Resident Guide to Art Basel Miami 2022
It's that time of the year again when Art Week takes over Miami. Those who are passionate about art and culture flock to the Magic City to enjoy the exciting combination of fairs, galleries, installations, pop-ups, and activations that await at almost every corner. The city is at its best, offering experiences not only for art fanatics but also catering to nightlife fans and foodies. This means travelers and locals alike can expect an extra dose of creativity at Miami's best hotels and restaurants during this annual celebration.
WHERE TO STAY
The Gabriel South Beach is an elegant oceanfront oasis featuring three on-site restaurants and two glamorous pools. Located right in the heart of Ocean Drive, you will be steps away from sandy beaches, thriving nightlife, boutique art galleries, and the iconic boardwalk.
Miami Beach's historic art deco hotel known for its year-round art programming and museum-quality exhibitions, is once again celebrating Miami Art Week with a series of interactive activations and events. The highlight of the five-day celebration will undoubtedly be the 21st edition of the iconic Sagamore Brunch on Saturday, December 3, which will welcome the elite of the international art world, including collectors, dealers and artists. As one of the most sought-after invites of Miami Art Week, this exclusive event consistently delivers the gold standard of the Miami art experience with numerous art activations, live art, fashion shows, NFT displays, special musical performances, gourmet catering, passed cocktails, mixology stations, and so much more. The celebration also includes daily outdoor pool and dance parties with world-class DJs, playing from 1-11 pm.
Address: 1671 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
An epitome of classic South Beach glamour and opulence, The Shelborne South Beach is a beloved Art Deco-styled architectural gem with amazing oceanside views. Guests will get the full Miami experience under one roof, from café con leche and guava pastries at David's Cafecito to world-class cocktails at Sweet Beach Pop-Up Bar.
Steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, you'll be swept away by The Balfour Hotel's Art-Deco-style buildings and enchanting courtyard. With its undeniably timeless appeal and peaceful atmosphere, this boutique hotel will make for a truly unforgettable stay.
W South Beach reigns as the Art Basel social center and Miami's go-to hotel for the well-to do. Following a recent $30 million renovation, the iconic hotel includes newly designed suites (the largest on South Beach), new spa, pool cabanas, and a refreshed art collection, valued at $100 million, is curated by co-owner Aby Rosen, as well diverse programming led by some of Miami's most beloved organizations/brands.
The new Esmé Miami Beach Hotel, a former 1920s bohemian artists' colony introduces the Spanish-Med lifestyle to South Beach by the way of an eight building "Spanish village." Named one of TIME's top 2022 destinations, the boutique hotel, by Infinity Hospitality, is comprised of 145 guest rooms, a rooftop and five signature eateries for guests and locals, alike to revel in along the iconic pedestrian plaza, Española Way. Each of the buildings within the Esmé village are connected by charming Spanish-style paseos winding through small, sunny nooks and charming courtyards.
An independent, experience-driven hotel brand with locations in Miami Beach and New York City's Midtown, NoMad and SoHo neighborhoods, will debut Arlo Wynwood November 1. The property will be the first hotel to open in Miami's preeminent creative and cultural district, which is home to the largest concentration of street art in the world. With guest rooms starting at $239 per night, the all-new 217-room, nine-story hotel will serve as the cultural hub for residents and visitors while offering savvy travelers prime access to the best of the region. During Miami Art Week, Arlo Wynwood has partnered with Brooke Einbender, pioneering artist in the "phygital" (physical + digital art) space, to host "The Unknown Zone," a captivating immersive art experience during Miami Art Week 2022. The Unknown Zone at Arlo Wynwood will feature three "mind bending" installations that bridge both physical and digital realms, including Enbender's mixed-reality reclaimed door installations layered with cutting-edge technology. The exhibition, which opens November 29, will be complimentary to guests and visitors.
The iconic luxury hospitality brand AKA's first ever Miami offering, Hotel AKA Brickell, is a tranquil, sophisticated urban retreat that's redefining vacations and stays in Miami. Conveniently located in the heart of Brickell, the 36-story hotel offers panoramic Biscayne Bay and city views.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Miami Art Week at the THesis Hotel, a chic, strikingly designed destination in the heart of Coral Gables. Retire to chic, thoughtfully designed suites or relax by the fabulous rooftop pool. Foodies can refuel at the two on-site restaurants, Mamey and Orno, led by 4x James Beard Nominee and Food & Wine's Best New Chef of 2020, Chef Niven Patel.
