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14 Of The Best Miami Dining Spots For Art Basel Foodies

If you're one of the tens of thousands heading to Art Basel this year, you're gonna need to fuel up.

1. Bagatelle Miami Beach

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Type of Food: French

Address: 220 21st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The walls of this trendy, upscale South Beach spot are adorned in pop art, and in years past, the restaurant has hosted Art Basel-inspired events. Come for the brunch, stay for the afternoon-long party.

2. 27 Restaurant

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Type of Food: American

Address: 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33140

Located in Miami Beach, this eclectic restaurant is set in a revamped house from the 1930s. It just so happens to be attached to both the Freehand Hotel and the hotel's resident cocktail bar, Broken Shaker, and the funky three offer up great food, delicious drinks, vibrant colors, and cool hipster vibes without feeling pretentious.

3. Drunken Dragon

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Type of Food: Korean BBQ/Asian-inspired

Address: 1424 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139

While the exterior of this South Beach Korean BBQ is unassuming, the inside is anything but. In addition to a fun DIY food experience (perfect for late nights), you can expect lots of wood, lots of rope, and lots of pics of Japanese bondage.

4. Upland

Upland

Type of Food: American/Pizza/Pasta

Address: 49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

This is the South Beach outpost of the New York restaurant by the same name. And with plenty of room for big groups, bottomless brunch, seasonal tasting menus, a daily happy hour, and dishes for everyone, it's just as reliable as the OG.

5. Joe's Stone Crab

Joe's Stone Crab

Type of Food: Seafood

Address: 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL, 33139

Joe's Stone Crab is a Miami Beach institution. It originated in 1913 and has been serving the area ever since. Visiting Joe's is a whole thing, and there's a lot you should know before you go. There will definitely be a wait, and it will definitely be worth it. After all, Art Basel falls during stone crab season!

6. Esotico

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Type of Food: Bar food

Address: 1600 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

Esotico just opened in Downtown's Arts & Entertainment District this August, and already it's earning a reputation as a Miami must. Though it's known more for its tiki craft cocktails, rum drinks, and shaved ice shaved table side, there's plenty of "tropical chow" on the menu too, including an octopus hot dog.

7. The Salty Donut

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Type of Food: Baked goods

Address: 50 NW 23rd Street, #112, Miami, FL 33127

Trust us when we tell you to get the guava and cheese at this artisan Wynwood spot. It's, well, art. Everything is made in-house, and the family-owned bakery/coffee bar bases its dough on their own fluffy brioche recipe. (If the line is too long, try the South Miami location, though there'll probably be a wait there too.)

8. Alter

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Type of Food: New American

Address: 223 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127

Look up "best places to eat in Miami," and you'll find this Wynwood restaurant on nearly every single list. Come prepared for an experience. This is a tasting menu kind of place, and the dishes are as artful as anything you'll see during your daily dose of Basel. Make sure you try the soft egg dish, pictured above.

9. KYU

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Type of Food: Asian-inspired

Address: 251 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Another Wynwood winner, the neighborhood's creative spirit is what inspired Michael Lewis and Steven Haigh to open KYU's doors there. This is another place where the food is inspired and you can't really make a bad pick. But now that everyone's caught on to that fact, it'd be wise to make a reservation.

10. Zak the Baker

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Type of Food: Baked goods

Address: 295 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Another Wynwood fave? Yep. Visit this kosher bakery for what may be the best babka you've ever had— or for any other pastry or sandwich on the menu. You'll be pleased no matter what. After you're finished, don't be shy about snapping a pic against the bright kaleidoscopic walls outside. You won't be the only one.

11. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

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Type of Food: New American

Address: 130 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137

The Deign District's food scene is thriving, thanks in part to Michael's, which opened in 2007. Another Miami favorite, the restaurant earned head chef and owner Michael Schwartz a James Beard Award. And if that means nothing to you, this sure will: The food is good, the service is great, and the energy is just right.👌

12. NIU Kitchen

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Type of Food: Catalan

Address: 134 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

In the mood for something different? Head to this Downtown Spanish spot that encourages you to "close your eyes" and "point" when ordering. You won't be disappointed; the menu is stacked with flavorful dishes, not the least of which is a cold tomato soup that comes served with a big scoop of mustard ice cream. Mustard!

13. Sanguich De Miami

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Type of Food: Cuban sandwiches

Address: 2057 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135

One scroll through this Little Havana hot spot's Instagram is all it'll take to convince you to go ASAP. The images — mouthwatering in their own right — are nothing compared to a visit IRL. Sanguich bills itself as "Miami's Best Cuban Sandwich." Where's the lie?

14. Azucar Ice Cream

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Type of Food: Dessert

Address: 1503 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135

While you're in Little Havana, round out your weekend with a trip to this colorful ice cream boutique. The neighborhood is buzzing and your taste buds will be too. Try the Abuela Maria, made with vanilla ice cream, cream cheese, guava, and Maria cookies.

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