Why Sunset Harbour is the go-to neighborhood for South Beach locals

Juice bars, gyms, restaurants and shops all perfectly lined up on pedestrian-friendly streets overlooking the water sounds too good to be true. In a city where you need a car just to beat the heat when driving from your house a few blocks to the nearest grocery store, Sunset Harbour is heaven-sent. The waterfront neighborhood has everything you need to get through the day from morning ‘til night (and even dawn, if that’s what you’re after) all within walking distance. Here’s how to eat, drink and shop your way around Sunset Harbour like a local.

Where to Eat

 

 

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Pubbelly

The Pubbelly Group’s culinary director, José Mendín, blends his Puerto Rican and Miami backgrounds when crafting the menus at the group’s four spots. Make your way to where it all began at Pubbelly’s namesake. The James Beard Award semifinalist was born in 2010 with just 16 tables and a tasting menu that allows diners to eat their way through eight of the Asian-inspired dishes on the menu. Try one of these playful takes on classics like kimchee fried rice, bbq pork belly ramen and shortrib gyozas with black truffle that are the reason why the eatery has earned its cult following.

1418 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-532-7555

Pubbelly Sushi

It’s no surprise this sushi joint is always packed. The cornerside restaurant with its al fresco terrace brought Pubbelly’s signature pork-heavy touches to the group’s sushi concept where you can take a seat outside or up at the sushi bar and order a slew of off-the-wall rolls that range from porkbelly and clams to wagyu beef tartare with truffle poached egg.

1424 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-531-9282

Sushi Garage

Fans of the French, Japanese and Peruvian fare at rooftop Juvia can now get their sushi fix from the same team at the newish Sushi Garage. Chef and partner Sunny Oh is behind the spot’s Japanese-inspired cuisine with classic dishes that take on more inventive notes like the truffle shitake nigari and miso maple seabass.

1784 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8355

Lucali

The Brooklyn pizzeria chose Sunset Harbour for its Miami spinoff and second location, still doing what they’re known to do best—serve up serious Italian-style pizzas and calzones alongside craft brews and wine also hailing from the motherland. If you’d like to keep the alcohol flowing, head next door to Bay Club where you can snag one of Lucali’s pizzas in personal pan size while sipping one of the speakeasy-style bar’s specialty cocktails.

1930 Bay Road, Miami Beach; 305-695-4441 

Icebox Cafe

Before expanding to the Miami airport, Icebox has been a steady staple in Sunset Harbour thanks to its fresh, seasonal cuisine. Swing by for breakfast or lunch during the week for a meal that can be as casual as you like, with light dishes like kale Caesar salad and tuna wraps, in addition to plenty of comfort food faves from meatloaf and gravy to braised short ribs and bacon cheddar biscuits. Of course owner Robert Siegmann’s award-winning dessert line is a don’t-miss, with a menu spanning cakes, cookies, brownies and even Belgian chocolate ganache truffles.

1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-8448

Barceloneta

For such a small neighborhood, Sunset Harbour seems to have all of its bases covered when it comes to variety of global cuisine. You could easily swing by Spanish tapas spot Barceloneta for the raved-about craft cocktails alone (particularly the G+T’s), but then you’d be missing out on the stars of the show—chef Juliana Gonzalez’s Mediterranean-inspired small plates born out her travels through Turkey. Go classic with tapas like patatas bravas and Ibérico ham-stuffed croquetas or sample one of the more specialized selections like the Barceloneta pulpo á feira, a Spanish Galician octopus dish with fingerling potato foam, piquillo emulsion, chorizo and tomato confit.

1400 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-538-9299

Where to Drink

JugoFresh

When JugoFresh launched on the Miami scene three years ago, it was a hit in a community that was desperately lacking a quality local cold-pressed juice joint. The spot slowly expanded from juices and elixirs, adding a healthy food component thanks to executive chef Darren Laszlo, who cut his teeth working with the likes of Cuban-American chef Alex Garcia and French-born, NYC-based chef Franck Deletrain. The result is a juice concept that doubles as both a cleanse and refresher from the Miami heat with cuisine that dabbles in everything from gourmet smoothie bowls to probiotic parfaits.  

