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A Curated Guide to Art Basel Miami
  • Art Basel Miami

    Outside the exhibitions at Art Basel 2012 (Photo courtesy of Mike Coppola/Getty Images, for Art Basel Miami 2012)

  • Art Basel Miami

    The public opening of Art Basel 2012 (Photo courtesy of Art Basel)

  • Yayoi Kusama, Kehinde Wiley

    Left: “Pumpkin, 2011″ by Yayoi Kusama, from Victoria Miro Gallery (Photo courtesy of the artist and gallery); Right: “The Tribute Money III,” 2013, by Kehinde Wiley, from Sean Kelly Gallery (Photo courtesy of the artist and gallery)

  • SLS Hotel South Beach

    SLS Hotel South Beach

  • Restaurant Michael Schwartz

    Restaurant Michael Schwartz

  • The Standard High Line

    Left: “Pearly Whites,” 2013, by Marilyn Minter, from Salon 94 (Photo courtesy of the artist and gallery); Right: “A Great Fortune Is A Great Indentured Servant,” 2012, by Sinisa Kukec, from Spinello Projects (Photo courtesy of the artist and gallery)

  • The Standard High Line

    Left: Set Miami nightclub; Right: a drink at the Regent Cocktail Club

  • The Setai Miami Beach

    The Setai Miami Beach

  • De Rodriguez Cuba

    Left: Poolside seating at De Rodriguez Cuba; Right: one of the restaurant’s desserts

  • Nari Ward, Marina Abramović

    Left: “BEYOND,” 2013, by Nari Ward, from Galleria Continua (Photo courtesy of the artist and gallery); Right: “Places of Power, The Garden of Maitreya,” 2013, by Marina Abramovic, from Luciana Brito Galeria (Photo courtesy of the artist and gallery)

  • Scope

    Scope Art Fair

  • The Standard High Line

    “Bonhomme de neige,” 2007, by Pierre Ardouvin, from Valentin (Copyright Kevin Tachman)

CHEAT SHEET
WHERE

A long, narrow barrier island connected to South Florida’s biggest city by a series of lagoon-spanning causeways.

WHY GO

For urbanity, culture, eye candy and brainless hedonism in just the right blend — not to mention an exceedingly pleasant climate.

HOW

Miami’s international airport is a regional nexus, and mainland Miami lies at the south end of I-95, the main artery of the eastern US.

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Despite its rather one-dimensional party reputation, Miami offers a bit of something for everyone — and having some of the country’s best restaurants, spas and hotels certainly doesn’t hurt.

This week the art world descends upon Miami. With fifty thousand people expected to attend a staggering lineup of openings and exhibitions — plus countless places to eat, drink and play, whether you party like a Kardashian or Gagosian — deciding how to make the most of the weekend can be a challenge. To help us make sense of it all, we turned to two people in the hotel world who come at the event from different angles — hotel executive Thomas Meding of the SLS South Beach and Clef d’Or concierge Maite Foriasky of the Setai Miami Beach, key figures at two of Miami’s most in-demand hotels during Art Basel. Their recommendations:

Where to eat:
Thomas Meding: I am looking forward to checking out Michelle Bernstein’s just-opened Garden Café pop-up at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Her inventive cuisine is perfect for Art Basel week. Restaurant Michael Schwartz, helmed by James Beard Award–winning chef Michael Schwartz, is another favorite of mine. It’s hands-down one of the best outdoor dining spots in Miami.

Maite Foriasky: Craving authentic Cuban cuisine? For flavorful Latin fusion (we are in Miami after all), have a late-night dinner at OLA in the Sanctuary Hotel, or try some ceviche at De Rodriguez Cuba.

Where to drink:
T.M.: My favorite cocktail spot is the Regent Cocktail Club at Gale South Beach. The atmosphere and crowd there is electric and the cocktails are expertly crafted. I would also recommend Bâoli Miami, located right on Collins Avenue. It’s a great blend of lively outdoor restaurant dining and cocktail lounge.

M.F.: The Bar & Courtyard at the Setai! In honor of Art Basel, the Setai’s master mixologist Philip Khanderish crafted a special menu of molecular cocktails, available at The Bar & Courtyard from December 1st to 8th.

Where to after-party:
T.M.: The best after-party spot during Art Basel will be Hyde Beach, our indoor-outdoor lounge at SLS Hotel South Beach. We have a series of programming planned for the week and it will be the place to unwind for the night with the international elite.

M.F.: I recommend experiencing South Beach’s famous nightclubs like Story and LIV, which are renowned for bringing all of the world’s top DJs to perform, such as Tiësto, David Guetta and Calvin Harris. For a more intimate after-party experience, try SET and Mynt Lounge (located next to the Setai), which are famous for their resident DJs.

Where to escape the crowds:
T.M.: It’s hard to escape the crowds in the city during Art Basel! However, check out the Sunset Harbour neighborhood, a quiet area with some of the city’s best spots including Pubbelly, Lucali, JugoFresh and more.

M.F.: Hop on a yacht and explore Biscayne Bay, Stiltsville and the Boca Chica lighthouse, all located in Biscayne National Park.  A visit to Miami would not be complete without spending some time on or in the water, and looking back on your way to Stiltsville and the Boca Chica lighthouse, our city’s skyline is just breathtaking.

Where to squeeze in some art:
T.M.: If you are looking to escape South Beach and really take in the art, I suggest going across the bridge to Midtown Miami where some of the best satellite art fairs will be located, including Art Miami, ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair, Brazil ArtFair, CONTEXT and Miami Project.

M.F.: Check out the graffiti scene in Wynwood. It’s edgy, always changing, and you can even see some art in the making. You will find works by Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Retna, Glow and Miss Reds from the Few and Far Women crew, EL Chan Guri, FLMingo94, Molly Rose Freeman, Jose Mertz, Craola, GG and Chanoir 1980. And at the hotel we can organize a private tour with a local graffiti expert.

The one thing that really shouldn’t be missed:
T.M.: Do not miss the SCOPE Art Fair on Miami Beach, one of my favorites to visit as they showcase international emerging contemporary art.

M.F.: Being the gateway to Latin America, the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami is another way of exploring what makes our city unique and different. One must-stop (among many): Versailles, a popular restaurant and coffee lounge. On busy days they serve more than a thousand cortaditos.

Some final words of advice:
T.M.: See as much as you can and take it all in! Art Basel is an exciting time for Miami so take advantage of everything the city has to offer. You can sleep when it’s over!

M.F.: Allocate one full day to spend at the Miami Beach Convention Center to fully enjoy the monumental collection of cutting-edge pieces and rare works of art by famous artists from around the world.

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CHEAT SHEET
WHERE

A long, narrow barrier island connected to South Florida’s biggest city by a series of lagoon-spanning causeways.

WHY GO

For urbanity, culture, eye candy and brainless hedonism in just the right blend — not to mention an exceedingly pleasant climate.

HOW

Miami’s international airport is a regional nexus, and mainland Miami lies at the south end of I-95, the main artery of the eastern US.

TABLET TIP

Despite its rather one-dimensional party reputation, Miami offers a bit of something for everyone — and having some of the country’s best restaurants, spas and hotels certainly doesn’t hurt.


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