Española Way: a hidden bohemian secret in Miami Beach

If you go to Miami, Española Way is a place that cannot be missing from your agenda. (Opy Morales) (Opy Morales /)

If you go to Miami, Spanish Way It is a site that cannot be missing from your agenda. No matter how little time you have, this zone of South Beach It stands out, without a doubt, among the greatest attractions of the city. What began as a project for Spanish-speaking artists in miami beachis today a spectacular and colorful tourist place, increasingly renewed.

Española Way occupies just two pedestrian streets between the avenues Washington Y Pennsylvaniabut it has everything in such a small space: restaurants, bars, shops, boutiques, hotels.

It wasn’t always like this. The idea of ​​creating a more bohemian space in the heart of Miami Beach arose in the 1920s. Yes, in the glorious 20s.

Initially it was called The Spanish Village and was inspired by some towns and cities of Spain Y FranceWhat Cannes, Saint Sebastian either Biarritz. The idea was to have a center that brought together artists and attracted the general public for its modern designs.

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Shortly after its opening, they realized that the place, in addition to welcoming bohemians and the curious, was one of the favorite spaces for Miami’s high society. You could also find the famous of the time or a gangster like Al Caponewho often used the Clay Hotel for your bets.

Hotel Clay, on Espanola Way, Miami Beach.
Al Capone used the Clay Hotel many times for his bets. (The Clay Hotel)

The history of Española Way has been one of endless ups and downs: a hurricane damaged Miami Beach in 1926, the Great Depression it caused many businesses to go bankrupt, in the 50s it became the world capital of rumba, in the 60s its spaces had less notoriety, but in the 80s… In the 80s Española Way seemed to be reborn.

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It was thanks to Linda Polansky, who bought several buildings in the area and painted them in the peculiar peach color that identifies them today. The stars aligned and it also came that way mel bourneset designer of the successful Miami Vice, which used its streets in more than ten episodes of the series. That attracted more film producers —there, for example, was filmed Chains of Gold starring John Travolta— and music videos.

Today Española Way can boast of being one of the great charms of Miami Beach. Its colonial-style architecture with its touch of the tropics makes anyone fall in love. On weekends they set up an open-air market and, as originally intended, art galleries also abound, the street is packed with restaurants and there is no shortage of spaces to enjoy in a big way.

Hotel Esme

Hotel Esmé, on Espanola Way, Miami Beach.
If there is something that stands out above all else and that has led to the return of the Española Way fashion, that has been the opening of Esmé Miami Beach Hotel. (Hotel Esme)

If there is something that stands out above all else and that has led to the return to fashion of Española Way, that has been the opening of Esme Miami Beach Hotel. Spread over several buildings, it has 145 rooms, a rooftop and five restaurants for guests and visitors. It recovers that idea of ​​a small town and all its spaces meander connected by small corridors, patios and corners, which will make you think that suddenly you are in the south of Spain and not in Miami.

Where: 1438 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

oh mexico

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Since 1997, Oh Mexico has brought authentic Mexican food in style to Miami Beach. (Opy Morales) (Opy Morales /)

Since 1997, oh mexico has brought authentic Mexican food in style to Miami Beach. This fun and casual restaurant and tequila bar offers something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Where: 1440 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Havana 1957

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Cuban heritage is also present on Española Way in the form of the Havana 1957 restaurant (Opy Morales) (Opy Morales /)

The Cuban heritage is also present in Española Way in the form of a restaurant: Havana 1957. There they serve succulent breakfasts and Cuban sandwiches, as well as programming nights of music and live shows.

Where: 405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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à la Folie

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(Source)À la folie, a French restaurant on Española Way in Miami. (Opy Morales) (Opy Morales /)

One of the oldest restaurants is à la Folieopened by the Parisian Olivier Runswhere you can enjoy from a coffee with its croissant to crêpes and classics of the French cuisine like onion soup or snails.

Where: 516 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Fish Market

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An Italian corner in the Spanish-inspired Española Way: the Mercato della Pescheria. (Opy Morales) (Opy Morales /)

This establishment is a dining experience that combines the proud heritage of an Italian seafood market with excellent service and restaurant-style seating.

Where: 412 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

roman inn

Espanola Way Miami Beach
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Hosteria Romana has been characterized by bringing to South Beach the culture and traditions of its hometown Centro Storico (Trastevere), Rome Italy. They offer wine and pasta, specializing in Roman and Jewish foods, where waiters provide the entertainment.

Where: 429 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Española Way: a hidden bohemian secret in Miami Beach (Opy Morales) (Opy Morales /)

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