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Top 10 Hidden Gems in Miami

Ahh Miami. When you think of Miami you probably think of sunny beaches, amazing night life, pool parties, and beautiful people walking around. Although all of that is true here are a couple hidden gems in this incredible city.

El Carajo Wine bar

Gas station food is not exactly known to be great. However this is not the case for this particular BP in Miami. It has a secret that is called El Carajo. El Carajo is one of the best wine bars and restaurants in Miami. They have over 1000 wines from all over the world and incredible Spanish food. The restaurant also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm, which includes bottomless mimosas and bellinis and delicious breakfast tapas to pair with. El Carajo will change your opinion about gas station food.

Patpong Road

Patpong Road is a street in Thailand’s red light district. It’s also a very cool bar in Miami Beach. The bar is located in a suspect looking back alley up a flight of stairs lighted with red lights. Inside you will find an Asian themed bar that offers Southeast Asian food and great cocktails. A nice little surprise in the heart of Miami Beach.
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St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church

Some people say that Miami has no history. They have a point too when Miami does things like tear down its oldest and most iconic bar to put up condos. But what many people don't know is that there's a 12th century monastery in Miami. Certainly it was not originally built here, it was in Spain. The entire monastery was deconstructed and shipped to America where it was kept in storage for several years. Then it was carefully reassembled in North Miami. This is definitely worth a visit for anybody that loves history or just wants to see something cool.
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Foxhole is one of Miami's best kept secrets. It is located in an alley behind a Domino's. Its walls are decorated with guns behind glass cases and the drinks are served strong. It does take a bit of adventuring to get there, but it is really worth it.
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Perez Art Museum

They call it Museum Park for a reason. The Pérez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM to locals) is a great spot for contemporary art lovers. The building itself is an architectural marvel as well. After having enjoyed the exhibitions you can go outside to enjoy the view over the water. What could be better?
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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering to engage our community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment. Built between 1914 and 1922, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in United States history, when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs built lavish estates inspired by the stately homes of Europe.

Vizcaya features a Main House, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, the Vizcaya Café and Shop presented by A Joy Wallace Catering, Design and Special Events, and a historic village that will be restored for additional venues for programs and community outreach. Located at 3251 South Miami Avenue, between Brickell Avenue and Coconut Grove, Vizcaya is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit Connect via social media or call 305-250-9133.

Azucar Cuban ice cream

Azucar ice cream company is pretty hard to miss if you’re walking down Calle Ocho. It has a giant ice cream sign on the front which attracts people's attention. And it should. This is no usual ice cream parlor, it offers flavors like flan, passion fruit and mamey. The Cuban influences make their ice cream into something you've never had before.
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The Broken Shaker

The Broken Shaker looks a bit like out of a Portlandia sketch but it is anything but a joke. The bar is located in the back of a Miami Beach Hostel and serves creative cocktails made with herbs from the bartender's garden. The eclectic setting and the unique drinks are all there for the hipster in you.
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The Barnacle House

Barnacle Historic State Park is located right on the water in Coconut Grove. The parc has a lot of things to see regarding nature and foliage, however the main attraction is Barnacle House. The house is a relic from the time when the boat was the only way to get to Miami. It offers great views of the bay where you can sit and spend your afternoon in a relaxing way watching the sailboats.
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visa01 Pizza

Visa is one of the most extraordinary pizza restaurants you cam find. It is hidden inside one unremarkable office building. When entering the building you need to tell the security guard that you're going to Visa and then try their Star Luca pie. It is star shaped and filled with Ricotta and Calabrese, it is so tasty that it will blow you mind. Just don't tell too many people about it, because then you'll have to stay in a line for a table!
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