For those wondering where to go in Miami, head to Washington Avenue. One of the main avenues of South Beach, it’s lined with shops, parks, nightclubs, restaurants, bars, designer labels, hotels and interesting architecture.
Start your exploration of Washington Avenue at the Temple Emanu-El, a synagogue noted for its marble design and Byzantine and Moorish architecture. Continue taking in beauty at South Pointe Park, one of Miami Beach’s most scenic stretches. The park features 17 acres (6.9 hectares) of waterfront green space, a paved jogging path, and views of Downtown Miami, Fisher Island, Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
No stroll down Washington Avenue would be complete without some retail therapy, especially as it’s here as well as the parallel Collins Avenue where you’ll find designer brands like Armani, Barneys New York, True Religion, Diesel and Dash. Washington Avenue is also home to Lincoln Road Mall, a pedestrian-only promenade with attractions and stores. Some other noteworthy shops to check out along Washington Avenue in Miami include Belinda's Designs Courture, which sells whimsical dresses reminiscent of classic bygone eras; Boutique 12, known for its high-fashion clothing; and Luna Designs, selling globally-inspired attire.
For those who like to party, Washington Avenue is where you’ll find Miami’s hottest nightclubs, some of which include Cameo, Mansion and Love Hate. These venues are where people go to see and be seen, with DJs spinning energetic beats all night. If you want a fun night out void of pretension, Automatic Slims offers cheap drinks, dance music and a more relaxed vibe than most of South Beach’s trendy establishments. Don’t leave Washington Avenue without grabbing a bite to eat, as it’s lined with restaurants serving all types of cuisine, like French at Otentic; Peruvian at Chalan On the Beach; Mexican at Oh! Mexico; and Italian at Escopazzo.