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the man cave to ridicu­lously ex­trav­a­gant lev­els — just in case you hap­pen to have a lazy $100,000 to drop on a Spring Mist Green 1956 Ford Thun­der­bird with just over 10,000 kilo­me­tres on the clock and the most pris­tine restora­tion this side of Ry­dell High’s auto shop. It’s the per­fect palate cleanser if you’re trav­el­ling with some­one suf­fer­ing gallery/cul­ture fa­tigue and who thinks Keith Har­ing was a New Zealand crick­eter.

A short Uber ride away is the Pérez Art Mu­seum Mi­ami, af­fec­tion­ately known as the PAMM. It spe­cialises in 20th- and 21st-cen­tury art with a dis­tinct Latin and South Amer­i­can bent. An ex­hibit that’s sure to give Aus­tralian vis­i­tors pause for thought is Hew Locke’s For Those in Peril on the Sea, which fea­tures a myr­iad of scaled down sus­pended ves­sels and charts the area’s his­tory of im­mi­gra­tion and refugees. There are also free tours of the mu­seum ev­ery day ex­cept Wed­nes­days.

On this side of the Cause­way, it’s also manda­tory to ex­plore the ‘Lit­tles’ — Lit­tle Ha­vana and Lit­tle Haiti. The Cuban neigh­bour­hood is one of the city’s most vi­tal. Hit up the stretch of Calle Ocho from SW 12th to SW 16th Av­enue for a cof­fee that will power you through jet lag and beyond. Fill up on ropa vieja (shred­ded beef cooked with gar­lic, onions, bell pep­pers, wine and tomato sauce) at the land­mark Cuban restau­rant Ver­sailles and, if you can swing it, ar­range to be in town for the last Fri­day of each month when the Viernes Cul­tur­ales kicks off. This street party/cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion/arts fes­ti­val in­cludes free walk­ing tours, mu­sic you can’t help but dance to and lo­cal art gems. For some­thing a lit­tle more struc­tured, Mi­ami Culi­nary Tours does a Lit­tle Ha­vana food-tast­ing ex­cur­sion that in­cludes a bevvy at the in­fa­mous Ball & Chain wa­ter­ing hole and guava pastelitos at the Yisell Bak­ery.

Lit­tle Haiti, an area that got its name through play­ing host to a wave of im­mi­grants in the 1980s, is some­what less de­vel­oped and a lit­tle rougher around the edges. Which means there’s all the more rea­son to go there be­fore it gets Star­bucked. The food is sub­lime — any­where you see goat curry on a menu or­der it im­me­di­ately. A slew of in­de­pen­dent gal­leries mi­grated here from Wyn­wood when the rent got too ex­pen­sive (&Gallery and Laun­dro­mat Art Space are par­tic­u­larly good) and Gramps is a cosy bar with just the right amount of dive.

Just don’t be ask­ing for a daiquiri from a bowl the size of a bap­tismal font. You’re in the real Mi­ami now. &Gallery 6308 NW 2nd St; www.andgallery.net. Art Basel www.artbasel.com. Ball & Chain 1513 SW 8th St; www.artbasel.com. Gramps

176 NW 24th St; www. gramps.com. Laun­dro­mat Art Space 5900 NE 2nd Ave; www.laun­dro­matartspace. com. Mi­ami Culi­nary Tours www.mi­ami­culi­nary­tours. com. Pan­ther Cof­fee 2390 NW 2nd Ave; +1 305 677 3952. Pérez Art Mu­seum Mi­ami

1103 Bis­cayne Blvd; www. pamm.org. The Bass 2100 Collins Ave; www.the­bass. org. Ver­sailles 3555 SW 8th St; www.ver­saillesrestau­rant. com. Viernes Cul­tur­ales www.vier­nes­cul­tur­ales.org. Yisell Bak­ery 1356 SW 8th St;

+1 305 856 8141. Walt Grace Vin­tage 2450 NW 2nd Ave; www.walt­gracev­in­tage.com. Wyn­wood Walls www. thewyn­wood­walls.com.

VIR­GIN AUS­TRALIA OF­FERS FLIGHTS TO MI­AMI WITH ITS CODE­SHARE PART­NER DELTA AIR LINES. TO BOOK, VISIT WWW. VIRGINAUSTRALIA.COM OR CALL 13 67 89 (IN AUS­TRALIA).

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