Midtown

The term “Midtown” itself specifically refers to a planned residential, shopping, and entertainment district bordering downtown and Edgewater to the south, Wynwood to the west, and the Design District to the north. The word “midtown”, however, is used colloquially to refer to the general geographical area, though usually only to the blocks immediately surrounding the development.

The mixed-use development was conceived to mimic organic urban design (despite the fact that it was planned and largely built at once). It features a handful of residential buildings of varying heights, with retail and dining both on the ground levels of these buildings and in its own dedicated blocks. A large park originally ran through the center of the development, until a planned re-landscaping ended in a dispute — and rocky, virtually unusable terrain.

Though the relatively large scale of construction originally drew some complaints in the neighborhood, and the first few years of operation were rocky, Midtown has now become a destination for youngish, hip urbanites. The residential buildings boast luxury construction but are still relatively affordable for many young professionals, and the mix of mid-level, practical retail (Marshall’s, Target) and trendy dining options appeals to a broad range of people.

In fact, Midtown is now regarded as one of the best dining districts in Miami-Dade county. You can find trendy fine dining in Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, the farm-to-table Sustain, and the upscale mexican Mercadito alongside affordable favorites such as the Asian-fusion Sakaya Kitchen. There are also several national chains, including Lime Fresh Mexican Grill and Five Guys Burgers & Fries.

While the dining draws visitors, the shopping options tend to attract Midtown residents. Target and other big-box discount stores like Ross, Marshall’s, and Homegoods, as well as Petsmart and home furnishings giant West Elm, all cater to the practical needs of the residents of Midtown condos, while OXXO Dry Cleaning, Nail Bar, Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar, and a Green Monkey yoga studio offer luxury services.

There are still a number of retail spaces vacant, and marketing materials for the development are pushing for a mini gallery district to take some of those spaces. So far, at least one, Red Dot, has taken up permanent residence. But Midtown has also been a major player during the last couple of editions of Art Basel Miami Beach. The properties’ sprawling indoor and outdoor spaces have hosted major satellite fairs like Photo Miami, SCOPE, Art Asia, and Art Miami.

Midtown is also one of the few mainland destinations that is particularly accessible by public transportation. A number of north-south bus routes offer stops on nearby N.E. 36th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, many of which can be caught from the Government Center Metro-Rail station downtown.

Otherwise, Midtown is located just off the Biscayne Boulevard exist of the I-195 causeway connecting the mainland and Miami Beach. It’s therefore easily accessible by cab from Miami Beach, or by car from points further west, north, and south.

Tip

Though not technically in Midtown itself, several establishments nearby are worth a visit and very popular with locals. Across North Miami Avenue just south of 36th Street is the affordable, pan-Asian bistro Gigi, which is open late-night, a rarity for the area. In the same block of shops is Bardot, an intimate but upscale live music venue. Further south on North Miami Avenue, just south of N.E. 29th Street, is Electric Pickle, a bustling two-story club that specializes in the latest underground dance music.

Major Shopping at Midtown

– Blo: Blow Dry Bar
– Dog Bar
– Famous Footwear
– FootLocker
– Green Monkey yoga
– Guess Factory Store
– HomeGoods
– Loehmann’s
– Marshall’s
– Mattress Giant
– Nail Bar
– OXXO Care Cleaners
– Payless ShoeSource
– PetSmart
– Ross Dress for Less
– Solar Intoxication
– Target
– Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar
– West Elm

Dining at Midtown

– 100 Montaditos
– Angelina’s Yogurt and Coffee
– The Cheese Course
– Egyptian Pizza Kitchen
– Five Guys Burgers & Fries
– Hurricane Grill & Wings
– Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
– Mercadito
– Mo’s Cakes
– Muscle Maker Grill
– Primo Pizza
– Sakaya Kitchen
– Subway
– Sugarcane
– Sustain
– Sweet Cakes
– Sweet Point Bakery & Cafe
– Sweet Time’s
– Yogurbella


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