A chic little area that's more like the reimagined town square of a Caribbean resort village than a commercial complex on a busy street that stretches a few blocks to the north and south. The complex that is the heart of the area includes a tattoo shop, a nail salon, a hair salon, a sunglass shop, a home decor shop, a vintage clothing store, several boutiques, and a sneaker store.
GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Founded in the late 1800s, Buena Vista is actually one of Miami-Dade County’s earliest settlements. (Who knew, right?) Today, the Upper Buena Vista district, located at the northern tip of Buena Vista bordering Little Haiti, encompasses one jam-packed block centered around an ancient tree. Its branches extend throughout most of the complex, providing ample shade for a dozen or so shops and restaurants.
FEAST ON ECLECTIC EATS
Visit Amazonica for a Colombian cholado, a refreshing drink blended with exotic tropical fruit, juice and shaved ice. Kraken Lab is where to go for delicious poke bowls filled with salmon and avocado. Then, top it off with a cappuccino and a freshly baked pastry at Café Crème.
EXPLORE MIAMI’S INDIE SHOPS
Take a stroll through Upper Buena Vista’s micro-boutiques, stocked with everything from bohemian clothing to sunglasses and home goods. You’ll notice they’re quite small compared to a typical retail store, but for good reason: Upper Buena Vista is all about giving up-and-coming local brands and entrepreneurs a chance to open their own space without shelling out too much cash for rent. Find custom-made jewelry at Sangre de mi Sangre, trendy sunglasses at Wynwood Shades, Haitian-made tropical sandals at Créations Dorées and affordable clothing at Selfish Too.
GET YOUR BEAUTY FIX
Stop into nail bar Epoch for a manicure. You can do almost anything here, from gel polish to hands-and-feet combos. The shop specializes in nail art too, adding stripes, sparkles and polka dots for a few extra dollars. A few steps away, Italian-based Contesta Rock Hair has you covered for a blowout or a quick and stylish cut.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR EVENTS
From fashion shows to outdoor markets and free yoga classes, myriad of events happening throughout the week inside Upper Buena Vista. Keep a close eye on the neighborhood’s Instagram to stay up to date on the latest happenings.
SIP A COCKTAIL ON A ROOFTOP
Finish off your day with a meal at the complex’s first restaurant, named—what else?—Vista. The three-story space offers modern Italian cuisine, fancy cocktails and a rooftop bar overlooking downtown. Can it get any better?
YES IT CAN
Our new location is at the heart of this wonderful neighborhood, we have created The Miami Lofts to blend with the artistic features of the Upper Buena Vista and the Design District. Giving you the opportunity to truly experience the culture behind the neighborhood.