36 Hours in Mid-Beach
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The Hilton Cabana may be known for offering guests a calm respite from the frenzy of South Beach, but we also revel in sharing our sparkling city with visitors. For those who enjoy the simple beauty of Miami Beach (and would prefer not to pass entire evenings at wild, electric neon dance clubs) we’ve put together a short guide to help you achieve a perfect 36 hours in Mid-Beach.
The best days begin with outstanding breakfasts. Our first pick is Astrid & Stephanie Bakery, a quaint French cafe best known for their pastries, including flaky apple croissants and rich pate a choux. For a more hearty breakfast, try out the eggs Norwegian: salty salmon expertly balanced by the creamy hollandaise sauce.
Following breakfast, head over to Normandy Shores Golf Club. The Arthur Hills-designed course is a great retreat for those who enjoy hitting the links, as well as newcomers interested in trying out this pleasant game.
Conclude the day with a phenomenal dinner at the low key and renowned Porcini Italian Cafe. The sleek, modern interiors are best enjoyed over a plate of linguine mare, which showcases some of Miami Beach’s extraordinary seafood (clams soaked in fresh-made marinara). In addition, their penne vodka has perfected simultaneously soft and chewy pasta in this classic Italian dish.
The steak and eggs, accompanied by caramelized onions and generous slices of avocado, is the morning meal to sample at Mi Colombia Cafeteria y Restaurante. Relax, thanks to the Colombian diner’s fresh-squeezed juices and affordable prices.
Burn off those huevos at Miami Beach Ocean Watersports for an adrenaline-fueled afternoon. Jetskiing and parasailing are this operator’s specialty, though they also offer snorkeling, speedboats, and sailing tours.
Enjoy dinner at Hilton Cabana’s own classic French restaurant, L’echon Brasserie. Founded by the area’s Pubbelly Group (Barceloneta; PB Steak), the options range from steak tartare with pickled mushrooms and a housemade dijonaise to the namesake burger made from suckling pig. Across the board, L’echon Brasserie dishes provide rich, dynamic flavors that are only attainable thanks to high quality ingredients and progressive, culinary creativity.
Have a leisurely last morning at the Hilton Cabana’s own Cabana Grill. The eggs benedict (on toasted brioche) and the creamy buttermilk pancakes (topped with fresh berries) never disappoint. The best part? The view of the Atlantic Ocean paired with a fiery Bloody Mary.
Following breakfast, unwind one last time beneath a cabana right on the Hilton Cabana’s quiet stretch of beach, or at one of two outdoor pools. Grab a book, take a lap, or nap, and chase the sun as it traces its arc across the sky.
Tap of your 36 hour itinerary with a hearty American dinner at Lou’s Beer Garden and gastropub. Their menu is highlighted by artisanal, thin crust pizzas and a broad craft beer selection. Don’t worry, you’ll have time to digest your “high cholesterol mac & cheese” and personal paella during your return trip home.