Wynwood: The Art District Guide
The Wynwood Warehouse District has become the urban core of Miami, largely because of the development of the Wynwood Walls, maintained by the Goldman Global Arts Foundation. Since the arrival of Art Basel in 2002, the Miami art scene has been flourishing and the Wynwood’s trajectory of growth and ingenuity has inspired art communities worldwide.
The transformation of the Wynwood District has brought several fine eateries, clothing boutiques, art galleries, famed art collections, gift shops, a very lively night scene and is home to the largest collection of street art and mural art in the world. Wynwood for is art, but also for eats. Save some time for a stroll around the neighborhood and some libations and nosh along the way.
The Art: Must-see highlights
The Wynwood Walls & Wynwood Doors
These are the original murals started in 2009 by Goldman. The walls became a way to showcase the underserved and underrepresented street art called graffiti. The warehouses have been transformed into an outdoor area that includes about 12 large scale murals that are recreated yearly by international talent. The walls can be best be photographed early in the day as the crowds by mid-morning can be a challenge if you want a whole wall scene to yourself. Alternatively, the neighboring walls throughout the area are much quieter and offer remarkable works. Just be aware of your surroundings since Miami is a big city, shall we say.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
This warehouse art collection was one of the first art foundations to make Wynwood their home in 1999. The collection was vastly expanded in 2004 and shows major exhibitions that coincide with Art Basel. The extensive collection contains sculptures, paintings, & photography that are well renowned and are worth over 800 millions dollars.
Rubell Family Collection
One of the largest privately owned and publicly accessible contemporary art collections in the world. The 45,000 sq/ft collection contains works by famed artists like Koons, Haring, Sherman, Basquiat as well as emerging contemporary artists.
Wynwood Art Walk & Tours
Every second Saturday join thousands of people for a festive evening of art, food, music and craft beer. The neighborhood comes alive and makes for a great Saturday night out, hours are roughly 6pm-midnight. Try a guided buggy tour if you want to get a little more out of this exciting monthly event. Private or group tours are also available during other times and many of the guides are artists who have murals in the area. If you are unfamiliar with art, or graffiti arts, I highly suggest you take a tour for perspective and further appreciation. https://wynwoodartwalk.com
The Eateries: Must Eat & Drink
Panther Coffee Roasters
This small batch, award winning specialty coffee roaster is so good you can smell the yummy, deep flavors as you walk by. Start your day here to get reeved up for your photo shoot and plan your route. Caffeine buzzing is fun. Keep and eye out on for their partner restaurants for a second chance to taste the quality brew.
Morelia Gourmet Paletas- Designer Popsicles
This is the spot to go. They several flavors to choose from, I was torn between the Passionfruit with condensed milk vs. a pineapple & mint. I went for the newer version of a creamsicle and added sprinkles. Man, a popsicle to remember, in fact all day I was thinking about that icy treat.
Zak the Baker
Zak, The famous Kosher baker, notable as a semifinalist for the James Beard Award of Outstanding Bakers, bakes for Whole Foods, and has a cult following. The Wynwood Bakery cafe serves light fare, bakery centric foods and is closed Saturday.
President Obama sky rocketed this taco shop into fame. I confess I wanted to eat here, but the line was 40 people deep, and I was jonesing to take pics of the walls vs. what are bound to be some great tacos. They are open late if you’re still enjoying the night scene and need a nighttime snack.
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
Pairing Global-Latin cuisine with famed global street artists. The highly acclaimed restaurant serves small plates and tapas style bites great for sharing. Experience world famous art with seating outdoors among the Wynwood Walls or indoors where the art is equally striking and equally famous.
A food hall of Asian Cuisine and lively nightlife. Options include Japanese, Poke, Sushi, Thai, Chinese, two bars and a pavilion with rotating DJ’s late into the night. Try the Asahi Beer with the frozen foam, colder than cold. Look for YIP, serving yummy Dim Sum: fresh shrimp steamed dumplings, and soft shell crab bao. Love this place.
Kyu offers excellent wood-fired, Asian inspired fares in a chic setting just outside the Wynwood walls. Winning “best new restaurant” from the James Beard Foundation makes total sense to me. I had the locally sourced grilled broccoli, baby bok choy & crab bao with local beer by Wynwood Breweries. Everything was excellent and the vibes were good ones. I also commend the concept of this restaurant where sustainability is paramount, for every one tree they use they replant five. I dig it.
Wynwood Brewing Company
Miami’s first micro brewery and Tap room of craft beers, is family owned and widely popular. Tastings and special events are available. Check out their crisp blonde masterpiece “La Rubia” sold in restaurants across Miami and the perfect antidote to the Miami heat.
Shopping: Gifts and Gadgets
The original vandals of Wynwood since 2001. My favorite shop selling graffiti prints, t-shirts, graffitied Nike shoes, ball caps and more. I got a sweet Wynwd graffiti t-shirt (made in Miami) and some stickers. Inspiration for my tag: #GWT
The Wynwood Shop
Selling emerging brands that specialize in gifts, crafts, paints, jewelry, art, clothing, home decor and more. The Wynwood shop is a collaborative space for startups, artists and creators to have retail presence and share ideas. They also have pop-up shops and have live music events throughout then year.
A favorite Detroit, made in America, kind of hipster store for watches (love these), bikes (want one) and leather goods. All their products are extremely well made, high in style, with an antique type edginess.
The Wynwood Art District in Miami is a major player in the art world and now a major destination in Miami. See it for yourself and enjoy all the art, excitement and flavors the destination has to offer. All Of my photography here was taken with a Moment Wide Lens. Tag me on Instagram, I always love seeing pictures of the new murals as they are recreated. #girlwelltraveled @girlwelltraveled