In the heart of Miami’s Art Deco district lies Española Way, a vibrant, colorful thoroughfare lined with shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. Inspired by the romantic Mediterannean villages of Spain and France, this historic street was designed in the 1920’s as a hangout for the city’s moneyed classes, but soon found gangsters and other rough characters filling its saloons and hotels. Now all cleaned up and more charming than ever, it’s one of the most pleasant parts of South Beach to explore, perfect for your next outing with your girlfriends. A intimate alternative to the high-wattage glamour of Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive, you’ll shop the day away before dining and dancing into the night.
Start off by browsing the boutiques in search of unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories. With hardly a chain store in sight, there’s an excellent chance that you’ll find that one-of-a-kind piece that completes your signature look. Duck in and out of the dressing rooms at shops like Eva Bora and Heart & Soul and model the latest creations of local designers while your friends ooh and ahh at your choices. Cluster in front of a mirror and admire your transformation into a Latin American supermodel as you try on a series of sparkly necklaces and bracelets. Check out the wide-brimmed hat to your left, the pair of sparkling earrings to your right, and your reflection, front and center, wearing a light, colorful scarf you never want to take off.
There’s no need to shop ’til you drop with so many great restaurants around. When you’re ready for a break, take a load off at Havana 1957 and show off your purchases while you sip mojitos, or opt for a pitcher of sangria, perfect for sharing among thirsty fashionistas. A Cuban combo has all the finger foods you love–ham croquettes, plaintain chips, stuffed potato balls, and more–but skip dessert here and head to a nearby sweet shop such as Milani, an authentic Italian gelateria with flavors ranging from classic, all-natural vanilla bean to the innovative and surprisingly tasty champagne.
As the sun begins to set, drop your purchases off at your home or hotel room and don your newest threads before you return to Española Way for some serious nightlife. Tapas & Tintos is the place to shake your hips on the dance floor to a lively salsa soundtrack. Not feeling comfortable with your moves? Take a dance class or just ask one of the more talented dancers on the floor for some tips. You’ll be the envy of the crowd in no time.
During your visit to Española Way, you may even stumble upon a street festival or outdoor market, giving you and your girls an extra treat. With your new outfits and fond memories of a fun night with your closest friends, you’ll find your way back to Española Way in no time.