Erin drinking JugoFresh in Sunset Harbour.
I love Miami during the New York winter…nothing like a few days’ break to escape the Polar Vortex. Last month, I discovered Wynwood, and this month the hot new area seems to be Purdy Avenue on Sunset Harbour.
Usually I have one street to walk in South Beach, Lincoln Road, and, to be honest, it was never that great. Mass-market clothing stores and generic restaurants with people soliciting you to eat there are never that hip, now are they? But recently a friend tipped me off to this new strip of land that has transplanted favorites from New York (and some other spots headed its way).
Pizza at Lucali in Sunset Harbour.
Panther Coffee (also in Wynwood, and supercool), Icebox, Flywheel, Barry’s Bootcamp, and, most recently, top Brooklyn pizzeria Lucali have all recently sprung up there. Add to that a super-hip juice place, JugoFresh, and you have the makings of one hot new area. Although it’s not exactly Soho in Miami, it’s a precursor.
I love the sun, but I also welcome any scene in Miami other than Lincoln Road. Again, any place that has to woo me to try their bruschetta can’t be that cool. Here’s to Purdy Avenue becoming the slice of cool us New Yorkers crave in sunny Miami.
The Miami Heat mural in a parking garage on Purdy Avenue.
Photos: Courtesy of Scott Lipps