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Top places to eat, drink and shop in Aventura

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Aventura FL may bring to mind thoughts of the booming Aventura Mall and luxury waterfront condominiums. Beyond those amenities, the Miami-Dade city of Aventura is an oasis of green parks, local boutiques and neighborhood restaurants that hug the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway. Home to the world-renowned Turnberry Isle Miami, marinas that accommodate boats of all sizes, an active arts and cultural center, and exciting residential developments, the waterfront city is a beacon for all who enjoy a healthy mix of relaxation and adventure.

Meet our guide to Aventura’s top spots

Michael Neumann of Prive in Aventura. Photo by Zak Bennett

As Sales & Marketing Director of BH3 Management, Michael Neumann couldn’t be more jazzed about his latest project: Aventura’s uber-exclusive Privé at Island Estates. “There’s really nothing else like it,” Neumann said. The luxury residential homes are being built on an eight-acre island in the middle of Dumfoundling Bay, believed to be the last private island in South Florida available for development. “I’ve sold oceanfront, golf course and resort properties, but a private island with a marina and beach — it’s incredible.” Having grown up in Key Biscayne, Neumann has spent the past 20 years living in Aventura, where he met his wife, Liliana. They have two sons — Daniel, 14, and Ethan, 11 — and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle the city affords them. “It’s really the best location,” Neumann said. “I always say it’s the center of the universe in Miami. You’re near anything and everything you want to do.” For Neumann, that includes the beach, Miami Dolphins games at Hard Rock Stadium and shopping at Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops.

Visual art at Privé

Prive Residence

“I’m looking forward to the new art program being installed at Privé at Island Estates, which will feature an art gallery curated by Kipton Cronkite and interiors by Steven G.”

5000 Island Estates Drive; 855-707-8918;

Great place for lunch

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Novecento. Love the lunch specials and the atmosphere, with the bar in the center and a courtyard. The service is good, and it’s quiet, so I go there often for business meetings.”

18831 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 220; 305-466-0900;

Can’t-miss cultural destination

Arts & Cultural Center

“The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center does a great job throughout the year, bringing in theatre, entertainers, the symphony, art exhibits and a host of other cultural events. It’s on the water for a beautiful backdrop.”

3385 Northeast 188th Street; 305-466-8002;

Best breakfast in Aventura

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Mo’s Bagels. It’s one of the best delis for breakfast and lunch. They have fresh pastries, breads and rugelach. And, of course, bagels and lox.”

2780 Northeast 187th Street; 305-936-8555;

Favorite family activity

Turnberry Isle

“Hanging out at Turnberry Isle Miami. It’s a great day for the entire family. There’s golf, the spa, a great fitness center, pools, a lazy river and restaurants.”

19999 West Country Club Drive; 305-932-6200;

Top shop that’s not at Aventura Mall

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“My wife’s favorite is the International Jewelers Exchange. They have anything and everything you want when it comes to watches and jewelry. There’s an endless selection of vendors carrying the highest-quality merchandise, all under one roof.”

19275 Biscayne Boulevard; 305-931-3383;

A hidden gem at Aventura Mall

Cafe Bistro

“Not a shop, but a restaurant: Nordstrom’s Café Bistro. It’s tucked away from the crowds, has a nice atmosphere with an open kitchen, and serves great sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.”

19507 Biscayne Boulevard; 305-356-6900;

How to relax on the water

Dumfondling Island Tom Pendas

“I love to take my children tubing behind the boat in Dumfoundling Bay with Privé Island in the background. It’s a lot of fun for the kids.”

5000 Island Estates Drive; 855-707-8918;

Aventura restaurant to close a deal


La Montanara. Located in an office building away from traffic, it’s easy to access, with valet parking, an upscale atmosphere, water views and great service. It’s quiet, so you’re not talking over everyone. They make great Italian food.”

18851 Northeast 29th Avenue; 305-974-0147;

Favorite outdoor activity


“A walk or run around the three-mile Circle Loop at Turnberry Golf Course, finishing up at Founders Park, which has an array of basketball courts, soccer fields and playgrounds. There are lots of trees as well as beautiful views.”

19999 West Country Club Drive; 305-932-6200;

Best date-night restaurant

Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. We love the seafood platter with lobster, crab and oysters. I’m a big fan of the rack of lamb, and my wife will get the N.Y. strip. We also love the duck-fat fries and popcorn. It’s an amazing atmosphere with great food.”

19999 West Country Club Drive; 786-279-6600;