A Healthy Tour of Miami’s Hottest New Neighborhood
Influencer Arden M. Karson walks us through the prime places to eat and live well in Brickell.
Dubbed “Wall Street South,” the Miami neighborhood of Brickell, located just below downtown, became an international banking capital in the last 15 years. Now, it’s officially arrived as a cultural destination.
Ahead of 2015’s fall opening of Brickell City Centre—a sprawling $1.05 billion development of luxury condos, office towers, an upscale shopping mall and America’s first EAST hotel—and before ground is broken on The Underline, a proposed 10-mile linear park and urban trail below Miami’s Metrorail, we asked Endlessly Organic founder Arden M. Karson, senior vice president of The Related Group, for the neighborhood’s healthiest hot spots.
Located on the fourth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, the gym offers a glamorous view of the city skyline, yoga studios bathed in natural sunlight and complimentary juice service. Besides dabbling new classes, Karson frequents the gym’s spa and stocks up on athletic gear at the shop. Construction is underway for a second Equinox location in Brickell Heights.
This Peruvian-inspired local favorite is “probably the easiest place to get a delicious health-conscious meal,” says Karson. Order the ceviche bowl with your choice of wild-caught seafood and grains or greens. (Karson likes the cilantro quinoa.) The guacamole is solid, too.
Brickell Run Club
Every Tuesday evening at 7 pm, hundreds take to the streets in one of the largest running clubs in Florida. “It really speaks to how pedestrian-friendly Brickell has become,” says Karson. “Afterwards, there’s always some type of networking. It’s nice way to socialize and minglewith like-minded people.” One popular jogging route is along Brickell Bay Drive, favored for its wide-open paths on the water.
The Super Green smoothie is a combination of fruit (blueberry or pineapple), veggies (spinach, cucumber, avocado) and health boosters like chia, spirulina, almond milk and honey: “It’s a great way to get a healthy meal in between meetings.”
Brickell’s trendiest lunch spot? The outdoor seating and counter service at Whole Foods. “The socializing that occurs during lunchtime—it’s all professionals grabbing a quick meal!” says Karson. Her go-to is a smoothie, soup, salad or a green juice.