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The sun’s searing in Florida — here’s where to cool down and fuel up from chef Sophie Michell, at the helm of Pont St in London’s Belgraves hotel

Food: Miami
Pubbelly kitchen, Miami, Florida. Image: Pubbelly

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Best for breakfast
The old school Cuban restaurant of Puerto Sagua Restaurant (T: 00 1 305 673 1115) on Collins Avenue near 8th Street is great for a Cuban sandwich, coconut alfajores biscuit and strong Cuban espressos. If you want more of a scene, walk for five minutes and head to News Cafe on Ocean Drive. It was Versace’s favourite spot and is open 24 hours a day. newscafe.com

Best for beachside dining
Seagrape at Thompson is ideal — all coral and turquoise hues — with the best pool and beach set-up in Miami. You can get great craft cocktails and well-executed, pretty food from a menu that’s totally produce driven. I loved the uni (sea urchin) and lardo toast and the foie gras terrine with yuzu marmalade. seagrapemiamibeach.com

Best for high-end gastronomy
Built during Miami’s 1940s boom time, the Raleigh Hotel is the ultimate in old school glamour. The restaurant is overseen by chef Michael Schwartz, with a menu of impressive seafood — grilled octopus with pistachios, crab cake with carrot butter sauce, mussels in a coconut lemongrass broth — and large plates of steak, swordfish and spiced lamb loin. raleighhotel.com

Best food market
Lincoln Road has a great farmers’ market on Sundays — good for post-party juices and nibbles to get yourself in good shape. Go to pick up guacamole, ceviche and local honey.

Best for seafood
I had a brilliant seafood lunch at River Oyster Bar — scallop tiradito (ceviche), sweet Maine lobster, crab-topped brown rice and oysters with wasabi and avocado dressing — all washed down with a Californian white. They’re moving to a riverside location very soon. therivermiami.com

Best all-rounder
Pubbelly is one of my favourite restaurants in Miami — the interior is quite casual, but you can’t beat the food. Think braised pork cheek, feta gnudi and tzatziki. One of the best dishes I’ve tasted here recently is their short rib beef tartare, with caramelised pine nuts and goat’s butter toast. pubbellyboys.com

The chef
Currently Britain’s youngest female executive chef, Sophie has been cooking professionally since she was a teenager. pontst.com

Published in the June 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)