by The Editors | December 26, 2017

Bird’s Eye View: Coral Gables is Old Miami

A recent revamp of Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile energizes an iconic community built in the 1920s by George Merrick.


Illustration by Leslie Chalfont

  1. EATING HOUSE MIAMI Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli excels with an eclectic lineup of Cap’n Crunch pancakes, cauliflower steak and grilled quail. 804 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
  2. MS. CHEEZIOUS This food-truck-turned-eatery serves grilled cheese in every way imaginable. 1915 Ponce De Leon Blvd.  
  3. THREEFOLD CAFÉ Craft coffee and gourmet breakfast is sourced from local faves like Panther Coffee and Zac the Baker. 141 Giralda Ave.
  4. ARAGON 101 Take a cooking class or join the supper club at this quaint culinary school. 101 Aragon Ave.
  5. HOTEL COLONNADE Built in 1922, the contemporary escape offers luxury suites and a lush rooftop pool. 180 Aragon Ave.
  6. CORAL GABLES ART CINEMA See screenings of the latest foreign and independent films. 260 Aragon Ave.
  7. ORTANIQUE A must-see on Miracle Mile, the restaurant is popular for its citrus-inspired décor and crafty cocktails. 278 Miracle Mile
  8. BOOKS & BOOKS Find great reads and café con leche at the locally owned bookshop, which hosts author talks and a monthly farm-to-table dinner. 265 Aragon Ave.
  9. POOL LABSHOW This modern boutique features international brands like Inouitoosh and Muuñ. 376 Miracle Mile
  10. ACTORS’ PLAYHOUSE AT THE MIRACLE THEATRE This restored 1940s movie theater hosts performances of classic live theater productions. 280 Miracle Mile
  11. FRENCHIES DINER Enjoy a dainty or decadent French meal with items like salad nicoise and duck confit club. 2618 Galiano St.
  12. VENETIAN POOL The public swimming hole with aquifer-fed spring water was built in 1923 and remains a treasured icon. 2701 De Soto Blvd.
  13. BILTMORE HOTEL Walk the grounds or savor Sunday brunch at the historic hotel, opened in 1926. 1200 Anastasia Ave.
  14. SHOPS AT MERRICK PARK Explore this open-air retail destination with upscale shops like Neiman Marcus and Burberry as well as a farmers market on Sundays.
    358 San Lorenzo Ave.
  15. OLD CUTLER TRAIL Ride this scenic 11-mile bike trail under canopies of banyan trees and near stretches of beach.   Cocoplum Circle
  16. FAIRCHILD TROPICAL GARDEN Named for botanist David Fairchild, the garden houses a collection of rare plants. 10901 Old Cutler Road