Exploring the Wynwood District of Miami, Florida

Not too long ago, the Wynwood District was an industrial area you’d have no reason to go, and may feel uncomfortable driving through. But if you build it, they will come. Some paint transformed the drab slum into a hipster haven, and it is thriving. Today, Wynwood Walls is one of the top attractions in Miami, and it’s free.

The park has a large concentration of street art, sculptures, a gallery, and a restaurant on site.

A whole artistic community and camp followers cropped up in the wake of the park, expanding outside of the walls. Walking around the district there is a treasure trove of art.

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Not only on the buildings, but inside as well. There are some incredible galleries to explore to fulfill all of your artistic needs.

My favorite of all was Plant the Future, filled with terrariums and planters in the most absurd(-ly awesome) forms.

You could spend the whole day in this area and not see every hidden gem, but trying is half the fun. You will get hungry, and thirsty, so it’s a good thing the hip camp followers are there to provide provisions.

Where to eat and drink?

+The Wynwood Yard – a group of food trucks including options like World Famous House of Mac and Shnitz N’ Fritz. You can try trendy ice cream at Mr. Bing.

There is also a bar, a little boutique, yoga classes, and just a generally great place to hang out (perhaps in a hammock).

56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127

+The Salty Donut – when I reached my destination, I didn’t see a storefront so I got nervous thinking I may be on a wild goose chase. I followed my donut instincts and went into the corridor flanked by art to find a few shops, and one nondescript entrance that had a queue – hop on it. Everything looked amazing, we tried the brown butter which was biscut-like and not too sweet, the cinnatoast crunch with dead on flavors, a tres leches white chocolate on top, and an apple dulce de leche. Everything is made in house and they close at six or when they sell out, get there early!

50 NW 23rd St #112, Miami, FL 33127

+J Wakefield Brewery

Come for the great beer, stay if you’re a Star Wars fan. Tours of the brewery on weekends and a food truck is out front.

120 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

*Pro-Tip: the city uses a Pay for Parking app. There are no meters and very few pay stations. You may want to download the app beforehand when you have wi-fi, it will be helpful parking all throughout Miami*

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