Colombians are settling and thriving in Miami in record numbers and the city is transforming itself with new nightlife and foodie offerings thanks to the recipes, sounds and culture of this South American country. Don’t be surprised if you start hearing cumbia and vallenato the next time you’re at a club dancing to reggaeton or salsa on Biscayne Boulevard. Here are just a few places in Miami that are offering up Colombian cultura in the Cuban enclave.
Amazonica sits nestled under a sprawling 80-year-old oak tree in the historic Buena Vista neighborhood of Miami.
This food destination is offering up delicious Colombian bites including obleas, a wafer-like disc filled with jam or dulce de leche, and choladasm, a cup filled with fresh fruit, ice and condensed milk.
2. La Poderosa Bar
The music and #goodvibes of Baranquilla come at you with a punch as soon as you step into this bar in Miami’s artsy Wynwood neighborhood.
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As soon as you walk past the bouncer, the bar resembles the bodegas you would walk into while visiting your abuela and primos during family vacations. The prices of fruits are plastered from wall to wall and a painted Fabuloso bottle says bye to you on a mural as you make your way to the exit.
3. El Patio
So what exactly is the Vintrash bar experience? Take out some cash at the nearest ATM and trade it in for some funny money at Wynwood’s El Patio to find out.
Garden patio chairs and floral couches surround patrons as they dance to electronic beats mixed with salsa at a mini amphitheater with wooden raised steps. Hungry after showing off those moves? Grab a bite to eat at the bar with a perro caliente—a Colombian hot dog topped with pink sauce and crispy potato chips.
4. Shots Miami
If you’re in Miami to party rock like LMFAO circa 2009, then you’ve come to the right place.
The co-owners of this bar were inspired by their travels in Medellín and decided to bring the hora loca and crazy props stateside for an interactive shots lineup.
5. El Cielo by Juan Manuel Barrientos
How do you mix neuroscience and molecular gastronomy together?
Inspired by his ancestral Colombian roots, chef Juan Manuel Barrientos has been able to do just that at his modern fusion restaurant in Miami’s posh Brickell neighborhood, where he wants to see which emotions come out of his patrons after trying his dishes.
6. La Moon Restaurant
La Moon is where Miamians come to get some carbs in their system in order to avoid a hangover the next day.
Arepa burgers, perros calientes topped with a quail egg and mazorca are all on the menu to help keep your headache at bay.
7. Bolivar Restaurant and Lounge
If you’re looking for some empanadas and bandeja paisa after a day frolicking on the beach, Miami Beach’s Bolivar Restaurant has you covered.
Complimentary corn cakes with salsa on top are served up while you decide on either a mojarra Cartagena, patacones with shrimp or shredded beef.
8. Pueblito Viejo
Originally started in the Windy City, Pueblito Viejo wanted to give Colombians in the 305 a love letter in the form of mementos.
Hanging from the ceiling you’ll find items such as wayuu bags, flutes, dolls and fruit garlands that help transport you to the Colombian countryside. Not only is this nostalgic, it is beautiful decor.
9. Manantial Market Place
This market wants to make sure you have any Colombian staple you may need while living in south Florida.
Flags in the colors of the Colombian flag guide you down the aisles as you pick up fresh pan de bono, Colombian soda or corn meal to make arepas.
10. Seta Apparel
You can’t truly know a city without paying attention to the threads its people are sporting.
Two sisters brought their love of fashion from Colombia and started adding sequins, chains and embroidery to their clothing designs. Now their clientele has spread from Miami and beyond rocking their rocker chic/boho vibes.
11. Veza Sur
Mixing the flora of Miami with South American lagers is what gives Veza Sur its taste—literally.
The craft beers are #HechaenMiami as the tagline goes, meaning you can grab a pint with tastes of guava and citrus inspired by a Miami summer. This brewery in Wynwood formed as a partnership between Bogota Beer Company and 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in Oregon.
12. Juan Valdez Café
What’s Colombia without coffee? This chain of coffee spots was founded in Bogota and has brought Colombian java to its multiple outposts in Miami.
Sip on an ice mocha while munching on an almojábana (Colombian cheese bread). Doesn’t that sound like a pleasant treat?
13. Monserrate Restaurant
Tucked in an unassuming strip mall in Doral, Monserrate will ease you into Colombian comfort food.
If you’ve never had sancocho soup or tried a Colombian empanada with lime on top, then this is the place for you. Come hungry, leave happy (and order a Postobon Manzana soda can while you’re at it).