Colorful murals, a dynamic restaurant and nightlife scene, and a young (and young-at-heart) crowd make Wynwood Miami’s most exciting neighborhood. Photo by Sonya Revell.
An Insider Guide to Miami’s Wynwood District
BY NATE STOREY
In recent years, Wynwood has emerged as Miami’s marquee arts district and cultural hub. Close to Midtown and the Design District, not to mention Miami Beach just across the bay, the neighborhood has been transformed by gallerists who set up shop in industrial warehouses and street artists who altered the urban landscape with vibrant murals. Now, a host of creatively driven restaurants and bars, hype-kid streetwear shops, and a nascent start-up scene are adding another layer to the eclectic area surrounding
. Here are a few of our recommendations.
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EAT LIKE A WYNWOOD LOCAL
Freehold brings a dose of Brooklyn to Wynwood with all-day dining, parties, and events. Photo courtesy of Freehold Hospitality.
Humble local joints, experimental mashups, upscale gastronomy — Wynwood’s diversity of restaurants offer both creative cuisine and funky vibes. Whether you’re planning a special meal or tucking into some killer tacos to fuel up for a night out, you’ll never lack for options.
Got a group that can’t decide where to eat, but everyone wants something Asian? 1-800-Lucky has your number: This food-hall style venue offers seven micro restaurants dishing up everything from ramen and bánh mì to Japanese taiyaki
ice cream and Kirin beer slushies. The 10,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space is open all day, with live DJs spinning late and even a karaoke lounge awaiting your best Adele impression.
1-800-lucky.com, 143 NW 23rd St.
Executive chef Scott Linquist’s cantina empire keeps growing — he’s opened outposts of Coyo Taco in Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Portugal — but nothing beats the original location, a relatively spare space with eye-catching tiles and a friendly staff. Try the slow-roasted pork shoulder and seared angus steak tacos — all made on hand-pressed tortillas — then sneak behind the “Employees Only” door to find the secret mezcaleria where a DJ spins Afro-Cuban funk.
coyo-taco.com, 2300 NW 2nd Ave.
Even the most jaded pasta aficionados sing the praises of Doma’s cacio e pepe,
but the real focus here is seafood: The salt-crusted sea bass astounds as much for its flavor as for its presentation, wheeled out and served tableside. The two Italians at the helm have Michelin-starred cred, which shows in the service, some of the best in Miami. Added bonus: the quiet east Wynwood location and charming backyard, which feels a world away from the neighborhood’s freneticism.
domawynwood.com, 35 NE 26th St.
Wynwood was a natural landing spot for this day-to-night complex transplanted from Williamsburg. The indoor/outdoor space may be awash in Florida motifs like banana-leaf wallpaper and a teak-lined courtyard, but the Brooklyn DNA remains. Think tech meetups and tiki parties on the program, Counter Culture coffee, and New York–style pizza from an alum of the borough’s famous Roberta’s.
freeholdmiami.com, 2219 NW 2nd Ave.
Tucked away behind an unassuming taco joint lies one of Wynwood’s true gems: an eight-seat sushi den serving up an omakase
menu with fish that’s either caught locally or flown in from Tokyo. Mexico City’s top Japanese hospitality group, Edo Kobayashi, is behind the clandestine concept, which requires a code for the padlock outside the door (provided when you make your reservation). Even in a city famous for its fresh-off-the-boat seafood, Hiden is a standout.
hidenmiami.com, 313 NW 25th St.
Since 2016, KYU (as in ‘cue
) has been one of Wynwood’s most-wanted reservations, thanks to its unique take on yakiniku,
the Japanese grilling technique. Must-have dishes include beef short ribs, Thai fried rice stone pot (definitely add the king crab), and roasted cauliflower. Local artists Andrew Antonaccio and Filio Galvez did the geisha mural on the outside, while the industrial interior bumps with old-school hip-hop that’ll keep you sticking around (the cocktail menu helps, too).
kyurestaurants.com, 251 NW 25th St.
Wynwood denizens rejoiced when this 22-hour French sandwich spot — long a go-to for South Beach’s post-club crowd — landed across the Intracoastal. Order one of the massive baguettes like the Terminator (ham, turkey, Genoa salami, provolone) or the Frenchie (salami and brie), but frankly, you can’t go wrong with anything on offer, whether it’s 5am or 2pm.
lasandwicherie.com, 169 NW 23rd St.
