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The Ultimate Miami Neighborhood Guide

Discover the best things to do in Miami neighborhoods, from the must-see sights, places to eat and grab drinks to hidden local gems in Miami

August 30, 2020

In case you missed it, Gopuff is excited to announce that we’ve expanded our Miami market! That means we’re now available for delivery in four Miami-area locations, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami North, Miami Gardens and Wynwood. That also means you can get all your favorite snacks, drinks, home essentials and (almost) anything else your heart desires delivered in Miami in just minutes. 

We’ve even partnered with some local Miami brands like El Latino Foods and Panther Coffee. If you live in the Miami area, you’ll be able to get some of your favorite local products delivered through Gopuff.

Gopuff is proud to be part of Miami. The city is home to some of the most creative, diverse and eclectic neighborhoods in the country. It’s also famous for its beaches, Cuban-American culture, international banking and nightlife, just to name a few. Like many metropolitan areas, there’s something for everyone, no matter what Miami neighborhood street you choose to stroll.

Whether you consider yourself a Miami local or plan to visit for your next vacation, we’ve got you covered. Check out our curated guide of the neighborhoods we service, whether you’re a 9-to-5 hustler, a superparent, a nature or nightlife aficionado or are just looking to refine your Miami palate. We’ll show you the best things to do, no matter your speed!

Miami Beach

The Miami Beach area includes North Beach and South Beach, each with its own unique vibe.

South Beach has a reputation for being the party neighborhood of Miami, but there’s so much more to it that makes it special. With its unique historic districts for architecture, museums and Cuban-inspired cuisine, you’ll find something enjoyable for everyone. 

If you’re more into a boho, slow-speed aesthetic without the same hustle and bustle of South Beach, North Beach is definitely worth exploring. It has a small-town feel with hyper-local villages, music venues and touches of history throughout.

North Beach

Demographic: Professionals and parents looking for a residential, small-town feel in a big city

Famous for: Beaches, historical landmarks, museums, local eateries

Best Things to Do in North Beach

See a concert at North Beach Bandshell: The North Beach Bandshell is an open-air venue with rare world music acts and Latin jazz, making it the ideal spot for an off-beat night on the town. Plus, the palm trees and outdoor string lights create the perfect Instagram aesthetic.

Take a tour of St. Bernard de Clairvaux Monastery: This historical building was originally built in Spain more than 700 years ago. In the early 1930s, it was purchased by William Randolph Hearst, an American newspaper publisher, who had it disassembled, shipped to Florida and reassembled on the eastern part of North Beach. You can explore the monastery and garden on a guided tour. It even holds events and concerts on the property throughout the year.

Visit Bal Harbour: In this quaint village in North Beach, you won’t find any fast-food joints. You will, however, find local eateries that tap into the culture of Miami. The village also has a notable bar in the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort for a swanky and luxurious drinking experience.

Eat at Carpaccio: Carpaccio is one of Miami Beach’s most popular Italian eateries. It brands itself as a delicious spot for locals and tourists alike, with classic Italian dishes anyone can enjoy.

South Beach

Demographic: Tourists and spring breakers, with a splash of young local beachgoers

Famous for: Beaches, art exhibits, entertainment, unique architecture, nightlife scene

Best Things to Do in South Beach

Explore Ocean Drive: When people think Miami Beach, this is usually it. Ocean Drive is where all the action happens: bars, cafes, art, you name it. And the best part? It’s all beachside. Have dinner at Havana 1957, one of the strip’s most beloved Cuban restaurants. If you’re looking for a daytime activity, check out Lummus Park for some fun in the sun or the sand. The historic street is also home to the famous Art Deco Historic District with its 1920s- and 1930s-inspired architecture and colorful buildings. 

Whatever you do, don’t forget to bring water and sunscreen—it can get hot quick! If you do, no worries: You can order water, sunscreen and anything else you need to beat the heat on the Gopuff app. We come to you so you don’t have to pause any of the fun.

Be a local on Collins Avenue: If you want to walk (or bike) like the locals, Collins Avenue is just the way to do it. South Beach locals can get drowned out by the sound of pool parties and congested beaches, but they feel right at home roaming these streets. Check out Naked Taco on Collins Avenue for a cool tequila bar and some out-of-this-world tacos curated by celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano.

Have a night out at LIV: LIV is one of Miami’s most popular nightclubs. Although it’s not the city that never sleeps, this club is open until 5:00 am, which guarantees a fun night out for any occasion. It also hosts some pretty big names in the hip-hop industry, so you’re likely to have a celeb sighting if you plan ahead.

If you find yourself craving a late-night savory snack, or even if you need a pre-game pick-me-up before the night begins, Gopuff can come in handy. Pre-game your night out with beer or liquor on our delivery app, or finish the night off with a satisfying meal like Bagel Bites or Hot Pockets from Gopuff.

Venture west to Biscayne Bay: If you’re looking for something a little off the Miami Beach grid with a unique waterfront atmosphere, check out Boater’s Grill, a personal favorite of our Miami market spotlight partner Maria Elena Ibanez, President of Intermark Foods, El Latino Foods. “With the tropical breezes and a few sailboats quietly anchored there, you’d think you’re far away on an island hideaway,” said Ibanez. She’s a huge fan of the hogfish, yellowtail, snapper and lobster served with Cuban rum or Pinot Grigio.

