Miami’s Wynwood district has taken many forms since it was founded in 1917. From working-class neighborhood to garment district to down-on-its-luck locale, the area underwent a revitalization in the early 2000s, transforming into an arts district. The Wynwood Walls, the area’s homage to street art, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, and today Wynwood is one of the hottest areas in Miami. Its restaurants and boutiques make for a perfect weekend escape.
What to See
The Wynwood Walls (2520 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-531-4411; thewynwoodwalls.com) is an outdoor art installation that covers the district’s original warehouses and celebrates the striking beauty and originality of graffiti art. The walls are open to the public and free of charge. Other murals grace the walls of buildings throughout the district, and a map of these street art pieces can be found on the Wynwood website (wynwoodmiami.com). Don’t miss the area’s Art Walk, held every second Saturday of the month, when shops and galleries stay open late.
Where to Eat
Wynwood may have been reimagined as an art district, but it’s gained a reputation as a food-lover’s destination. For upscale eating, don’t miss Norman Van Aken’s Three (50 NW 24th St. No. 101, Miami; (305) 748-4540; threewynwood.com), the ground-breaking chef’s homage to Florida cuisine. More casual foodies might opt for Kush (2003 N. Miami Ave, Miami; (305) 576-4500; kushwynwood.com), the legendary burger spot on the outskirts of Wynwood. Its patties are made from grass-fed beef, and the burgers pair well with the joint’s collection of locally brewed beer.
Where to Drink
Anywhere that draws hipsters will be knee-deep in craft cocktails, and Wynwood has loads of both. The sleek Beaker and Gray (2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami; (305) 699-2637; beakerandgray.com), co-founded by a mixologist, is known for its deliciously on-trend concoctions. More in the mood for a craft ale? Try one of the neighborhood’s breweries, especially the cozy Wynwood Brewing Company (565 NW 24th St., Miami; (305) 982-8732; wynwoodbrewing.com).
Where to Shop
Hip boutiques abound in Wynwood, where shoppers can find everything from trending fashion pieces to handmade objects for the home. The iconic Wynwood Shop (196 NW 24th St, Miami; (954) 338-0520; wynwoodshop.com) features a wide assortment of funky items from local artists. Look for jewelry, prints, soaps and sunglasses. Men’s store BASE (2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; (305) 531-4982; baseworld.com) features curated brands, signature fragrances and lifestyle items for the sartorially gifted male. And for an al fresco shopping experience, check out the weekly Wynwood Alley Market, featuring local artists and vendors.
Where to Stay
Though a boutique hotel is in the works, many of the Wynwood district’s lodging options are more quirky than posh. For a good balance of modern design, luxury amenities and a hint of art-district flare, try the Wynwood Design District Apartments by Nuovo. One- and two-bedroom listings are available on Expedia.