Savoring South Beach: A Foodie’s Paradise

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Bobby’s Bike Hike offers an incredible food tour of South Beach, including access to the best hidden foodie gems in Miami! Get rare insight into the history and cultural heritage of South Beach.

Our South Beach Food and Fun Walking Tour offers a unique and engaging experience for visitors to explore the diverse culinary scene of Miami. Led by an enthusiastic, local guide, this tour not only showcases the top-notch dining establishments in the area but also delves into the rich history and vibrant culture of South Beach and Miami.

This walking tour is the perfect way to sample the many flavors of South Beach, as it allows participants to not only taste their way through the neighborhood, but also gain a deeper understanding of its roots. The guide’s enthusiasm adds to the overall enjoyment of the tour, making it an exceptional first-time, South Beach experience!

What is South Beach, Miami?

Renowned for the world’s largest collection of classic, Art Deco architecture, South Beach’s pastel-hued facades transport visitors to a bygone era of glamor and sophistication.

Nestled along the sun-kissed shores of Miami Beach, South Beach beckons travelers from far and wide to immerse themselves in its eclectic charm. Renowned for the world’s largest collection of classic, Art Deco architecture, South Beach’s kaleidoscope of pastel-hued facades transports visitors to a bygone era of glamor and sophistication. Yet, beyond its stunning scenery lies a rich history and cultural diversity.

As you stroll along the bustling streets, you’ll witness more than just architectural marvels; you’ll feel the pulse of a vibrant community. Local businesses hum with activity, their storefronts adorned with unique offerings that reflect the neighborhood’s rich and diverse cultures. Locals and visitors alike bustle about South Beach’s sunny streets, their laughter intermingling with the enticing aromas wafting from nearby eateries.

Miami and South Beach have really picked up their foodie game in recent years. From trendy bistros to hidden gems tucked away in alleyways, every corner offers a tantalizing array of culinary delights waiting to be savored. Here, food isn’t just sustenance—it’s an art form, a celebration of diverse influences that converge to create a symphony of taste.

With its intoxicating blend of history, culture, and culinary prowess, it’s no wonder South Beach is hailed as a must-visit destination in Miami. Whether you’re sipping cocktails at a sidewalk cafe, exploring charming Española Way, or simply soaking in the ocean breeze, South Beach invites you to indulge in a sensory experience like no other. So come, lose yourself in the magic of South Beach, where every moment is a colorful, celebration of life.

The Hidden Gems of South Beach

Venture beyond the well-trodden paths of South Beach to discover its hidden gems, where the true spirit of Miami comes alive. This section of our guide delves into the lesser-known yet equally enchanting locales that capture the unique character and vibrancy of South Beach.

Art Deco Historic District

Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District is renowned for its cheery, pastel tones and neon lights, notably showcased in its famous beachfront hotels. These iconic establishments, such as the Breakwater and the Carlyle, boast striking designs that harken back to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication. Their significance in Hollywood movies adds to their allure, with the district serving as a picturesque backdrop for numerous films. Movies like Scarface, The Birdcage and Something About Mary were all filmed in part on Ocean Drive. Exploring this district offers visitors a glimpse into Miami’s rich cultural heritage, immersing them in the timeless beauty and historic charm of these iconic buildings.

Bobby’s Bike Hike’s South Beach Food and Fun Walking Tour offers a unique array of delicious culinary samples from Miami’s diverse cultures, such as Cuban Ropa Vieja and Chocolate and Nutella Ravioli that equate to a very filling meal by the end of the tour, along with a leisurely walk of about a mile over 3 exciting hours. This is not an endurance test, by any means.

Ocean Drive

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South Beach’s famed Ocean Drive boasts a unique array of Art Deco features, with over 800 preserved structures nestled within its historic district. One of the most striking characteristics of this iconic street is its pastel-hued buildings, which line the palm-fringed boulevard, exuding a vibrant and inviting charm. Each structure showcases intricate details and geometric patterns characteristic of the Art Deco style, such as the trademark “eyebrows” or concrete slabs that often top the windows, offering a visual feast for visitors. As the sun sets, the facades come alive with the warm glow of neon lights, creating an enchanting atmosphere that truly sets Ocean Drive apart as a quintessential Miami experience.

Ocean Drive is home to many iconic properties including News Cafe which opened in 1988, when South Beach first started coming into its own. Gianni Versace was a regular at News Cafe, coming often for international newspapers and magazines from the newsstand, and an occasional coffee. He had coffee and bought some magazines at News Cafe, before his death in 1997 on the stairs of his famous Ocean Drive mansion.

