Known as the City Beautiful, Coral Gables was master planned in the 1920s by visionary developer George Merrick. Situated southwest of downtown Miami and South Beach, the area is filled with wide, tree-lined avenues named after Spanish cities and stunning Mediterranean Revival architecture landscaped with plazas, parks and fountains. Home to the University of Miami, Coral Gables is also famous for the shops and cafes along Miracle Mile and outdoor wonders, like the Venetian Pool, a coral rock quarry and natural aquifer, and the Fairchild Botanic Garden, an 83-acre garden near Biscayne Bay filled with tropical plants and trees.
Shop & Stroll
While Miracle Mile has always been the heart of downtown Coral Gables, the new pedestrian-friendly Giralda Plaza promenade makes the area more inviting than ever for a leisurely stroll. You’ll find favorite locally owned boutiques like My Best Friend’s Closet and Jossie’s Couture, as well as art galleries like Conde Contemporary. Serious shoppers can make their way to the Shops at Merrick Park, an al fresco shopping mall boasting brands like Anthropologie, Diane Von Furstenberg and the locally founded international lingerie brand Eberjey.
Eat & Drink
For a taste of Miami’s Caribbean culture, head straight to Chef Cindy Hutson’s Ortanique on the Mile. The beloved institution dishes up everything from fresh fish ceviches made with hearts of palm, mango, Scotch bonnet, red onion and citrus, to West Indian curried jumbo lump crab cakes and pan-sauteed grouper.
Bulla Gastrobar is a lively spot for modern Spanish tapas-style cuisine with an open kitchen for a convivial atmosphere. Bring a hungry bunch and opt for items like chicken croquetas, steamed octopus, patatas bravas, Spanish omelet, codfish fritters and meatballs.
Established 1946, The Bar is a Coral Gables staple. This neighborhood spot has the understated charm of a dive bar paired with a crave-worthy menu of pub grub and beats that keep regulars and newbies coming back. For a more sophisticated option Cibo Wine Bar is a crowd-pleaser with its extensive wine vault of international bottles that you can pair with charcuterie, pizza or pasta.
For a cozy spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch or a cup of coffee made with love, Threefold Café is the best in town. They work with local purveyors like Zak the Baker and Panther Coffee for a local, artisanal dining experience, whether it’s soft scrambled eggs with goat cheese and fresh herbs or the perfect latte.
A Taste of Culture
A trip to Coral Gables is incomplete without a visit to Mitchell Kaplan’s landmark indie bookstore Books & Books. Anchored by a central courtyard café perfect for a casual lunch, coffee or glass of wine, the store is a treasure trove of hand-selected titles and new releases. With author events held nearly every day of the week, your visit might align with the latest best selling author or a rising literary star in the making.
Across the street, Gables Cinema is an art house theater that screens top independent, foreign and documentary films. Or make it a night of theater at the historic Actor’s Playhouse at Miracle Theatre, which stages both Broadway caliber shows and local productions for both adults and children in an intimate setting.
From tree-lined shopping avenues to delicious global cuisine and a thriving local culture scene, Coral Gables has it all.