Coral Gables

Coral Gables

Overview

Known for its sweeping, tree-lined streets, Mediterranean-style buildings and home to the University of Miami, Coral Gables is a city found Southwest of Downtown Miami.

Landmarks

One of the first originally conceived planned communities, Coral Gables is now a pedestrian-friendly city known as “City Beautiful.”

The neighborhood’s landmarks, all built following the Mediterranean Revival architectural style, include the Venetian Pool, a National Register of Historic Places entry that was completed back in 1924 in an effort to develop the city.

The Douglas Entrance, a site that was also completed in 1924 also belongs on the National Register of Historical Places, as well as the Miami Biltmore hotel, a luxury destination deemed a landmark in 1996 and portrayed in many popular films.

Art

Cultural destinations include the Old Fire House & Police Station, which is now part of the Coral Gables Museum, dedicated to the district’s history, architecture, and culture; the Hotel Place St. Michel, built back in 1926 and now a favorite of European design aficionados; the Actors’ Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater that puts on shows for children and adults alike; and the Vizcaya Museum &Gardens, an Italian Renaissance-like villa on Biscayne Bay.

Shopping

Miracle Mile is the city’s major shopping zone, home to a variety of chains and some local standouts, like Books & Books, Miami’s most prominent independent bookstore.

Dining

Once offering dining options catering to the business-like crowd residing in the city, Coral Gables’ gastronomic world has recently undergone a metamorphosis, heralding in an era of funky cocktails and eclectic cuisine selections.

Izakaya Japanese Restaurant serves unusually creative sushi and entrees in a casual environment while Ortanique Restaurant opts for tropical-themed décor and food. Also stop by RestauranteXixón for some truly remarkable Spanish cuisine.

Transportation

The city is served by both the Metrobus and the Miami Metrorail.

Night view of the Coral Gables City Hall in Miracle Mile.