Casa Casuarina, the Versace Mansion

The Versace Mansion, also known as Casa Casuarina, holds a storied history intertwined with the legacy of the famed Italian fashion designer. Originally built in 1930 by architect Alden Freeman, the mansion underwent a transformative renovation under the ownership of Versace in the 1990s. With meticulous attention to detail, Versace transformed the property into a lavish and opulent residence, infusing it with his signature style and flamboyant aesthetic. The mansion quickly became a symbol of luxury and excess, frequented by celebrities and socialites from around the world. However, tragedy struck in 1997 when Versace was tragically murdered on the steps of the mansion. Despite the loss of its visionary owner, the Versace Mansion continued to captivate admirers with its grandeur and allure. In 2015, the property was reimagined as a luxury boutique hotel, meticulously preserving its historic charm while offering guests a glimpse into the glamorous world of Gianni Versace. Today, the Versace Mansion stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of its namesake, inviting visitors to experience a slice of fashion history in the heart of Miami Beach.

The Versace Mansion, now a luxury boutique hotel, boasts a plethora of stunning features and attractions that continue to captivate visitors from around the world. One of its most iconic features is undoubtedly the opulent swimming pool area, which serves as the centerpiece of the mansion’s outdoor space. Surrounded by lush greenery and adorned with intricate mosaic tile work, the swimming pool exudes an air of elegance and sophistication. Guests can lounge poolside on luxurious sunbeds, taking in the Mediterranean-inspired ambiance and soaking up the Florida sun. Additionally, the mansion’s veranda offers a picturesque setting for al fresco dining and relaxation. With sweeping views of the pool area and lush courtyard, the veranda provides the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, afternoon cocktail, or romantic dinner under the stars. Adorned with ornate columns, elegant archways, and plush furnishings, the veranda exudes old-world charm and timeless beauty. Whether guests are seeking a tranquil retreat or a glamorous backdrop for socializing, the swimming pool area and veranda at the Versace Mansion offer an unparalleled experience of luxury and refinement.

Miami South Beach

Miami South Beach

Miami Beach is a vibrant and iconic destination known for its eclectic mix of attractions and features that cater to a diverse range of interests. The Miami Beach Marina stands as a hub of activity, boasting 400 boat slips and serving as a gateway to the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. Boasting world-class amenities and services, the marina offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and water sports.

No visit to Miami Beach would be complete without experiencing the vibrant energy of South Beach. Renowned for its white sand beaches, swaying coconut palm trees, trendy boutiques, and bustling nightlife, South Beach attracts visitors from around the globe seeking sun, surf, and excitement. Whether lounging on the beach, exploring the art galleries, or dining at one of the many chic restaurants while sipping on an authentic Cuban mojito,, Miami Beach offers something for everyone to enjoy, making it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking sun, style, and sophistication

Texas de Brazil

Dining at Texas de Brazil in the South of Fifth neighborhood in South Beach is an unforgettable culinary experience. Highlights include the endless parade of mouthwatering meats, ranging from tender filet mignon to juicy lamb chops, carved tableside by skilled gauchos. Additionally, the extensive salad bar offers a tempting selection of fresh salads, artisan cheeses, and gourmet accompaniments, ensuring there’s something for every palate. With its warm ambiance, impeccable service, and unparalleled selection of grilled meats and accompaniments, Texas de Brazil is a must-visit destination for meat lovers and food enthusiasts alike.

Art Deco Gift Shop

If you’d like to take a piece of Miami Beach’s storied Art Deco history back home with you, visit the Art Deco Gift Shop at 1001 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139. From colorful postcards featuring stunning architectural landmarks to stylish retro-inspired accessories, the shop offers a diverse range of items that appeal to art lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Special interest items include vintage-inspired prints showcasing the vibrant colors and geometric patterns of Art Deco buildings, as well as sleek cocktail glasses and barware reminiscent of the glamorous cocktail culture of the 1920s and 1930s. Whether searching for the perfect memento of a visit to Miami Beach or seeking a distinctive gift for a loved one, the Art Deco Gift Shop provides an opportunity to take home a piece of the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Cafe Americano

Cafe Americano sits in L. Murray Dixon-designed, Hotel Victor built in 1937, and located on the bustling Ocean Drive in South Beach. It’s one of the 18 properties that was purchased and renovated by Tony Goldman in the mid-1980s. This charming cafe offers a delightful culinary experience set against the backdrop of Miami’s vibrant beachfront. Cafe Americano blends classic sophistication with modern charm, attracting both locals and visitors alike. Whether enjoying a leisurely breakfast, indulging in a midday snack, or sipping on handcrafted cocktails while the sun sets over the ocean, Cafe Americano promises a memorable dining experience infused with the spirit of South Beach’s glamorous past.

