What To Do In The Miami Airport

The new-look Concourse D...
... drinks being prepped at Bacardi Mojito Bar...
... and beach fashion at Coco Bay.

The Layover: MIA International Airport

When in MIA's new Concourse D, where should you eat, shop, and drink?

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Orginally appeared in May 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life

Miami ’s six concourses serve as a gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently, its biggest tenant, American Airlines, finished up the $3 billion North Terminal project, resulting in the streamlined, high-ceilinged Concourse D.

Where To Eat
Grab a strong café con leche and a guava pastry for breakfast – plus a Cuban sandwich for in-flight sustenance – at Café Versailles, a branch of the Little Havana landmark. For fresh smoothies, tortilla soup, and adobo pulled pork, stop at Icebox Cafe, a spin-off of the South Beach standby.

Where To Shop
Don’t miss Coco Bay for beachwear. Browse the stacks at Books & Books, an outpost of the independent bookseller that helped make Miami a literary destination. The Shoppes at Ocean Drive deals everything from luggage by Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto to Florida stone crab, packaged to fly.

Where To Drink
Spirits rule the concourse here. Salute agave at Jose Cuervo Tequileria. Rival Bacardí Mojito Bar muddles up the namesake cocktail along with an array of rum specialties.

What To See
Stroll artist Michele Oka Doner’s A Walk on the Beach, a half mile of cast-bronze saltwater plants and vertebrates, inlaid in the terminal’s terrazzo floors.

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