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Best Neighborhoods in Miami for Singles & Young Professionals

Moving to Miami? With excellent beaches, a vibrant food scene, and unique job opportunities, Magic City is an exciting and diverse place to live. Check out these five best neighborhoods in Miami for singles and young professionals!

Coconut Grove

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  • Home Price: $592,500 median purchase price; $1,401 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 71% of Miami neighborhoods

As one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, Coconut Grove is a vibrant, scenic neighborhood marked by beautiful Banyan trees, abundant green space, and many outdoor recreation opportunities. Known for its eclectic boutiques, funky galleries, and events like the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove Gallery Walk, and seasonal Coconut Grove Organic Farmers Market—this neighborhood is a great fit for arts and culture enthusiasts. As one of the best places in Miami to buy a home, young adults will find a variety of ranches and bungalows. Plus, those working in the medical field can find jobs at HCA Florida Mercy Hospital—located within the neighborhood’s borders! If you’re looking to commute to other areas within the Miami metro, you can hop on the City of Miami trolley or travel on U.S. Route 1.

Things to Do in Coconut Grove

Admire tranquil ponds, flowering trees, and tropical plant life while touring the gorgeous Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden. Try parasailing just off the Miami coast, jet-skiing, or practicing your back loop while windsurfing at Miami Watersports. Tour a stunning Gilded Age mansion, explore more than 10 acres of lush gardens, or attend the Vizcaya Village Farmers Market every Sunday at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Located on the Biscayne Bay, visit and learn about Ralph Middle Monroe—one of Miami’s influential pioneers—or attend events like Shakespeare in the Park at The Barnacle Historic State Park. Grab a healthy lunch like the Veggie Burger, Baked Tofu Salad, or Cream Cheese and Veggie Sandwich at The Last Carrot. Listen to live music while enjoying the Ahi Tuna Mini Tacos, Pan Roasted Local Catch, or the Low Country Shrimp ‘N’ Grits from Bayshore Club Bar & Grill, built on the historic, Dinner Key. Order All The Way Pizza, a Roast Beef submarine sandwich, or the Croissant Sandwich from Casola’s. Or if you’re interested in Miami happy hours, get Sticky Cauliflower Wings, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Pork Belly Bites paired with a Margaret cocktail from Botanico Gin & Cookhouse.

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Downtown Miami

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  • Home Price: $474,762 median purchase price; $2,259 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 71% of Miami neighborhoods

As the city center, Downtown Miami is one of the best places to rent in Miami with a large selection of apartments and condos, making it a great place for singles and young professionals to call home. With a high concentration of employment, job-seekers and entrepreneurs living in Miami can find new opportunities arising all the time—thanks to the Miami Downtown Development Authority‘s incentive programs—which encourage business development in the area. In addition to many job options, there are plenty of things to do in Downtown Miami! Known for its vibrant nightlife, this popular Miami neighborhood has many rooftop bars, modern speakeasies, music venues, and more. During the day, you can check out several museums, galleries, boutiques, and green spaces like Maurice A. Ferre Park, where you can walk along the longest waterfront bay walk in Miami. And residents can get together and participate in community events like the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon!

Things to Do in Downtown Miami

Rock out at live concerts, shop major retailers and independent boutiques, or snag food and drinks from one of the many bars and restaurants at Bayside Marketplace. Grab a bite to eat on the terrace at Verde while admiring modern and contemporary art pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Check out interactive exhibits dedicated to Miami history, go to events like CultureFest 305, or tour one of the many exhibits like Tropical Dreams or the Folklife Gallery at HistoryMiami Museum. Jam out to shows by artists like Mother Mother, Cavetown, and Maggie Rogers at FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park. Under the Miami Metrorail, take your furry friends on a walk at The River Room, attend several events, and more at the 10-mile linear part and urban trail, The Underline. Looking for brunch in Miami? Indulge in favorites like Nutella French Toast, the Eggs Benedict Royale, or a Breakfast Sandwich from Crazy About You. Shuck some oysters and order entrees like the Maine Lobster Roll, Red Fish, or the Crispy Skin Snapper at Mignonette. Try the Tropical Ceviche, Cuban Sandwich, or Shellfish Stew with Half Lobster and a Strawberry Mojito from La Canita. Or go for a night out and enjoy drinks, live comedy, and music shows at the Flamingo Theater Bar.

