Where To Take Out-Of-Towners In Coral Gables, Pt. 1

Entertaining a visiting guest can be daunting, even when you live somewhere as special as Coral Gables. Maybe your routine spots don’t feel special enough for an out-of-towner who is looking to make the most of their short time in the City Beautiful? Don’t stress. This is the first part of a two part guide examining the places that pack the most punch for visitors to enjoy so that you can host friends, family or business associates with confidence and ease in Downtown Coral Gables:

Ortanique – What A Meal in Miami Should Taste Like

This extraordinarily soulful Caribbean restaurant is a veritable Coral Gables favorite. A white tablecloth restaurant, without any of the pretension of a fine-dining restaurant, Ortanique is a perfect place to take a visitor for lunch or dinner. The sunny dishes, including Jerk-Rubbed Foie Gras, Caribbean Seared Ahi Tuna, West Indian Style Bouillabaisse are prepared by acclaimed Chef Cindy Hutson. Save room for dessert – their signature Tres Leche with Mango or Coconut will be something your guest will come back to Miami for again and again. 278 Miracle Mile

Coral Gables Museum – Get To Know Coral Gables’ History 

Over time, it’s easy to become jaded to the aesthetics of Coral Gables and accustomed to the genius of George Merrick’s planned city. To fresh eyes, Coral Gables can be a beautiful, and maybe, a somewhat confusing place. The Coral Gables Museum is a perfect pit stop for a visitor who can’t stop asking questions about the City Beautiful’s history. Enjoy their rotating exhibits as well on your visit and check their calendar in advance for special events. 285 Miracle Mile 

Books & Books – A Taste of Coral Gables’ Vibrant Literary Culture

Books & Books is a treasure in Coral Gables. This bookstore is more than a bookstore; it’s a center of culture and community. Nearly every night of the week Books & Books hosts authors for readings and talks, and you can enjoy their al fresco beer and wine bar and the health-conscious menu of crowd-pleasing foods. It goes without saying that the focus is, of course, books. Your guest can stock up on new releases, local publications, travel books and classics or ask the knowledgeable staff about what they should read on their flight home. 265 Miracle Mile

Gloss – An Environmentally-Friendly Pampering Experience

A vacation should always have a bit of self-care and a touch of self-indulgence; at Gloss Nail Bar, you can get that luxurious manicure that you deserve with only the finest natural and organic products. At this chic nail salon, they use only their own line of nail polish that is totally vegan, cruelty-free, natural and sustainable. Feel good about yourself (and your nails!) while supporting a local business with a mind for making a difference. 214 Andalusia Avenue

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus – Bavarian-Style Fun In Coral Gables

A German restaurant is certainly not the most obvious place to take someone visiting South Florida, but the fun at Fritz & Franz is a sure-fire hit with your guests. This local’s favorite spot has a big, open patio for seating, perfect for a breezy evening in Miami, particularly when your guest is coming from somewhere where outdoor seating in January is near-impossible. 60 Merrick Way

Read the second part of our guide here.