Miami’s Wynwood District has recently emerged as one of the key areas for Art Basel, and with good reason.
The 16 blocks between North 36th Street and North 20th Street includes five museums, 70 galleries, three private collections, and five art fairs. There’s a decidedly cool, indie vibe to this stretch of Wynwood with its many murals and art installations.
A leisurely stroll through the district alone would be a good idea to soak up its ambience, as well as visit some of the indie galleries like Lelia Mordoch. The Miami branch of this Paris gallery features some of the most interesting global talents today.
Wynwood is many things to many people: the freedom to just be, more fluid spaces of expression, and filled with so much character thanks to refurbished warehouses and factories reborn as art spaces. For those in the know, it’s the place to be for Art Basel—and the rest of the year too.
Stylish cafes and bars are everywhere. A favorite is the warehouse-style Wynwood Kitchen & Bar with its leather-topped bar. Try one of the cocktails, like the “Wynwood Inferno” with Don Julio Silver Tequila, passion fruit juice, lime juice, jalapeño, and cilantro.
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One of the main reasons I love Miami is Wynwood District. The area is an ever-changing canvas of graffiti and social commentary. What was new yesterday may already have been re-purposed/-tagged/-painted today.
One of my favorite things about Miami is that the city is always in motion. It’s like New York in the sense that stores and restaurants are opening and closing, and parts of the city can be transformed in a matter of months. Of course we can always count on South Beach hotspots like Liv to be drawing a well-heeled crowd, but what makes for better people watching, and better conversation, is when the artists of Miami get together and create something. And that leads us to Wynwood.
With street art comparable to Berlin’s Kreuzberg and over 70 galleries, Wynwood is booming and blooming in midtown Miami. On the second Saturday of the month, galleries open their doors to the masses to share art and culture during ArtWalk. Similar to a massive block party, DJ’s and food trucks lined the streets as the masses set out to take in the scene. After checking out some of the awesome street art in Europe, it was refreshing seeing some in my hometown. And after taking in the art (and culture) there are enough cafes, bars, and dance parties happening right around the corner.
Wynwood Bar & Kitchen: Creative Scenery & Cocktails
If there's one place in Miami and truly describes the local vibe, energy and creative scene - it's Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. The restaurant is located in the middle of the Wynwood Walls, the cultural hub for the Miami art scene.
Enjoy happy hour during the week to try some of the best cocktails in the city, served with spicy herbs and premium liquors.
The food menu depending o the season, blending the Latin, Asian and southern flavors together. There are always wonderful surprises on the menu.
Once your drinks and meal have settled, walk the walls to view some of the most detailed street art in the world.
If you're planning a trip to Miami, consider being there for the second Friday of the month when Wynwood plays host to a giant art party with the majority of its 80+ galleries open to the public. The streets abound with food trucks, there are bars with a range of local and micro brews, restaurants have that hip atmosphere you want to stay and enjoy and graffiti can be found in every nook and cranny. The evening was a sensory overload!
I was delighted to find the up and coming art scene in Miami when I visited the city earlier this year. With Art Basel Miami's arrival, the art scene got a substantial boost and I expect it will only get better.
The shot above was taken amidst the Wynwood Walls in the Wynwood district. It's a great neighborhood to gallery hop, and they host an art walk once a month.
The Wynwood Arts District in Miami in the new cool for the art gang in Miami, but some of the best unlikely art is on the streets, in the alleys, and on walls fronted by empty lots filled with broken bottles and dying grass. I love the contrast of the two styles in this photo.
Honestly, I wasn't a big fan of Miami until I discovered the Wynwwod Arts District on my last trip there. It reminded me of Bushwick in New York. Lots of galleries and quirky art stores in converted storage and industrial buildings. Walk around, shop for cool gifts, walk into a workshop and watch artists as they create.
Cutting-Edge Street Art in Miami's Warehouse District
Now one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world, the Wynwood Arts District is home to more than 70 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops and bars.
Before developers began rehabbing neglected buildings, the neighborhood was a former textile manufacturing district.
From monochrome patterns to psychedelic blasts of color, artists have transformed these once-empty warehouses and turned them into cutting-edge street art.
The Wynwood Walls are a major art statement to graffiti and street art and brought the world's greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami.
From around the United States, Brazil, Belgium, Mexico, Portugal, Ukraine, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Germany, France, England, Japan and Singapore, the celebrated artists who have contributed to the Wynwood Walls include: Os Gemeos, Invader, Kenny Scharf, FUTURA 2000, Dearraindrop, FAILE, BÄST, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Sego, Saner, Liqen, Nunca, Ben Jones, HOW & NOSM, Ryan McGinness, Jim Drain, Ara Peterson, Retna, Stelios Faitakis, Clare Rojas, The Date Farmers, avaf, ROA, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Logan Hicks, b., PHASE 2, Joe Grillo, COCO 144, Gaia, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Neuzz, Swoon, Ben Wolf, David Ellis, Barry McGee, Brandon Opalka, Friends With You, DALeast, Faith 47, Santiago Rubino, Daze, Krink, Momo, Miss Van, Lady Pink, Fafi, Sheryo, Kashink, Maya Hayuk and Lakwena.
Check them out, you will not be disappointed!
You’ll know when you’ve arrived in the vicinity of the Wynwood Art District, Miami’s Most Popular neighborhood of the moment. Every inch of outdoor wall space will be covered in detailed and perfectly manicured art. Magnificent artists have taken over the area. Some artist’s work you may recognize, some you may not. One thing is for sure though, you’ll stop to have a closer look at every art work. Each wall is like a magnet to the eye and brain.
Wynwood is an up-and-coming, eclectic area. One I’ve never seen the likes of before. It transformed itself in six short years from an area of Miami no one would dare visit after the sun went down to the preferred destination for those seeking out art and a quality hangout session with friends.
The streets of Wynwood are like a public, outdoor, art gallery for oversized art that every single human can enjoy, understand and be moved by. No snobby art aficionados here, only people wanting to share in the unique experience.
You, my friend, should add “Visiting Wynwood” in your Must Do list for Miami.
Miami has long been famous for the nightlife scene in South Beach. But if you look closer, you’ll uncover a city with a rich cultural heritage as well as an emerging movement into modern art and expressionism. Take a stroll on Calle Ocho, the epicenter of Little Havana, where you can taste flavors of Cuba, salsa to the music, and experience traditional Latin culture. Visit Wynwood and walk among art – from larger than life murals to intricate drawings – you will see something you have never seen before and be surprised at every turn.
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