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.
A towering wall of book-lined shelves and a wooden chessboard tucked in the corner create "that vibe where you feel like maybe you should stay for a spell" at Moloko, according to the Miami New Times. That feeling grows stronger as you sip from a cup of steaming coffee or steeped tea and drive a fork into abundant crepes stuffed with anything from prosciutto to raw, organic maple syrup.
Overhead, exposed wooden rafters keep the ceiling from floating away from the walls, adding a rustic touch to the otherwise modern décor. Customers lounge beside cherry-red walls at the coffee bar, settling into vinyl seats that fall somewhere between stools and armchairs. When the space isn't serving customers, the staff hosts crepe-making classes and live music.
At Forty Four Cafe, chefs create a daily spread of Latin American street fare and fresh-baked French pastries. Each morning, chefs set to work to layer bread with ham, mustard, and pickles for Cuban sandwiches, stuff yucas for yuca rellena, and create savory empanadas. On the sweeter side, they create both French and Latin American desserts. Fresh, flaky croissants can be paired with a wealth of toppings, and guava tarts showcase the flavors of the tropics without dousing baked goods in every scent of sunscreen.
Founded by a trio of Italians, Gelato-go serves up a variety of the delectable treat made fresh each day. Using low-fat milk, cream, and no butters, hydrogenated vegetable fats, or other industrial bases, gelato-makers deliver flavors that blend tastes such as pistachio, strawberry, and stracciatella, or coconut, chocolate, and cream. The menu also includes sorbetto made with seasonal fruits, as well as hot croissants filled with gelato, and the shop gladly accepts bulk orders for delivery.
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.
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).