South Beach culture

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.

French Food Spots to Check Out in South Beach

Having a craving for some classic French food? Like, foie gras, quail, or crepes? South Beach has got you covered. South Beach is home to a variety of restaurants showcasing the best foods from cultures around the world. Although the area may be known for more Mexican or Latin style cuisine, you’d be surprised at how many French restaurants reside in the area. Below, we’re sharing just a few of the many places you can enjoy a nice French dinner or dessert. Bon appétit!

A La Folie | 516 Espanola Way

This casual French bistro is run by a Parisian and offers coffee, crepes, and light fare. There is also sidewalk seating.  Here are some other offerings on the menu: nicoise salad, salade de chevre, escargots, pork medallions, plateau de fromages, croquet-monsieur, briard, crème brulee, tartine, croissant, and much more. Prices range from $2.50 to $33.

Otentic Restaurant | 538 Washington Street

This authentic French restaurant serves up homemade, fresh quality food that is on par with what someone would get in France.  Some menu items include: country duck terine, quiche Lorraine, charcuterie platter, Parisienne crepe, Provence salad, gratin dauphinoise, and the Otentic farmer steak.

Other French cuisine in the area:

L’Edito Resturant | 5700 Collins Avenue
La Provence 41st Street | 44 W 41st Street
Villa Azur | 309 23rd Street
La Sandwicherie | 229 14th Street
La Provence South Beach | 1629 Collins Ave

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Stuffed yourself silly with one too many crepes? We don’t blame you! You probably just want to crash on a bed and have yourself a little food coma! The Cavalier Hotel is located in the heart of South Beach, and you can easily walk to and from any of the above places. To book your stay, click here, call 305-673-1199 or email reservations@cavaliersouthbeach.com.