Guests purchasing the VIP Beverage Plan on Bobby’s Bike Hike’s South Beach Food & Fun Art Deco Walking Tour enjoy a refreshing mimosa – a marriage of the sweetness of bubbly prosecco and Florida orange juice – at charming Cafe Americano.

Hotel Victor stands as a timeless testament to the opulence and sophistication of the period, with its sleek lines, geometric patterns, and vibrant color palette. As a focal point of the South Beach Art Deco district, Hotel Victor quickly became synonymous with luxury and style, attracting celebrities, socialites, and travelers from around the world. It’s unique facade still turns heads today.

Carlyle Cafe

Carlyle Cafe is a beloved and iconic spot in South Beach’s historic Art Deco district. This charming cafe rose to prominence under the stewardship of New York developer Tony Goldman, who played a pivotal role in revitalizing the area. Situated within the historic Carlyle Hotel which was a focal point of the popular 90s movie, “The Birdcage,” Carlyle Cafe exudes an air of timeless elegance, offering visitors a glimpse into the glamor of a bygone era. With its prime location on Ocean Drive, the cafe has become a favorite among locals and tourists alike, known for its inviting ambiance and delectable culinary offerings.

The cafe’s diverse menu features a tantalizing array of international cuisine, ranging from classic comfort foods to innovative culinary creations. Whether indulging in a leisurely brunch on the charming outdoor terrace or sipping on specialty cocktails in the elegant dining room, patrons are treated to a memorable dining experience.

Cardozo South Beach

The Cardozo is one of the most storied properties on Ocean Drive. It was designed by one of the foremost Art Deco architects, Henry Hohauser, and completed in 1939. It was named after Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo, one of the first Jewish jurors on the US Supreme Court. The hotel embodies classic Art Deco aesthetics, featuring curved lines reminiscent of a Studebaker’s fender, and exquisite trim crafted from dyed, porous limestone. It is owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, one of Miami’s wealthiest Cuban-American couples, and former members of 1980s super group, Miami Sound Machine.

Turns out, owning the Cardozo was a childhood dream of Gloria Estefan. During her childhood, she frequented South Beach with her family. In a memorable moment as she sat on a bench in Lummus Park with her grandfather, she pointed across the street at the Cardozo Hotel, declaring, “I will buy that hotel one day.” And she did!

The Cardozo also has historical significance in the fact that Barbara Capitman’s Miami Design Preservation League was located in the Cardozo in the 1980s, and also was featured in several films, including blockbuster “Something About Mary.”

Guests of Bobby’s Bike Hike’s South Beach Food & Fun Art Deco Walking Tour enjoy top notch Cuban-style, beef picadillo (ground beef) empanadas with a unique and flavorful jalapeno chimichurri sauce.

South Beach Highlights

1. Oh Mexico Ocean Drive

Oh! Mexico entrance during a Bobby's Bike Hike Food Tour

Oh! Mexico, an authentic Mexican eatery, has been a beacon of excellence in Miami Beach since its establishment in 1997. Colorfully-decorated and capturing the essence of authenticity, Oh! Mexico is the real deal!

On Bobby’s Bike Hike’s South Beach Food & Fun Art Deco Walking Tour we enjoy Oh! Mexico’s delicious Baja Chicken taco with seared chicken, avocado, black beans, bacon bits, and more! Those on our VIP Beverage Plan are also treated to a perfectly mixed margarita.

Situated along the iconic strip of South Beach across from the, the Atlantic Ocean not only offers stunning views, but also serves as a nod to its inspiration: the coastal cuisine of Baja California.

2. La Sandwicherie Miami Beach

La Sandwicherie entrance during a Bobby's Bike Hike Food Tour

Tucked in an alleyway on 14th Street, La Sandwicherie Miami Beach has been a beloved fixture of the city since its inception in 1988, offering a delightful selection of French-inspired sandwiches on breads baked at a local French bakery, and delivered four times daily for ultimate freshness! Part of the magic, it’s open really late, until 5am! It became a great resource for late night revelers, when the late night culture started developing in the late 1980s. It is also strategically located directly across from Miami’s oldest bar, Mac’s Club Deuce, which is open from 8am-5am.

