Been to the City Beautiful lately? Miracle Mile is crowded with couples with strollers, young professionals, dogs and out-of-towners – not quite as wildly eccentric as Lincoln Road, but busy nonetheless. On Giralda, aka Restaurant Row, patrons spill onto the sidewalks of bars and gastropubs. Trolleys shuttle folks along Ponce de Leon from the up-and-coming north end at SW 8th Street (thanks, Eating House!) all the way south to the Village of Merrick Park. Side streets house more happy discoveries. Take a deep breath – there’s smoke, spice and cigars in the air.
And talk about a cultural comeback! The Coral Gables Museum, a real gem, hosts cool events like Auto Italia, featuring more than 50 Italian-designed exotic cars on the Museum Plaza and the monthly Mercato Italiano (among many other eclectic activities). Coral Gables Art Cinema heats up the city with its late-night weekend Gables After Hours series (showing things like the sexy retro-vampire film, Kiss of the Damned). Books & Books, housed in an exquisite 1927 building, brings in so many literary stars, it might as well be a late-night talk show.
Truly independent food- and drink-related retail business shine brightly along the