Miami Beach

Exploring a destination’s culinary scene is key to any jet-setter’s vacation. Now, we could easily sit here and give you a list of the best restaurants in Miami, but why would we do that when there’s an even better way to experience our city’s growing culinary landscape — i.e. visiting a food hall!

The trend has exploded in Miami in the past year, with food halls popping up all over town, and even more in the works. Here are our new favorites.

1-800-Lucky Asian Food Hall

Wynwood

Taiyaki Japanese Fish Cone Ice Cream

Credit: Taiyaki NYC Miami/Facebook

Like any good spot in Wynwood, 1-800-Lucky is not what it at first appears to be. You’ll have to enter through a small record shop before finding an intimate space with low lighting, thumping music, and the familiar scent of teriyaki. Clearly a food hall that oozes the hip, underground vibe of Wynwood itself, 1-800-Lucky offers a smorgasbord of Asian street food options. From Vietnamese banh mis to Chinese peking duck to poke bowls and omakase sushi, you can enjoy your Asian eats inside, or take over a bench outdoors and dine al fresco. Whichever you choose, don’t leave without ordering a Japanese fish-shaped ice cream cone from Taiyaki NYC. The red bean waffle cone and black sesame-matcha ice cream blend is a sweet but savory treat that’s sure to blow up your Instagram.

St. Roch Market

Miami Design District

St. Roch Market Miami

Oysters from Elysian Seafood at St. Roch Market

While other food halls in Miami have dedicated themselves to one specific cuisine, St. Roch highlights Miami’s culinary diversity by featuring the area’s up-and-comers in an approachable, localized and family-friendly format. From the food down to its design, St. Roch is a great way to get a feel for new Miami. Taking its emphasis from the surrounding neighborhood, the sleek, white food hall fits in perfectly with the Design District and even features an Instagrammable reading wall with perfectly color-coordinated art and design books.

Modeled off the famous St. Roch Market in New Orleans, the food hall acts as a culinary incubator for worthy food concepts. (Instead of paying rent for their space, the vendors profit share with the Market’s owners, incentivizing all partners to support each other’s success.) Many of the outlets are family-run – owned by husband-and-wife duos, teams of mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters-in-law. These vendors serve up specialties ranging from Israeli hummus and falafel at Jaffa, to Southern-style fried chicken and waffles at Coop, authentic handmade pasta at Dal Plin, and vegan goodies by Chef Chloe. The only non-local vendor is New Orleans-based Elysian Seafood, which was popularized at the original food hall in the Big Easy and fits in just as well in seafood-centric Miami.

La Centrale Italian Food Hall

Brickell City Centre

La Centrale Italian Food Hall

Credit: La Centrale Italian Food Hall/Facebook

Think of La Centrale as the Eataly of Miami – with more cheese, carbs and red sauce than you could ever dream about. This new 40,000-square-foot food hall spans three stories, featuring its own Italian Mercato on the first floor, alongside a Pizza & Pasta restaurant. That’s only where it begins, however, as on the second floor, you’ll find everything from seafood (Pesce), meat (Carne) and vegetable-forward (Stagionale) concepts, to a Gelateria and Aperitivo Bar. Last but not least, the top floor features an Enoteca serving prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner, and a cooking studio called La Cucina offering hands-on workshops and even cooking classes for kids.

Treats Food Hall

Aventura Mall

Treats Food Hall

Credit: Treats Food Hall

Treats is no average shopping mall food court. As part of Aventura Mall’s 315,000-square-foot expansion, the mall recently transformed its run-of-the-mill food court into an upscale venue featuring the best of Miami’s fast-casual dining, including My Ceviche, Shake Shack, Poke 305, and a pizza concept called Fig + Mozzarella by celebrity chef Todd English. So shop ’til you drop at this luxury South Florida mall, and then stop in for a succulent lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster or a delicious deli sandwich from Hank & Harry’s.

Coming Soon

Miami Beach

Lincoln Road Morris glass sculpture

Lincoln Road | Credit: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Especially exciting for Loews Miami guests, two more food halls will be opening in South Beach later this year, all within walking distance of our resort. Time Out Market Miami, set to open on Drexel Avenue two blocks from the hotel, will feature culinary concepts from the city’s top chefs, while Lincoln Eatery off of Miami Beach’s popular Lincoln Road will give shoppers of the world-famous pedestrian mall plenty of new fast and affordable food options.

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