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By: Patricia Azze

In many ways, the whole Wynwood area is one giant art installation. The neighborhood’s art-focused spirit shows on its walls, the frames hanging in more than 70 galleries, and in every dish and drink served in its hip restaurants and bars.

Wynwood is an essential place to explore while visiting Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Wynwood.

Wynwood Walls
So many eye-catching murals at Wynwood Walls

Must-See Wynwood Street Art & Galleries

When in Wynwood, it’s all about the art. What was once a manufacturing and warehouse district has transformed over the past decade or so into a world-class art destination. Start at the Wynwood Walls, the outdoor art exhibition that has been an iconic attraction ever since it opened in 2009. Its outdoor space is dedicated to some of the world’s most renowned graffiti and street artists. Wynwood Walls features more artists than ever and its eye-catching murals rotate frequently. There is now a small entrance fee, and admission is ticketed in order to ensure social distancing – which gives you lots of space for those Instagram-worthy photos.

The world's first Museum of Graffiti

Looking to dive even deeper into the art scene? Learn to appreciate the graffiti movement and its artists at the Museum of Graffiti. Then, head over to Bakehouse Art Complex, a community art space that was founded in 1985 and is housed in an Art Deco building that was once a bakery. When you visit you can see the work of more than 100 artists who work in the on-site studios. Another must-see is the Margulies Collection at The Warehouse, a non-profit private art collection featuring works by some of the most prominent artists of the 20th and 21st centuries in a 50,000-square-foot space. It’s open to the public from late October through April.

Tour the Wynwood Walls
Tour the Wynwood Walls

For an even more intimate – and very fun – way to get to know the area’s art scene, sign up for a tour with Wynwood Art Walk Miami. Small group tours, private tours and a hands-on graffiti experience are offered. You can also hop aboard a golf cart to zip through the area on the Wynwood Graffiti Golf Cart Tour.

Panther Coffee for great coffee and hipster vibes

Wynwood’s Top Bars and Restaurants

Wynwood’s foodie scene is just about as exciting as the art scene, making it the perfect place to not just start your day (Panther Coffee, anyone?), but to stick around for both lunch and dinner between rounds of gallery-hopping and mural-gazing. 1-800-Lucky is a food hall with seven spaces offering different Asian specialties to pick from, like poke, sushi, bubble tea, Thai food and very photogenic Japanese ice cream. After dark, it transforms from an eatery into a nightlife and karaoke spot.

Foodies and locals flock to The Salty

Get a load of Miami’s most popular loaf at Zak The Baker. Zak Stern, who’s somewhat of a local celebrity, runs this bakery and deli serving Kosher food and baked goods. Zak’s isn’t the only must-stop for those with a sweet tooth. With delicious spots like The Salty and Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop drawing repeat customers for their signature treats, Wynwood is a sugary paradise.

Classic Cuban beers at Cerveceria La Tropical

Getting thirsty? Head over to Wynwood Brewing Company, Miami’s first craft production brewery, or Cerveceria La Tropical, which offers a taste of classic Cuban beers in a beautiful garden setting.

Plant-based cuisine at Planta Miami

Events and Experiences in Wynwood

There’s always something to do in Wynwood. Home to venues and event spaces aplenty, Wynwood is always buzzing with something new to do. Mana Wynwood, a six-acre property that’s both a convention center and an event space, hosts events ranging from music festivals to large industry gatherings and nightlife events. The Sacred Space Miami is a serene tropical oasis for wellness, social happenings and corporate events. Its on-site modern plant-based restaurant, Plant Miami, is a favorite among locals. The locals also love to head to Gramps, Wynwood’s favorite dive bar and venue space where you can expect themed nights, outdoor concerts and a pizza truck.

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