Kendall is an unincorporated community near Miami, Florida. It is located southwest of Downtown Miami. It is approximately bounded by US-1 to the east, Florida's Turnpike to the west, Snapper Creek Canal to the north, and Coral Reef Drive/Cutler Drain Canal to the south. While primarily residential, there are some interesting places to explore.
As Kendall is some distance from such hot tourist spots such as Miami and Miami Beach, transportation by car is recommended. Kendall can be reached from these areas by taking US-1 south to North Kendall Drive (SW 88th Street). Alternatively, Kendall can be reached by taking the Palmetto Expressway (FL-826) south to its terminus.
Portions of Kendall are accessible by Miami-Dade Transit. If one rides either of the two Metrorail lines south from downtown, there are two station stops in the east Kendall region, Dadeland North and Dadeland South. Both have connecting Metrobus service to further explore the Kendall area. Dadeland South Metrorail station is also the northern terminus for the South Dade Busway, which provides access to such southern Dade County communities as Cutler Bay, Princeton, Naranja, Leisure City, Homestead, and Florida City via dedicated bus lanes parallel to US-1. Many local bus routes to the south use the busway for a portion of their journey.
Bus lines that travel west from Dadeland North Metrorail station include the 88 bus, which traverses North Kendall Drive, the 104 bus, which traverses SW 104th Street, including connections to Miami-Dade College's Kendall Campus, and various express buses primarily used by commuters and requiring additional fare.
Strip malls abound in Kendall, however there are a few higher end shopping destinations within the community.
Dadeland Mall is an enclosed shopping center featuring a wide variety of stores and restaurants. Anchor establishments include Macy's, Nordstrom, Saxs Fifth Avenue, and JC Penney's.
(7535 North Kendall Drive, Kendall, Florida 33156)
An outdoor mall next to Florida's turnpike. Town & Country, as called by the locals, boasts a large lake with a fountain in the center, providing shoppers with nice views.
(8268 Mills Drive, Kendall, Florida 33183)
A hole in the wall restaurant that serves some of the best subs in Dade County. The honey mustard chicken sub is a favorite amongst many locals. Sadly the eatery is too small for any chairs or tables, so takeout is the only option.
(Collage Park Plaza Shopping Center, 10521 Southwest 109th Court, Kendall, Florida 33176)
A respectable restaurant that specializes in delicious Japanese cuisine.
(8717 Southwest 136th Street, Kendall, Florida 33176)
A local restaurant that specializes in Cuban cuisine. A nice little spot to grab some cafe con leche (Cuban coffee), authentic Cuban pastries, or a warm Cuban sandwich.
(Kendall Mall, 8807 Southwest 107th Avenue, Kendall, Florida 33176)
A popular bar with good food and televised sports.
(9090 Southwest 97th Avenue, Kendall, Florida 33176)
Good and relatively popular bar located near Florida's turnpike.
(12055 Southwest 117th Avenue, Kendall, Florida 33186)
It should be noted that, although there are a few decent options for accommodation in Kendall, one should also look into other hotels in nearby areas.
A decent chain hotel within walking distance of Dadeland, Dadeland Mall, and the Metrorail.
(9090 South Dadeland Boulevard, Kendall, Florida 33156)
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