Awesome Things To Do in Wynwood

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Whether it’s a gallery crawl during Wynwood’s Second Saturdays Art Walk or a casual afternoon discovering the latest murals, Miami’s Wynwood Arts District is a dynamic destination for culture. The neighborhood also boasts some of the buzziest bars, restaurants and boutiques in town. The next time you plan an outing to Wynwood, follow this guide for awesome things to do!

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Art & Culture

Wynwood Walls

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, your first stop should be 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. Outside of Wynwood Walls, you’ll find murals by Miami’s local street artists, including Magnus Sodamin, Jessy Nite, Typoe and the MSG Crew, alongside international artists.

Second Saturdays Art Walk & the Gallery Scene

A great time to visit the Wynwood is during Second Saturdays Art Walk when galleries stay open late, food trucks line the street and both revelers and art aficionados come out in droves. Don’t miss Fredric Snitzer Gallery for cutting edge contemporary works, Gary Nader Art Centre for an impressive collection of Latin American art including Boteros. Robert Fontaine Gallery and Bakehouse Art Complex provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into artist studios and their works in progress. Be sure to drop in to the Robert Fontaine Gallery before it moves to new a location on Española Way in Miami Beach in early March 2019. It’s also worth your while to check out Miami’s world-class private art collections at Rubell Family Collection and the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse.

Cycle Party Tours

Hop aboard the Wynwood Cycle Party and tour the neighborhood on a 15-person party bike helmed by a pilot tour guide. These four-wheeled contraptions with a built-in bar spin you around Wynwood with a variety of different tours to choose from. Head out on a brewery tour, happy hour crawl, foodie tour or scavenger hunt. The Insta-tour is perfect for art lovers and aspiring social media influencers who want to capture the neighborhood’s murals in all their glory on Instagram.

    Food & Drink

    Wood Tavern

    Wood Tavern is one of Wynwood’s original watering holes with a great selection of craft beers along with drink specials for an affordable night out in Miami. Hang with the hipster crowd in the big beer garden-style patio. 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 patio out front 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. Standout dishes include 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.

    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 other craft breweries and taprooms have opened in the neighborhood—and they’re worthy of a suds crawl. Start at Wynwood Brewing with a La Rubia blonde ale or Pop’s Porter and then crawl onto J. Wakefield Brewing for a Star Wars-themed taproom 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.

      Shopping & Entertainment

      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 with looks 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 and shop for one-of-a-kind sculptural terrariums and garden feature succulents, air plants and orchids with white porcelain figurines, often in the shapes of bunnies, robots or horses. You’re sure to find an item perfect for decorating your home or as a gift for someone special.

      Lock & Load

      You might not expect to find a shooting range in the heart of Miami’s premier arts district, but believe it or not, that’s exactly what you’ll find in Wynwood at Lock & Load. The 14,000-square foot facility offers 24 firing lanes and 25 different varieties of firearms to choose from. Get one-on-one professional guidance as you fire away in a safe and controlled environment.

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