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Wynwood, Miami neighborhood guide

A one-stop guide to Wynwood's best sights, restaurants, bars and more

Ashley Brozic
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Ashley Brozic

Known for blocks upon blocks of incredible, world-renowned murals, Wynwood is a neighborhood dedicated to the pursuit of fun and pleasure. Around every corner, you’ll find interesting shops, some of Miami’s best restaurants, vibey bars fit for every mood and a number of Miami’s top breweries. After all, Wynwood was the source of the city’s craft beer movement. Plus, it’s filled with tons of activities for everyone in the family, making it a great destination to explore from morning all the way into the wee hours of the night.

What’s the deal with Wynwood?

The Wynwood Arts District is one of Miami’s most exciting zip codes, a globally recognized neighborhood with creativity flowing year-round. Don’t blink or you’ll miss all of the changes happening. Cranes are as common as spray paint cans, as new developments and midrises stack up like Lego blocks. And now, this once uninhabitable spread of warehouses is now a lively place to work, play and stay.

OK, so tell me a little bit of Wynwood history.

That’s not to say that the residential blocks surrounding the heart of the neighborhood haven’t housed a thriving community. This was considered Miami’s original “Little Puerto Rico,” and you’ll still find people flaunting their Boricua pride with tasseled flags on their rearview mirrors or salsa blasting from their front porches.

The warehouse part of Wynwood was once Miami’s garment district. Enticed by cheap rent, the artists and collectors started moving in around the early ’90s. But these galleries needed clients, so they began enticing potential buyers with free wine on the second Saturday of every month. And so, Wynwood started to get its artsy reputation. There were studios, small galleries, art complexes, and even bigwig galleries like the Rubell Collection (now in Allapattah) and the Margulies Collection (still there) sprinkled throughout. But unless you were really in the know, you’d think there was nothing to see here.

In 2004, the late Tony Goldman bought up about 18 properties, and over the next five years, he began rolling out his vision for the neighborhood: "a kind of Williamsburg," he told the New York Times "but with a Latin/Caribbean flavor." He wanted "a place where things develop unexpectedly," and by golly, he got it.

By 2013, Wynwood was making local and international headlines. These were the early years when “Wynwood was Wynwood,” as locals will reminisce. The Wynwood Walls were open and there were only a handful of places where you could ride the craft beer wave and shake your booty all night, including Wood Tavern (RIP), Gramps (still there!), Cafeina (also there!) and Wynwood Brewing Co. (Woohoo! This too!). People still came for the free wine at Wynwood Art Walk, but it was getting so crowded that the barrels dried up.

Wynwood’s creative spirit, however, has not. Over the past decade, the neighborhood has unfolded block by block—and it feels like every week each block evolves even further, shedding its old skin to make way for something new.

Where exactly is Wynwood?

Officially, Wynwood is bordered by I-195 to the north, NW 20th Street to the south, I-95 to the west, and the train tracks along Edgewater to the east. You’ll likely spend most of your time in the 25 or so jagged blocks between NW 29th and 20th streets, and NW 5th Avenue and North Miami Avenue.

If you only do one thing…

Walk around! We know, we know: that’s a copout answer. But we can’t name a better neighborhood for endless exploration and discovery, especially with so many world-class murals on every block.

Pop in and out of the amazing boutiques, refuel at one of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, then spend the day or night drinking and dancing with friends at Wynwood’s best bars. And if it’s your first time visiting—or even your first time in a while—be sure to pop by Wynwood Walls, the outdoor museum that started it all.

How to get to Wynwood

By car: Whether you’re coming from I–195 to the north or I–395 to the south, you’ll want to get on North Miami Avenue, turn on NW 29th Street (from the north) or NW 20th Street (from the south) and then make your way to NW 2nd Avenue where all the action is. There is ample metered street parking (especially past 23rd St), but play it easy and park at the Wynwood Garage on NW 26th Street.

By public transportation: Unfortunately, the Metrorail doesn’t extend here, but you could get off at Government Station and take the MetroBus (Route 2) to NW 2nd Avenue and NE 25th Street. There’s also the Miami Trolley. The Wynwood route picks you up at the Omni Metrorail station, drops you off right in the heart of Wynwood and even extends to the Design District.

