Back in the early 1920s, Miami Beach’s Española Way was conceived as an artists’ colony in the fashion of New York’s Greenwich Village. Now celebrating its centennial, the pedestrian-only, Mediterranean Revival enclave has removed the bandages from an epic facelift, reimagining the street as a destination packed with upscale tenants.
The anchor of this redux is Esmé Village, a Spanish-imbued boutique hotel and collection of restaurants spanning multiple buildings. Within Esmé Miami Beach Hotel, explore five personality-driven spaces for eating and imbibing, including three by famed hospitality brand Lost Boy & Co.: the retro-chic, spirit-centric El Salón, open-air The Roof at Esmé (which crowns and connects four original edifices), and Bar Pintxo, a modern take on a pintxo bar (from the Spanish word for “skewer”), offering savory snacks on sticks and other delights.
Beyond the hotel proper, the stylish thoroughfare is lined with new, tempting dining options aplenty. A standout is Tropezón, an Andalusian gin and tapas restaurant and bar. Another Lost Boy & Co.–backed endeavor, Tropezón’s design transports guests to 1960s southern Spain and pays homage to the country’s contemporary cuisine through a menu brimming with Andalusian, Arabic, and Mediterranean flavors, paired with an innovative beverage program. Look forward to traditional small plates like tortilla Española, gypsy gazpacho, and gambas al ajillo (grilled prawns with an achiote chili crunch), plus larger dishes like the arroz al orno (think: paella’s little sister). Wash it all down with Tropezón’s perfect Sangria or an eclectic gin-based cocktail—some rooted in infusions of Iberian staples like Marcona almonds, Iberico ham, and Hojiblanca olives.