One standout creation which is sampled on Bobby’s Bike Hike’s South Beach Food & Fun Art Deco Walking Tour is the Tropical sandwich, a tantalizing blend of sweet and savory, tropical flavors featuring mango, papaya, and pineapple, along with fresh mozzarella, avocado, lettuce, tomato and cucumber. And don’t forget to pour on the restaurant’s famous, homemade vinaigrette, a perfect accompaniment that adds a burst of flavor to every bite.

With its dedication to culinary excellence and inventive menu offerings, La Sandwicherie Miami Beach continues to delight locals and visitors alike, inviting them to savor the taste of paradise with each unforgettable bite.

3. Mac’s Club Deuce

Club Deuce on a Bobby's Bike Hike South Beach Tour

Mac’s Club Deuce touts itself as the oldest bar in Miami, since 1926. If you know your history, 1926 was during the Prohibition, so the official opening would have been in 1933, when the Prohibition ended. It was just “Club Deuce” back then, the address being 222 14th Street. WWII veteran Mac Klein bought it in 1964 and added his name to the bar, and didn’t change much else. He had resettled in Miami Beach to recover in a warm climate after being shot in the war.

The always-dark bar smells like smoke, is often crowded even midday, sports a pool table and a jukebox, and the signature, pink and green neon lights that come from 1980s TV hit, “Miami Vice” add a special warmth. Miami Vice had filmed an episode there, and they left the lights. Actor Don Johnson was known to get behind the bar during wrap parties.

It’s a dive bar with a heart – recognized by Anthony Bourdain several times as one of his favorite drinking holes in the world. Definitely a place to check out, if not only for its deep, local history.

4. Cameo Theater

The Cameo Theater, located at 1445 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida, has been a prominent fixture in the city’s cultural landscape since its construction in 1936. Initially serving as a movie theater, it underwent a transformation in 1986 under the guidance of Richard Shelter, evolving into a renowned music venue that showcased a plethora of punk and hardcore acts. Over the years, it became synonymous with the vibrant local music scene of the 1980s, hosting legendary performances by bands like Black Flag and the Ramones. Despite undergoing renovations and changes in its programming, including a shift towards electronic music and eventually becoming a disco dance club, the Cameo Theater remains ingrained in the memories of those who experienced its heyday, serving as a symbol of Miami Beach’s rich musical heritage.

5. Mercato della Pescheria Miami Beach

Mercato della Pescheria on a Bobby's Bike Hike South Beach Tour

Mercato della Pescheria is an Italian gem on charming Española Way. The restaurant specializes in some of Miami’s best Italian seafood and handmade pasta with a window where you can watch the pasta being made. One of the most important features of Española Way and Mercato della Pescheria is its sidewalk cafe seating with a great view of the constant flow of foot traffic on this pedestrian-only street.

Mercato della Pescheria has some very unique and delicious offerings on its menu, including their excellent Chocolate & Nutella Ravioli. Chocolate Ravioli may sound strange, but once you taste it the doubt melts away. The dish boasts homemade chocolate pasta, crunchy Nutella filling, vanilla gelato, butterscotch Sauce made with extra virgin olive oil, roasted hazelnuts, and is finished with grated white chocolate “Parmesan.” No, it’s not cheese. It’s from a block of white chocolate that is grated onto the dish table side. We probably should mention that this is the finale on the 11:30am South Beach Food and Fun Walking Tour!

Food & Fun Walking Tours of South Beach

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The South Beach Food and Fun Walking Tour is a casual, 3 hour journey through the heart of one of Miami’s most historic and memorable neighborhoods led by one of Bobby’s Bike Hike’s local, expert guides, and includes samples of a diverse array of international cuisines at five of South Beach’s favorite food establishments. Tours start at 11:30am and 4pm, seven days a week.

The 11:30am tour meets at Havana 1957 Breakwater at 940 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

The 4pm tour meets at News Cafe at 800 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Purchase a South Beach Tour from Bobby’s Bike Hike to highlight your trip to Miami!

Come discover the unique blend of history, culture, and entertainment that makes South Beach a must-visit destination in Miami. From art and history enthusiasts to foodies and beach lovers, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.