, stellar cuisine, and some people-watching. The iconic street has a nightclub atmosphere after dark, with neon lights and pulsing music radiating from almost every door.
Modeled after quaint Mediterranean villages, the charming Española Way channels old Miami vibes with gorgeous architecture, specialty boutiques, and a lively spirit. The pedestrian-only street located between 14th and 15th Street is a cultural hub of SoBe, best enjoyed as a place to gather, create, and celebrate. Visit Havana 1957 for Cuban eats or sit under the twinkling patio lights of A La Folie Café for authentic French cuisine.
After the City of Miami Beach made the move to reactivate the area, Washington Avenue has blossomed into one of the best streets in South Beach. The renowned shopping and dining street has a variety of small boutiques, popular nightclubs, fun cafés, and the beloved and historic Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant. Other popular stops include the indie O Cinema, The Wolfsonian-FIU, and the World Erotic Art Museum containing the world’s largest collection of erotic fine art.
Beginning at the southern tip of SoBe and extending north to Sunny Isles Beach, Collins Avenue’s energy is palpable. The South Beach stretch is by far the most exciting, with visitors making their way to popular eateries like Big Pink, Puerto Sagua, and Water Lion + Alchemy Bar at The Sagamore, named ‘Best Wine Bar’ by Miami Herald. Continue north along the famed street, past The Sagamore Hotel, to Mid Beach to reach LIV, one of the world’s top nightclubs.
Sunset Harbour Drive
Though it’s only a quarter of a mile long, Sunset Harbour Drive packs a punch, with Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, watersport rentals, and its cute boutiques and restaurants neatly packed in a row, made extra special by the scenic backdrop of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami in the distance. Sunset Harbour Drive is also home to one of the best and most famous seafood eateries in town, Stiltsville Fish Bar. The combination makes it the perfect day trip: grab a coffee from Panther Coffee and spend the morning paddleboarding, then indulge in the shops and restaurants that Sunset Harbor Drive has to offer.
Home to the Lincoln Road Mall, this historic pedestrian paradise is the most famous shopping street in the neighborhood. The outdoor promenade is lined with sidewalk eateries, art galleries, and high-end shops. Lincoln Road hosts a farmer’s market, yoga and dance classes, and the occasional movie night under the stars, where the film is projected onto a 7,000-square-foot wall for all to enjoy. Their hugely popular open-air antique market pops up on the second Sunday of each month from October through May, featuring vintage finds, Art Deco items, paintings, and designer furniture.
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