So like many other cities: Miami has added a ferris wheel - better known as the “Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel”. In fact, the “Skyviews Miami” opened on October 28th, 2020 just prior to the peak of the Covid pandemic. You will find it at the Bayside Marketplace in Miami which is a major tourist attraction for visitors who go there before and after their cruises as well as for Miami locals.
Since then, many visitors are being introduced to it for the first time because of the eased restrictions and resumption of cruises out of Port of Miami and Port of Everglades.
The “Skyviews Miami” rises almost 200 feet above Bayside Marketplace, with incredible daytime and nighttime views of Bayfront park, Biscayne Bay and as well as the continuously growing Miami skyline. It has 42 completely enclosed, climate controlled Gondolas at a comfortable 72 degrees inside. They also have a VIP Gondola with a glass bottom floor, leather bucket seats, and a custom LED light show! It will be open 365 days a year.
My wife and I were able to see it the last time we visited Bayside in April 2022 and plan to eventually experience it ourselves - specifically in the night time to enjoy the after dark Miami skyline.
While we were there we noticed some new vendor additions among others we saw in the past that peaked our interest. We just passed by them and did not get to go in to try out the items on their menus. Despite that, below I have included the new vendors that caught our attention because they would be a site we would visit because of what they offer such as music, food, a view and ambiance.
Let’s begin with the “Landshark Bar & Grill''. It has a great view off the Bayside marina because its right off the docks where boats and yachts come in and or are anchored. I actually enjoyed a nice cold beer outside on their covered patio while taking in the views of the marina and the distant night skyline of towering residential buildings in the background.
Then there is the new restaurant “La Cañita” - translating to “The Little Sugarcane '' which is providing exciting and bold Caribbean flavors inspired by cuisine found in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago with influences from South and Central America. While eating you can listen and move your body to the rhythm of latin live music. During your meal you can savor different rums from each island in the caribbean. We have this location as a must do on our list because we love locales with music and food.
This one caught my eye because of the name of the establishment - “Bacon Bitch” as the name implies they love everything bacon. They serve a not so typical American breakfast and brunch. It is said that when you enter the site you are greeted with "Hey Bitches!” So do not get offended because it's just part of the off the beaten breakfast path and that they strive to shy away from as far as boring breakfasts and brunches.
The ‘Black Market Miami '' is a sports bar and grill opened by its owner to showcase the sports era in the 80’s of the Miami Hurricanes and Dan Marino's legacy. They offer a cool environment to watch sports while having a one-of-a-kind experience such as bottle service, a posh lounge area, craft cocktails and a not so typical sports bar food menu. The site is popular with the locals and visitors for their “2 for 1” Happy hour drink specials on weekdays.
Lastly, we walked through the “Sugar Factory American Brasserie”. It is located in the backside of Bayside where it was just a simple walkway. Now it's full of color and pizazz because of the brightly lit fairy tale-like atmosphere created by its decorations and of course it's sweets menu that feature celebrity endorsed couture pops, candy, ice cream, drinks and meals. So if you have a sweet tooth this locale will not disappoint.
It's always fun re-exploring Miami when we return each time to see what's new. Have you seen anything new since you last visited that you would like to share - we would like to learn about it and well as our readers.