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Best Neighborhoods in Miami for Singles & Young Professionals

Thinking of moving to Miami? With excellent beaches, exceptional restaurants, unique job opportunities, and a hot nightlife scene, Magic City is a diverse, exciting place to live. Check out these five best neighborhoods for singles and young professionals in Miami!

Brickell

Looking up at two colorful skyscrapers in Brickell Photo by Instagram user @miami_best_fl

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  • Home Price: $311,115 median purchase price; $1,310 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 93% of Miami neighborhoods

In addition to being the city’s financial district, Brickell is also one of the most popular neighborhoods in Miami for young professionals. This thriving urban neighborhood—nicknamed “Wall Street South,” for the high concentration of banks in the area—has plenty of job opportunities, particularly in the finance industry. Easy commutes are another benefit of living in Brickell, which is highly walkable, cyclist-friendly, and offers reliable public transportation. Aside from its urban skyline and amazing ocean views, Brickell is also home to an abundance of rooftop bars, unique restaurants, and trendy entertainment venues—and Simpson Park, a more than 8-acre nature preserve in the heart of Miami’s downtown area.

Things to Do in Brickell

Pick out an outfit at chic boutiques, eat at delicious bistros, or hit up happy hour in The Shops at Mary Brickell Village—a chic, open-air shopping center in the heart of the neighborhood. Work out at the outdoor urban gym, attend events like the Yummy Zine Fair, or go for a bike ride at The Underline. See contemporary photography, sculpture, and mixed media from established and upcoming local artists at Avant Gallery in the Brickell City Centre. Experience sweet, savory, and Southern-inspired entrees like Eggs Benny and Vegan Banana Toast at Honey Uninhibited. Indulge in seasonally-inspired dishes like Mexican Ox-Tail Tacos or a Hawaiian Tuna Poke Bowl at Crazy About You. Check out traditional dishes like Cacio e Pepe and Lobster Ravioli at family-owned Italian restaurant, Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe. Order a Ceviche Sampler from the raw bar or try the Paper Tuna Roll at Paperfish Sushi. Or sip on the signature Blackbird cocktail and let loose at Blackbird Ordinary, a casual bar with live music during happy hour every Friday!

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Coconut Grove

  • Home Price: $592,500 median purchase price; $1,401 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 64% of Miami neighborhoods

Coconut Grove is a vibrant, scenic Miami neighborhood marked by its beautiful Banyan trees, abundant green space, and many outdoor recreation opportunities. Known for its eclectic boutiques, funky galleries, and events like the extremely popular Coconut Grove Arts Festival and the Coconut Grove Saturday Organic Farmers Market, this neighborhood is a great fit for arts and culture enthusiasts. Families or young professionals looking to live in a safe, affordable Miami neighborhood can find a more low-key nightlife scene consisting of taphouses, wine bars, and pub-style venues. Plus, with Downtown Miami about five miles away, residents of Coconut Grove can find even more nightlife fun after hopping on US-Hwy 1—which also provides excellent access to the rest of the city for commuters!

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 coast, jet-skiing up a wave, or practice your back loop while windsurfing at Miami Watersports. Learn local history, tour a stunning Gilded Age mansion, and explore the lush gardens at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Learn about Miami frontier life, visit a historical home from the 1800s, or attend events like Shakespeare in the Park at the Barnacle Historic State Park. Attend the Coconut Grove Gallery Walk on the first Saturday of every month to see the latest works from area artists and mingle with fellow art-lovers. Get a healthy lunch like the Veggie Burger Pita or a Baked Tofu Sandwich at The Last Carrot. Get a half-priced Margherita Pizza, Short Rib Pizza, or a Classic Cheese Pizza during happy hour at Harry’s Pizzeria. Sample delectable Indian food like Mutter Paneer, Aloo Gobi, and Mango Chicken Curry at Bombay Darbar. Or pair upscale offerings like the Scottish Wild Isles Salmon with botanical and fruity gin cocktails at Botanico Gin & Cookhouse.

