I came, I saw, I ate my way through Miami at the freshest, hottest healthy eateries – sponsored by Open World Travel! (not a bad job, eh?)
So, after eating some amazing dishes and meeting some amazing people along the way, I have compiled a round-up of my TOP recommendations for the BEST vegan eateries, which have recently opened in Miami. All are in a gorgeous setting, and are a little more upscale than your typical vegan joints.
Plant Food + Wine
Right now, the one place in town that’s on everybody’s tongue is Plant Food + Wine; the brainchild of the food extraordinaire Matthew Kenney.
Opened at the beginning of 2016 in Wynwood, the restaurant is mainly raw vegan, and it is chic, elegant and totally gorgeous without being pretentious. It’s tucked away at the back of Wynwood, and you first notice a huge water feature; a swimming pool, that seems way too tempting to jump in on a sizzling Miami summer day. Stylish, grey, garden chairs with big, pink, comfy cushions and massive canvas umbrellas add to the chic & sexy backdrop of the al fresco dining area of the restaurant. Inside, it is much cooler with quirky bamboo chairs and striking red accents in the interior. They use organic, seasonal produce where ever possible, so the menu does change regularly. It is a Michelin-Star-worthy restaurant with very reasonable prices, I thought. We went there for lunch and the menu consisted of cheese boards starting from $18, a diverse lunch menu, which started from $17 – $21, some of which included coconut ceviche tacos or kimchee dumplings, as well as delicious raw desserts, which started from $9.
We tried the Bahn Mi Lettuce Wraps; mashed avocado with sunflower and chia seed crisps, kimchi dumplings, papaya + daikon salad for starters. All highly recommended. The main dishes consisted of an MK bowl (which was massive!), Cacio E Pepe, which was kelp noodles with green olive purée (YUM!) finishing up with a ‘scrape-the-plate-clean’ raw strawberry hibiscus cheesecake and raw ice-cream, which tasted like an absolute dream! Plant Food + Wine Miami also had extraordinary service; we could see the chef hard at work in an open kitchen and he even gave us dessert on the house! More in the video below..
Visit: Plant Food + Wine – 105 NE 24, Miami, FL 33137Sunday – Wednesday 12pm-10pm, Thursday 12pm-11pm, Friday – Saturday 12pm-12am. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-7 pm at the bar
Manna Live Food
Manna Live Food was another favourite of mine. It was opened in March 2016 by the fiery ball of energy that is Sabra; a gorgeous business woman who is on a mission to take people to food heaven with every dish containing some type of superfood! Based in Downtown, it is only open for breakfast and lunch and serves everything from breakfast bowls (try the soursop one!), smoothies and cold-pressed juices to salad bowls, superfood arepas (try the avocado!) and hot drinks such as coffee and matcha cappuccino! The menu is reasonable, considering you are in the financial district of Miami, but each dish is dense with nutrition and superfoods. Salads start from $8 and the breakfast bowls are a reasonable $9-$12. The superfood smoothies have a $12 price tag, and the ever-popular cold-pressed juices are around $10. Sabra welcomes everybody with the biggest smile and makes it seem like every customer is a friend. That alone is a good enough reason to come back again and again! Watch what I wanted in the video below..
Visit Manna Life Food: 80 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132.Openenung hours: Monday – Friday 10-7pm, Saturday 11-4pm and closed on Sunday’s.
Full Bloom Vegan
Full Bloom Vegan is on the other side of the water at Miami beach. It’s owned by three passionate Italians, who keep South Beach fuelled with nutritious vegan delights inspired from all over the world. This elegant, airy waterside restaurant, with its stunning bay backdrop, is the perfect place for lunch and dinner. The menu gives you plenty of choice from raw vegan meals to cooked vegan meals with prices ranging from $10 for soup to an average of $20 for a cooked main such as the Classic Cheese-Burger with fries and salad, and $15 for a raw meal such as ravioli. I tried the raw sushi rolls, a sweet potato quinoa pattie with a butter bean and tahini sauce and their vegan tiramisu.
My favourite was the sushi, especially as it was on such a hot afternoon! I had excellent customer service from Nicola and his team, and the restaurant is located in a nice quiet area, which is perfect for a date or a business meeting. I will be coming here for dinner when I am next in Miami. Check out the view in the video below!
Visit Full Bloom Vegan: 11 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139.Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 12pm – 10pm, Fri & Sat: 12pm – 12am, Sunday: 12pm – 10pm
Last but not least, another newly-opened cafe in Wynwood is Juicy Lu’s, whose ethos is to feed the body with nature and the soul with love. It is a super cute, tiny café, which has very little seating inside, but a lush terrace outside, where you can hide from the beating sun underneath the canvas umbrellas. They have savoury treats such as salads, sandwiches, cold noodles and soups, smoothies and epic acai bowls, which are the only things I was craving to eat while out there in that heat! I had the Pitaya bowl with granola and OMG! It came with fruit and it was MASSIVE! As it was so big, I would of liked more granola and toppings to balace out all the smoothie consistency, but it is seriously hard to finish it all! They specialise in cold-pressed juices and shots, which are very ‘on-trend’ right now as they give you a shot of all your vitamins, anti-oxidants and more! If you are ever visiting Wynwood Walls, it is only across the road, so be sure to pop in and check them out!
Visit Juicy Lu’s: 2621 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127. Opening hours: 10-7pm Monday-Saturday and 10-7pm on Sunday!
I was only in Miami for a few days so was unable to visit the famous Sublime restaurant in Fort Lauderdale which is quite a drive from main Miami, as well as Dr. Smood in Wynwood and a few others. I look forward to explore more of the vegan scene when I am next down there.
Thank you to Open World Travel for sponsoring this trip, as well as some of the places mentioned for hosting me and my friends!
Let me know in the comments if you have been to any MUST VISIT vegan places, which I need to check out when I am next in Miami.
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Luxury Sustainable Travel & Vegan Lifestyle Blogger. I encourage people to make better choices in life by staying at eco-friendly hotels, eating a more plant-based diet and using cruelty-free make-up and conscious fashion.