Miami North

Demographic: College students, parents, kids and outdoor enthusiasts

Famous for: Beaches, college campuses, museums, outdoor recreational activities

Best Things to Do in Miami North

Explore college campuses: The Biscayne Bay campus of Florida International University and the North Miami campus of Johnson & Wales University are both located in Miami North. This neighborhood doesn’t have all the action of other Miami neighborhoods, so it’s a great place to focus on your studies and let Gopuff handle the hard stuff.

Whether you need cleaning essentials delivered to your dorm or study snacks and energy drinks to fuel your late-night study sessions, you can have it delivered to your dorm, your apartment, the library…anywhere.

Bike, run or soak up the sun at North Miami’s parks: There are quite a few parks in the area to get your fit on, or lay out in the sun and soak up the beautiful outdoors. Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park is perfect for jogging on the 22-acre property. It also offers pony rides for children, making it a magical outdoor space to bring the kids.

The picnic areas are perfect for a daytime picnic lunch date with your family, friends, a significant other or even by yourself! Just bring the blanket and the good times, and Gopuff will handle the rest. Recipes like our layered dip would make the perfect picnic snack.

Hit up the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA): If you’re keen on art, the MOCA is one of the best museums in the Miami area. It features culturally diverse installations, with a few of its past exhibitions including “Africobra: Messages to the People,” inspired by the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and “HamacaS: A Project by Liene Bosquê,” which explores the experiences of immigrants in the United States.

Miami Gardens

Demographic: Foodies, music lovers and sports fans of all ages

Famous for: Carribean soul food, sports venues, art

Best Things to Do in Miami Gardens

Catch a game at Hard Rock Stadium: Home to the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami’s Hurricane football team, Hard Rock Stadium has socializing, sports and culture all in one, making it a great destination for locals, tourists, fans and non-fans of all ages.

Fun fact: Goldman Global Arts, a group that curates large, conceptual projects globally, curated the art at Hard Rock Stadium. It features more than a dozen fine art pieces and murals by world-class artists like Peter Tunney and The London Police.

Get your tailgate ready for a good ol’ parking lot party. Gopuff can make life easier with beer delivery or essentials for tailgate games, as well as some easy game day snacks like chips and salsa.

Get in touch with Caribbean cuisine: In the 1960s, many African American and West Indian American families migrated to Miami Gardens from other Miami neighborhoods, so the neighborhood is rich in African American and Caribbean culture. This migration also brought countless authentic Caribbean eateries to the neighborhood.

The Licking is a hot spot restaurant for celebrities and public figures in Miami, but more famous than the celebs is the soul food. Hammond’s Bakery is another local spot, where you’ll find some of the best Jamaica patties and Caribbean pastries in Miami Gardens.


Demographic: Young professionals and trendy hipsters

Famous for: Street art, galleries, fashion, eclectic food

Best Things to Do in Wynwood

Admire the street art at Wynwood Walls (and snap some pics): The street art in Wynwood is pretty much the definition of Instagram-worthy. Wynwood Walls, also curated by Goldman Global Arts, is a goldmine for stunning photos. Tony Goldman sought street art and murals to breathe new life into the neighborhood’s warehouses. Wynwood Doors and Joey’s Italian Café are also nearby extensions of the artwork.

Hit up Panther Coffee: Panther Coffee is a partly female-owned coffee shop, with one of its locations in Wynwood. Its founders, Leticia and Joel Pollock, source beans from ethical producers worldwide and roast them onsite in small batches. If you don’t want to leave the house, we’ve got you covered. Gopuff delivers Panther Coffee to our Miami market through the app!

Go South to Little Havana: Little Havana is the culturally rich Cuban epicenter of Miami. It radiates Cuban energy, from the cuisine and architecture to its locals. It’s also a fan favorite among our Miami partners. Maria Elena Ibanez loves it for its unique energy and Latin flair, not to mention the impressive art galleries, restaurants, live Latin music everywhere and festivals throughout the year. 

“I love visiting Domino Park and watching locals playing domino[es], sipping Cuban coffee, smoking cigars and chatting with friends,” said Ibanez.

Why Locals Love Miami

There are a million reasons why Miami is a city cherished by its locals. Whether it’s the ocean and picturesque views, the scenic nature, the melting pot of cultures or the year-round vacation atmosphere, there is truly something for everyone in the city. We asked our local Miami spotlight partner what her favorite part of Miami was, and here’s what she had to say:

“I love Miami’s blend of multiple cultures, friendly people, the beauty of its nature, the outdoor lifestyle, the music and dancing and the rich Latin influences. It’s a year-round real tropical paradise.”

Maria Elena Ibanez, President, Intermark Foods, Inc/DBA El Latino Foods

Whether you’re a local who wants to fully immerse yourself in the culture of Miami, or you’re a tourist visiting for the week, there are so many reasons to fall in love with Miami. No matter your taste or style,  it’s safe to say you’ll never run out of things to do!

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