Things To Do In Wynwood

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Wynwood is a dynamic destination for culture.

The mural-splashed arts district is home to some of Miami’s buzziest bars, restaurants and boutiques, not to mention world-class contemporary art galleries. Start your exploration at Wynwood Walls for an orientation into the area’s street art. Read on for the rest of the great things to do in Miami’s hippest neighborhood in our insider’s guide.

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Where To Find Street Art

It was the neighborhood’s architecture—warehouses without windows—that presented a literal blank canvas for the neighborhood’s artists. To take it all in, start at Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum dedicated to street art. Here, the works of more than 40 internationally renowned street artists are on display, ranging from pioneers like Shepard Fairey (most famous for his Obama Hope posters), Kenny Scharf and RETNA to white-hot emerging stars like Maya Hayuk and the British art collective London Police.

    Gallery Crawl

    Wynwood is also home to an impressive collection of contemporary galleries that made the neighborhood what it is today. Stop by Fredric Snitzer Gallery for cutting edge contemporary works, Gary Nader Art Centre for an impressive collection of Latin American art including Boteros. Bakehouse Art Complex provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into artist studios and their works in progress. Be sure to check out Miami’s world-class private art collections in the neighborhood at Rubell Family Collection and the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. Their thought-provoking exhibitions change seasonally.

      Where To Eat And Drink

      Craft Beer Crawl

      When Wynwood Brewing Company opened in 2013, they tapped into a movement that Miami was thirsty for. Since then, a slew of craft breweries and tap rooms have opened in the neighborhood—and all together, they’re worthy of a suds crawl. Start at Wynwood Brewing with a La Rubia blonde ale or Pop’s Porter and then crawl on to J. Wakefield Brewing for a Star Wars-themed tap room and a pint of their Stush Berliner Weisse sour. Concrete Beach Brewery and its cushy Social Hall taproom is popular for their Stiltsville Pilsner. And finally, Veza Sur Brewing Co. is the newest in the neighborhood, pouring their Brazilian-style Chopp, an ice-cold lager with a creamy foam top designed to drink through.

        Wood Tavern

        A beer crawl could naturally begin or end at Wood Tavern, one of Wynwood’s original watering holes with a great selection of craft beers. Hang with the hipster crowd in the big beer garden-style patio or head inside for a late-night dance party. And if you get hungry, look no further than their makeshift taco cart in the back, which turns out delicious made-to-order tacos and quesadillas.

          Panther Coffee

          If you're a coffee aficionado, make a beeline to Panther Coffee, another Wynwood OG spot. Joel and Leticia Pollock, the husband-and-wife duo behind Panther, source their beans from ethical producers worldwide and roast them onsite in small batches. The painstaking care is apparent in the distinctive flavors in every cup, and the baristas take pride in their craft. There’s also a selection of baked goods to snack on and a front patio perfect for people watching.

            1-800-LUCKY

            1-800-LUCKY is a 10,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor Asian food hall, slinging bao buns and dim sum, along with craft cocktails, until the wee hours every night. It draws a hip crowd craving late night DJ beats in the courtyard with a side of sushi or poke bowls. With a hip industrial design and neon lighting, it also boasts a convenience store and record shop. Don’t leave until you’ve sampled the matcha ice cream served inside a fish-shaped cake cone topped with unicorn ears and horn from Taiyaki NYC—and snap an Instagram while you’re at it.

              Alter

              For a completely unique dining experience, make a reservation at Alter. Helmed by James Beard Award semifinalist chef Bradley Kilgore, the ambitious and artful cuisine is best enjoyed with a five- or seven-course tasting menu. Although the menu is constantly being reinvented, standout dishes include items like the soft egg with sea scallop espuma, truffle pearls and caviar and the shaved cobia with olive “snow,” masago, mustard oil and garlic dashi. The space is minimalist, industrial and intimate, boasting one of the neighborhood’s most charming patio bars with an impressive cocktail program to match.

                Where To Shop

                Simonett Showroom

                One of Miami’s most successful fashion lines just got a new name: Style Mafia is now going by founder Simonett Pereira’s first name. The newly eponymous brand launched when Pereira was only 22 and she’s grown it into an international, high fashion line at an approachable price point. The minimalist Wynwood showroom is filled with Simonett’s signature modern silhouettes of ruffles, bell sleeves and voluminous pants. It’s a must-visit for any fashionista who wants to take an authentic piece of Miami style home with her.

                  Plant the Future

                  Founded by Miami artist and industrial designer Paloma Teppa and her husband Yair Marcocschamer, Plant the Future is one of the most unique plant shops you’ll come across. Head to their Wynwood gallery for one-of-a-kind sculptural terrariums and gardens featuring succulents, air plants and orchids with white porcelain figurines, often in the shape of bunnies, robots or horses. You’re sure to find an item perfect for decorating your home or as a gift for someone special.

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