EspaÃ±ola Way, the most historic lane on Miami Beach, reopened following the completion of the City of Miami Beach’s $2.5 million restoration project to reclaim the picturesque and pedestrian-only street’s place in history. Built as an artists’ colony in the 1920s with a creative vibe that mirrored Greenwich Village in New York and Montmartre (artists’ quarter) in Paris, EspaÃ±ola Way was the first commercial street in Miami Beach thanks to N.B.T. Roney (of Roney Palace) and William Whitman (the father of Stanley, owner of Bal Harbour Shops) who modeled it after the romantic Mediterranean villages of Paris and Spain.
The cozy lane was later discovered by Hollywood and appeared in numerous films including Chains of Gold with John Travolta and The Birdcage with Robin Williams, as well music videos with Elton John, Pitbull and appearances on Miami Vice. Thoughtfully designed to evoke a picturesque Spanish village with large overhangs, thick stucco walls and glazed tile-painted signs, the cozy Miami Beach street celebrates its rich past today as a must-stop destination to shop, eat, drink and people watch amongst an international crowd.
Espanola Way has Saturday mornings yoga class, Tuesday night is arts and crafts for families and Wednesday night is happy hour.
Mercato Della Pescheria – V&E Restaurant Group opened the second location of its popular Las Vegas restaurant Mercato Della Pescheria on EspaÃ±ola Way. The restaurant offers a unique market-style dining experience with several culinary stations for guests to experience authentic Italian food, including Pescheria (Fish Market), Macelleria (Meat Market), Pasta Mista (Mixed Pasta Station) and Formaggio (Cheese Station). The interior of the restaurant is very charming and is a great location for parties and dates with cozy booths.
Moshi Moshi – The ideal spot for made-to-order sushi rolls and small plates served in a stylish and sophisticated setting. A late-night favorite (open until 5 a.m.), Moshi Moshi draws an enthusiastic crowd of sushi lovers and celebrities.
Hosteria Romana – Offering indoor and sidewalk seating, this lively trattoria has been offering some of Miami’s best Italian cuisine served by entertaining wait staff for more than 15 years. A great lively restaurant with wonderful service and great food.
Tapas y Tintos – Flamenco live performances twice a week and a cozy ambiance create an inviting vibe in which to enjoy tasty tapas, seafood paella, authentic Spanish sangria and more.