Homing in on...Art Basel Miami

It’s the first week of December; that time of year when snow clouds gather in the Northern Hemisphere while the sun shines brightly on Miami and the world’s art cognoscienti head to the city for Art Basel Miami.

With over 267 leading art galleries from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa participating and more than 10 high-quality satellite art fair venues dotted throughout Miami and Miami Beach, this is one of the art world’s premier annual events. Why here? A heady cocktail of commerce, culture, beaches, fashion, food and fun, Miami is renowned as a great place to holiday and party. What is less well known, is that it is also the second largest international banking hub in the US after New York. It's the Latin American HQ to many Fortune 500 companies, one of the fastest growing cities in the US, and now ranked No 6 in cities of importance to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UNHNWI) – a dramatic jump in the ranking from 29 just a few years ago.  

So if you're in town this week, whether for the art, house-hunting, business or pleasure, where should you visit?

Gary Lazarus and Monte Levin, our resident Savills liaison team at Fortune International in Miami, recommend Design Miami, Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami to plan your week.

If art appreciation makes you peckish, Gary and Monte recommend Sea Spice, MC Kitchen, Casa Tua, CIBO Wine Bar, and for after-dinner venues, try LIV, Story, Club 50.

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