November 2016

Explore the Area on South Beach Tours

South Beach isn’t just another beach; it happens to be filled with a rich history and culture. Luckily, people get to experience this city through many tours. The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) hosts several different tours throughout the year. MDPL historians and architects lead these tours across South Beach.

MDPL’s is a non-profit organization whose mission is to be devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental, and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. It is the oldest Art Deco Society in the world.

Below, are some of the great South Beach tours MDPL offers.

Jewish Miami Beach Tour
$25 adult; $20 student
In this tour, people get to hear about the rise and fall of the Jewish population across Miami Beach in the last 100 games. Tour attendees will learn about Jewish people, institutions, and architecture. Tours begin at the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. This tour occurs on the second Sunday every month at 11 a.m.

Art Deco Walking Tour
$25 adult, $20 student
This is a 90-minute tour that gives visitors an overview of the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern styles found around Miami Beach’s Architectural Historic District. People will explore the outside and interiors of buildings.  Tours are held Friday through Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tours begin at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach.

Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour
$25 adult; $20 student
On this tour, people will learn about the contributions gay and lesbian people have made to the community throughout Miami Beach’s history and in present day. This tour also will show people the gay and lesbian “places to be” when going out in South Beach. Tours begin at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. They are held on the second Saturday of every month at 11 a.m.

Other tours: South Beach Food Tour, Self-Guided (Audio) Tour, MiMo Tour, and Private Art Deco tours.

Looking to Stay in South Beach?

Planning on visiting South Beach and attending one of these informationally-rich tours? Well then, you’re probably also looking for a place to stay during your time here. The Cavalier Hotel right on Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District is a great spot to experience the history of this city while being right in the heart of the city. To book a room, call 305-671-1199 or click here.

Grab Some Italian in South Beach

When you come to South Beach, you can experience basically any type of cuisine you’re in the mood for. Have a craving for eggplant parmesan? Meatballs? Pasta? No worries! Although there are lots of Latin-inspired restaurants in the area, South Beach is also home to many great Italian restaurants. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best places in the area for you to experience a nice Italian dinner or dessert! Mangia!

SYLVANO | 1925 Liberty Avenue  
Sylvano is an Italian restaurant loved by the locals. It serves up authentic Italian food at reasonable prices. It also has a sports bar feel with TVs. Menu standouts: Octopus carpaccio, spinach salad with goat cheese and pine nuts, risottos with truffle oil and Parmigiano cheese, pappardelle with lamb ragu, porcini risotto, branzino, chicken Milanese, paninis, salads, pizza, and more! Prices range from $10.95 to $23.95. Open daily, 11 a.m. to midnight.

DOLCE |1690 Collins Avenue
Dolce is a modern, elegant Italian restaurant. The décor is mid-century modern inspired and tries to replicate the feel of Fellini’s Rome of the 1960s. This restaurant was featured on Best New Restaurant ( Bravo TV’s show and it was named America’s Best New Restaurant on the first season) for having some of the best pizza around. It is also known for its delicious red sauces and homemade pasta. The chef, Paolo Dorigato, comes straight from Italy cooking all across the country. Menu items: broccoli e salsiccia pizza, scaloppini al limone, pea tortelli, beef carpaccio, tuna crudo, tiramisu, budino alla Nutella, and more. Breakfast and lunch are also served here. Prices range from $8 to $38.

The small (70 seats) Italian eatery is known for its red sauces, fresh pasta, and a great cocktail menu. This restaurant features bold and seasonally inspired menu items from chef Michael Pirolo. He uses simple and fresh ingredients with rustic accents. The dining room décor has brick walls, turfed leather banquettes, and wooden tables. The bar is a great spot for their tasty drinks, snacks, and meals. Some menu items include: Beet mezzaluna, spaghetti vongole, veal Milanese, creamy polenta, a meat board, cavatelli macchialina, lasagna, and porchetta. Prices range from $5 to $50.

Other Italian Eateries:
Via Emilia 9
Pane E Vino
Café Prima Pasta
Osteria del Teatro
Stay in South Beach
Licked the pasta bowl clean? Stuffed to the brim? We don’t blame you for having a food coma after experience some of the amazing Italian dishes from one of the places above. Lay down on one of the Cavalier bed’s and spend the night. The Cavalier Hotel is in the Art Deco District and right in the heart of South Beach. To book your stay, click here, call 305-673-1199 or email