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Where to Beat the Heat & Eat: 9 of Miami's Coldest Spots

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Welcome to summer in Miami. As you must know, it's about to get so hot that running around naked will seem like a viable option. Don't do that. Instead, head to Michael's Genuine, Mariposa, or any of the nine restaurants on this list, where the A/C is so cold that you'll need to bring a sweater in the middle of July. Every Miamians dream.

— Sara Faber


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink – Dedicated to using only fresh, seasonal produce, this popular restaurant in the Design District will leave you feeling good about what you eat. Between the freezing A/C and the home-brewed beer, you’re sure to leave refreshed.

S & S Diner

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You might not think of Omni as the best spot for brunch, but S & S Diner will change your mind. The menu features breakfast staples like corned beef hash done right. Thankfully, the A/C is cold enough that you might actually want to drink that hot coffee with your eggs.

Ajiaco's Grill

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At Ajiacos, you can experience all the best parts of Columbia—the food, the partying, the people—just not the heat. From great service to authentic grilled fish, you’re sure to find something you love while you shiver in the cold restaurant.

Versailles Restaurant

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Versailles is a Miami classic, so I probably don’t need tell you what to order—I’m sure you have a favorite dish. Just remember that if you really want to cool down, this is the place to get an authentic mojito or delicious frozen daiquiri.

Pescecane Ristorante

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For starters, this authentic Italian restaurant gives its patrons complimentary appetizers like bruschetta, fried zucchini, and chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Need I say more? Oh yeah, it’s cold enough inside the restaurant that you may actually choose to sit outside.

The Dutch

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The hot dishes at this South Beach restaurant, like the sheep’s milk ricotta on grilled bread and marinated skirt steak, are wonderful, but if you’re looking to cool off, the options from the oyster bar are the way to go. Enjoy the ceviche with a cold craft beer and the only thing colder will be you in the blasting A/C.

Mariposa

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Join the ladies who lunch at this bistro located in the Neiman Marcus in Merrick Park. You might not be able to afford the store’s prices, but the restaurant’s menu is varied, so you’re sure to find something to eat while you cool off from shopping in the South Florida sun.

Bocaito Spanish Cusine

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Is there any better way to beat the heat than with a giant pitcher of sangrias? Drink those in the restaurant’s numbing cold, and you’ll forget it’s summer in Miami.

Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana

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Miami can sometimes seem like a dessert for Mexican food—it gets ignored among all the amazing Cuban and South American restaurants—so this place is an oasis for those of us who crave authentic Mexican. Add to that the Tacqueria’s A/C and it is really is an oasis from the Miami heat.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink – Dedicated to using only fresh, seasonal produce, this popular restaurant in the Design District will leave you feeling good about what you eat. Between the freezing A/C and the home-brewed beer, you’re sure to leave refreshed.

S & S Diner

You might not think of Omni as the best spot for brunch, but S & S Diner will change your mind. The menu features breakfast staples like corned beef hash done right. Thankfully, the A/C is cold enough that you might actually want to drink that hot coffee with your eggs.

Ajiaco's Grill

At Ajiacos, you can experience all the best parts of Columbia—the food, the partying, the people—just not the heat. From great service to authentic grilled fish, you’re sure to find something you love while you shiver in the cold restaurant.

Versailles Restaurant

Versailles is a Miami classic, so I probably don’t need tell you what to order—I’m sure you have a favorite dish. Just remember that if you really want to cool down, this is the place to get an authentic mojito or delicious frozen daiquiri.

Pescecane Ristorante

For starters, this authentic Italian restaurant gives its patrons complimentary appetizers like bruschetta, fried zucchini, and chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Need I say more? Oh yeah, it’s cold enough inside the restaurant that you may actually choose to sit outside.

The Dutch

The hot dishes at this South Beach restaurant, like the sheep’s milk ricotta on grilled bread and marinated skirt steak, are wonderful, but if you’re looking to cool off, the options from the oyster bar are the way to go. Enjoy the ceviche with a cold craft beer and the only thing colder will be you in the blasting A/C.

Mariposa

Join the ladies who lunch at this bistro located in the Neiman Marcus in Merrick Park. You might not be able to afford the store’s prices, but the restaurant’s menu is varied, so you’re sure to find something to eat while you cool off from shopping in the South Florida sun.

Bocaito Spanish Cusine

Is there any better way to beat the heat than with a giant pitcher of sangrias? Drink those in the restaurant’s numbing cold, and you’ll forget it’s summer in Miami.

Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana

Miami can sometimes seem like a dessert for Mexican food—it gets ignored among all the amazing Cuban and South American restaurants—so this place is an oasis for those of us who crave authentic Mexican. Add to that the Tacqueria’s A/C and it is really is an oasis from the Miami heat.

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