Downtown Coral Gables

Downtown Coral Gables

Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile shopping district in Coral Gables offers visitors and residents an exciting lineup of upscale retail stores and restaurants.

Downtown Coral Gables is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood infused with a chic European feel. Anchored by tree-lined Miracle Mile, this vibrant area is home to Mediterranean architecture, yet boasts some of Miami’s hippest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, respected art galleries and world-class hotels.

With more than 200 retailers and 70 restaurants, Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a sophisticated destination to shop, dine, play, live and work. It’s Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep a secret and visitors love to find.

While Downtown Coral Gables continues to grow, the past is still well preserved. And even though local preservation ordinances protect historic buildings, one out of every four downtown storefronts has been remodeled in the last few years.

Downtown Coral Gables hosts several community events throughout the year including; Carnaval on the Mile and Miracle Mile Sidewalk Sale, Taste of the Gables.

Home to more than 70 restaurants, Downtown Coral Gables is known for its eclectic and international blend of dining choices. From outdoor cafes to fine cuisine and celebrity chef-driven kitchens, the culinary scene in Downtown Coral Gables offers something to please every palate. No visit to Coral Gables is complete without stopping for a bite or a cocktail at one of these well-known establishments.

Downtown Coral Gables Restaurants

Ortanique on the Mile – Renowned chef and owner Cindy Hutson creates her award-winning “cuisine of the sun” at this celebrated eatery, creatively fusing Caribbean, Latin and Asian flavors into unforgettably unique dishes. Celebrating 12 years on the Mile in 2011, Ortanique is a favorite spot for locals and visitors to the area. 278 Miracle Mile / 305-446-7710 I www.cindyhutsoncuisine.com

Randazzo’s little Italy – Former boxer Marc Randazzo’s eatery is the place to go for home-style Italian dishes, heaping portions and a lively atmosphere. Guests can enjoy oversized meatballs and Italian-American memorabilia while listening to “That’s Amore.” 375 Miracle Mile / 305-448-7002

Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge – This chic contemporary restaurant revisits the Spanish Mediterranean in an upscale two-story locale. You will find discerning diners nibbling on hors d’ oeuvres, sharing the secrets of their heart and savoring authentic European recipes that defy dining as usual. 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd / 305-447-0107 / www.porfinrestaurant.com

Seasons 52 -The popular fresh grill and wine bar brings a dining experience that celebrates living well, along with an award-winning wine list, a nightly live pianist and an intimate space for private dining and special events on Miracle Mile. Renowned for a seasonally inspired menu that changes four times a year with weekly features that capture the season’s freshest ingredients and best of all, every menu item is less than 475 calories. 321 Miracle Mile / 305-442-8552 / www.seasons52.com

Charlotte Bistro is the newest French restaurant on Miracle Mile owned by Venezuelan-born chef Elida Villarroel. Prior to opening Charlotte Bistro, Elida mastered her French fusion craft as an apprentice in the kitchen of three-Michelin-star chef Michel Bras in Lyon. The restaurant has a charming, eclectic décor with mismatched chairs, kitschy decorations and a dainty tearoom appeal while serving gourmet fare for lunch and dinner. 246 Miracle Mile / 305-443-3003 I www.charlotte-bistro.com

Caffe Abbracci – Since 1989, owner Nino Pernetti has offered Italian charm and gourmet fare in Coral Gables to both locals and celebrities including the likes of Don King, Rudy Giuliani and Oprah Winfrey. Caffe Abbracci is celebrating their 22nd year in Downtown Coral Gables with a new lighter menu incorporating organic ingredients. 319 Aragon Avenue / (305) 441-0700 www.caffeabbracci.com

Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill – A sleek yet casual spot for after-work drinks. Tarpon Bend is a hang out guaranteed to deliver a great atmosphere, delicious food and top service. Lunch and dinner menus feature the freshest catches and raw bar favorites, and the weekday happy hour with two-for-one drink specials is a local favorite. 65 Miracle Mile / 305-444-3210 / www.tarponbend.com

JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant – An authentic Irish pub with a full-service bar, food and drink specials and live music Friday-Sunday, JohnMartin’s is always the center of attention in the heart of Miracle Mile. Every St. Patrick’s Day, JohnMartin’s brings the luck o’ the Irish to the Gables with a festive street party. 253 Miracle Mile / 305-445-3777 / www.johnmartins.com

Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge – Red Koi brings a swank lounge scene and an extensive Asian fusion menu to the Mile. 317 Miracle Mile / 305-446-2690 / www.redkoilounge.com Fritz and Franz Bierhaus – This outdoor Biergarten is the place to be at this fun Austrian-German restaurant that features televised sports from around the world, live music and special events like Oktoberfest and Bluesfest. 60 Merrick Way / 305-774-1883 / www.bierhaus.cc Steakhouses – Downtown Coral Gables is home to several of the country’s best-known steakhouse brands including Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Hillstone.

Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile offer a refined selection of unique boutiques and specialty stores in a quaint, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. From the latest in designer trends to fine jewelry, accessories and upscale menswear, Downtown Coral Gables has it all. Just a few fine retail stores not to miss include: Hip.e Boutique, Habit, Dulce, Jae’s Jewelers and Curves N’ Waves.

Downtown Coral Gables is home to a variety of galleries and venues that whet the cultural palate. From perusing contemporary Latin American paintings to learning more about the fine art of wine. Downtown Coral Gables radiates a refined atmosphere.

Downtown Coral Gables, with its Miracle Mile, is an elegant and sophisticated destination to live, shop, play and work.

Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is located less than five miles from Miami International Airport and is just 15-20 minutes by car from Downtown Miami and Miami Beach.

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January 2, 2012

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