The University of Miami, famously known as “The U,” is a medium-sized private research university located in the city of Coral Gables, just 7 miles from downtown Miami. The U has a diverse student body made up of over 16,000 students from around the world. At UM, students enjoy the best of both worlds: life on a beautiful 239-acre college campus and the close proximity of a cosmopolitan, multicultural city.
Stay: The most convenient place to stay is the Holiday Inn, which is located directly across the street from the UM campus entrance. The Biltmore is also nearby and a popular hotel, especially during parents weekend and graduation. There’s also the Westin Colonnade in Miracle Mile and the Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove, two areas nearby with a wealth of shopping and restaurants. Downtown Miami is another option (only a 10-15 minute drive, depending on traffic) and has great hotels. Some of our favorites are: The W Brickell,JW Marriott Brickell, The Mandarin Oriental and the EPIC. If you’re visiting during a long weekend, you could choose to make South Beach your base—visit our latest Daytripper365 South Beach itineraries here.
Coffee: Surrounding the UM campus are a bunch of Starbucks locations, including a convenient drive-thru on South Dixie Highway. (There are also 2 Starbucks located on campus.) Off-campus there are many places to get great coffee: two popular student favorites are C’est Bon Café and Nordstrom E Bar Café, both located at the Village of Merrick Park.
Breakfast: A popular breakfast/brunch spot is Greenstreet Café in Coconut Grove. One student states “You must go to Greenstreet. And when you go, you must order a bloody mary and the nutella-filled French toast. It’s unreal. So are the pancakes.” Another popular spot is Threefold Cafe in Miracle Mile. One student told us, “This is my favorite breakfast go-to near campus. It’s quick and always so good. Order the smashed avocado with poached eggs and the cranberry lemonade --so good!” Another good spot, down the highway close to campus, is Roasters’ n Toasters. Although Miami doesn’t have bagel shops or diners that rival New York, Bagel Emporium (a UM favorite since 1974) and Coral Bagels are good alternatives and are right by campus.
Lunch: Want to hang with the students, head to UM’s Rathskeller, redone and picturesque, situated lakeside right on campus. In Merrick Park, Yard House is an upscale sports bar with a large American menu. This is the place if you're craving a burger and a salad, and don’t skip the chocolate chip cookie skillet with vanilla ice cream! Havana Harry’s is popular at all times of the day for Cuban classics and fresh, local fish complimented by their excellent Mojitos.
Casual: For traditional Indian fare, book a seat at Bombay Darbar, a neighborhood hot spot that’s always packed in Coconut Grove. In Coral Gables head to The Local Craft Food and Drink for a southern inspired menu. Parents of a UM alum told us Whisk Gourmet is a hidden gem for seasonal, home-style fare.
A Step Up: Miami is one of the hottest food cities in the U.S. with an endless array of restaurant choices. If you want to stay local, you don’t have to travel outside of Coral Gables for a great meal. Reserve ahead at Ortanique--one of Miami’s most popular tables for creative Caribbean food; a true culinary treat. Hillstone is no ordinary chain, featured in Bon Appetit magazine as one of America’s favorite restaurants, known for excellent steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. Small plates reign at Uvaggio, a European style wine bar and restaurant and at Eating House, located in a hip, funky space.
Sweet Tooth: One student told us; “An afternoon frozen yogurt is always necessary in Miami, especially on a scorching hot humid day. My Yogurt Bliss is a yummy self-serve yogurt spot across from campus with tons of toppings.” Students rave about Whip’n Dip, a “famous”, family run ice cream spot that has been around for decades.
Workout: How about a family workout? Even though the UM gym has everything students could possibly need and more, there are a lot of popular places off-campus where many students go, such as SoulCycle COGA, Jetset Miami, and Crossfit, all in Merrick Park. There's also a Flywheel in Miami Beach, depending on where you stay, that is another popular spot.
Local Attractions: On campus visit the Lowe Art Museum; see a performance at the Jerry Herman Ring Theater or a concert at the Gusman Concert Hall or Clarke Recital Hall. Browse the shops in the design district, walk along the ocean and admire the Art Deco buildings in South Beach, or explore the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coconut Grove. Don’t miss a visit to the Wynwood Arts District where fantastic murals are spread across multiple blocks starting at the Wynwood Walls. For more detailed itineraries click here.
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UMIAMI FAST FACTS
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PO Box 248025
Coral Gables, FL 33124-4616
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Karen Long, Assistant VP of Undergraduate Admission & Marketing
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C’est Bon Café
Nordstrom E Bar Café
Village of Merrick Park
Roasters’ n Toasters
The Local Craft Food and Drink
My Yogurt Bliss
Big Pink Diner
New York Pizza
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