Looking more like it belongs in Southern Europe than in South Florida, Española Way is a narrow, four-block long pedestrian-only street located in the heart of South Beach. With Mediterranean Revival architecture dating back to the 1920s, this charming calle is in stark contrast with the Art Deco buildings that have made the rest of the neighborhood world-famous.
It’s fun to stroll down the middle of the lane, admiring the pink and peach-colored buildings with their Juliet balconies, striped awnings and terracotta-tiled roofs. Lined with art galleries and boutiques, Española Way is also a perfect place to just relax with a cortadito (Cuban coffee) or cocktail at an outdoor café. Restaurants offer everything from Cuban and Spanish to Italian, French and Mediterranean cuisine. We enjoyed a terrific breakfast at Havana 1957, located right on the corner of Española Way and Washington.
By night, the street is alive with locals and tourists dancing to salsa music beneath twinkle lights. On weekends the whole area becomes one big open-air farmers market, where you can buy fresh produce as well as handicrafts, flowers and more.
The National Register of Historic Places designated Española Way a historic site in 1979.
|Where: Española Way is located between 14th and 15th Streets, and bound by Washington and Jefferson Streets in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Florida.|
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Michael Figueiredo is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. When he’s not gallivanting around the world, he’s enjoying the laid-back lifestyle and perfect weather of Southern California. So far he’s visited forty countries and territories on five continents. His goal is to see at least one new country every year! . Read more from this author