72 Hours in Miami’s Colorful Wynwood District
Creativity is at the core of the Wynwood Art District. Around every corner you’ll find eclectic, artistic inspiration, courtesy of the 200-plus street murals that cover the neighborhood, making it one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. The area is also home to galleries, boutiques, antique shops, bars, and artisanal eateries, making it the perfect place to lose yourself in exploration and inspiration.
You could immerse yourself in the area for a month and find something new to delight and surprise you every day. But if your time is limited to a long weekend, here are a few hot spots you won’t want to miss:
A Wynwood morning wouldn’t be complete without a stop at The Salty, an award-winning artisanal donut shop and coffee bar focused on chef-made, small-batch, craft donuts. Once your sweet tooth is satisfied, get your caffeine fix from rotating coffee blends from Intelligentsia Coffee crafted by expert baristas. Another iconic establishment that’s great for breakfast, lunch, or anything in between is Zak the Baker, where you can score scrumptious handmade pastries, toasts, and delicious soups and salads. Or go straight for an unforgettable caffeine transfusion at Panther Coffee, where the small-batch coffee is made from beans that are thoughtfully sourced from Nicaragua, Brazil, Guatemala, and Ethiopia.
Street art abounds in the Wynwood Art District, so be sure to pencil in some time to take in the colorful murals found around every corner. Beyond that, there are more than 75 exhibition spaces, both inside and out, where you’re sure to find art that inspires. A couple of highlights include:
- Wynwood Walls: This unique outdoor graffiti gallery and museum features huge, colorful murals by renowned artists from around the world. If you’re looking for behind-the-scenes info about the work, be sure to sign up for a guided tour.
- Rubell Museum: Situated in a 45,000-square-foot warehouse space, check out the work of artistic superstars like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol in the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art collection.
- Museum of Graffiti: The first museum in the world exclusively dedicated to the graffiti art form is a great place to peruse a collection of incredible art AND snap up affordable works from burgeoning artists.
The dining options are fairly endless as you navigate Wynwood’s bustling blocks. But there are a few locations that are sure to hit the spot. If you’re craving a burger, swing by Kush for some of the best in town. This tiny restaurant is always busy, but the burgers, gator fritters, and wide local beer selection make it an excellent choice. Another standout pick is 1-800-Lucky, a 10,000-square-foot Asian food hall. It includes seven different Asian restaurants, an indoor and outdoor bar, a karaoke room, and a record shop, so there’s always plenty to do after you fill up. Other popular picks (read: make a rez) include Kyu, known for its roast cauliflower and soft-shell crab bao buns; Dukunoo Jamaican Kitchen, home of unforgettable jerk chicken; and Coyo Taco, featuring Miami’s freshest Mexican street food experience.
Bars & Nightlife
Like much of Wynwood, the most popular bars are unique and eclectic, and the majority feature outdoor spaces. Check out El Patio Wynwood, which bills itself as a “Latina Vintrash Lounge” and offers a mix of art, artisanal cocktails, and a blend of Latin-inspired beats. Another fun option is No. 3 Social, home to Wynwood’s only rooftop bar. To tap into the craft beer scene, check out Wynwood Brewing Co., Miami’s first craft-production brewery, or the laid back Veza Sur. Yet another longtime fixture is the kitschy Gramps, known for its pizza, beer, and live music.
A word of caution: from dining to drinking, a few hot spots have temporarily or permanently closed their doors due to COVID, so be sure to check in with our helpful staff at The Bradley Wynwood to get the scoop on recent openings/closing and for up-to-the-minute recs on not-to-miss hot spots.
But no matter how you spend your time in Wynwood, make sure to pencil in some time at your home base—The Bradley Wynwood. Along with gorgeous, fully furnished spaces, this high-end residential building from Lenny Kravitz’s design team features plenty of cool, contemporary spaces and countless places to unplug, from speakeasy-style common areas to a picturesque rooftop terrace with a pool and city views.
Wherever you land, if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, you can’t go wrong in the Wynwood Arts District. Creativity is contagious in this exciting, inclusive community. Whatever you do, you’ll quickly discover a long weekend is just enough to whet your appetite for Wynwood. We already look forward to welcoming you back.
Julie Keller Callaghan is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. She is also an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting and a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. Julie is a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures, ForbesTraveler.com, E! Online, Gayot.com, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.