The Silver Lake of Miami | Little River
Little River is one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods but its spirit feels vibrant and new. Over the past few years, it’s become a go-to cultural destination for art and fashion insiders thanks to thoughtful curation by Miami native Ashley Abess and her husband Matthew Vander Werff, who hand pick the boutiques, galleries, and cafes tucked inside the area’s low slung pastel buildings and classic warehouses. The burgeoning neighborhood is reminiscent of early Silver Lake, before it got tragically too hip, and is on our radar as one of the most interesting up-and-coming communities today.
The Little River neighborhood is the go-to spot to spend an afternoon after you’re done with the beach. Start with Imperial Moto Cafe, which combines vintage Japanese cafe racers and third-wave coffee, before popping into 4510/SIX, whose rainbow inventory includes curator-approved designers like Batsheva, Rachel Comey, and Henrik Vibskov. Next door is Rose Coloured, a charming flower shop with blooms that seem made for Instagram, operated by Sara Rose Darling (yes, that’s her real name.)
For art and design lovers, there is a smattering of cool galleries and art spaces. Primary Projects is a context and research driven contemporary art space with a focus on public arts. They welcome the public to see art exhibitions by cutting edge emerging and established artists, including Daniel Arsham, Jim Drain, and Friends With You.
Oolite Arts, one of Miami’s largest support organizations for visual artists like Jamilah Sabur, Nicolas Lobo, and Terence Prince II, recently announced that they are moving their headquarters to Little River in the next five years. Nearby are design studios MONIOMI Design and Aaron Mapp.
If you’re looking to discover a new side of Miami, start here.