29 Nov Pocket Guide: Miami for the Inner Artist
Miami has a reputation as one of the hottest destinations around, and it’s not just because of the weather. In this Pocket Guide post, we’re opening our little black book of addresses to share with you the hidden gems of one of Miami’s most artistic neighborhoods: Wynwood.
Stay downtown for better accommodations, but spend the days (and nights) getting a taste for the truly creative vibe of the city. Wynwood is packed with art galleries, artist studios, shops and restaurants and enough street art to satisfy anyone who wants to get in touch with their edgy side.
Where to Stay
This upscale address is on the water, a short distance away from the Wynwood area. It’s a classy spot, with still enough personality to make it a magnet for locals and visitors alike. The three restaurant and bar options – Area 31, Zuma, and Lilt Lounge – draw a crowd on most nights, and a constantly rotating calendar of events keeps this property on the cusp of Miami culture.
Where to Eat & Drink
This popular coffee shop has an almost cult-like following, and it’s open, communal table design makes it easy to mingle with the locals.
Their name means “yum” in French, and they live up to every bit of it. Delicious food, great vibe, and one of the coolest buildings in the whole neighborhood.
Open for lunch, brunch, dinner and late night snacks. Gorgeous interior design here AND two happy hours… Monday to Friday 4pm – 7pm and Monday to Thursday 11pm – 2am.
Best tacos in town! There always seems to be crowd at this place, whether its lunch or late night after hitting the bars (they stay open until 3am).
Another name that has a loyal following of raving fans. A kosher bakery and cafe that gives you good reason to get up in the morning.
This popular spot is a little outside the Wynwood arts district, but it worth a visit. Think oysters, paired with a sparkling brut, all on happy hour. Charming staff and design as an added bonus!
An outdoor pop-up hub for creative food, drink, design and more… this place is it if you’re looking for an all-day hangout space. Check the calendar for events as well – there’s always something cool going on there!
Where to Shop
Fair-trade clothing supporting causes around the world. Feel good knowing that cute top or bag you picked up helps make a social impact as well as helping you stay stylish.
You can’t walk by this shopfront without feeling the urge to pop in. Their whimsical collection of goods delights, as does their commitment to sustainable, artistic, intelligently designed stuff.
For the love of all things handwritten. This little shop celebrates putting pen to paper, and even offers workshops where you can “brush up” on your own brush lettering and calligraphy skills.
What to Do
If more in-depth knowledge is your thing, try one of the organized tours. Your guide can fill you in on the history of the neighborhood, how and why it’s evolved the way it has, and make sure you stay well fed with 5 restaurant stops.
For those who really have a passion for art and design, this is perfect. You’ll gain access to artist studios and collections with the benefit of having a guide, and transportation both to and from your hotel (so no driving in that famous Miami traffic!).
This is a working space with 60 individual artist studios, two gallery spaces, and a whole list of other resources available for the creative community. They do events here occasionally, and have exhibits you can see. The best option for full access is to call ahead and schedule a tour.
Local mindfulness entrepreneur and CEO of Modern Om Myk Likhov opens his own loft apartment for twice weekly meditation sessions, advertised mainly through word of mouth. If you’re looking to connect with locals and find a truly authentic vibe in Miami, this is about as insider as it gets.
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