When you’re traveling through an airport, it’s easy to be basic and settle for a boring bottle of water and a pack of gum.
But what if you have time to spare? (Hint: you always have time to spare because there’s always a delay.) Is there a way to make your vacation glow linger and a way to pay tribute to the Magic City?
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Yes. By experiencing Miami International Airport in the most Miami way possible.
Here, we offer you the most Miami places to eat, drink and shop in our airport.
Terminal D West
Eat: My Ceviche. You can load up on ceviche or order a poke bowl, both of which are extremely edible, unlike airline snacks. When they’re in season you can even get Florida stone crabs (Oct. 15-May 15).
Drink: Lorena Garcia Cocina. Order all the rum drinks. You’ll forget about the crying babies on your flight in no time.
Shop: Miami Heat Store. You can’t go home without some swag from Miami’s favorite sports team. We recommend a #3 jersey.
Terminal D East
Eat: Estefan Kitchen Express. A Cuban sandwich is full of magical properties, chief among them the power to make you fall asleep in a tiny airplane seat with no leg room.
Drink: Stay right there at Estefan Kitchen Express and order a mojito. Mojitos kill germs and promote happiness and well being.
Shop: Books & Books. What better place to procure reading material for your flight than an outpost of Miami’s favorite indie book store?
Eat: La Carreta or Cafe Versailles. Spend your layover running between the two and doing a taste test of Cuban delicacies.
Drink: Air Margaritaville. You’re still in Florida. You can’t avoid Jimmy Buffett. So order a margarita. We recommend salt, rocks, but you do you.
Shop: Havana Collection. If you visit Miami, you are required to purchase a guayabera. This is your last chance.
Eat: Half Moon Empanadas. If you’ve managed to visit Miami and not try an empanada, that’s a special sort of sin. You can make things right here.
Drink: Cafe Versailles. Because a steaming cortadito is better than a Budweiser any day.
Shop: Florida Lottery. Just think about it. If your numbers come in, you can book a week at the Ritz-Carlton and fly back.
Eat: Au Bon Pain. Yeah, it’s not really Miami, but there is bread there. And sometimes carbs are all that keeps you from weeping when you miss your connection.
Drink: Bacardi Mojito. Did we not tell you mojitos are magic?
Shop: Spend your money at Jetsetter Spa, because nothing makes a travel day more relaxing than a quick wax.
Eat: Nathan’s Famous. Buy a hot dog and hearken back to that mysterious, long-ago era when New York was the biggest influence in Miami.
Drink: Heineken Bar. Look, it’s not a craft IPA – but it beats Budweiser.
Shop: Navarro. It is Miami’s favorite pharmacy, and no matter what you need, it could save your life.
Eat: Bongo’s Cuban Cafe. Because nobody ever gets enough croquetas.
Drink: Corona Beach House. You are not required to order Corona, although you can. We peeked at the wine menu. They serve Meiomi Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We approve.
Shop: Cubavera. We told you about the Guayabera Rule. And no, you won’t look silly wearing one when you’re home in Ohio.