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Miami Neighborhood Guide: Wynwood

By Angela Caraway-Carlton | Sep 7, 2021

If you’re planning on moving to Miami, you’re likely trying to figure out the best neighborhoods in Miami, and which one would be the right fit for you. Small in size, but mighty in art, Wynwood is tightly packed with old warehouses and businesses now splashed with vibrant murals and eclectic art around every corner. While Wynwood serves as a centerpiece for internationally celebrated Art Basel Miami and draws locals and tourists with its world-renowned murals, the neighborhood is also teeming with culinary hotspots, funky galleries, fashion boutiques, craft breweries, and bars.  

Residents love the walkability of the small neighborhood, which buzzes with activity both day and night. And when you’re craving a different vibe, Wynwood neighbors the fashion-rich Miami Design District and bustling Midtown (which houses big-box retailers like Target and other places to grab everyday staples) and is a quick 20-minute drive to the sands and crystal-blue waters of South Beach.  

If you’re thinking about moving to Wynwood, here’s our guide to the best restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, outdoor attractions, gyms, nightlife, and transportation.

Best restaurants in the area

Wynwood has evolved into one of Miami’s hottest culinary destinations, offering every type of cuisine you crave. A must-visit is KYU, an Asian-inspired barbeque restaurant that’s received top billing as one of the best restaurants in America. Those in the know arrive hungry and order crowd favorites like the Korean fried chicken, the roasted cauliflower head served with a shishito-herb vinaigrette, and any of the inventive cocktails. 

For Italian, cozy up in the intimate dining room of Joey’s, one of Wynwood’s original restaurants, for an array of authentic pizzas and homemade pasta. Or, go for the inspired wine list and Southern Italian menu at Dōma

Head to 1-800-Lucky, an always-bustling Asian food hall with seven vendors, to share steaming baskets of dim sum from Yip, fresh Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls at Poke OG, and adventurous dishes at Filipino gastro-pub, Jeepney Miami. 

Craving a burger? Some of the best burgers in town can be found at longtime staple Kush, where their beef is locally sourced and their craft beer selection is solid. Locals also flock to popular Coyo Taco, where guacamole is made to order and tortillas are handcrafted on-site. 

If you’re in the mood for a cool treat, find the most creative scoops at Dasher & Crank, where they take a chef-driven approach to ice cream. Or, look for the long lines, and you’ll find The Salty, which has a cult-like following for their artisanal, small-batch donuts, which include coveted flavors like guava and cheese, maple and bacon, and white chocolate tres leches. You also can’t miss grabbing an over-the-top slice of pie from Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop, started by a firefighter-turned-baker.

Brunch is a big affair in Miami, so mingle with other locals at the popular Drag Brunch at R House Wynwood for an entertaining show on Sunday Funday, or keep it low-key with a delicious brunch on the airy patio of Morgans

Where to get groceries

When it comes to filling up the fridge, grab essential groceries from Publix Super Market on nearby Biscayne Boulevard. If you like to shop small, stop in locally owned La Guardia Produce for fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable price, or family-run Jibarito Food Market for groceries including meats, produce, and dry goods. 

Where to get coffee

Like the neighborhood itself, you’re not going to find mainstream coffee shops in Wynwood—instead, it’s all about the local vibe. Art and coffee go hand in hand, and one of Miami’s original artisanal coffee spots, Panther Coffee, launched its first location in Wynwood, where they roast their own beans. At this hipster hangout, you can sip one of their specialty coffees and join locals who are working or just hanging out with friends on the tree-covered patio. 

Along with their raved-about donuts, The Salty also churns out crave-worthy coffee, from salted caramel lattes to refreshing cold brews, which pair perfectly with their sweet treats. Another intimate spot to caffeinate and work is Miam Café, where you can nosh on made-to-order avocado toast and sip an espresso or iced cappuccino. For a jolt of Cuban coffee, Suite Habana Café is the place for a beautifully made cafecito, cafe con leche, or an Instagram-worthy café bombon, which includes espresso mixed with sweetened condensed milk.

Outdoor attractions

The main attraction in Wynwood is art peeping, and locals can wander the famous Wynwood Walls, which is an outdoor maze of walls adorned with murals and sculptures by local and world-renowned street artists that are always changing. Go beyond the original Walls to find other creative murals and sculptures sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. There are also neighborhood tours by bike. 

Local gyms and workout spots

While it’s easy to burn off calories walking the art-clad streets of Wynwood, you can work out at a traditional gym at CrossFit Wynwood or non-traditional fitness studios like Legacy Fit, which focuses on HIIT workouts. 

Residents can also jet over to nearby Midtown Miami for a killer workout at celeb-favorite Barry’s Miami Midtown, or Anatomy Fitness, which offers a health and wellness approach with science-based workouts and recovery therapies like IV treatments. 

Nightlife

Wynwood’s energy amps up on weekend nights, and those age 21 and older looking for bottle service and heart-pumping dance music will find it at nightclubs like Rácket, Shots Bar Miami, and Centro Wynwood, which hosts everything from ladies’ nights to themed events. Laid-back staples beloved by locals are Gramps and Wood Tavern, where you’ll find casual vibes, beer and drinks that won’t break the bank, and good music. Freehold Miami is a new tropical oasis with three bars, and a huge courtyard and stage.

The food hall 1-800-Lucky transforms from day to night with DJs and a lively bar scene, and along with being the go-to taco spot, Coyo Taco has a hidden speakeasy-style club that you’ll enter through an unassuming back door. Once inside, you’ll dance to top-rated guest DJs like Diplo.

Other things to do and see

There are many ways to experience the art of Wynwood, from walking the well-curated Wynwood Walls to perusing the Museum of Graffiti. Join thousands of other locals and tourists at the Wynwood Art Walk, which takes place on the second Saturday of every month, when art galleries and retail shops fling open their doors in the evening for a huge block party.

When you need a break from art peeping, pop into locally owned retail shops like Frangipani and The Wynwood Shop, which is packed with an array of unique, locally made goods. 

Wynwood has also become a haven for craft beer, and beer lovers can bounce between numerous breweries like Wynwood Brewing, J. Wakefield Brewing, and Latin-inspired Veza Sur Brewing for tours and tastings. 

Public transportation, parking, and driving information

Wynwood is a popular spot for tourists, and the area can become very congested, which means walking is the best way to get around. Public parking can be found at the sprawling Wynwood Garage (which is also a work of edgy art), and there’s paid street parking. Residents will benefit from downloading the Pay-by-Phone app on their phone so it’s quick and easy to park. If you want to explore the area by bike, rent one with CitiBike Miami. Locals can also catch a free ride with the City of Miami Trolley.

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About the author

Angela Caraway-Carlton