Shares the same bustling locale and glimmering views of Biscayne Bay previously enjoyed in the early 1900's at Elser Pier. Elser Pier's idyllic positioning in the booming downtown corridor facilitated its position as Miami's premier venue for entertainment and conventions. The pier's multitude of venues and waterfront vistas served as an attraction for tourists and nearby residents. Positioned in Miami's most magnetic locale, Downtown Miami, The Elser Hotel and Residences will offer a lively, dynamic lifestyle for tastemakers of every stripe. THe hotel will include a restaurant by the team at Jaguar Sun. Enjoy access to an abundance of well-appointed amenities and direct proximity to world-class entertainment, arts, and dining.
WHERE TO DINE
Miami Design District / Edgewater/ Brickell
Only two-Michelin star restaurant in Florida
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, of the Bastion Collection, is the only two Michelin star restaurant in Florida, making it a must-try while in town for Basel. Sit at their signature dining counter facing directly into the open kitchen and watch the chefs curate the ultimate culinary and mixology experience. L'Atelier's modern French menu includes the late great Chef Robuchon's iconic signature dishes, alongside new, ever-changing seasonal creations utilizing ingredients sourced from top local and regional purveyors.
From the same talented team that operates Negroni, Italica Midtown is the area's very first artisan pizza and spritz bar, serving up decadent drinks and creative foodie combinations daily until midnight. Chat amongst friends over weekend brunch or laugh through a late dinner, enjoying Italica's colorful twist on Italian cuisine and mosaic-tiled bar. Party lovers can indulge in Italica's daily happy hour, Golden Hour, which includes an array of complimentary passed bites and select shots from 6-7 p.m. Weekend brunch presents expansive brunch offerings including two-for-one Aperol Spritz and Tutto il Giorno cocktails along with $25 bottomless Gambino Prosecco and a rotating schedule of live entertainment.
Address: 3201 NE First Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
Michelin-star lunch hotspot
One Michelin-starred Le Jardinier, of the Bastion Collection, is an approachable yet refined French American restaurant known for its local seasonal ingredients, sustainable seafood, poultry and meat and impressive cocktail program that pairs well with the menu options. During Basel, Le Jardinier is an ideal stop for lunch while shopping in the Design District. Le Jardinier introduces a food and cocktail overhaul expected to whisk you away to the French Riviera.
Land and Sea Hotspot
After hitting up the art scene all of Basel, the hottest place to dine in Miami will without question be Klaw – an all-new upscale land and sea concept that landed in Edgewater this past summer. Klaw offers an unmatched culinary experience for even the most discerning of gastronomes. Taking center stage is the King Crab, straight from the rough waters of the Arctic Ocean. Served whole and deshelled tableside, the presentation is show-stopping, while the taste could move you to tears. A carefully curated beef program made entirely from scratch rounds out the menu boasting cuts you quite literally cannot find anywhere else in the city – certified, authentic Kobe beef included. Klaw's rooftop bar – the only one in Edgewater – blends seamlessly into the unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay, making it the ideal spot to grab a few drinks before art hopping or the perfect place to close out the night.
Modern Japanese izakaya dining
This Art Basel, don't just view the art, go where you can create it yourself. Exclusively at Zuma Miami, the famed Japanese eatery will kick off Art Basel with an interactive painting experience in collaboration with contemporary street artist SeekOne on December 1st. After learning all the ins and outs of painting from SeekOne himself, guests will then apply these newly learned skills in real time to a community 6ft canvas piece in the lounge area. Zuma Miami will transform patrons into artists while treating them to the well-known flavorsome dishes and boozy cocktails that put this iconic restaurant on the map over a decade ago. Located in the heart of Downtown, Zuma Miami offers an internationally acclaimed style of modern and contemporary featuring beautiful outdoor and dockside seating, lounge area and bar, and epic views of the Miami River.
EST.33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen
EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery & Kitchen is where Asian flavors meet the distinctive techniques of American barbecue, paired with refreshing beer brewed onsite. The restaurant's interior draws inspiration from the golden and amber brews – hints of gold, metal, rope and aged brick and glass are seamlessly incorporated into the unique design. Away from the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach, EST.33 is the perfect destination to eat and see art during Art Basel weekend.
Rosie's: The Backyard
A must-visit if you're in town for Miami Art Week. Helmed by culinary experts Chef Akino and Jamila West, Rosie's: The Backyard features an array of elevated Southern brunch classics with a subtle Italian twist. A few favorites from the menu include the Wild Mushroom Polenta ($19), a creamy blend of roasted mushrooms topped with a poached egg and garnished with charred kale, parmesan cheese and herb gremolata for a fresh kick; or if you're in the mood for something sweet, try the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes ($15) topped with macerated berries, creamy ricotta, and toasted pistachios for a crunch.
