Lose yourself in the pages of Belle, oozing in 1920’s art deco Miami glory. The world’s biggest art dealers, stilted party houses, terrazzo floors & a classic P&O pool house!

Plan your next trip with insider information from the faraway & eclectic eye of Sibella herself, with expert advice on the stop-ins not to be missed or simply be inspired by uber cool interiors and world class classic & contemporary art. Below we share a taste of the many things to do and see. 

TIPS

Check out the online walking tour by National Geographic: Miami Walking Tour. During Art Basel, the traffic can be gridlocked. Have your walking shoes ready in your bag. Art Basel and Design Miami are just two of the many shows and exhibitions that are on during Miami Art Week. Be sure to prepare by checking the latest line up at The Ultimate Guide to Miami Art Week During Art Basel.

EXPLORE

NADA ART FAIR

A non-profit arts organisation aimed at accessible contemporary art, New Art Dealers Alliance is a must during Miami Art Week. It’s a more affordable entrance to the art market with an easy vibe, where you can stroll around the exhibition viewing the works and stopping along the way to chat to the enthusiastic gallery owners and sometimes even the artists themselves. I souvenired a piece by Tabboo (Stephen Tashjian) from my visit to NADA.

STAY

THE RALEIGH

An oldie but a goodie! One of the best shaped pools & poolside look ever. Think Art Deco in all its glory with terrazzo floors, striped awning, play trees, lottos outdoor seating & even a classic P&O pool house with round windows & diving board. It’s not hard to imagine the alluring guest list that the Raleigh has attracted across the decades since its 1940s beginnings. Esther Williams, the glamourous Hollywood star of the 1950s technicolor water ballets filmed in the pool, even has an ocean view suite named after her.

EAT | DRINK

FREEHAND & TWENTY SEVEN

Uber cool hostel, although the rooms are $50-$180/night in the high season. Although the hostel style may not suit you the communal areas are the best in town as is its restaurant, Twenty Seven. A 1960’s corner building designed by my favourite design duo, Roman & Williams. The lobby oozes boho cool & communal tables, giant dream catchers that spill out to the courtyard & pool with settings throughout – check out the hole-in-the-wall bar & vegetable patch. Make sure you make a booking at Twenty Seven – this is one of the hottest tickets in town or put your name down & wait it out in the surrounds. We came back here every night!

SHOP

ART BASEL

Imagine a giant tent, then expand it by 10 – this is an impressive & enormous curated art show. It starts with a bang with the 5 biggest art dealers showcasing their most impressive master’s works- Picasso, Kandinsky, Calder, Twombley – name your favourite artist from MOMA, the MET, TATE & you could take one home, if you have deep pockets! Amongst the giants are more contemporary art & as you circle out it becomes somewhat more affordable. Regardless of your buying power, this is an incredible art experience, a huge art lesson under one roof & if art cannot hold your full attention, the people watching is spectacular!

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Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 26, 2019

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