If you want a more adventurous method of transport, ride a Revel! These mopeds offer a chance to take in all of Wynwood’s sights and sounds. Or, if you really want the scenic route, hop aboard a big red double-decker.

Where to eat in Wynwood

You could eat at a different place each day in Wynwood for an entire month and you’d still have a few blank boxes to check off on your list. We’ve got a definitive guide to the best Wynwood restaurants, but here’s a quick overview to keep in your back pocket.

Breakfast and coffee: Zak the Baker, Panther Coffee, Enriqueta’s, Suite Havana Café, The Salty, Morgan’s Wynwood, La Colombe at Walt Grace
Healthy bites: Love Life Café, Mr. Smood, Sweet Green, Ono Poké
Bucket list musts: Uchi, Hiden, Doya, KYU, Three Wynwood, Hiyakawa
Everyday favorites: Momosan Wynwood, Junkanoo Jamaican Kitchen, Omakai Sushi, Le Chic, Kush, Grails Sports Bar, Baccano
Quick and vibey: Coyo Taco, La Sandwicherie, Tropical Pizza, The Taco Shop, The Mad Butcher, Freehold Miami
Food halls: Oasis and 1-800-Lucky
Something sweet: Fireman Derek’s, Dasher & Crank, Salt & Straw, Night Owl Cookies, Cielito Artisan Pops, Paletas Morelia

Where to bar hop in Wynwood

There are more bars within walking distance of each other in Wynwood than in any other neighborhood in Miami, and for that reason, it’s the perfect place for a proper crawl. Wynwood has got speakeasies, breweries, rooftops, gastro clubs and even a Japanese listening den—whether you want to sit around and chill or you want to drop it low to bangers on the dance floor, there’s something for you. Here’s the definitive list of Wynwood bars, and here’s CliffsNotes version.

You wanna dance, but you’re also hungry: 1-800-Lucky, Oasis
You like good music: Danté’s Hi-Fi
You’re craving really good cocktails: The Sylvester, Spanglish, Beaker & Gray
You just wanna dance!: El Patio, Rácket, Centro Wynwood, The Dirty Rabbit, Syndicate
You like views: Astra
You wanna get weird: Gramps
You like not-so-secret speakeasies: Coyo, NDA at Mad Butcher
You’re here for the beer: Wynwood Brewing Co., J. Wakefield, Cervecería La Tropical, Veza Sur, Dogfish Head, Bottled Blonde
You like patios & wine: Lagniappe
Yaaaas! You’re a Queen: R House

What is there to do in Wynwood if you’re not hungry or thirsty?

As we mentioned, Wynwood packs in loads of fun. Embark on an artist-led neighborhood tour with Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide, peddle around with Cycle Party (we lied, there’s beer here) or hop on Veza Sur’s Rumba Chiva (ok, fine, there’s beer here, too).

If you’re looking to get crafty, make some candles at Candle Land Miami. Then, do a little shopping at one of Wynwood’s best boutiques or get your game face on for laser tag and arcade classics at FunDimension. Brands are always popping up along Second Ave with experiential activations, so keep an eye out for surprises and freebies.

Get off the beaten track

Set in an old industrial bakery, the Bakehouse Art Complex has been fostering emerging artists for over 30 years. With around 100 resident and associate artists and 60 studios to explore, you’ll be inspired (and even perplexed) by all the different themes, mediums and practices to explore—whether on canvas or a hypothetical stage. Bakehouse is open daily from noon to 5pm and admission is free.

On a rainy day

Visit the Museum of Graffiti! You’re probably wondering: why would I pay to see graffiti when I can see it for free all over the neighborhood? We wondered the same thing! But the world’s first museum dedicated to graffiti art packs in loads of history and facts, giving you the context to appreciate what you see outside on a deeper level.

What else is nearby?

Wynwood is south of the Design District and Little Haiti, north of Downtown Miami, west of Edgewater and east of Allapattah. It’s easily accessed from South Beach via the Venetian and Julia Tuttle Causeways.

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