Best Cigar Shop 2016 | Cigar Cellar & Lounge | Best Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Music and Stores in Miami | Miami New Times
Courtesy of Cigar Cellar

Our sense of smell is a transformative power. One whiff of an old, familiar scent can whisk us away to a different time and place. For many Cuban-Americans, a hint of Carolina Herrera 212 perfume with its bittersweet and spicy aroma reminds them of the abuelas who wore it every day. For others, it's the rich cloud of cigar smoke that immediately brings back their grandfathers' smiling faces. At the Cigar Cellar in Coral Gables, a walk through the door into that robust redolence of dry brown leaves will churn your subconscious into a fury. Boxes upon boxes line the walls, and matching brown leather couches are scattered about, inviting relaxation. You can buy a box of 20 cigars starting around $160 or your choice from individually wrapped ones at an average of $7 each. You can pick any cigar off the wall, grab a domino table, and light up. You can even create some new memories with your grandparents by bringing them along for a puff of hand-rolled tobacco and a game.

Readers' choice: Little Havana Cigar Factory

From the outside, the Puerto Rican liquor store on NW Second Avenue is unassuming. A small sign reads "Ring the Bell" in red above a yellow stucco-and-stone exterior. Inside, the walls are wood-paneled. It's just a small rectangle of a space; a bullet-proof window separates customers from the wide array of bottles and backwoods rolling papers. But the truth is, this store has been a neighborhood staple for more than 20 years, selling affordable spirits of all kinds as Wynwood has transformed into a hipster paradise and a luxury mall has bloomed just a few blocks west in the Design District. A bottle of aguardiente still sells for the low price of $11.99, fueling neighborhood Colombian fiestas all night long. Ring the Bell has everything you need for a casual night out. And if you're staying in the neighborhood, you're in luck. You can grab that well-priced bottle of aguardiente and head right next door to eat homemade arroz con gandules at the similarly named restaurant owned by the same couple.

Readers' choice: Total Wine & More

You want two things from a pawnshop: honesty and expertise. You'll get both at Don Cash Inc., located just north of the Wynwood strip on NW Second Avenue. Elie R. Bunassar, a very cool, 61-year-old Lebanese-born jeweler has owned the store the past four years. Bunassar, though, has been in the jewelry business for 31 years and formerly worked at Mayors and Zales. The store doesn't have bikes, guitars, and all of the crap that fills up too many pawnshops. There's just jewelry here — high-class stuff. Prices go from $50 to $7,500. Watch broken? Bunassar will fix that too.

Courtesy of Büro Miami

You're sick of working at home because the dog keeps pestering you to play or the hammering sounds of construction at the luxury high-rise going up next door are working your last nerve or, well, you keep walking back into your bedroom for what you promise is just a five-minute nap. The coffee shop is no good either. It's awkward, and who wants to have their work time punctuated with tourists yelling at baristas for not making their frappes correctly? But you can't go into the office because you're an ambitious, self-starting entrepreneur who doesn't actually have an office. What to do? Well, in the past few years, an explosion of co-working spots have popped up all over Miami. Büro is Miami-based and has four locations, in midtown, South Beach, the MiMo District, and Coconut Grove. Members get their own space in a clean, contemporary office starting at $249 a month. It has all the amenities of a modern office, and break rooms and social spaces give you a chance to network with other young self-starters. Larger spaces are also available for small teams. Oh, and there's artisanal coffee too, so you'll never have to set foot in a coffee shop or need a midday nap again.

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