What only a few years ago was an industrial district of Miami full of warehouses, thanks to a careful urban redevelopment, today has become the Wynwood art District, a real earthly paradise for street art lovers.
Walking through the streets of this district you can breathe deeply an artistic and cultural ferment that has given life to one of the most fascinating and surprising neighborhoods in the city. So let's see how to organize to visit the area of Wynwood and its main attraction Wynwood Walls.
- Where is it and how to get there
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- By car
- What to see in Wynwood
- Wynwood Walls
- The breweries
- The art galleries
- Wynwood Tour
- Where to eat in Wynwood
- Is sleeping in Wynwood worthwhile?
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Where is it and how to get there
The Wynwood neighborhood is located north of downtown Miami, between Little Haiti and Overtown. You can use the Metromover to get close to Wiynwood but not to get there. The closest stop is in fact School Board Station about 20 minutes walk from Wynwood Walls which is the geographical and artistic heart of the neighborhood.
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From downtown Government Center you can instead use Route 2 of the Metrobus, which makes its stops along NW 2nd Avenue, the road that practically bisects the arts district of Wynwood. The neighborhood also has a dedicated line of the convenient free Trolley Miami service which will prove to be very useful for getting around it.
The neighborhood can also be easily reached by car (here are some tips on how to rent a car in Miami and Florida). If you come from the Downtown area you can take from 10 to 15 minutes, while if you come from South Beach you can expect at least twenty minutes (obviously the estimates can change based on traffic).
What to see in Wynwood
As mentioned, street art in all its expressions is definitely the master in this neighborhood. The main activity that you can do inside Wynwood is therefore to walk around and be ready to discover the thousand surprises that await you around every corner.
The construction of Wynwood Walls began in 2009 thanks to the work of Tony Goldman and Jeffrey Deitch who had the intuition to use the large windowless walls of the neighborhood warehouses as a privileged space to host murals by artists from all over the world. Today, this small green space is the heart of the Wynwood art District which annually attracts dozens of international artists, as well as an incessant crowd of onlookers.
It is therefore not a static space, but a real open-air exhibition space in continuous transformation and expansion. Even if you don't have a lot of time to spend exploring the rest of the neighborhood, try to include this stop on your Miami itinerary. Obviously it is also the busiest place in the area. In high season, therefore, arm yourself with a little patience.
If you want to find something to eat without leaving, head to the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, a restaurant also appreciated by the locals, specializing above all in ethnic dishes in a particular way of the Latin American tradition.
The Wynwood Walls complex is accessible daily at the following times:
- Monday to Thursday from 10:30 to 23:30
- Friday and Saturday from 10:30 to midnight
- Sunday from 10: 30 to 20: 00
The Wynwood neighborhood is not only renowned for its art, but also for hosting some of the best breweries of the city. Reporting them all would be impossible but, if you are short on time, I therefore suggest you try at least one of the three competing for the best brewery in Wynwood.
- Wynwood Brewing Company (565 NW 24th St): one of the first breweries in the area and one of the most renowned in the whole city.
- Concrete Beach Brewery (325 NW 24th St): the peculiarity of this place is certainly the more beer garden atmosphere than the previous one. In fact, you can also enjoy your beer in an open space.
- J. Wakefield Brewing (120 NW 24th St): Those who love Star Wars well, will certainly feel at home here.
If, on the other hand, you want to get a more general idea of what the neighborhood can offer you from this point of view, the advice is to take advantage of a tasting tour of local beers that has been reported in the Wynwood tours section.
The art galleries
At the time of writing the article they are more than 70 the art galleries enclosed in this sort of magical quadrilateral of street art. But, as you can imagine, being an artistic environment that is never static and constantly changing, the situation could change from one year to the next. This is why it is fascinating to return to visit this district even if you have already been there. Here we report the best known and most important.
- Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St): a very large complex that has been operating in the artistic field since 1987, acting as a sort of forerunner for the rest of the neighborhood. Today it makes its spaces available to young emerging artists and hosts, among other things, 60 art studios and two exhibition galleries.
- Rubell Family Collection (95 NW 29th St): also known for being one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the entire United States. Definitely a place not to be missed.
For those who want to explore Wynwood not independently but accompanied by a local guide who will show you some more curiosities, you can take a look at the following organized tours. If you visit the neighborhood during the second Saturday of the month (check if it changes over time) you can also participate in the Art Walk the event that animates the streets of Wynwood from 18pm to 00pm. In fact, the galleries are all open beyond the usual hours and inside they host special or musical events, all seasoned with street food and impromptu artistic performances.
- Food and Art Walking Tour of the Wynwood Area: If you want to add a tasting in 5 different restaurants to your visit to the neighborhood, this may be the tour for you.
- The Wynwood Walls Official Street Art Walking Tour - A tour designed and run by official guides who are also Wynwood Walls artists for approximately one hour. Recommended for those who want to know the history of the neighborhood by those who write it every day.
- Wynwood Graffiti Golf Cart Tour: Those who don't want to walk but visit the neighborhood comfortably seated on a golf cart, can consider this tour.
- Wynwood Art and Beer Adventure: as mentioned Wynwood is not only art but also hosts renowned breweries. This tour gives you the opportunity to combine a tasting of local beers as you explore the neighborhood accompanied by a guide.
- Wynwood Art and Graffiti Bicycle Tour: Recommended for those who want to cycle to Wynwood on a bicycle from Miami's Bayfront Park. Before reaching the neighborhood you will have the opportunity to walk the suggestive Biscayne Bay.
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Where to eat in Wynwood
As you may have already understood by reading our article on where to eat in Miami, Wynwood it is a neighborhood for refined palates, for those looking for unusual dishes, or for lovers of ethnic cuisine. Strolling between one graffiti and another you will notice a certain assortment of Asian, Peruvian, Hawaiian, Mexican and vegan-influenced places, many of which are intent on offering refined, creative and "measured" dishes (forget the large binges of the typical American portions ) cooked with local products.
For an American reinterpretation of Asian cuisine I recommend the Kyu, 2 steps from Wynwood Walls, where I ate excellent fish dishes, while if you want to try refined, original and highly creative cuisine, I suggest Age, one block away, where you can sample the creations of chef Bradley Kilgore.
As you may have guessed, Wynwood is not the most suitable area to hunt for American "cuisine of substance", however if you are among those who cannot even for one evening give up the classic burger in this neighborhood too you will find your refuge, Wynwood Diner, a few meters from Wynwood Walls: the beautiful sign and murals on the outside make it rather easy to notice and the burgers are good, although not everyone is always satisfied with the service.
Finally, if you are looking for a full-bodied brunch with pancakes and maple syrup, Morgans Restaurant it is an excellent solution, even if a little more remote, about ten minutes walk from Wynwood Walls.
Is sleeping in Wynwood worthwhile?
I tend to say no. First of all because the hotel offer does not offer a lot of choice and because, as you have seen, it is not so immediate to move from Wynwood to the other more touristic areas of the city. This is why I invite you to read our tips on where to sleep in Miami to find another area that is more for you.
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