Miami is not only about beautiful beaches with palm trees. It’s also an architectural wealth, an artistic culture and unusual neighborhoods to explore. Among them, the Wynwood Art District. An open-air urban museum of several miles around the Wynwood walls, a project born in 2009 with yearly renewed works of well known street artists. The Wynwood walls is a good starting point to explore the district, but in our opinion a little too clean. The streets around the spot are more urban even though most of the murals are made legally… Focus on what Vogue magazine calls « The Coolest District in the World » !
In Wynwood, there is nearly no blank wall and some of the biggest names in street art have put their cans on it at one time or another. Alexis Diaz, Roa, Nychos, Maya Hayuk, Inti, D Face, … They’ve all been here! But the neighborhood has not always been the coolest of Miami … During the 70’s it could be resumed as a bunch of miserable street crossings and a pile of aging warehouses. Then, in the early 2000s, a guy called Tony Goldman – promoter and sponsor to whom the rebirth of South Beach and Soho – has revealed the potential of the notorious neighborhood. In 2009, The Wynwood walls project was officially launched during Art Basel. Since then, it’s a city in the city that has emerged! Because beyond the incredible wealth of the works, there are dozens of shops, restaurants and art galleries in Wynwood.
The NW 2nd Ave has naturally become the main avenue of the neighborhood, between the 20th and 29th street there are a lot of great spots, but don’t hesitate to discover the streets beyond. Among the amazing stops, there is the excellent bakery Zak The Baker, the very pointed Design gift shop Glottman and Base if you are looking for stylish clothes… We also advise you to taste tacos at Coyo Taco or delicious donuts at The Salty Donut. Let yourself be seduced by the decor ideas at l’Appartement Store and enjoy a pizza at Joey’s. Further south on Biscayne Blvd you’ll find Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice cream an atypical way to make lovely flavours. Finally, on our To Do List, there is Plant Miami, a vegetarian restaurant with a nice garden and the Wynwood Yard‘s food trucks. You find all the contact information and a lot of other addresses on our Miami page.
A few tips:
☞ Wynwood remains a changing neighborhood with rising rents that are driving some business away. So, even if we keep an eye on it, it is not excluded that some shops moved in the meantime…
☞ The security of the district has improved greatly thanks to the many patrols, but the authorities suggest not to venture alone at night time.
☞ Our third tip is to take advantage of the « Second Saturday Art Walk » that attracts a lot of people every second Saturday of the month and which sees the police presence strengthened. You can also book a Private Tour on the official website of Wynwood Walls.
☞ The week before the contemporary art fair Art Basel, the neighborhood attracts more artists than usual to make new murals. The opportunity to see them at work and, why not, hit the conversation with them !
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