With its own regenerative Paradise Farms providing organic ingredients, this vegetarian spot within the wellness-driven
is a fixture among Miami’s beach-bod crowd. On the globally inflected menu: specialty microgreens and 67 varieties of edible flowers; dishes made with superfoods, medicinal herbs, and ancient spices; and an impressive list of biodynamic wines. Don’t miss the farmer’s market Sundays from 9am to 2pm.
plantmiami.com, 105 NE 24th St.
SNACK AND SIP
Veza Sur Brewing offers beers with distinctly Latin flavors in an alfresco space that’s totally Wynwood. Photo by Sonya Revell.
Miami stays up late, and Wynwood offers nightlife for every taste, be it a Cuban brewery, atmospheric cocktail bar, or sultry dance den. The next day, you’ll find plenty of ways to get back on the mend, including beloved homegrown coffee shops and inventive bakeries whose confections taste as good as they look on Instagram.
Inspired by Japan’s analog music culture, Dante’s HiFi is Miami’s first vinyl listening bar, where you can hear tunes spun by music director Rich Medina (who supplied 8,500 records from his personal collection) as well as world-renowned DJs. Limited to just 50 patrons (book well in advance), the space is intimate and seductive, with mahogany shelves and buttery leather lounge seating with Mad-Men-esque cocktails to match. Ideal for music enthusiasts or just those in search of nightlife without the untz untz
@danteshifi, 519 NW 26th St.
A glowing neon sign taunts “Are You Dirty Enough?” at this after-hours spot festooned in rabbit-themed street art and decor. Over the top? Hey, it’s Miami! Nab a picnic table on the terrace and choose from the selection of cheeky cocktails — the mezcal-based Death Rider comes in a crystal skull rimmed with volcano salt — before dancing to ‘90’s hip hop. When late-night hunger strikes, the bar’s famous Dirty Burgers await.
thedirtyrabbitwynwood.com, 151 NW 24th St., Unit 107.
A career pivot gone right: Former Miami firefighter and Division I football player Derek Kaplan traded in his uniform(s) for an apron, and Wynwood reaps the benefits. So popular that it recently relocated to a new space three times its original size, the bakery offers almost too many temptations. Will it be the key lime pie or a slice of four-tiered birthday cake? Cookies and cream cheesecake? Our advice: Bring friends who are willing to share.
firemandereks.com, 2545 N. Miami Ave., Bay 1.
Opened in 2010 by a Portland couple with more than 30 years of combined coffee experience, Panther has been reenergizing even the most hardcore of Wynwood night owls ever since. Now with six outlets across the city, Panther is credited not just with educating Miamians about the joys of small-batch roasting but with transforming the neighborhood into a creative and artistic hub.
panthercoffee.com, 2390 NW 2nd Ave.
Rácket has two moods: the first, a tropical-inspired bar inside a sprawling, neon-lit atrium with pool tables, projectors, and DJs spinning hip-hop. The second: a relaxed outdoor area with plush couches and living-room-style seating that transitions from workday hang to evening cocktail lounge. Tiki lovers, listen up: The indoor bar specializes in tequila, mezcal, and rum, with a collection of more than 100 varieties.
racketwynwood.com, 150 NW 24th St.
Started as a Wynwood pop-up, The Salty’s small-batch, chef-made donuts grew so popular they’ve expanded to six locations throughout Florida and Texas. Named one of the “Best Donut Shops in America,” the Wynwood location, across the street from where the original 1950s camper was parked, offers both cake and yeast-based varieties with unique flavors like prickly pear margarita and seasonal pumpkin spice.
saltydonut.com, 50 NW 23rd St. #112.
SPANGLISH CRAFT COCKTAIL BAR + KITCHEN
As the name suggests, this mashup has all the ingredients of a Miami staple: a pan-Latin menu from chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, DJs spinning pop and reggaeton, and a space adorned in remixed Art Deco touches. The cocktail menu is an Instagram influencer’s wet dream. If you’re chasing likes, get the Paparazzi, a blend of dill-infused tequila, Campari, and a passionfruit reduction that arrives in a refurbished SLR camera lens.
spanglishmiami.com, 2808 N. Miami Ave.
SUITE HABANA CAFÉ
The go-to for Cuban coffee in Wynwood, Suite Habana Café also serves casual-but-satisfying breakfast dishes such as homemade ham croquettes, empanadas. and pastelitos
. The interior is modeled after a Havana paladar
— a home that also serves as a restaurant — with walls covered in posters from popular Cuban movies and plush lounge seating.
suitehabanacafemiami.com, 2609 N. Miami Ave.
