The Bottom Line
Affordable comfort food and international newsstand on Ocean Drive, the hippest and most beautiful stretch of Miami Beach.
- 24-hour breakfast
- Decadent desserts (think strawberries and champagne)
- Great oceanfront atmosphere
- Wide selection of national and international periodicals
- Crowded during tourist season
- Service can be lackluster
- Large menu
- Less expensive than other places on Ocean Drive
- Great place to people-watch
Guide Review - News Cafe
If you want a laid-back, yet trendy spot on South Beach, the News Café is the place. Opened in 1988, the owner (who has since opened several other successful restaurants around Miami) started with a few tables, a couple of bookshelves and a newspaper kiosk. Today, the restaurant boasts a sprawling sidewalk café and an interesting newsstand/gift shop. Check out the shop’s wide selection of beautiful, Miami-themed coffee-table books.
The restaurant is located at 800 Ocean Drive, at the corner of Ocean and 8th Street. On-street parking is nearly nonexistent, but there are several nearby parking garages that are reasonably priced – but may fill up on weekends or during special events. This is one reason why the restaurant does not earn a full five stars; on some busy weekends, it’s nearby impossible to park – and then the wait for a table at the News Café can be long.
While the News Café is a perfect place for a burger and fries, many enjoy the round-the-clock breakfast. Eggs Florentine, buttermilk pancakes and smoked salmon on a bagel are welcome noshes after dancing all night at the clubs. Or, if you’re not in the breakfast mode, don’t miss out on the Middle Eastern Combo, a platter with hummous, tabouli salad and grape leaves.
You can’t go wrong with whatever you order on the extensive menu – and you will love watching the international (and often beautiful) crowds pass by on their way to and from the beach, which is right across the street!
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