The Ten Best Ways to Spend a First Date in Miami
Each week, Miami dating expert Nikki Novo gives us advice on finding love in this hopeless place. Today: Ten only-in-Miami ways to impress your first date.
Are you a one-date wonder? Maybe it's bad luck, or maybe there's a lack of enthusiastic planning. We're not blaming you for your misfortune (not entirely, at least), but if good ol' dinner-and-a-movie isn't working, it's time to add some Miami spice to the mix.
From Homestead to Miami Beach and everywhere in between, lots of local spots and happenings are perfect for a first date, and we've rounded them up for you here. Sure, you'll find a few tried-and-true restaurants in this group, but you'll also discover an artful bike tour, a gourmet culinary class, and a booty-poppin' hangout.
Browse our list of ideas, choose one, and watch the magic happen. The sparks are on us.
10. Peacock Garden Café
2889 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove. Call 305-774-3332 or visit peacockspot.com.
Located in the heart of Coconut Grove, this charming restaurant is a breath of fresh air in Miami's crowded culinary scene. You can enjoy that fresh air by sitting outside surrounded by orchids and native plants on the garden patio, or if outdoors isn't your thing, take a seat in the Anthropologie-esque dining room. Choosing Peacock Garden for a first date says you're not trying too hard to impress, but rather you're the type to enjoy the moment -- and you're not afraid to stop and smell the roses. Order any of the specials and the white wine sangria.
9. The Biltmore's Culinary Academy
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Call 305-913-3131 or visit biltmorehotel.com/bca.
For those of you looking for an excuse to touch your date, here's the ideal activity. The Biltmore's Culinary Academy is a fun way to get your hands dirty and interact, especially if you're the shy type. The regular schedule is filled with cooking classes for all levels, including courses on everything from baking and shellfish to seasonal and vegetarian cooking. It's a romantic comedy in the making.
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL
2700 Sheridan Ave., Miami Beach, FL
2257 Coral Way, Coral Gables, FL
30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, FL
555 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach, FL
1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL
3425 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL
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