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Top Choice Gardens in Coral Gables

Fairchild Tropical Garden

If you need to escape Miami’s madness, consider a green day in one of the country’s largest tropical botanical gardens. A butterfly grove, tropical plant conservatory and gentle vistas of marsh and keys habitats, pl…
Top Choice Historic Building in Coral Gables

Biltmore Hotel

In the most opulent neighborhood of one of the showiest cities in the world, the Biltmore peers down its nose and says, ‘hrmph.’ It’s one of the greatest of the grand hotels of the American Jazz Age, and if this joi…
Cafe in Coral Gables

Threefold

Coral Gables' most talked-about cafe is a buzzing, Aussie-run charmer that serves up perfectly pulled espressos (and a good flat white), along with creative breakfast and lunch fare. Start the morning with waffles a…
Historic Building in Coral Gables

Merrick House

It’s fun to imagine this simple homestead, with its little hints of Med-style, as the core of what would eventually become the gaudy Gables. When George Merrick’s father purchased this plot, site unseen, for $1100, …
Museum in Coral Gables

Lowe Art Museum

Your love of the Lowe, on the campus of the University of Miami, depends on your taste in art. If you’re into modern and contemporary works, it’s good. If you’re into the art and archaeology of cultures from Asia, A…
Museum in Coral Gables

Coral Gables Museum

This museum is a well-plotted introduction to the oddball narrative of the founding and growth of the City Beautiful (Coral Gables). The collection includes historical artifacts and mementos from succeeding generati…
Church in Coral Gables

Coral Gables Congregational Church

Developer George Merrick’s father was a New England Congregational minister, so perhaps that accounts for him donating the land for the city’s first church. Built in 1924 as a replica of a church in Costa Rica, the …
Southern US in Coral Gables

Swine

Rustic smoked pork and craft cocktails come to Coral Gables at this stylish spot near the Miracle Mile. Amid exposed-brick walls, a cascade of hanging light bulbs and reclaimed wood elements, you'd be forgiven for t…
French in Coral Gables

Frenchie's Diner

Tucked down a side street, it's easy to miss this place. Inside, Frenchie's channels an old-time American diner vibe, with black-and-white checkered floors, a big chalkboard menu, and a smattering of old prints and …
Cafe in Coral Gables

Cascade Poolside Restaurant

If you're visiting the Biltmore, it's worth stopping in for a bite at this lovely open-air restaurant overlooking the pool. The food is good, if not overly complex, with satisfying options like vegetable wraps, grou…