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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.

1. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

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130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-5550
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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.

2. S & S Diner

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1757 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 373-4291
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.

3. Ajiaco's Grill

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10720 NW 58th St
Doral, FL 33178
(305) 477-4646
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.

4. Versailles Restaurant

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3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 244-0240
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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.

5. Pescecane Ristorante

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12500 NE 15th Ave
North Miami, FL
(305) 861-1060
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.

6. The Dutch

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W South Beach
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 938-3111
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.

7. Mariposa

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390 San Lorenzo Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(786) 999-1018
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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.

8. Bocaito Spanish Cusine

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1801 Coral Way 22 street
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 856-8818
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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.

9. Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana

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3622 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 443-1336
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.

1. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
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.
130 NE 40th St
Miami, FL 33137

2. S & S Diner

1757 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
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.
1757 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132

3. Ajiaco's Grill

10720 NW 58th St, Doral, FL 33178
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.
10720 NW 58th St
Doral, FL 33178

4. Versailles Restaurant

3555 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
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.
3555 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

5. Pescecane Ristorante

12500 NE 15th Ave, North Miami, FL
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.
12500 NE 15th Ave
North Miami, FL

6. The Dutch

W South Beach, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.
W South Beach
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Mariposa

390 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146
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.
390 San Lorenzo Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33146

8. Bocaito Spanish Cusine

1801 Coral Way 22 street, Miami, FL 33145
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.
1801 Coral Way 22 street
Miami, FL 33145

9. Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana

3622 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135
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.
3622 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135

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