There are as many reasons to come to Miami as there are neighborhoods in this diverse and vibrant city. From shopping to beaches to music, Miami has plenty to offer tourists and locals alike. However, if you want to escape the crowds and embark on your own tropical adventure, then leave behind some of the popular attractions and check out these top hidden gems in Miami instead. Our list includes everything from public art installations to botanic gardens, to private venues you can rent for an exclusive event, photoshoot, party, or getaway.
1. Giralda Plaza in Coral Gables
Giralda Plaza is a pedestrian-friendly street and shopping center in Coral Gables that’s known for its creative art installations. Last summer, it hosted Umbrella Sky, an artwork that featured dozens of multicolored umbrellas hanging over the plaza. This summer, it will be showing Sun Stories, in which giant plexiglass letters illuminate the pavement. If it’s your first time in Miami, it’s well worth a visit, and you can check back every year to see what will come next.
2. An impressive Mediterranean estate in Miami Beach
Miami Beach is known for its luxury, and this Mediterranean-style villa won’t disappoint! While it’s not available for parties, you can rent it out for photo and videos shoots, corporate retreats, and more. It has 8 lavish bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, plus an outdoor pool and hot tub lined with palm trees. It’s located right on the waterfront, so you can even bring a private yacht!
3. A quaint Victorian lounge in downtown Miami
For a historic venue from a different era, check out this space that’s decorated in a 19th-century English style. You’ll have access to three different rooms, including several cozy seating areas and a bar, with room for up to 40 people. This venue is great for photo shoots and video productions, corporate team building events, small parties, and more. Just ask your local host or call the Peerspace Concierge to inquire about catering and bartending options. When it comes to the most vintage-inspired hidden gems in Miami, it doesn’t get much better than this lounge.
4. The Kampong Botanical Garden
This nine-acre garden was designed by Dr. David Fairchild as a research laboratory for tropical plants. He brought back specimens from all over the world, including avocados, mangoes, starfruit, and more. It’s the only mainland location of the National Tropical Botanical Garden — the rest are in Hawaii — making this a truly special spot. You can take a guided or self-guided tour of the gardens (reservations required), or book it for a private event or wedding.
5. A modern event space in South Beach
This massive venue is truly one of our top hidden gems in Miami — that is, if you can consider a seven-story former parking structure to be “hidden.” This 25,000-sq.ft. space is a “blank canvas” that can be turned into anything from an elaborate wedding venue to a customized set for a photo or video production. From industrial to futuristic to eco-chic, you can use lighting, plants, and other decor to create a one-of-a-kind event space for a product launch or awards ceremony. You can invite up to 700 guests at a time for a large gathering at this multi-level venue.
6. A luxury art gallery in downtown
For another luxury event space with a more intimate vibe, consider this art gallery in downtown that can host events for up to 350 people. Located in a vibrant cultural district, this venue offers both indoor and outdoor space, including an 8,000-sq.ft. sculpture garden. Whether you plan to host a wedding, a birthday party, or a musical performance, the modern art on display provides a memorable backdrop for your guests. Catering and entertainment options are available from your local host or through the Peerspace Concierge service.
Stoneage Antiques is not your standard dusty old antique shop. It’s more of a nautical-themed junkyard, with rows upon rows of hard-to-find items that make this a must-visit spot for interior designers, photographers, and other creative types. You’ll find everything from rusty anchors and boat parts to cannons that were used on 18th-century warships. Just remember that any treasures you purchase here will need to be carried home!
8. A stylish backyard in Little Haiti
For a low-key birthday party, baby shower, or photoshoot, we recommend this cozy backyard in Little Haiti that can accommodate up to 40 guests. The space has a beautiful Miami vibe, with colorful furniture, rugs, and cushions offering plenty of outdoor seating arrangements. The yard is lined with a tall fence for privacy and trees for shade. Inside the house is a spacious kitchen and living room, with tiled floors and tasteful decor continuing the relaxed Miami vibe. There’s also a sound system and a full set of dishware to make setting up your event a breeze!
9. A high-rise condo in downtown Miami
Some of Miami’s best views can be seen from the upper floors of its residential high rises. This hidden gem in Miami is an elegant, stylish apartment with a large balcony and epic views of the city and the ocean. Both bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, offering lots of natural light to illuminate your photo or video shoot. Perfect for fashion shoots or interviews, you can arrange for additional equipment and catering through your local host or the Concierge service.
10. A waterfront mansion in Sunny Isles Beach
This beautiful waterfront mansion offers some of the best sunset views in Miami. While only the exterior is available for rent, it’s perfect for a fashion shoot or video production. You can use the outdoor pool, dock, and patio for shoots with up to 20 people. The most unique feature is surely the “stepping stone” tiles arranged around the pool, creating an elegant pattern.
From Miami Beach to Little Haiti, we’ve chosen some of our favorite hidden gems in Miami to get you started. Whether you’re planning an event or a photo shoot, or just want to check out a different side of the city, we think you’ll find something to enjoy on this list. For even more great venues available from local hosts, search by location and event type on Peerspace.