JASON BINN: MEDIA MOGUL. FOUNDER OF DUJOUR MEDIA. WORLD TRAVELER. MIAMI EXPERT. Here is his BLACKBOOK.
FAVORITE HOTEL IN SOUTH BEACH AND WHY:
The Confidante Miami Beach. It’s affordable luxury in a great location. And now that it’s backed by the Hyatt Corporation, it has a great corporate structure.
BEST RESTAURANTS TO PEOPLE WATCH FOR LUNCH:
Joe’s Stone Crab is always reliable—for food and people watching. It’s remained consistent under the old and new guard.
BEST RESTAURANTS TO PEOPLE WATCH FOR DINNER:
I love the Cipriani network because it brings together the best of New York, Miami and L.A.—the triangle.
MOST ROMANTIC PLACE TO DINE ALONG THE BEACH?
How about on the beach itself? Your show, your call.
BEST PLACE FOR CUBAN FOOD:
Lario’s on the Beach. It’s an old-time favorite that has the Estefan family’s heart and soul.
Rockwell Miami is the hippest bar in town right now.
BEST PLACES TO SHOP:
Brickell Key has for sure upped the ante as it’s evolved. It’s going to be an exciting place to watch as it develops.
BEST SPA FOR A MASSAGE:
The Standard Spa.
IF YOU ARE SPENDING A WEEKEND IN MIAMI, THREE THINGS YOU MUST BUY OR TRY BEFORE YOU LEAVE:
The South Florida starter pack: sunblock, sunglasses and a swimsuit.
COLLINS AVENUE OR COCONUT GROVE?
MIAMI HEAT OR MIAMI DOLPHINS?
Each is a great experience—different vibes at different times. But both are all about the same mission and message: fueling South Florida. Bright colors, bright sun, bright people.
FAENA OR SOHO HOUSE?
Of course, Faena. Is that even a question? I’m obsessed with what they’ve created in Miami Beach. It has a style and sensibility that’s perfect for the community.
The Confidante Miami Beach| 4041 Collins Ave | 305 424 1234
Joe’s Stone Crab | 11 Washington Ave | 305 673 0365
Cipriani Downtown Miami | 465 Brickell Ave | 786 329 4090
Lario’s on the Beach | 820 Ocean Dr |305 532 9577
Rockwell Miami | 743 Washington Ave | 305 793 3883
The Standard Spa | 40 Island Ave | 305 673 1717
Faena Hotel Miami Beach | 3201 Collins Ave | 305 534 8800