Not a fan of South Beach? Try Miami Brickell instead - Cool Adventures

by Kimberli Hull

We recently needed to be in Miami for a week and decided to stay in Brickell instead of out at the beach. We've never been a fan of the South Beach party scene and on our last

Heineken boats on Miami River, Brickell, Miami

Heineken boats on Miami River, Brickell, Miami, Florida Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Brickell is located just across the Miami River from downtown and north of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Known as the financial district, Brickell has a high number of banking institutions and is sometimes called the “Manhattan of the South.”

Skyscrapers under construction in Brickell, Miami

Skyscrapers under construction in Brickell, Miami, Florida Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Brickell is also one of the densest areas in the United States and is home to a vast amount of high-rise condos, with numerous more under construction. The buildings offer amazing views of either downtown Miami, the Biscayne Bay, or both and typically have rooftop or elevated pools and common areas. We rented a condo in one of the towers with city views and lived like a local. There are also a few hotels in Brickell, including the JW Marriott and East at the newly opened, Brickell City Centre.

Rooftop patio view of Biscayne Bay, Brickell, Miami

Rooftop patio view of Biscayne Bay, Brickell, Miami, Florida Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

It was a particularly rainy week during our stay and each day we'd watch the clouds roll in from our Airbnb in one of the towers. To that note, it rained nearly every day, which is not that surprising in south Florida in the summer. What was surprising was that during our stay Brickell flooded. It had been raining most of the day and while walking home from Mary Brickell Village in the afternoon, the streets were flooding. Over the next few hours it grew worse, cars stalled in the high water, and traffic was at a standstill for hours.

Brickell, Miami, Florida

Storms approaching Brickell, Miami at sunset, Florida Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Speaking of Mary Brickell Village, it is the heart of Brickell, with boutiques, restaurants, bars, and a Publix grocery store. While we tried out quite a few of the Brickell Village eateries, a couple of our favorites included Rosa Mexicano and Toscano Divino.

Brickell, Miami, Florida

The Scorpione Fuoco: Vodka, basil, grapefruit juice, jalapeño & ginger at Toscana Divino, Brickell, Miami, Florida Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Toscana Divino is a lovely Italian restaurant with good service, delicious food, and creative cocktails. The Scorpione Fuoco is fabulous - a mix of vodka, basil, grapefruit juice, ginger, and jalapeño.

Chile relleno at Rosa Mexicano, Brickell, Miami

Chile relleno at Rosa Mexicano, Brickell, Miami, Florida Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Another good option is Rosa Mexicano. Try the table side guacamole, margaritas, and the massive Chile Poblano Relleno - a roasted poblano chile filled with goat cheese, rice, sautéed mushrooms and grilled chayote. Tasty.

Brickell, Miami, Florida

View of Heineken boats on the Miami River, Brickell, Miami, Florida Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media


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