By now, Wynwood has become so embedded into Miami’s identity that it’s hard to remember a time where Instagram wasn’t aflame with its colorful murals. Much like Miami, the art district has gone through a swift evolution in a short time frame. Even today, the neighborhood is shifting away from a secret haven for artists and their studios, and becoming a hub for culture and entertainment. But instead of hitting the usual spots for drinks, sweets, and a night out, get the best from Wynwood through these other paths:
Yes, everyone knows the favorites like Joey’s along 2nd Ave., but Wynwood is actually sprawling with great Italian. The new addition to the neighborhood, Sette Osteria is flush with hanging plants and freshly fired pizzas. There’s always Baccano for a more intimate, off-the-beaten-path vibe complete with a stellar wine menu. And if you’re venturing to The Electric Pickle, might we suggest starting your night at Melinda’s on the first floor for some epic nachos and mezcal.
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We know Wynwood is about art, but what about arthouse cinema? O Cinema has been the home for indie, cult, local filmmaking and everything in between. Its unassuming exterior opens up to a heart-felt homage to cinema inside. They host local film screenings, bring back crowd favorites, and rotate festival darlings under one roof. All at reasonable prices by true Miami film buffs.
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By now, spending a night out in Wynwood means you probably are already treating yourself but we mean physically. The area has actually become home for some seriously amazing wellness studios and projects in recent years. Epic vegan and plant friendly meals have been fawned over at Love Life (note: superfood arepas are BOMB). Head over to Wynwood Yoga nearby for a heated Yin flow to stretch you out like never before. Or test out the gorgeous new Sol Yoga studio for an infrared class that’ll surprise even the most advanced yogis.
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If you’re trying to stay away from The Salty Donut crowds or lines at Fireman Derek’s, Wynwood has some other great sweet options. Dasher + Crank is a breathtaking handmade ice cream shop with whimsical flavors and a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Cielito Artisan Pops has garnered a cult following with good reason.
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With how quickly the neighborhood is changing, one must know how to navigate the side streets. Le Chick offers easily one of the best happy hours in town and their food menu is filled with ridiculously amazing eats. Need we say more than “elevated fried chicken?” Crazy Poke is nearby, and also our personal favorite poke shop in town. But next time you’re at The Wynwood Yard for a show, head to della bowls not for a jam-packed lunch, but their sinfully delicious almond butter cups. It’s a secret addiction for many around town.
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Of course you can hit up the big Salvation Army anytime, but making sure these neighborhoods thrive also means supporting their local businesses. The Wynwood Shop is a wonderful option for when you’re looking for gifts (whether for yourself or otherwise). The mixed-concept space serves as a market for local artisans and other unique goods. Or, swing by during any of Wynwood’s maker and thrift markets too!
Cover photo by Miami and The Beaches.