Normandy Isle & Ocean Terrace

Lonely Planet review

A few years ago Normandy Isle was dubbed Little Argentina, and it’s still one of the best places outside Mendoza to people-watch with a cortada (Argentine espresso) before digging into traditional pasta and steak dishes. But today the Argentines compete with their neighbors the Uruguayans, their rivals the Brazilians, and even a big crop of Colombians, for first place in the Normandy Isle ethnic-enclave stakes. Not that there’s tension; this is as prosperous and pleasant as Miami gets. On Saturday mornings the small village green hosts a lovely farmers’ market. Just across Collins Ave is Ocean Tce, which evokes an old-Miami main street (note the colorfully tiled facade of Walgreens) with oceanfront cafes, MiMo apartment buildings and a strong Argentine flavor.