As local gallery owner Mali tells us, Wynwood has transformed empty walls into some of the world's most magnificent street art - and it brought the neighborhood to life. Today, there's enough to explore in Wynwood for an entire trip of its own. Here's our itinerary of the must-see places, from the nationally known to the hidden local hideouts, compiled with the input of hundreds of Miamians.
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Inside a 1920s bakery building on the north edge of Wynwood, the Bakehouse Art Complex is celebrating 30 years of artistic community in Miami. Decades before Wynwood was trendy, the Bakehouse provided accessible studio spaces, exhibition opportunities, and educational programming for hundreds of groundbreaking artists from around the world. Unlike most art studios, the Bakehouse owns its building, meaning it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. It was the first space in Wynwood to have artists paint its walls, and you can still see the original work today. For a bonus, check out Jose D. Diego Middle School across the street, where the Bakehouse team organized community art projects with neighborhood students.
A movie theater to match the artistic spirit of Wynwood, O Cinema is a nonprofit independent cinema showing independent, foreign, art, and family films that might not otherwise be seen in Miami. From a Back to the Future anniversary dance party to screenings and talks on the latest sleeper hits, there’s always something unique on screen at O. Better yet, your tickets and your popcorn all go to support the independent film community in Miami.
It’s the most popular destination in Wynwood, but don’t let that stop you—the Walls are worth it. Created by the late Tony Goldman, a renowned developer and placemaker who helped kickstart Wynwood’s revitalization, the program has covered more than 80,000 square feet of walls with work from 50 artists. Where most of Wynwood’s murals are open and always evolving, the Walls are more curated; a delightful place for an afternoon walk with your coffee. For a longer visit, grab an outdoor table at nearby Wynwood Kitchen & Bar to admire the work while you eat.
South Florida chef Brad Kilgore brought high-end food and techniques to Alter’s casual setting in 2015, with rave reviews from nearly everyone in town. Kilgore focuses on seasonal, local ingredients, from Redland vegetables to Keys seafood, and with the chef’s 5-course tasting menu at $65, it’s a surprisingly accessible culinary experience.
You might see a line outside Coyo’s small dining room on busy days, surrounded by dozens of taco aficionados enjoying tacos al pastor, hongos, and other Mexican fast-casual favorites. But there’s more to Coyo than you might expect. Sneak through the unassuming metal door near the restrooms, and you’re transported to a hidden tequila bar. On weekend nights, it becomes one of Wynwood’s hottest dance parties, with late-night munchies built in right outside.
If you like your beer with a side of geek culture, J Wakefield is for you. Master brewer Jonathan Wakefield started with a $50 homebrew kit his wife got him for Christmas. Ten years later, he’s a leader in the Florida brewing community, with a new brewery serving creative Miami-inspired beers like El Jefe Hefeweizen and La Nada Imperial Stout. The tap room, opened in 2015, is filled with wall-length Star Wars murals and comic book art.
The inspired but relatable cocktail menu at Gramps features favorites like a deliciously spicy moscow mule, a rum old fashioned, and a stiff penicillin. There’s unique programming almost every day, from trivia to talks to music festivals featuring 2 Live Crew. Every Gramps visit is an experience, and a perfect nightcap to a day of Wynwood adventure.
Opened in 2008 in the early days of Wynwood’s transformation, Joey’s was the first restaurant on Northwest 2nd Avenue. It deserves its longevity. The food is refreshingly simple, with award-winning pizza and other Italian specialities inspired by chef Ivo Mazzon’s home region of Veneto, Italy, paired with a carefully curated wine list.
Now a Miami institution, Panther Coffee started here in Wynwood. There’s no cup of coffee like it, especially in the tree-shaded terrace outside. Founders Joel and Leticia Pollock hand-roast their beans on-site, carefully train their staff, and are happy to offer a coffee tasting lesson if things aren’t too busy. These days, Panther is on the growth path, with new locations in Coconut Grove and Miami Beach. For a particularly effective boost of energy, try the famous cold brew; it will fuel you for days.
Though there is now a growing community of craft beer spots in the neighborhood, Wynwood Brewing Company was the first. Founded by Puerto Rican father-son duo Luis C. and Luis G. Brignoni in 2011 with funding from a Community Development Block Grant, Wynwood Brewing is a decidedly local operation. Their award-winning beers can now be found on local grocery store shelves, but the tap room deserves a stop—where else can you play Super Nintendo with a pint of beer and a bag of local sriracha lime popcorn?
Fuel your exploration with a stop for snacks from the Wynwood Yard. This outdoor pop-up, founded by chef, entrepreneur, and Harvard Business School graduate Della Heiman, is a hub and incubator for food and drink businesses. The offerings include Myumi, a celebrated omakase sushi truck; Thyme, a pop-up cocktail bar; and Della’s Test Kitchen. The project boasts culinary mentors like Alter’s Brad Kilgore, MyCeviche’s Sam Gorenstein, and Cena’s Michelle Bernstein.