Take a Miami Day Trip to Downtown Hollywood

Hollywood exudes quixotic South Beach charm and individuality.

A visit to Hollywood means learning about the “Broadwalk” and the circles. The Broadwalk is a paved, beachfront walkway that separates the sand from the shops and restaurants that provide a low-key hangout. Check out the regular entertainment at the Broadwalk’s bandstand. As for the circles, they’re a traffic feature designed to break up Hollywood Boulevard. The restaurants and bars around Young Circle bustle at night, and Harrison Street offers a mix of restaurants, bars and galleries. Hollywood appropriately dubs itself “Vintage South Florida.” From the Art Deco buildings along Hollywood Boulevard to the funky beachfront Broadwalk, eclectic Hollywood oozes Old Florida charm.

STAY

With a rooftop lounge, fine dining and rooms with skyline views, CIRC Hotel is a top spot to stay; Downtown Hollywood Boutique Hotel offers a tropical garden, a location close to restaurants, nightclubs and a $1 beach trolley stop next door.   

SEE

ArtsPark at Young Circle has an amphitheater and a playground. Downtown murals come courtesy of the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, while landmark The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood displays contemporary art.   

EAT

Grab breakfast at Chocolada Bakery & Café, then hit Patty Macs for some gourmet mac and cheese. Grab a generous slice of pizza from Mauro's Pizza, then visit Hollywood Vine next door, where you'll find an array of about 600 wines from around the world. Sample wines and enjoy artisanal cheeses and gourmet foods, and learn about food and wine pairings 6-9 pm Tuesdays.

DISCOVER

Bulk up or restock your record collection at Vinyl Asylum, get the best of a vast selection of cigars and accessories at Cuenca Cigars, or enjoy an art film at indie house Cinema Paradiso Hollywood.

Erica Corsano
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