The Parc Ferm√© guide to Miami ūüĆī

The Parc Ferm√© guide to Miami ūüĆī

Experience more in the places racing takes us.

While Miami doesn’t scream 'slow living,' it sure lives up to our ethos for fast cars.

A new entrant into the F1 circuit, Miami is infamous for its bustling nightlife, vacation-worthy weather, and glistening sandy beaches - but this city was built on culture. Frequented by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and countless others in the mid-1900s through its' Art Deco boom, development of the region blossomed in the 1960s as Cubans fled to the United States in search of a new home. Much of modern-day Miami was built by immigrants, bringing with them a vast culture of music, art, and cuisine that has manifested throughout the city.

The Circuit

The newly built Miami International Autodrome circles the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL Miami Dolphins, the Miami Open, the University of Miami football team and countless other high-profile events based in the international city. Designed and developed in the last 12 months, the track is the first circuit to be designed by and with the support of Formula 1. At 5.41km (3.3 miles) long, the circuit hosts 19 corners, 3 DRS zones, and expects an estimated 320km/h (199mph) top speed - and we're excited to see how the 2022 cars look pounding the newly-laid pavement.

No. 1

Design District

If you want to know where the 1% does their casual Saturday shopping, this is it. Located on the mainland of Miami across the bridge from the Fontainebleau, the streets of Miami's Design District are lined with designer boutiques, red roped queues, and cars that cost more than the average American household. On any average day you can see a McLaren Senna, Ferrari V12 or a tricked-out Mercedes AMG G Wagon by the shops' valet, but the Design District is also home to the Miami Concours exotic car show, among other auto-focused installations that pop up. Don't miss Virgil Abloh's 2019 Dollar a Gallon III art instillation on the Paseo Ponti between 40th and 41st streets - head for Balenciaga and you can't miss it.

No. 2

Lincoln Road

 If you're looking for more budget-friendly shopping, head to Lincoln Road on Miami Beach. The palm tree-lined cobblestone throughway boasts dozens of outdoor restaurants for whatever your taste - authentic Cuban (right next door to the local cigar shop), Italian, or even down-home traditional American BBQ. The street is also home to the only Racing Miami store on the island, so if you're looking to bump into F1 fans wearing their favorite merch, this is the spot. Around the corner is Mila, a high-end Mediterranean & Japanese fusion rooftop lounge frequented by local Romain Grosjean himself - if you can snag a reservation and are hankering for a once-in-a-lifetime cut of filet straight from the coast of Japan, this is the place for you.

No 3.

Wynwood

Best known for it's colorful graffiti-covered murals, the Wynwood neighborhood sits in the center of mainland Miami. Stroll the outdoor museum to see coveted works, and if you have time, stop by one of Banksy's favorite canvases. The entertainment district has an array of restaurants, breweries, stores and dance bars for whatever your taste. During the day, stop by Coyo Taco and The Salty Donut - or if you're looking for a little bit of nightlife, you can find the best live Cuban music at the Cerveceria La Tropical brewery, today's pop hits at Freehold Miami, or a DJ dance party with an Asian-inspired food hall (for midnight snacks of course) at 1-800 Lucky.

No 4.

Little Havana

The Little Havana neighborhood is Miami's Cuban heart, boasting blocks of authentic Latin American cuisine and local art galleries. Stroll Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) to find the best rum bars, cigar shops, and walk-up ventanitas (window cafes) in town with traditional Cubanos, sweet Cuban coffee, empanadas and guava and cheese pastelitos. We suggest stopping by the little Havana landmark Versailles for classic Cuban cuisine, or Café La Trova featuring James Beard award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein.

No 5.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Located in the Coconut Grove suburb of Miami, the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens encompasses 10 sprawling acres of Italian Renaissance gardens and baroque-style historic buildings built by the American executive James Deering in the early 1900s. The estate, originally named Villa Vizcaya, is named after the Biscayne Bay which lines the coast of the estate. It's easy to get lost in the gardens and find yourself transported back in history - although you'll feel more like you're in rural Tuscany rather than downtown Miami. 

No 6.

1 Hotel South Beach

When people think of South Beach, this is typically what comes to mind. One of the more luxurious properties in the city, the 1 Hotel is where you're most likely to spot celebrities, athletes, and whoever else can afford the price tag. Set on a private 600-foot stretch of Miami Beach, the luxurious property boasts four pools, watersport activities on the Atlantic, and a state-of-the-art spa. Want to see the space but not ready to drop the 4-digit-a-night room rate? Head up to their rooftop restaurant and bar WATR, set next to South Beach's only ocean-facing rooftop (even the bathroom has stunning views).

No. 7

Aston Martin Residences

Down the block from the Miami Heat FTX Arena and home of Ultra Music Festival, watch the Aston Martin Residences come to life right before your eyes (literally, as it's currently under construction). If your investment accounts allow, you can take a private tour of the much-anticipated 'one-of-a-kind building that represents the pinnacle of elegant living' (as they describe themselves), designed with the same bespoke attention-to-detail as the prestigious motorcar brand with unit prices topping at a mere $50,000,000 (car included. Seriously.) If that doesn't exactly fit your budget, roam the nearby Bayfront Park and catch a glimpse of the building from the top of the Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel - a cross between the London Eye and your local fair's Ferris Wheel. Be sure to snag a cup of mango with tajin (or an ice cream if that's not your thing) and post up on the boardwalk to watch boats pass through Biscayne Bay. 

No. 8

Bal Harbour

If the Design District is the pregame, Bal Harbour is the main event. Located beyond North Miami Beach, the Bal Harbour shops host only the highest-end stores (with names like Audemars Piguet, Loro Piana, Valentino, and Moncler among them) in a tropical paradise setting. Make a reservation ahead of time at Carpaccio (if you can swing one) to dine amongst celebrities, sports stars and socialites of Miami - and witness the most extensive Lamborghini, Rolls Royce and Bentley specs pull up to the Valet (a highlighter yellow Uris would fit right in.)

No. 9

Perez Art Museum Miami

While not directly related to Sergio Perez (we wish!), the Perez Art Museum in Downtown Miami is not one to miss. A 3-minute walk from the Frost Museum of Science and next door to the Miami Observation Wheel, the contemporary art museum is inspired by Miami's rich cultural diversity, boasting over 3,000 works of art surrounding the US Latinx experience, the African diaspora, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The space leverages its modern architecture to host a permanent sculpture garden, and is currently showcasing a special  Marisol and Andy Warhol exhibition through the season.

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