11 reasons locals love Miami

It’s the unassuming little area that flies under the radar when it comes to mentioning places we love but don’t be fooled, Miami has a whole lot of goodness to give.

It’s quickly becoming a cultural and foodie hub on the Coast and so we’ve collated the top ten things locals love about Miami.

Miami Marketta
Obviously. The home of market-style food stalls, live music and good vibes galore, Marketta is loved Gold Coast wide. It was the first venue of it’s kind and, like a fine wine, it only gets better with age. Family friendly as well as being the perfect place to dance up a storm with your gal pals, Marketta has something to offer all of us. Keep an eye on their gig guide, there’s some great acts comin’ atcha in the near future.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami

The Walls Art Space Miami
The Walls is a contemporary little space aiming to serve as a hub of creativity, critical dialogue and innovative thinking. They run an annual program focused on monthly curated exhibitions, local artists in residence, event series, artist talks, publications and off-site projects. Everyone is welcome and it’s a great place to meet new pals.
Where: 4/18 Mountain View Avenue Miami

Kira and Kira
So nice they named it twice. Despite the exceptional name, Kira and Kira has quickly become a local favourite due to its curation of sleek homewares perfectly suited to our beachside city. Owners Grason and Simone Kira are passionate about sustainable design and true craftsmanship and it shows in their stunning collection. Grab yourself a one of a kind piece to keep forever.
Where: Cnr Gold Coast Highway and Kratzman Ave, Miami

Miami Hill
If beautiful views are one of your favourite things, get yo’ self to the top of Miami Hill. You’ll be rewarded for after a steep (albeit quite short) trek to the top with views of our much-loved Miami from top to toe. Some people enjoy running up and down the stairs on the north side of the hill so if you’re keen to exert some energy get amongst that too.
Where: At the south end of Miami (it’s big, you can’t miss it)

That’s Amore
It’s a hidden gem, tucked away in the back streets of Miami and it is possibly the best Italian food on the Coast. Serving the tastiest of pastas, pizzas and delightful desserts That’s Amore is also BYO and it’s very relaxed despite the high quality (and affordable) food. It’s a must-visit, move it on up to the top of the list if you can get in.
Where: 110 Mountain View Ave, Miami

Piccolo Espresso
Miami’s coolest little corner coffee shop, Piccolo is the only place you can get a coffee overlooking the beach in the suburb of which we speak. If you’ve taken yourself on a little stroll along the Esplanade to get there, you might prefer a fresh juice or smoothie or a tasty breakfast treat. If you're visiting in the early AM expect to see a lycra-clad cyclist or two, the cafe is owned by the one and only Robbie McEwan! 
Where: 2 Hythe St, Miami

UGG Since 1974
Although we live in Queensland, there are two or three nights a year where UGG Boots are somewhat necessary. The UGG Boot shop has a huge selection of colours and patterns AND you can take a tour of the factory to see exactly what goes on behind the scenes. How fun.
Where: 23 Christine Ave, Miami

Paddock Bakery
If you’ve yet to experience the magic that is the baked goods at Paddock, you need to take a long hard look at yourself. From the softest of Lemon Meringue Pies to Semi-Sourdough Donuts packed with chocolate custard and melt-in-your-mouth cookies, there is a treat to satisfy every sweet tooth. Go now.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Miami   

Pizzey Park
The perfect place for your Insta snaps, Pizzey Park boasts a myriad of majestic pine trees which have been known to play host to the odd photoshoot in their time. If that’s not your thing, pack a picnic and get lost amongst the towering trees for an hour or two, it’ll certainly relax your weary soul.
Where: 80 Pacific Ave, Miami

Miami Tavern
Another local legend is 'Sharky', the bar by the beach, is much-loved for it's rowdy Sunday sessions (among other things). If you're keen to meet the locals and love a cheap parmy and chips, this is the place for you. Unpretentious and always bringing a good atmosphere, Sharky is the best place to watch the bug game, a live band or head to one of their rooftop parties. 
Where: 2043-2047 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami

Lumber Punks
A recent addition to the Miami scene, but a first for Queensland is this axe throwing, flannelette wearing, beard bragging centre. If you think you've had all the funs there are to be had, we question you, have you thrown an axe? Because axe throwing is a thing and it's fun! Struggling for a creative date night idea? This is the place for you.
Where: 19 Ozone Parade, Miami

Words by Kirra Smith.