CitySightSeeing Miami encourages tourists not just to see the sights around them, but also to explore them. Professional multilingual guides educate tourists on historical facts and fun city locations, leaving visitors with a deeper knowledge about Miami. When the urge strikes to linger at a tour stop, guests can hop off their double-decker buses and roam alone. Throughout the day, more buses arrive at each stop in intervals to pick up wandering customers and continue their tours while pairing them once again with the bus’s free WiFi and interior AC.
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($4.20-$6.00) or blend into shakes ($6.25) and smoothies ($6.50) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.95). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($5.50-$6.95), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($5.95), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
Milani Gelateria boasts 22 flavors of freshly made gelato and sorbet, whipped together right behind the display case with all-natural and imported ingredients. Sample strawberry sorbet made from bright California strawberries, or indulge in creamy hazelnut gelato, concocted from imported Italian hazelnuts that have a pleasant, woody taste and a charming accent. Sicilian pistachios combine with organic milk to delight tongues, and Piedmont dark chocolate inspires taste buds to adopt the cocoa bean as a form of currency.
When Forever Yogurt claims that it has “literally trillions of possibilities” for combining frozen-yogurt flavors and toppings, it is literally not kidding. At each location, some 16 flavors and 40 toppings challenge self-serve artists to twirl, sprinkle, and festoon cups of fro-yo to their own taste buds' content. Frozen masterpieces can accommodate preferences for low-fat, nonfat, nondairy, and no-sugar-added diets, as well as daily food-pyramid requirements for fresh blueberries, kiwi, and caramel-turtle cups.
Espressamente Illy photographically chronicles their process on a vibrant red wall, starting with the harvest of the beans, which are shaken out by hand and dried to release the unique earthy tales of India, Colombia, Brazil, and other countries of origin. The photos and the café itself are a testament to the labors of the company’s Italian-born founder, Ernesto Illy. In 1933, the self-proclaimed "cocktail of science and business" founded Illy, a landmark in a life spent in search of the perfect espresso.Today, the fruits of that labor shine through in more than 200 stores in 34 countries. Gliding across marble floors, patrons test-drive retail coffee machines, sip on bellinis and wine in stemware, or chat over salads and pressed paninis. Illy Miami does so well to evoke Italy that European pilots from Miami International can be seen between flights sipping on joe on the outdoor patio or searching “Do clouds sting?” on the café's free WiFi.
First & First Southern Baking Company serves up homestyle eats and decadent desserts in its Food Network–theme restaurant. Celebrity chefs peer down from their television perches, inspiring the restaurant's menu of the network's latest culinary exploits. Southern soul seeps from entrees, such as the #12 burger, a patty of Angus beef, sun-dried tomatoes, and pepperoni covered in cheese grits, fried onion strips, lettuce, and tomato coddled by a toasted bun, and accompanied by such sides as fried apples or sweet-potato mash ($9.95). Stomach gardens blossom under the green-thumbery of the raspberry and walnut salad, tossing greens with raspberries, strawberries, feta cheese, apple, walnuts, and a drizzling of raspberry dressing ($8.95).