Basel Bites: Where to dine at and around Miami's Art Basel


Art Basel is in town this weekend, and with it comes an array of parties, special events and glossy pop-up art fairs. With the daily browsing of fine art, it’s certain one will acquire an appetite. Here’s a look at three of Miami's top spots at which to nibble and sip during the area’s most important and artsy weekend.


Located in the edgy and Art Basel-friendly arts and design district known as Wynwood, this colorful bar/restaurant keeps the artistic spirit alive with unique art on the walls and a number of colorful murals meant to be perused while dining on casual and contemporary food. World-renowned graffiti artists such as Shepard Fairey and Kenny Scharf brighten up the walls with original artworks, while bites such as wood-grilled skewers keep the hunger pangs at bay and perfectly chilled beer and wine from an extensive list cure anyone’s thirst after a day spent browsing fairs.

2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.722.8959,



Also located in art-heavy Wynwood is this Italian hideaway. Tucked away in an otherwise busy street of the district and decorated in tones of black and white, the restaurant features an inviting dining-hall area with concrete floors, a glass-mosaic mural and marble tables, making it an elegant choice for a pre or post-Basel hangout. The outdoor area is perfect for those seeking to make an evening of it by sipping on their selected wine while nibbling on a wood-fired, classic pizza as they people-watch and experience the district coming alive for Art Basel weekend.

2506 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.438.0488,


Art revelers can’t go wrong with a visit to Sushi Samba on bustling Lincoln Road. Located just a few blocks away from main-fair Art Basel and glossy Design Miami, Sushi Samba is a classic stop for those seeking experimental rolls and bites meant to tantalize the taste buds in an upscale and lively environment. Stop by for a unique roll, such as its Tokyo Roll, or enjoy a taste from its fusion-inspired menu, which was recently revamped and features a selection of warm dishes and inventive cocktails.

600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305.673.5337,