My friend once told me that Wynwood is one of the coolest art neighborhoods in the country. When I think of Miami, I think of the stereotypes – beaches, palm trees, Cuban sandwiches and wild nightlife. (Which tbh are all true) I couldn’t really picture a vibrant art scene fitting into the picture – but let me just say how glad I am to be proven wrong.
Think of food trucks, street art, art galleries and a local market all rolled into one neighborhood. Think of strolling past wall-sized graffiti paintings with a strawberry shortcake doughnut in one hand, and a cold brew in the other. Imagine the smell of fresh tacos and grilled cheese wafting in the air. You can find all these in Wynwood, the artsy, hipster neighborhood in Miami that is overflowing with a vibrant art and food scene.
Wynwood is probably my favorite neighborhood in Miami. Here is my short personal guide, and I attached a map at the end if you want to do a Wynwood food+art hopping!
The food truck scene is legit in Miami, my friend. They are scattered all over the city, but there are quite a few that are permanently around the Wynwood and Edgewater area. Caja Caliente serves some of the best tacos I’ve had, and Ms. Cheezious is an award-winning grilled cheese food truck that expanded into permanent locations.
Serving some of the city’s most sought-after burgers, Kush has everything from classic burgers to chicken and waffles to quality beer. Its late hours and creative burger options has garnered high popularity among locals and tourists, and is the perfect spot for a late-night snack or a hungover Sunday brunch.
Enriqueta Sandwich Shop
This is your neighborhood’s favorite mom-and-pop Cuban diner – busy, down-to-earth and affordable. You can find an extensive menu of breakfast and comfort food, and the Cuban sandwich is so fresh, hearty and delicious. One of the must-goes in Miami!
The Salty Donut
From seasonal flavors like strawberry shortcake to classics like guava and cheese, this small cafe has a such a colorful and fresh selection of artisanal doughnuts that honestly look and taste like mini cakes. What was once a food truck has become so popular that this place moved to a permanent location in Wynwood, so do expect lines and the store to sell out before its closing time.
Another local favorite, this cafe is always overflowing with people grabbing a cup of cold brew or some baked goods. Their cold brew is something you didn’t know you need until you take a sip of the smooth, rich coffee. During certain nights the patio area turns into an outdoor bar with live music.
No matter what time of the day, there is always a line here because everyone loves their tacos. It is also open till 2AM – perfect as drunchies or as a snack in between hitting up all the bars in the neighborhood. Oh, and there is a hidden bar at the back that gets really pumping at night – double the reason to hit up this place.
If you make your way to the back of the restaurant, you will pass by traditional-looking diner tables to a more extravagant and modern dining area with a beautiful bar.
Looking for a more casual club that is not strictly dress-coded and charges you $30 cover fee? SHOTS is the equivalent of a frat party club – crowded and ratchet, and yes, with an extensive menu of shots.
An outdoor bar with a whimsical and beautiful sitting area, Garden is the perfect place to grab a drink and relax in the open evening air.
Playing upbeat Latino music, El Patio is always pumping with a crowd. The crowd is more mature than an average college kid’s go-to bar, but you honestly can’t beat the vibes there.
A gallery-turned-bar at nights, you will find yourself dancing next to $6000 paintings and thinking to yourself that art and music could not have been better paired.
A must-visit in the area, the Wynwood Walls boast a stunning collection of graffiti and street art, as well as indoor galleries that feature more works from the same artists of the big murals outside.
My favorite part about Wynwood (apart from the food) is that you will always stumble into so many small, boutique galleries that host a wide range of art. They do close pretty early, so make sure you get there earlier in the day if you want to visit some.
Just across from the Nomad Tribe clothing store is a semi-open market, where you will find rows of vendors selling anything from accessories and sunglasses to fresh fruit cups and coconut water. It is a great spot to hit up as you start winding down the exploration of Wynwood.
Wynwood Art Walk
Everything second Saturday of the month, galleries are open later than usual, and the gathering of food trucks is every food-lover’s dream come true.
Stores and boutiques
While exploring the area, you will mostly likely be distracted by the numerous small boutiques and concept stores, which sell anything from cool home gadgets to designer menswear.