Every few years, the Miami area seems to reinvent itself. Sometimes the comeback stems from loss, as happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. And sometimes it is driven by visionary entrepreneurs, which is what’s happening now. Forget the one-dimensional image of the ’90s and early aughts, when the place was synonymous with sun worshiping and unbridled partying. You can still find that sort of revelry, but there is also a thriving cultural scene sustained by a robust community of visual artists, musicians, designers and chefs who are transforming Miami into a multifaceted destination with global appeal. This shift began to take shape with the arrival in 2002 of Art Basel, the Swiss-born art fair that draws the world’s haut monde to the Miami area every December (this year’s event is being held from Dec. 1 to 4). A decade later, in neighborhoods like South Beach, midtown and downtown, it’s almost impossible not to stumble upon art galleries, cultural institutions, architectural showpieces, stylish hotels and restaurants. Be mindful of the Zika-related travel advisory, available on the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau website, still in place for two sections.
4. PAN-LATIN PALATE, 10 P.M.
Since the 1950s, when Cubans began to arrive in large numbers, there has been a steady influx of immigrants from across the Hispanic world, particularly the Caribbean and South America. Their influence extends to the restaurant scene, with spots like SUGARCANE raw bar grill incorporating flavors from Argentina, Peru and Mexico into a menu of international greatest hits. Locals flock to the leafy outdoor patio of this Midtown mainstay (about $40 for dinner, without drinks).