Art Basel Eats: From Pop-ups to New Openings


Where to eat in between the art

From pop ups to new openings, there are many dining options during Art Basel. (Handout)

By Sara Liss |

From pop-up’s to collaborations to new openings, there’s plenty of Art Basel-related culinary happenings to keep you satiated between art fair hopping.

Michelle Bernstein’s Garden Cafe

One of the prettiest spots to grab a bite before or after the main fair at the convention center is this pop-up Garden Cafe run by one of Miami’s finest chefs. Expect salads, sandwiches, composed plates and some fantastic baked goods. 2000 Convention Center Dr. Hours: Monday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shake Shack + Michael Schwartz

From Monday, November 28th to Sunday, December 4th, diners can head to Harry’s Pizzeria and get a Shack-cago Pizza, modeled off Shake Shack’s Shack-cago Dog®, which tops Harry's tender, blistered pizza crust with a fire-roasted Vienna beef hot dog, mustard-mornay cheese sauce, sport peppers, pickles, tomatoes, onions and fontina cheese. During that same week, stop by Shake Shack and order a Harry's Shorty Burger. It piles a Shake Shack 100 percent, all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burger with all of the toppings of Harry’s signature Short Rib Pizza: juicy slow roasted beef short rib, caramelized onions, arugula and gruyère. Available at Harry’s Pizzeria’s Design District, the Shack-cago Pizza is priced at $17. Harry’s Shorty Burger, which will be available at Shake Shack’s Coral Gables and Miami Beach locations, is priced at $6.89.

Neon Night Market at Pao

An illuminated indoor/outdoor epicurean spectacle inspired by electrifying nights in Southeast Asia, Neon Night Market will be open to festival-goers Nov 29 -- Dec 3 and will feature exclusive nightly menus paired with music and inventive cocktail collaborations by Bombay Sapphire’s North American Ambassador Gary Hayward and Faena’s mixologist Marko Tomovic.

Guests can choose from two epicurean options over the course of 5 nights including: · "Neon Night Market Chef Collective Dinners” at Pao begin nightly @ 8p and offer a 4-course menu each evening designed by a different chef in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning Chef Paul Qui, including John Fraser and Edward Lee. 

"Neon Night Market Carts on Pao Terrace" creates a lively marketplace inspired by the side alleys in Southeast Asia and will feature hand-held street market-inspired bites by all Chef Collaborators themed after their specially crafted menus inside. Each Might Market cart will be paired with a specialty Bombay Sapphire Gin craft cocktail and live music all night long. Hours:5pm – 12 midnight. The Terrace events are open to the public, but the chef dinners can be booked here or call 786-655-5600.

Swig n’ Swine

The Bon Vivants and The Daily Beast, in partnership with Imbibe and USGB National Charity Foundation, will be hosting the third annual Swig n’ Swine Art Basel Miami Beach. The Bon Vivants, co-founded by Josh Harris and Scott Baird, are the nationally recognized hospitality, design and creative group behind the acclaimed San Francisco bar Trick Dog. On Sunday, December 4th, from 2 pm to 7 pm, art aficionados, bartenders, culinary stars and creative industry professionals from around the world will converge at The Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami (2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach) for a celebration of community, camaraderie and giving back. Admission to Swig n’ Swine Art Basel is $40 per person and 100% of proceeds are donated to charity – tickets can be purchased here.

Icebox Cafe’s Family Dinner

Dinner just got a whole lot easier with the launch of Icebox’s Family Chicken Dinner where one price gets servings of Whole All-Natural Chicken, Bacon Cheddar Biscuits, Choice of Two Seasonal Sides and an Icebox Dessert Sampler. The Family Chicken Dinner menu also includes soft drinks and iced tea and will be available Sunday through Thursday. Adults can dine for $19.95 a person, kids for $10.95 a person. 

New Openings in time for Basel:


Swanky new lounge Ora opens with a slew of parties and champagne-fueled revelry as patrons get comfy in a nightlife den designed by French designer Francois Frossard with art by Banksy and Murakami. Expect the Perrier-Jouët to be flowing from Thursday night and onwards. 2000 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33139.


The highly anticipated DÔA (meaning "The Door" in Japanese), just opened serving “LatAsian cuisine.” It is the latest venture from globally renowned restaurateur Arjun Waney who brought you Zuma and Coya. Not only will this be Waney’s first foray onto Miami Beach, it will also be a casual and affordable destination, remaining open until 5 AM, 7 days a week. 2000 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. 


Debuting on Miami Beach, the Lincoln Road location will open doors for dinner on Monday, November 28th . OLLA will celebrate the authenticity of Mexican roots and feature the diverse regional cuisines from Oaxaca to Puebla, Yucatan to Veracruz, and beyond while also using modern techniques and global influences. The meaning behind OLLA translates to a ceramic jar used for cooking where dishes will be served in shareable bowls for a family style experience.

Helmed by Chef Scott Linquist of COYO Taco, the concept will focus on the soul origin of Mexico. Linquist is also notable for developing and stewarding the growth of the infamous restaurant brand Dos Caminos through its expansion to seven locations within New York City, Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale and Atlantic City.  

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