VEZA SUR BREWING
Looking for a frosty beer that brings a little Latin flair? Head to this indoor/outdoor brewery that brews in-house using Latin American fruits such as mango, guava, and lulo, along with a selection of natural wines and beer cocktails. While you sip, try your hand at one of the group-friendly games such as life-sized Connect Four or cornhole.
vezasur.com, 55 NW 25th St.
Spanish export Vondom offers furniture and housewares from its trippy Wynwood flagship. Photo courtesy of Vondom.
A well-curated mix of streetwear shops, vintage fashion boutiques, and design showrooms will help you style your life in the local aesthetic. Wynwood’s walkable nature means you can get everything on your list and still have time to browse a gallery or grab a drink between stops.
Founded in 1989, BASE was a forerunner among concept stores, known for curating emerging and established brands under a single minimalist roof. Its Wynwood flagship continues the tradition of discovery more than 30 years later, showcasing everything from custom sneakers and art toys to a selection of global magazines and the house line of signature fragrances.
baseworld.com, 2215 NW 2nd Ave.
Glottman packs a three-in-one punch: part gift and lifestyle retailer; part interior design showroom; part studio for design and lighting services. Architect Oscar Glottman encourages customers to interact with smaller items first to inspire decisions for larger projects, with the team of in-house licensed designers guiding along the way. The space also hosts special events and gatherings.
glottman.com, 2213 NW 2nd Ave.
Located just north of Wynwood in the Miami Design District, MRKT is a destination for those who don’t shudder at the thought of a $300 sweatshirt. With collections for both men and women, MRKT consistently flips its inventory with the latest in collectable sneakers, upscale streetwear, and unique handbags.
shop-mrkt.com, 3824 NE 2nd Ave.
A basketball court mural decked in Vice City hues of teal, pink, and black is the first clue that this experiential retail store, co-founded by LeBron James, is different from the concept shops of yore. A sculptural water feature with two inverted copper hoops, designed by New York Sunshine’s John Margaritis, is suspended above the industrial-style space. On the shelves: a skilled edit of limited-editions, exclusive re-releases, and highly anticipated drops from brands ranging from Nike to A Bathing Ape.
unknwn.com, 261 NW 26th St.
Founded in Valencia, Spain, Vondom is known for vanguard furniture for both indoor and outdoor spaces. The curvy-yet-industrial Wynwood showroom features a collection of in-house designs and collaborations, many of which feature bold pops of color and trippy, geometric patterns.
vondom.com, 2301 N. Miami Ave.
WALT GRACE VINTAGE
Vintage guitar store, collectible car showroom, art gallery — even if you’re not buying, this unique hybrid concept named after a character in a John Mayer song is worth a visit. Wander the floor and ogle the rare finds, from a 1978 Ferrari 512BB — Argento and 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible to flawless mid-century Fender and Gibson guitars.
waltgracevintage.com, 300 NW 26th St.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE (AND BRING A FURRY FRIEND)
Where else but Wynwood does your afternoon stroll come with a site-specific mural by Kenny Scharf? It’s one of dozens of works on display at Wynwood Walls. Photo courtesy of Wynwood Walls.
OK, the beach provides stiff competition, but Wynwood and the surrounding neighborhoods offer plenty of great outdoor activities. Instead of sand and surf, you can catch some rays while viewing blue-chip art, listening to DJs, or doing a morning yoga season (still pretty Miami, when you think about it). Here are a few top alfresco destinations — plus places to perfect that bod for the inevitable beach visit.
DESIGN DISTRICT ART INSTALLATIONS
Built on the site of a former pineapple farm, the Design District is a symbol of Miami’s evolution into a world-class cultural destination. One of the most successful aspects of Craig Robbins’ mixed-use creative hub has been the collection of public artworks, which grows each year with new site-specific commissions. Highlights include Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic Fly's Eye Dome
, late architect Zaha Hadid’s Silly Putty–esque Elastika
, and Jamilah Sabur’s evocative, multi-racial hand gestures called Actual Infinity
. Seek out the paw-themed sculptures in the small dog park (81 NE 40th St.) and let your pup get some culture, too.
The most anticipated newcomer to Wynwood this year is this new open-air music venue and food hall with A-list DJs (Tiësto, Above & Beyond) and big-name culinary vendors (Prince Street Pizza, Mr. Mandolin) attached. At the heart of it all is Tower Bar, a stacked structure of shipping crates enshrouded by a colorful mural by Spanish artist Antonyo Marest, where patrons fuel up on mezcal drinks and frozen cocktails.
oasiswynwood.com, 2335 N. Miami Ave.
