48 Hours In Brickell, Miami

48 Hours In Brickell, Miami

With so many flocking to South Florida to escape cold, lonely winters and high taxes in places like Boston and New York, Miami has become a workcation capital. And one neighborhood stands out in particular as a smart option for professionals looking to dial in from a warmer locale. Located just south of Downtown on Biscayne Bay, Miami’s Brickell neighborhood is the place to be this winter. If you’re looking to test out a move down South like so many others, here’s how to spend 48 hours in Brickell, Miami.

BRICKELL, MIAMI - View from the pool deck at W Miami
View from the pool deck at W Miami in ICON Brickell

Getting to Brickell

With an abundance of nonstop flights servicing the Miami International Airport from many major cities and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport just a few minutes further away, access to Brickell is convenient. JetBlue, a popular option for travelers coming from the Northeast, also just launched 14 new daily flights to Miami, from Los Angeles, Boston, Newark, and New York, and this is in addition to JetBlue’s service to Fort Lauderdale.

Where to Stay in Brickell

If you are making your first trip down to Brickell, staying at the W Miami is a must. One of the first changemakers in the neighborhood, the W Miami opened in 2009 bringing its signature combination of work and play-focused accommodations to Brickell. Overlooking Brickell Key and Biscayne Bay, guests at the W Miami enjoy water and city views from all vantage points at the hotel. Enjoy luxury linens, marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows in all guestrooms, as well as access to the 15th-floor pool deck.

BRICKELL, MIAMI - A cool corner room at the W Miami
A cool corner room at the W Miami at ICON Brickell

The massive outdoor pool overlooks the bay and guests can soak up the sun while sipping on a craft cocktail from the WET Deck Café.

BRICKELL, MIAMI - View of the pool at W Miami
View of the pool at W Miami in ICON Brickell

Some other amenities worth checking out are Panther Coffee in the lobby, the onsite ADDiTK Restaurant, and the 28,000 square foot Iconbrickell Spa. Expect a classic W experience, in a waterfront setting and a bustling local scene.

BRICKELL, MIAMI - View of from Addikt at the W Miami
View of from the ADDiKT terrace at the W Miami

Brickell Miami Dining Guide

One of the main reasons Brickell has become such a trendy escape is its dining, there is everything from local coffee houses, fine dining, chic lounges, and more.

Panther Coffee – For a quick breakfast and a quality coffee, head downstairs to the Panther Coffee in the lobby of the W Miami.

BRICKELL, MIAMI - The Bolognese at Casa Tua Cucina in Brickell City Centre
The Bolognese at Casa Tua Cucina in Brickell City Centre

Casa Tua Cucina – For lunch, the place to be is Brickell City Centre. Brickell City Centre is a mixed-use indoor/outdoor development offering shopping, dining, co-working, and more. One restaurant worth checking out is Casa Tua Cucina, which serves up Italian classics.

BRICKELL, MIAMI - Tuna Tataki at Osaka in Brickell
Tuna Tataki at Osaka in Brickell

Osaka – Be sure to make a reservation at Osaka if you are at all interested in Nikkei cuisine—i.e Japanese, Peruvian fusion. Osaka is well worth the splurge. Items are meant to be shared, so bring your appetite and sample dishes from across the menu and consider giving their extensive sake selection a try as well.

BRICKELL, MIAMI - Money Bag Dumplings at Komodo in Brickell
Money Bag Dumplings at Komodo in Brickell

Komodo – There is no shortage of cool restaurants to explore while in Brickell and Komodo is where you will want to see and be seen any day of the week. Komodo is a trendy Southeast Asian restaurant that regularly plays host to celebrities, athletes, and stylish Brickell locals.

BRICKELL, MIAMI - A selection of tacos from Pilo's Street Tacos in Brickell Miami
A selection of tacos from Pilo’s Street Tacos in Brickell Miami

Pilos Tacos – And finally, if you are craving some late-night tacos or a quick weekday lunch, head to Pilo’s Street Tacos. This casual spot tucked just a few minutes away from the W Miami, not only serves up some authentic tacos, but they are also centered around a mission to support people with special needs. The team has partnered with Our Pride Academy, GiGi’s Play House, Easter Seals, and Best Buddies to assist with staffing their locations, offering training and jobs to people with special needs.

Miami is so much more than a beach and Brickell is a shining example of what the rest of the area has to offer—especially when you are looking for a place that is well equipped for both work and play!

Written and published at FORBES by J.Q. Louise.

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