Miami’s Wynwood Arts District is an exciting mural-splashed neighborhood that’s come into its own as a dynamic destination for contemporary art, hip bars, chef-driven restaurants and one-of-a-kind shopping finds. Read on for your ultimate guide to Miami’s coolest neighborhood.
Into the Art
Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum dedicated to world-class street art—ranging from pioneers like Shepard Fairey (most famous for his Obama “Hope” posters) to white-hot emerging stars like Maya Hayuk—and it’s largely responsible for the transformation of this formerly neglected warehouse district. Take in the sights, pose for selfies amidst the walls and then grab a meal of Latin-inspired tapas at hip onsite restaurant Wynwood Kitchen & Bar.
Before street art transformed the neighborhood, visionary contemporary art galleries found their footing in Wynwood. Many of the early stalwarts are still here, including Fredric Snitzer Gallery known for cutting-edge contemporary works, Gary Nader Art Centre for an impressive collection of Latin American art including Boteros and Robert Fontaine Gallery who represents a dynamic roster of emerging international talent. The monthly Second Saturdays celebration is the perfect way to get taste of Wynwood’s art scene when galleries stay open late, food trucks line the street and both revelers and art aficionados come out in droves.
Wine & Dine
A paean of pan-Asian wood-fired cuisine nestled inside a sleekly minimalist warehouse, KYU was named best restaurant in Florida by Time magazine. You’ll definitely want to snag a table to indulge in their mix-and-match small plates menu with not-to-miss items, like cauliflower drenched in shishito-herb vinaigrette, hamachi with white ponzu and green chili, Thai fried rice stone pot, Korean fried chicken, red snapper with brown butter and wagyu beef brisket.
For a high-energy dining experience, pop into 1-800-LUCKY, an indoor-outdoor Asian food hall where you can dig into poke bowls and bao buns while bouncing along to a DJ spining in the courtyard. Don’t skip dessert from Taiyaki NYC—their matcha ice cream served inside a fish-shaped cake cone topped with unicorn ears and horn is as delicious as it is adorable!
Coyo Taco is another Wynwood hotspot that blends nightlife with tasty grub. At first glance, it appears to be a humble order-at-the-counter taco joint, but behind a secret door in the back, you’ll find a late night dance club.
Wynwood is home to a couple of classic, neighborhood-defining, locally beloved spots that you simply can’t miss, and these include Wood for its beer hall-style back patio and Panther Coffee for house-roasted, ethically-sourced cappuccinos and cold brews in a hip setting.
While trendy shops like Detroit watchmakers Shinola, Aussie luxury bath and body brand Aesop and on-demand eyewear company Warby Parker have all made their home in Wynwood, be sure to swing by homegrown men’s concept store Base. Originally founded in South Beach 30 years ago, the Wynwood flagship boasts hip streetwear brands, like Comme des Garçons, Miansai and Herschel, as well as their line of proprietary fragrances.