Address: 7127 NW 2nd Ave Miami, FL 33150
Verde at the Pérez Art Museum Miami
Savor in an artfully presented plate Verde at the Pérez Art Museum Miami during Miami Art Week, visit. In conjunction with PAMM's upcoming exhibition Leandro Erlich: Liminal, Verde will be unveiling a brand new menu for all to enjoy during art week. Verde features sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and boasts an elevated menu of Mediterranean-American cuisine. The modern, casual restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating with an expansive patio with lush vegetation cascading from the canopy's overhang. The patio leads out onto the entrance to Museum Park, a scenic outdoor experience for diners looking to bask in the South Florida weather and immerse themselves in the city's cultural offerings with access to the museum's sculpture garden and scenic views of Downtown Miami.
Address: 1103 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL 33132
BRAVA! at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Located on the second floor of the Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House. Helmed by the team at Constellation Culinary Group, the expansive menu is heavily inspired by classic French cuisine. The perimeter of the dining room is lined with large-scale photography of the Arsht Center and two walls covered in white orchids that serve as the restaurant's main focal points. The dining room is outfitted with black wooden tables, plush cerulean chairs, and a warm mustard sofa, creating an inviting setting for pre-show dinners and drinks. The restaurant is open during shows for brunch and dinner, offering a French-inspired menu.
Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar
Enjoy international comfort food, cocktails and more at Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar. The Midtown destination is a local hotspot for Nikkei-inspired sushi, Latin bites and lively vibes perfect for celebrating Art Week. Experience a family-friendly daytime meal before joining a sensual nighttime occasion, with red-lit walls and two exclusive cocktail bars spanning the dining room to the patio. But not everything revolves around the night—weekend brunch presents spritzy drinks, croissants and egg favorites for a sunny sensation not found anywhere else in Miami.
Address: 3201 Buena Vista Blvd, Miami, FL 33127
Villa Azur Miami Beach
Fall into France at Villa Azur, Miami Beach's favorite Mediterranean supper club only steps away from the Art Week festivities. Delight in champagne amongst champagne-colored cushions, whether it'd be inside Villa's elegant dining room to the enchanted courtyard under the stars. Villa Azur presents a signature Thursday Night Dinner Party where Art Week guests can dine, dance and drink all night long, complete with a live DJ and saxophone tunes. Catch glamorous performers and sparkling bottle service until 3 a.m.
The Restaurant at W South Beach (RWSB) is an American eatery led by Executive Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia. Developed by KNR Hospitality, RWSB is beautifully designed with reclaimed wood and surrounded by lush vegetation with an airy outdoor space where diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner alfresco. The menu features fresh fish and shellfish, choice meats, local produce and more. Reservations are recommended.
The Deck at Island Gardens
Catch gorgeous sunset views at The Deck at Island Gardens, Miami's most exquisite waterfront restaurant and lounge. Wine and dine amongst mega-yachts with high-energy nightly entertainment, sunset specials every weekday from 7-8 p.m. and live music during the restaurant's delicious weekend brunch. Art Week guests can relax in a booked cabana or dance under the stars, delighting in The Deck's thoughtfully prepared menu spanning from seafood towers to photo-worthy salad tossed in a cheese wheel.
Address: 888 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132
Andalusian tapas and fantastic gin
Located off the lobby of Casa Matanza, Tropezón is the perfect place to "stumble" upon for sharing Andalusian-inspired tapas and delectable cocktails, including the restaurant's highly curated gin offerings.
Unique spirit blends and Latin plates
El Salón exclusively features a proprietary collection of spirit blends, crafted with a focus on flavor profile, and developed into verticals to elevate the cocktail experience. Small plates which celebrate the Latin diversity of the Magic City are offered as well.
The Drexel is a modern coastal Mediterranean restaurant featuring house made pasta and pizza with a heavy emphasis on locally sourced seafood and an entire section dedicated to vegetable dishes.
Japanese Cuisine & Design at Michelin-starred Kosushi Miami
Michelin-starred Kosushi Miami is the perfect Japanese restaurant to enjoy creative cocktails and traditional dishes by Chef Shoyo Iida during Art Basel. Located in Miami Beach's affluent South of Fifth neighborhood, the restaurant's ceiling to floor contemporary light oak Japanese carpentry is set to impress, designed by award winning Brazilian architect Arthur Casas.
Tranquil oasis with light bites
An oasis in Miami Beach, The Roof offers a tranquil escape with lighter bites and great libations, from sangria to unique takes on beloved cocktails.
