Chic City Guide: Local Leticia Herrera’s Miami

With the advent of winter comes dreams of a warm weather getaway. We love ours with a little culture to boot, making Miami one of our preferred destinations. Leticia Herrera, the owner of one of Miami’s chicest restaurants, Casa Tua, and the star of our December swim story, shares her notes on the Magic City, where art and leisure go to play. (Our bags are already packed.) We’re sharing her ideas on what the locals really do in Miami.

Where to Eat

Casa Tua

I love my restaurant because it is an extension of my home where we constantly entertain family and friends. I also love the fact that our customers choose Casa Tua to celebrate romantic special occasions while enjoying great service, food and wine.


It’s a modern Japanese restaurant overlooking the Miami River, with amazing sushi and a great cocktail menu.

Pinch Kitchen

This is a cozy, casual little restaurant in my neighborhood. I always enjoy their comfort food menu and great service.

Culture Splash: What To Do

Art Basel

Art Basel is a contemporary art fair held the first week of December. It’s is my favorite week of the year. With its sophisticated international crowd of collectors, artists and art dealers, the city becomes even more animated than usual! We are lucky that Casa Tua has become a favorite meeting place!

Wynwood Art District

A vibrant neighborhood that started with street art and graffiti. Today there are galleries, restaurants, bars and shops. It has a great, hip vibe and is one of my favorite places to walk around.

Where to Relax & Recharge

The Moorings Village & Spa

Truly a hidden paradise! The Moorings is located in Islamorada halfway down to the Florida Keys and has beautiful oceanfront plantation homes in a relaxed, peaceful tropical setting. Simply perfect in every way.

St. Patrick’s Church

Sunday Mass is where I find energy and inspiration for the week ahead.

Where to Experience The “Real” Miami

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

A tropical paradise. The grounds are so beautiful and well manicured. You can see plants, trees and flowers from all over the world. I really feel a sense of peace being surrounded by nature. Love! Love! Love!

Calle Ocho

Little Havana is a piece of history that must be seen if you visit Miami. I love the authentic Cuban restaurants, and watching the older generation of Cubans enjoying a game of Dominos.

Coral Gables

One of my favorite old-fashioned Miami neighborhoods, Coral Gables, home to the University of Miami, has many historical landmarks, homes and beautiful tree-lined streets, and very classic feel. I recommend driving down Old Cutler Road to enjoy the view of the estates and banyan-tree canopies.

City Centre

I love what’s happening in Miami’s business district. It’s a new area in Miami that is under retail construction and renovation. New sites include an open-air shopping mall where we’ll open our Casa Tua Cucina and Casa Tua Wine Club on the 3rd floor within Saks in April 2017.

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3 Responses

  1. I can not wait to explore the new open shopping mall and experience Casa Tua in 2017. Chico’s thank you for giving us an update on the artist part of Miami. Who knew? So exciting!

  2. Judy Bago

    LETICIA HERRERA’S Article was inspiring to go back to South Beach! My husband took me to Casa Tua for my birthday and it was a truly special dining night. Can’t wait to go back.

  3. Art Deco Weekend is coming again to South Beach: January 13-15, 2017. Lots of vendors, events and guided walking tours. Check out the website for the Miami Design Preservation League — the not-for-profit organization that preserved and still protects the art deco architecture of this beautiful seaside city.