Where to stay, eat, shop – upscale

The very first Formula 1 Grand Prix in Miami is approaching, the first of the season in North America (from May 6 to 8) and that of Miami First time race. It will be held at the Miami International Autodrome in Miami Gardens.

If you’re lucky enough to be in town, here are some things to do in Miami and Miami Beach – luxury places to stay, eat, shop any time of the year.

Formula 1 Events

Williams F1 Exclusive Viewing Party at South West Beach

Sunday May 8and2-1 p.m. at W South Beach Living Room Bar + Irma’s

Watch the inaugural Miami Grand Prix from the Williams F1 team headquarters at W South Beach. The hotel will broadcast the race on Sunday afternoon and will exclusively live preview the Williams tent before and during the race. Open to the public, first come, first served. A special menu of cocktails and themed dishes will be available to viewers inside at Living Room Bar and outside at Irma.

Zuma Miami – Grand Prix After Party

Sunday, May 8, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., $250pp++

Celebrate the Grand Prix with Zuma at their exclusive after-party on May 8e. Enjoy unlimited food and drink (no, we’re not kidding), a live DJ and a stunning fireworks display to top off the night on Zuma’s sparkling outdoor terrace overlooking the famous Miami River. Tickets start at $250 per person and are limited. Tickets: HERE.

Where to stay

South West Beach

Home to the Williams F1 team for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, the property is hosting an exclusive viewing party for Sunday’s F1 race in partnership with the team, providing a live stream inside the Williams tent before and during the race. The property recently reopened after a $30 million renovation of its rooms, new spa, and recreation areas.

Along with the renovation, W South Beach launched a refreshed art collection, valued at $100 million, with a focus on the iconic duo Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, on display throughout the lobby.

W South Beach is also home to the opulent MR CHOW, known for its authentic Beijing cuisine; RWSB (Restaurant W South Beach) an American restaurant run by Executive Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia; IRMA’S, an outdoor oasis and handcrafted and WET cocktail outpost, with two pools and newly renovated cabanas.

Every W South Beach guest receives a dedicated W Insider, available 24/7, who will take care of everything, anytime (literally) from dinner reservations, grocery delivery, drivers, yacht charters and more.

Esme Miami Beach

Opened in 2021, the hotel is a charming Spanish oasis located on Española Way, South Beach’s historic esplanade lined with restaurants and local shops. Originally developed as a 1920s bohemian artists’ colony and serving as a hangout for gangsters like Al Capone and stars such as Lucille Ball, this icon recently underwent a $40 million renovation and opening , led by Infinity Hospitality Group.

The hotel offers five Latin-inspired dining concepts across its eight buildings, connected by intimate Spanish paseos. These concepts are led by innovative Miami restaurateurs, Lost Boy & Co. co-founder Chris Hudnall and chef Fabian DiPaolo. El Salón is an intimate cocktail bar that offers an exclusive collection of blended spirits. Bar Pintxo is a tapas concept inspired by the Basque Country.

Where to eat

The gardener

A fine French restaurant with Michelin-starred chef Alain Verzeroli, the bright, modern space and outdoor dining area evoke a tropical garden vibe in the Miami Design District. The restaurant is known for its local, seasonal ingredients; sustainable seafood, poultry and meat; and an impressive cocktail program that pairs well with seasonal menu options.

Joel Robuchon’s work shop

The restaurant bears the name of the late Chef Robuchon, named “Chef of the Century” by the Gault Millau guide in 1989 and holder of 32 stars in the Michelin Guide, the highest number of restaurateurs. His legacy lives on at his chain of L’Atelier restaurants around the world, including this Miami outpost where his proteges, Culinary Director Alain Verzeroli, and Executive Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone carry on his culinary philosophy.

The modern French menu includes Robuchon’s signature dishes, as well as new, ever-changing seasonal creations using ingredients sourced from the finest local and regional suppliers.

Or buy

Downtown Brickell

Travelers seeking retail therapy can visit The Shops at BCC, a flagship destination for dining, entertainment, shopping, culture and community developed by Swire Properties.

BCC is Miami’s vibrant and modern neighborhood. More recently, BCC welcomed Marciano, Intimissimi, Solid and Striped and Rebag to its strong list of tenants. The Shops is also home to various crowd favorites including Zara, Lululemon, Sephora and the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue featured in Drake’s famous “God’s Plan” music video.

Downtown Miami

Miami’s new business, entertainment and transportation center and home to Brightline Station, spans six downtown blocks and includes luxury rental residences and 130,000 square feet of retail space retail and entertainment, including Citizens Miami Central food court.

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