Experience Waterfront Elegance at The Deck at Island Gardens
Those more aligned with artful elegance can find an exquisite experience at The Deck at Island Gardens, Miami's super-yacht marina outdoor lounge. Catch stunning views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami from waterfront seats, lined with palm trees and flush with neutrals from soft white to champagne beige. The Deck at Island Gardens offers a classic yet impressive menu, whether it's a loaded seafood tower or tossed salad within a cheese wheel. Open for weeknight dinner or Sunday brunch, The Deck is a fine dining experience to close an artful day.
Coral Gables / Doral / Kendall
For those looking to escape the crowded Basel scene and step into some classic Miami neighborhoods for that local feel, get tapas and famous cocktails at a Gables staple, Bulla Gastrobar. With locations in Doral and The Falls as well, visitors can enjoy a fun, casual gathering place inspired by the most popular tapas-style restaurants in Spain. Much like those famous gastrobars in Spain, Bulla is devoted to serving unique Spanish and Catalan dishes created with the finest and freshest ingredients. While the bar at Bulla is the center of attraction, the emphasis is on quality gastronomic creations around a distinct ambiance designed to entice the senses and your appetite.
Another local favorite, Pisco y Nazca resides in bustling Doral and Kendall, away from the tourists and crowds. There's a popular saying in Peru, "Entre Pisco y Nazca." It translates to having fun in a social environment encompassing exceptional cocktails—the perfect way to describe this Peruvian favorite. This ceviche gastrobar is a lively place serving bold-flavored dishes, unique cocktails and a vast selection of national and international beers. Inspired by top restaurants in Peru, Pisco y Nazca's atmosphere is casual, trendy and fun with a touch of subtle sophistication.
Michelin Guide 2022 – Best Cuban Restaurant
Basel goers can't say they've truly experienced Miami without a taste of the Cuban flavor here, enter Coral Gables staple, Havana Harry's. Established in 1995, Havana Harry's is a Miami favorite with a Cuban menu that also serves dishes with Spanish and Latin American influence. The restaurant offers that homemade/grandma-approved feeling through its entrées and an array of extraordinary homemade desserts paired with unique décor and atmosphere that provide an inviting space for social gatherings. Havana Harry's is the place for authentic Cuban cuisine and cocktails, whether you're coming for lunch, dinner, happy hour, or late night. It is the perfect place to gather with la familia y los amigos and grab a seat. Salud!
MR CHOW Miami
Upscale authentic Beijing fare
MR CHOW continues to reign as one of the area's most iconic restaurants to dine, imbibe and be seen for more than a decade, and it isn't hard to see why. Located directly on the beach in W South Beach, the venue features authentic Beijing fare including one of the best prepared Beijing Duck in the world for patrons to enjoy underneath a stunning 123-foot Gold-leaf and Swarovski crystal chandelier designed by Michael Chow himself. Foodies know there are few other places in the Miami area that will satisfy and tickle all senses like MR CHOW, which is why its loyal international clients return dine-after-dine for the perfect combination of art, fashion, music and, of course, cuisine.
Wildfire by Meat N' Bone
MAGIC MIKE LIVE ignites your senses, removes your inhibitions, and reminds you that you can have it all. Now, the team behind MAGIC MIKE LIVE has partnered with Miami's Meat N' Bone to give you a culinary experience that is as revelatory and unexpected as the show. Miami's hottest new restaurant concept, Wildfire, will ignite your passion for fresh, innovative cuisine with a chef-driven menu of some of the very best proteins in the world. Japanese Wagyu, USDA Prime and Ora King Salmon share the menu with delectable dishes like Champagne Risotto, Truffled Mashed Potatoes, and Creamy Burrata. Best of all, the restaurant is just steps away from the MAGIC MIKE LIVE theater. So whether you want to try the unforgettable Wagyu Burger, the tableside-fired Tuna Tataki, or a taste from the decadent dessert selection that includes alcohol-infused ice creams, Wildfire by Meat N' Bone is the perfect beginning (or end) to an evening of radiant, uninhibited magic. A limited number of bookings are available Wednesday through Sunday each week.
Museum Shows and Private Collections
Visitors to Art Basel Miami Beach will have the opportunity to experience South Florida's world-class museums and private collections, including:
'Las Mariposas Eternas – solo exhibition by Adrián Villar Rojas'
'The Harvesters – solo exhibition by Jamilah Sabur'
'Phraseology – by various artists'
de la Cruz Collection
'Together, at the Same Time'
El Espacio 23
'You Know Who You Are – Cuban art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection.'