Little Havana

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  • Home Price: $292,680 median purchase price; $1,120 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 29% of Miami neighborhoods

Little Havana is a lively neighborhood with rich, cultural roots. Shaped by its past as a haven for Cuban immigrants in the ’50s and ’60s, this Miami neighborhood continues to be a hub for the Cuban lifestyle. Little Havana is full of Cuban cafes, Miami-rolled cigar bars, food trucks, and colorful street art, especially in the neighborhood’s cultural center, Calle Ocho. This neighborhood hot spot is also home to the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, which features events like the Calle Ocho Music Festival and Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays). As for housing options, you can find a variety of colorful, single-family homes as well as apartments. In addition to having plenty of things to do, Little Havana also borders Downtown Miami, which makes it perfect for young professionals with a commute.

Things to Do in Little Havana

Watch the Miami Marlins (MLB) hit a home run at loanDepot Park. See the work of local artists at the colorful, eclectic Futurama 1637 Art Building. Dance to live music at a nightlife venue in the heart of Little Havana, Ball & Chain. Savor a Red Snapper Fillet, Chicken and Yellow Rice, and other flavorful fare at the world’s most famous Cuban restaurant, Versailles. Satisfy your craving for seafood with a plate of Camaronera’s Shrimp or Stone Crab from La Camaronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market. Savor Hand Cut Steak Empanadas, Mushroom Risotto Croquetas, or Skirt Steak Ropa Vieja at Cafe La Trova. Enjoy mouthwatering Chicken Fajitas or Salvadorian Style Steak from el Atlakat. Or try Cuban-inspired ice cream flavors like Platano Maduro, Dulce de Leche, and Mulatica at Azucar Ice Cream Company.

Upper East Side

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  • Home Price: $605,173 median purchase price; $1,553 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 64% of Miami neighborhoods

Right by the sea, Miami’s Upper East Side is made up of three residential districts—Belle Meade, Bay Point, and Morningside—and young people moving to this neighborhood will find plenty of Miami Modern (MiMo) architecture and sidewalk cafes lined along Biscayne Boulevard. Singles and young professionals have a variety of housing options ranging from Art-Deco-style homes to apartments with views of Biscayne Bay. Looking to spend time at the beach soaking up the Florida sun? Take a quick drive on I-195 to Miami Beach and get some breathtaking views with your toes in the sand.

Things to Do in Upper East Side

Have a BBQ with friends, play with your furry friend at the dog park, and more at Legion Park. Relax your mind and body with classes like Hot Vinyasa and Yin Yoga at Agni Miami. Play a game of doubles, go on a walk, or use the outdoor gym equipment at Morningside Park. Every Saturday, shop for fresh produce and handcrafted items at Legion Park Farmers Market. Try the Chili Dog, Cleveland “Polish Boy”, or Texas Tommy Hot Dogs from Dogma Grill! Enjoy the Uptown Nachos, Steak Burrito, and other Mexican favorites from Uptown 66. Dine on Japanese-inspired tapas and sushi like Maygu Tacos, Pork Belly Roll, and Braised Short Rib at Moshi Moshi. Order the Grilled Octopus, Ricotta Gnocchi, or Beef Parmigiana from Luna Pasta e Dolci.

Wynwood

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  • Home Price: $156,805 median purchase price; $1,296 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 50% of Miami neighborhoods

Although it first began as an industrial and warehouse district, Wynwood is now known as the Miami Arts District. Spanning 50 blocks and 200+ street murals, Wynwood is home to more than 70 museums and galleries, making it a popular place to live for art lovers in Magic City. Singles and young professionals are also attracted to this Miami neighborhood for its highly affordable real estate, consisting mostly of apartments and condos, as well as its proximity to Downtown Miami—which is just south of the neighborhood. I-195 and I-95 also border the neighborhood, which is convenient for commuters and anyone traveling throughout the city of Miami.

Things to Do in Wynwood

Covering more than 80,000 square feet of walls, admire one-of-a-kind street art from “Miami’s original street art museum” at Wynwood Walls. Learn about the world of graffiti, take a graffiti class, and more at the Museum of Graffiti. Attend rotating art exhibitions, concerts, festivals, and other live events at Mana Wynwood. Defy gravity in the Reversed Room, try walking straight in the Paradox Tunnel, and more at the Paradox Museum. Go to Drag Brunch and order dishes like Cayenne Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Sweet French Toast at R House. Fill up on plant-based dishes like Curry Lentil Soup, ‘Shroomcado Toast, or an El Chamo Bowl at Love Life Cafe. Celebrate the Meze culture of Greece and Turkey with dishes like Branzino Carpaccio, Lamb Chops, and Crispy Eggplant at DOYA. Or enjoy dinner staples like Chicken Pot Pie, Meatloaf, or a Basket of Cornbread from Morgans.

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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.