Miami beach offers the best in beaches, shopping, culture and dining. It’s also known for its famous Art Deco district. Here I want to learn about the Art Deco architecture and feast on the exquisite cuisines. As far as dining goes, South Beach offers everything from fine Italian food to authentic ethnic dishes. This area is filled with dozens of restaurants and bars for visitors and locals to enjoy. So what’s the best way for me to take it all in from an architectural point of view to fine dining experiences? A guided food tour, of course.
Luckily South Beach Cultural Food Tour from Viator offered exactly what I was looking for. It’s a guided historical and culinary walking tour of the legendary Art Deco district. It gives me a feel of the local culture as well as stopping along the way to sample some of the best culinary delights – Peruvian, Columbian, Italian and more.
I was really excited about the tour and I met up with the guide at 6:00PM by a Colombian restaurant La Ventana on Washington Avenue. The tour guide Mirka was very interesting and enthusiastic. She connected with all of the attendees immediately. As we walked to our first stop Mirka gave a great introduction to the history of South Beach by telling the story of Julia Tuttle, the original pioneer of Miami.
We made 7 different stops during our dinner tour. Our first food stop was a Columbian restaurant, Bolivar on Washington Avenue. I sampled a patacones and an empanada; the empanada was the best I’ve ever had. Then we walked to Goyo El Pollo, a Peruvian restaurant. I sampled ceviche made of fresh diced fish and seafood cooked with lime juice. I also had their classic Peruvian Pollo, which is marinated chicken. They are both unique and so very delicious.
Next stop we headed to the Breakwater hotel on Ocean Drive. I had some delicious lobster ravioli which was followed by a sip of cortadito at David’s cafe. Cortadito is a type of Cuban expresso shot which is very strong and a must have when visiting Miami. After the Cuban expresso we walked over to Ocean Drive for some architectural history. We learned about the different styles of the Art Deco buildings and how South Beach has developed over the years. The tour ended at Milani Gelateria on Espanola way. I was given a sample taste of the gelato and wow, what a delicacy!
I really enjoyed the South Beach Cultural Food Tour from Viator. It provided an excellent blend of sightseeing, history and culinary delights. Whether you’re a local or simply a visiting traveler, you get the experience to explore the neighborhood by visiting some of the most prominent Art Deco building alongs with getting a taste of its ethnic cuisines. It’s a genuine South Beach experience worth experiencing and I highly recommend it!