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)
'Michel Majerus: Progressive Aesthetics – first US museum survey'
'Nina Chanel Abney: Big Butch Energy'
'Hervé Télémaque: 1959–1964'
'Ronny Quevedo – ule ole allez'
Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
'The Bitter Years'
'New European and American Painters and Sculptors'
PAMM (Pérez Art Museum Miami)
'Leandro Erlich: Liminal'
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
'Haitian Collection Exhibition: Curated with Kathia St. Hilaire'
'William Kentridge: Ursonate' 'Scott Covert: I Had a Wonderful Life'
'Malcolm Morley: Shipwreck'
Located in the heart of the Faena District, the Faena Art Project Room marks the first dedicated space for the nonprofit organization in Miami, serving as a platform for experimentation and development of innovative ideas. The inaugural program will feature Barcelona-based artist Andrés Reisinger's The Smell of Pink, an immersive multisensory site-specific installation. Faena Art commissioned various artworks by Pilar Zeta, including Hall of Visions, a site-specific monumental installation for Faena Beach, and a sculpture titled Hatch, to be featured at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach Cathedral.
For its first partnership with Design Miami/, Bottega Veneta will present an installation that follows an unprecedented commission by Creative Director Matthieu Blazy as he tapped Gaetano Pesce to design Bottega Veneta's Summer 2023 show space in Milan, which included a sculptural resin floor and 400 resin chairs.
GRUPO ARCA EXHIBITION
ENNE MIAMI OPENING
DAISIES AT THE STANDARD SPA MIAMI BEACH
The Standard Spa Miami Beach will partner with Paige Silveria on DAISIES, a collaborative art project of site-specific presentations by artists Bill Strobeck, Gabby Schwan, Frank Dorrey and Carlotta Kohl.
DANIEL ARSHAM "SKETCHBOOK" SIGNING AT THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION
On Wednesday, December 1st from 4:00pm-6:00pm, Daniel Arsham will be having a special "Sketchbook" signing at the Lobby Bar in The Miami Beach EDITION. The Lobby Bar will be hosting special events throughout the week.
FTX PRESENTS 'WYNWOOD STUDIOS'
Produced by Abracadabra & Hurry Up Slowly, FTX—a US-regulated cryptocurrency exchange with a mission to grow the digital currency ecosystem—will present the inaugural NFT Art Party Exhibition as a four-day pop-up experience combining music, art and crypto technology from December 1st-4th with top headliners like Diplo, Guy Gerber and Kaz James. For tickets, click here to purchase.
DOM PÉRIGNON YACHT CONCIERGE
Dom Pérignon will be launching exclusive champagne experiences; a customized Dom Pérignon yacht will set sail along Biscayne Bay with white glove delivery of exceptional packages that include everything you need for an unforgettable champagne fête on a boat or waterfront residence. The Dom Perignon yacht concierge is available during Design Miami / Art Basel (December 1 – December 4) and can be reserved with 24-hr advance notice on Our Cellar.
THE JEFFREY DEITCH GALLERY SHATTERED GLASS
Shattered Glass, the acclaimed exhibition of new art by emerging artists of color that was shown at Jeffrey Deitch Los Angeles last spring, will be presented in an expanded version—with 15 new artists—in the Design District's Moore Building from November 29th through December 5th.
THE FIRST-EVER NFT BZL CONFERENCE AT FTX ARENA
On November 30th, NFT BZL will be hosting the first-ever conference aiming to further educate and inspire its audience on NFTs and their impact. Industry innovators and thought leaders will host panels and discussions about the transition from web 2.0 to web 3.0, how NFT's are disrupting the art industry and how to invest in NFT's, alongside new product announcements and digital galleries. Notable speakers include Gary Vaynerchuck, Tim Draper, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava, Alex Mashinsky, YesJulz, Justin Blau, and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website here.
IDEAS TO WAKE UP TO AT EAST MIAMI
EAST Miami, the business lifestyle hotel brand under Swire Hotels, has launched its newest program Ideas To Wake Up To with the theme "Creativity & Business," bringing business leaders and creatives together for a series of short, casual talks and informal networking sessions to connect and inspire each other's communities.
ICONS, TRANSFORMED: SHUTTERSTOCK X BRADLEY THEODORE COLLABORATION AT W SOUTH BEACH
Shutterstock is collaborating with distinguished global artist Bradley Theodore for an exclusive cocktail party during Miami Art Week at W South Beach. The event will include a pop-up gallery showcasing a selection of Theodore's latest creative innovation, transforming stunning visuals from Shutterstock's premium collection of photography into his well-known skeletal design.