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.
iConnect Cafe's goal is a lofty one: to help revitalize the spiritual and cultural offerings and lifestyles in south Florida. A goal this ambitious calls for services that rise to the challenge, and so iConnect's founders do more than just provide organic tea, coffee, and café food. They also offer yoga classes that can help clients work up an appetite for their vegan bean burgers and kale salads, and lead healing reiki sessions that can be followed with a cup of organic joe. Body wraps wrap the body, promoting exfoliation and moisturizing with cucumbers, aloe, honey, or seaweed, and the five-point star treatment targets the scalp, hands, and feet with herbal salts, organic paparazzi, and medicated oils.
Origami Food replenishes pantries with fresh groceries, produce, and organic specialty items. Customers can raid the shelves for wholesome oils and seeds, or stock up on spices, herbs, and dressings to add flavor to everyday foods or an astronaut friend’s idea of dinner. Customers can also browse a selection of potables, from organic green teas and coffees to fruity drinks.
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.
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 rhythmic whirring of fruit-annihilating blades, punctuated by the crunching of ice and glugging of poured juices, courses through Smoothie King’s health emporium. Guests select from a bountiful selection of made-to-order beverages in seven categories—including Stay Healthy, Trim Down, and Get Energy—each formulated with specific fruit combos to help bulk up muscle or trim down waistlines. The Raspberry Sunrise balances out its tartness with honey, while the exotic Mangosteen Madness showcases the Southeast Asian fruit along with strawberries and papaya. Guests can augment their fruit flavors with one of 11 enhancers, such as a vitamin and calcium blend to strengthen joints, or a 125 mg Caffeine Charge enhancer to temporarily make mowing the lawn less sleep-inducing.
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.