Downtown Miami

Modern apartment building in Downtown Miami

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  • Home Price: $273,208 median purchase price; $1,272 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 7% of Miami neighborhoods

As the city center, Downtown has a high concentration of jobs and things to do, making it a great place to live for singles and young professionals. Job-seekers and entrepreneurs living in this Miami neighborhood can find new opportunities arising all the time, thanks in part to the Miami Downtown Development Authority‘s incentive programs, which encourage businesses to open in the area. In addition to plentiful job opportunities, Downtown Miami is also known for its vibrant nightlife—the popular Miami neighborhood is home to many rooftop bars, modern speakeasies, music venues, and more! As for daytime activities, Downtown Miami has several museums, galleries, boutiques, and even some green spaces to enjoy, like Maurice A. Ferre Park. Public parks like this provide a nice contrast to the neighborhood’s otherwise urban aesthetic.

Things to Do in Downtown Miami

Rock out at live music events, shop at major retailers and independent boutiques, or grab food and drinks from one of the many bars and restaurants at Bayside Marketplace. Check out interactive exhibits dedicated to Miami history, go to events like CultureFest 305, or take a guided tour of the permanent collections at HistoryMiami Museum. Jam out to shows by major artists like Bon Iver, Coheed and Cambria, and Rex Orange County at FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park. Enjoy drinks and a show at Flamingo Theater Bar, featuring live comedy, music, and more. Shuck some oysters at Mignonette and order entrees like the Lobster Sandwich, Prime Manhattan Strip, or the Crispy Skin Snapper. Split an order of Shrimp Ceviche as an appetizer, then enjoy hearty entrees like a Fried Chicken Sandwich or Vegan Picadillo at La Cañita. Or try traditional Pan-Asian cuisine like Peking Duck With Homemade Pancake, Sanchen Chili Prawn, or Shrimp Dumpling at Da Tang Zhen Wei.

Little Havana

  • Home Price: $116,936 median purchase price; $932 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 50% of Miami neighborhoods

Little Havana is a fun, vibrant neighborhood with rich cultural roots. Shaped by its past as a haven for Cuban immigrants in the 1950 and ’60s, this Miami neighborhood continues to be a hub for Hispanic and Latin-American culture. Little Havana is full of authentic 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). In addition to having plenty of things to do, Little Havana also borders Downtown Miami, which makes it perfect for commuting young professionals.

Things to Do in Little Havana

Attend events in the courtyard, work on your own creative projects, or visit a gallery showing at El Fresco, a Miami hidden gem! Join in on Rumba Hour every Wednesday to see musical acts like Carlos Faroy or attend special events at the Cubaocho Musem & Performing Arts Center. See the work of local artists at the colorful, eclectic Futurama 1637 Art Building. Dance to live music at Ball & Chain, a hot nightlife venue in the heart of Little Havana. Savor Red Snapper Fillets, Chicken and Yellow Rice, and other flavorful fare at Versailles, a well-known local Cuban restaurant. Satisfy your craving for seafood with a plate of Camaronera’s Shrimp or Stone Crab from La Camaronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market. Enjoy mouthwatering Charred “Verlasso” Salmon or El Cubano Sandwich, all made from locally-sourced ingredients, at Doce Provisions. Find authentic Cuban cuisine, from Carne Molida to Pescado Sudado and more, at Sanpocho. Or try Cuban-inspired ice cream flavors like Platano Maduro, Dulce de Leche, and Caramel Flan at Azucar Ice Cream Company.

Wynwood

  • Home Price: $156,805 median purchase price; $1,296 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 29% of Miami neighborhoods

Although it first began as a warehouse district, Wynwood is now known as Miami’s arts district. In addition to its many street murals—including pieces like CRASH by John Matos—Wynwood is also 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 close proximity to Downtown Miami, which is about 3 miles south of the neighborhood. I-195 and I-95 also border the neighborhood, making it convenient to travel anywhere throughout the city.

Things to Do in Wynwood

Tour an outdoor gallery featuring murals by artists from around the world at Wynwood Walls. Learn about street art and the people who create it at the one-of-a-kind Museum of Graffiti. Attend art exhibitions, concerts, festivals, and other live events at Mana Wynwood. Capture the perfect self portrait with fun, whimsical backgrounds at the Miami Selfie Museum. Sample the Espresso Flight or get a Vanilla Cream Nitro at Panther Coffee. Go to Drag Brunch and order dishes like Cayenne Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Sweet French Toast at R House. Fill up on vegan and kosher menu offerings like Sunflower Mushroom Risotto or Truffle Noodles at Plant Miami. Savor Kofte, Lamb Chops, and other Greek food at Doya. Or grab tasty brews like La Rubia or Laces IPA from Wynwood Brewing Company, which is decorated in the same street art you’ll see throughout the neighborhood.

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