Española Way, otherwise known as South Beach’s Historic Spanish Village, is considered by many to be the best street in Miami. Situated north of 14th Street between Washington and Pennsylvania Avenues, this four-block, pedestrian-only thoroughfare exhibits unique historic and cultural charm. Retaining its original buildings from early 20th century, Spanish Village combines bright colors with Mediterranean architecture. Its bohemian vibe and excellent dining draws visitors and locals alike.
Built in 1925 by popular Miami Beach architect, Robert Taylor, Española Way was originally intended as a dining and dancing destination for wealthy Miami vacationers. Despite being added to the National Register of Historic Places, the buildings were neglected throughout the decades. In the 1980s, Linda Polansky purchased and restored many of the buildings, deliberately retaining their historic appeal. In 1986, the street was named a historic landmark. Since then, residents and owners have respectfully retained and lovingly restored the street’s distinctive design, and established one of the most fun and bohemian atmospheres Miami has to offer.
Excellent authentic dining is one of Española Way's biggest appeals. The street offers an impressive selection of international cuisines served in traditional atmospheres. One of the most popular is Tapas y Tintos, a Spanish restaurant offering more than 50 types of tapas. In addition to excellent food, Tapas y Tintos offers live music and free dance lessons, including flamenco, tango, and salsa. Pizzeria D’Angolo features family-style Italian food served by a singing, Italian wait staff. A La Folie is a traditional French café, complete with crepes and coffees served at sidewalk tables. Other cuisine options include a Cuban restaurant and an Irish bar.
Española Way is also home to delightful boutique shopping, offering handmade goods and clothing. There are several art galleries, many of which offer free admission. The street is home to several yoga and wellness studios. During the weekends, the street transforms into a farmer’s market and an outdoor shopping bazaar.