Cafes in Design District

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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.

3201 N Miami Ave
Miami,
FL
US

The chefs at Morgan's Restaurant transform locally sourced ingredients into made-from-scratch dishes that pull influences from all over the world. Entrees include international dishes such as pan-seared Scottish salmon, Moroccan-style stew, and moules frites with French fries. Though the restaurant's wraparound porch may exude an old-fashioned charm, the interior's chic ambiance, replete with mirrored walls and hanging light fixtures, creates a modern dining atmosphere for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

28 NE 29th St.
Miami,
FL
US

Located within the KnockOutZone gym, Go Go Green doesn't just aim to replenish athletes after workouts. In addition, they strive to promote a healthy lifestyle for all with cold-pressed juices and made-to-order smoothies packed with super fruits, protein supplements, and chia seeds. In addition to drinks, they serve up daily specials such as turkey burgers, sandwiches, and protein pancakes topped with organic fruit, as well as a selection of gluten-free baked goods.

5084 Biscayne Blvd
Miami,
FL
US

Panther Coffee is a Miami-based specialty coffee roaster, known for its small-batch roasting techniques and sublime cups of joe. In the corner of the storefront café is a bean roaster – the perfect piece of functional art – while a few high tables allow for seating across from the coffee bar. Most folks come here to grab unground beans to go, but that doesn’t mean the hip space can’t make for a great afternoon lounge spot. That’s especially true when the brews are this good, with the staff having won national awards for their Ethiopia Cherba and Coffee Kailash blends. And don’t’ be surprised when you order a latte that your steamed milk foam is decorated with some lovely latte art, and simple syrup is offered instead of sugar.

2390 NW 2nd Ave
Miami,
FL
US

Cofara Restaurant’s chefs Yoshio Takahashi and Mr. Bom decorate the dining room's all-white interior with vibrantly colorful maki, Thai cuisine, and seafood. As customers glance around the room, they see the chefs’ careful plating presentation atop tables, which may include arrangements of ruby-red roe sparkling atop a sushi roll's yellow sauce or leafy greens contrasting with a whole orange lobster tail. Thai curry and noodle dishes slake cravings for spicy-sweet flavors, and a selection of creative ceviches mixes Asian and local flavors for a unique take on fusion.

134 NE 2nd Ave
Miami,
FL
US

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.

44 NE 1st St
Miami,
FL
US