1935 West Ave., Suite 102, Miami Beach; 786-472-2552

Panther Coffee

In a city that hardly sleeps, one element it was seriously in need of before Panther came on the coffee scene was a top-notch local roaster. Husband-and-wife duo Leticia and Joel Pollock filled this niche, bringing their knowledge of Portland’s much-hyped-about craft coffee down south, roasting small-batches from boutique producers on their vintage 1927 Probat coffee roaster in the Wynwood café. Now with a spot just as buzzy in Sunset Harbour, caffeine aficionados can get their fix while snacking on baked goods like croissants and empanadas in the retro-chic space with a communal table that’s a prime co-working space.

1875 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-677-3952

Purdy Lounge

Every neighborhood needs its go-to corner bar and Sunset Harbour’s comes in the form of late-night Purdy Lounge, open seven days a week until 5 a.m. The laid-back lounge draws a regular roster of locals thanks to its cover-free weekends and weekly happy hour specials like $2 PBR Wednesdays and Tuesday Mexican nights with $3 Coronas and $5 Herradura tequila.

1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-4622

Where to Shop

 

Consign of the Times

The designer consignment shop got its start on Lincoln Road back in 2001 before founder Carin Kirby opened two outposts in Sunset Harbour and Sunset Place. Now the resale spot has become the go-to shop to score major designer finds at discounted prices, with a roster of brands that go from contemporary to classic. Scour through racks and shelves stocked with Givenchy, Gucci and Goyard, or stalk the Instagram account for the latest arrivals that you can reserve and have ready and waiting before you even arrive.

1935 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-535-0811

 

Blush Boutique 

Sunset Harbour is home to one of five Blush Boutiques spread across the city that specialize i
n sourcing the most stylish looks each season. The entirely female-run company knows just the looks ladies have in mind, stocking up on separates like jean shorts and maxi skirts, as well as rompers that work as both day and nighttime attire. It’s not hard to revamp your entire wardrobe here with pieces perfect for South Florida weather at price points that are just as light and breezy.
 

1935 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-3050

Frankie.

Frankie. has become a local favorite for its high-low fashion mix of brands like IRO and Zimmermann, stocking everything you need for a day on the beach, a night on the town, and anything that falls in between with a collection of covetable rompers, flowy dresses, jumpsuits and cateye shades.

1891 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-479-4898

Eberjey

The 20-year-old lingerie line was born out of founders Ali Mejia and Mariela Rovito’s goal to craft form-fitting underwear that was equal parts flattering and chic. The result was the super comfy boy short, followed by beautiful bralets, camis, pj’s and swimwear in a variety of styles that can suit booties both big and small. 

1905 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8839

Sunset Clothing Co.

Good basics can be hard to come by but that’s exactly what Sunset Clothing Co. does best with its mens- and womenswear collections of tees, denim and slip-on sneakers in brands from James Perse and Levi’s to boyfriend-style Current/Elliott and Autumn Cashmere.

1895 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-1280

Where to Work Out 

greenmonkey yoga 

About a year ago, Bala Vinyasa Yoga owner Kiersten Mooney and Green Monkey’s Michael Block partnered up for the ultimate yoga alliance, going toward a global push for their South Florida-based studios. Nestled next to other fitness hotspots like indoor spin studio favorite Flywheel (1919 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8227) and Marc Megna’s nightclub-meets-NFL player-inspired wellness center Anatomy at 1220 (1220 20th St., Miami Beach; 786-213-1220), greenmonkey spearheads the yoga movement here in Sunset Harbour. The industrial-style space spans two studios flooded with natural light with over 30 instructors who teach classes for all levels and styles, from slow flow to hip hop. 

1827 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-397-8566

 

Barry’s

Barry’s has been dubbed “The Best Workout in the World,” and once you take your first class, you’ll see why. It’s easy to get hooked here with the pump-it-up beats and variety of interval treadmill and strength training that provide enough power to burn up to 1,000 calories in the hour-long workout. Celebrities have been known to join classes here and even lead them, with surprise hosts like Ellie Goulding sharing her workout playlist while guiding a bootcamp session. After powering through the fat-bursting class, re-energize at the FuelBar with one of the flavored post-workout protein shakes. 

1835 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 786-888-1699

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