Stephen Webster’s perfect weekend in Miami

The British jeweller is creative director of Garrard and his own eponymous brand, known for its rock ’n’ roll aesthetic. This year will see him open a new flagship store on London’s Mount Street

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“I spend weekends in Miami with my family – my wife Assia and two daughters, Amy [24] and Nika [16]. Our apartment is on Biscayne Bay, in a building called the Charter Club that was a notorious nightclub in the 1970s; it was proper Miami Vice. On Saturday morning we’ll walk to Wynwood, which used to be mostly factories but now has a mix of galleries, shops and cafés. Art Basel has had a massive influence: there’s a place here called the Wynwood Walls started by this guy called Tony Goldman, who bought up buildings and got artists to paint them. The street art is phenomenal. We’ll wander around and stop in at Panther Coffee, which has a super-cool 1930s grinding machine.

We’ll have lunch in the Design District at Michael’s Genuine; it’s a spot and the farm-to-table food is bloody fantastic. Then we’ll go to the Pérez Art Museum. We go every time we’re in town – it’s world class and the building itself, with its hanging gardens, is stunning. We saw the Ai Weiwei show there two years ago.

My daughters and I will then head to Lincoln for a combination of shopping and people watching. There seems to be a competition in Miami over how little you wear, which is quite entertaining. Great stores include Alchemist; it’s in a car park and on the fifth floor there’s a cool glass and concrete space that sells men’s clothes. Then on Collins there’s a beautiful art deco building called The Webster. When I first saw it about 15 years ago it was derelict and I thought I’d see how much it was. No one ever called back and a woman from New York bought it years later. She’s turned it into an amazing fashion boutique; if you’re looking for something unique and design driven, this is where to go.

In the evening we’ll go to the Freehand, a hotel with a bar and a restaurant called 27. The food is modern with lots of local ingredients – I love it, especially the fish and octopus. The whole place is really buzzy. Another great spot is the Drunken Dragon, which serves Korean food – surprising versions of kimchi and lobster rolls – and superb cocktails. There’s no sign outside; it just says “Market”. It has bondage imagery on the walls and is busy as hell, so you have to book.


I’m not really a nightclub person any more. I don’t mind going if I know the DJ and maybe I could go to Liv at the Fontainebleau, which is one of those banging Miami clubs. But I’m more likely to go to the Vagabond, a hotel on Biscayne Bay with a great bar. The DJ will be out by the pool but it’s not a South Beach pool party; it’s much more low-key.

Early on Sunday I might go for a run on South Beach, taking in the iconic buildings – from the low-rise art deco Setai hotel to the city’s high-rises. After that we’ll go for brunch. Our favourite place is The Butcher Shop, which has a whole counter of smoked meats and craft beers.

One place I’d recommend for a Sunday afternoon is the Lock & Load Miami Gun Experience in Wynwood. I went one Sunday with my daughters and afterwards they turned to me and said, “Dad, this is the best thing we’ve ever done.” The guys running it are ex-military. After we’ll go to Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop, run by a fireman. He’s a big bloke and sits in there decorating cakes. Our favourite is salted caramel pie, or “crack pie” as it’s called.

On Sunday evenings I like going to the cinema. There’s one in Wynwood called O, which has a little bar and is a bit arthouse-y. We went to see The Hateful Eight as a family. It wasn’t really a family film, but it’s a good way to round off a busy weekend.”