Ella Bean’s Guide to South Beach

I can’t imagine living any place aside from New York City, but let’s be real. Nothing is ever as good as vacation. I recently had the pleasure of staying at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach and lived it up in paradise.

That said, I’ve been to South Beach a number of times and have an extensive list of pup friendly faves.


The Standard Spa, South Beach: It does not get dog friendlier then this hotel. I was greeted by the staff (shout-out to Crispy at the concierge for the amazing organic treats!), I had my aura photographed, I hung out at the bar & drank bottled water from a wine glass and snacked on the world’s best tater tots while sitting by the bay. I cannot wait to go back.

Shopping Musts

The Dog Bar: Chic clothing and organic food options abound at this brightly colored dog store. They also have grooming on site if you are in need of a touch up.

Alchemist: Lincoln Road and Design District. Edgy fun, high end shopping. Super well curated. Man Human bought a Buscemi hat. They couldn’t have been more friendly to me. Love that.

The Webster: Full disclosure, they were not super dog friendly and I’m not down with that, but the Chanel selection is fairly epic, so it’s worth a look.

Base Superstore: Base is an ultra cool men’s store selling smaller, culty fashion brands. Even though it’s a men’s store, both lady and man human did plenty of shopping. Think drop crotch sweatpants and concept loungewear. I personally enjoyed the extra attention from the staff.

Food Faves

Beachcraft: HOLY OCTUPUS. We ate that dish three times. Go get it, now.

Michael’s Genuine: A plate of homemade canine friendly cookies was served. ‘Nuff said. Oh, humans said the pizza was awesome too.

Izzy’s Fish and Oyster: Outdoor seating was very Bean friendly. The staff made sure I had fresh water at all times and my humans shared their excellent lobster rolls and may have even snuck me an oyster or two.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro: You know my feelings on outdoor seating: crucial. This greek bistro has covered outdoor seating, so a few showers are no excuse to leave your pup at home. Stand-outs were the Greek Sampler, mussels and whole sea bass.

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Ella Bean the Dog

Ella Bean is a four pound puppy mill survivor & former death row inmate from a South Florida shelter. Now residing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she enjoys cashmere, rosé and modeling for photos. In Ella Bean's free time, she designs clothing which she has her human custom make for her.

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