SANA SKIN STUDIO
Relaxation and detoxification are two words not often associated with Wynwood, but Sana Skin Studio is on a mission to change that. Known as one of the premier destinations for skincare in the area, Sana Skin offers a menu of facial treatments customized to each guest’s skin type and long-term goals, with an array of clean beauty products designed to heal skin from the inside out. Add-ons such as a stimulating microcurrent or lymphatic massage with a gua sha
help even the weariest traveler achieve that Miami “glow up.”
sanaskinstudio.com, 167 NW 25th St.
What happens when two of Miami’s trailblazing cocktail gurus and a revered nightclub join forces to open an outdoor public venue? Space Park — a dog-friendly, multifarious newcomer in Little Haiti, a few miles north of Wynwood. It offers everything from morning group yoga sessions to the weekly Trippy Market, where small-batch food purveyors and artisanal shops hawk their wares. Stay for the big-name musical acts, like Bob Moses and Damien Lazerus, who come on after dark.
spaceparkmiami.com, 298 NE 61st St.
The most iconic destination in Wynwood — and definitely the place to snap your “I went to Miami” selfie — is this outdoor mural gallery established in 2009. By offering a warehouse-sized canvas in which their works could be celebrated rather than reprimanded, the project put some of the world’s greatest graffiti and street artists on the map. Since its inception, the walls have featured more than 50 artists representing 16 countries, with high-profile collaborators like Kenny Scharf, Maya Hayuk, Shepard Fairey, Retna, Lady Pink, and more.
thewynwoodwalls.com, 266 NW 26th St
SOAK UP SOME CULTURE
The Rubell Museum’s astounding collection includes works by Sterling Ruby and Mary Weatherford (far right). Photo courtesy of the Rubell Museum.
As Miami continues its ascent into cultural powerhouse status, there’s a place for every taste, from blue-chip galleries to influential contemporary art institutions. Wynwood remains the center of the art scene, and the street art here is as dynamic as ever — just witness the new mural by
Also Department at Sentral Wynwood, viewable from the rooftop pool deck. But the art universe is expanding outwards to adjacent ‘hoods like the Design District and Allapattah, where the buzzy new Superblue and expanded Rubell Museum are both located.
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART MIAMI
In 2017, when the ICA moved into a new 37,500-square-foot home with a seemingly three-dimensional facade, it marked a seminal moment for the Design District’s evolution into a world-class art and shopping destination. Dedicated to innovative contemporary art and emerging artists, the calendar includes major thematic group shows, live programming with experimental music artists, and works from the permanent collection of high-profile artists like Jorge Pardo and Julian Schnabel.
icamiami.org, 61 NE 41st St.
This boundary-pushing incubator and pioneer of Wynwood’s alternative art scene (now relocated to the Design District) is known for its site-specific installations and video works from rising talents. On any given day, you might find multidisciplinary artist Jessica Segall’s immersive living garden fertilized with unrefined gold, or a fantastical microcosmic forest by Philadelphia-based artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib.
locustprojects.org, 3852 N. Miami Ave.
MUSEUM OF GRAFFITI
This uniquely Wynwood institution tracks the neighborhood’s predominant art form from its renegade beginnings as a sort of creative vandalism to its present-day status as a respected discipline adopted by the fashion and pop culture worlds (see Wynwood Walls, above). Peruse the museum’s 11 exterior murals and indoor exhibition spaces, then head to the gem of a gift shop stocked with limited-edition merch from leading street artists like Sket One and Saber.
museumofgraffiti.com, 299 NW 25th St.
With more than 7,200 works by 1,000-plus artists in their collection, Mera and Don Rubell are the power patrons of the Miami art scene. They opened their private exhibition space in Wynwood back in 1993, when the area was still a warehouse-lined wasteland Now they occupy a sprawling new space a few blocks west in Allapattah designed by prominent architect Annabelle Selldorf. The couple now enjoy twice the amount of space to show their a wide-ranging selection of works from the likes of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Cindy Sherman.
rubellmuseum.org, 1100 NW 23rd St.
The Basque-style restaurant,
, makes for an excellent pre- or post-visit refuel.
The buzzy art venture in the blossoming neighborhood of Allapattah is a pioneer in the global movement of next-wave experiential art institutions that create immersive environments for viewing and interacting with art. The opening exhibitions — Studio Drift’s jellyfish-like kinetic sculptures, Es Devlin’s phantasmagoric mirrored installation maze Forest of Us
, and TeamLab’s virtual flower environment and interactive soup bubble cloud room — will make the Van Gogh Experience feel like a yawn.
superblue.com, 1101 NW 23rd St.
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