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Wynwood Miami: Awe-Inspiring Things to do for First Time Visitors

by Roslie
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The Wynwood Miami neighborhood is renowned for being one of the city’s most enigmatic districts and a fantastic place to spend some time moseying around in Miami.

Just minutes from the clubs and glittering highrises of Downtown Miami, this former gritty warehouse district was once home to various car shops, wholesale garment shops, run-down factories, and other industrial establishments.

Today the Wynwood neighborhood has been transformed into the city’s cultural hub teeming with galleries, boutiques, trendy restaurants, and quirky bars, not to mention one of the world’s most eclectic street art scenes.

Wynwood Miami Everlasting Bass Boom Box - Trek6 Mural

Where else can you hop from a 40,000 square foot warehouse full of contemporary art to a taproom serving coconut-infused craft beer, to a bakery-turned-art-studio, to a restaurant serving Latin-infused tapas?

If you love art, nightlife, and great food, it’s hard to beat the Wynwood Miami neighborhood, and this guide will tell you everything you need to know!

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Wynwood Miami Neighborhood Guide

Where is Wynwood – How to Get to There?

The Wynwood Walls and Wynwood Art District is located approximately 15 minutes north of Downtown, Miami. From South Beach, Wynwood is four miles, about a twenty-minute drive.

City of Miami Trolley - Florida

From Downtown Miami, you can easily hop on the free City of Miami Trolley and be in Wynwood Art District in less than 15 minutes, or a quick ten-minute drive.

Getting Around Wynwood, Miami

Known as one of Miami’s most Instagrammed destinations, traffic in and around the Wynwood neighborhood is almost always a nightmare. Navigating the tiny streets is not for the easily frustrated.

Wynwood Miami Neighborhood Mural

Frankly, the best way to see (and get around) Wynwood – especially if you’re there for the street art – is on foot.

I highly recommend getting to the area via a rideshare service such as Lyft to avoid the parking hassle, not to mention a safe way back home after hitting a few of the Wynwood breweries (more on those later).

Wynwood Miami Neighborhood Citi Bike Station

CitiBike Miami, a bike rental system, is also an excellent option for exploring the wider area with various docking stations located throughout the Wynwood neighborhood.

Wynwood Citi Bike Docking Station Locations:

  • NW 2nd Avenue & NW 24th Street
  • NW 3rd Avenue & NW 27th Terrace
  • NW 26th Street & NW 2nd Avenue
  • NE 27th Street & North Miami Avenue

Parking in Wynwood Art District

If you must drive when visiting Wynwood, consider parking in the recently built Wynwood Garage, or like most Miamians, keep an eye out for the on-street Pay-by-Phone parking signs located throughout the neighborhood.

Wynwood Garage Miami, Florida
The Wynwood Garage: Located at 311 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127

In general, the Pay-by-Phone app is a must-download when in Miami as it allows you to pay for parking, replenish, and extend parking times as needed via your mobile phone. Updates are sent via the app so you can relax and continue enjoying wherever you may be.

But be sure to find your location number and pay the parking fees before leaving your vehicle to avoid those pesky parking fines!

Wynwood Miami Florida Neighborhood

Local Tip: Although the Wynwood neighborhood has turned around from what it once was, remnants of its rougher past still shine through from time to time, so keep all valuables out of sight, especially if parking on the street.

Hotels in MiamiWhere to Stay in Wynwood, Miami

Wynwood is one of the best neighborhoods in Miami and the center of art and culture. The area, however, is continuously developing, so neighborhood hotels are limited for now, but there are a few popular favorites:

If looking for more of a selection, I recommend checking out the countless hotels in Downtown Miami. Downtown is a quick and easy jaunt to Wynwood, a short distance from many of the city’s bucket list things to do, including South Beach and Little Havana’s Calle Ocho.

If you’re keen on staying in the heart of the Wynwood neighborhood, opting for an Airbnb is always another option!

Plan Your Stay: Search top-rated Miami hotels and accommodations – read reviews, check rates, and availability here!

Best Tours for Exploring the Wynwood Neighborhood

While Wynwood is the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon stroll, there is so much more than meets the eye here. I recommend participating in a guided tour with a local expert to bring your Wynwood experience to the next level. Here are a few tours to consider:

Things to Do In Miami - Wynwood Walls - Miami Best Graffiti Guide BYOBike Tour

Things to Do in Wynwood, Miami

With over 200 murals to enjoy, it’s safe to say many of the best things to do in Wynwood are centered around art. The famous Wynwood Walls and murals are a must; the monthly Wynwood Art Walk or a visit to the Museum of Graffiti are just a few essentials for any first-time visitor.

Here are some of my favorite places in the Wynwood neighborhood to get your culture on, grab a cocktail, or indulge in some late-night eats.

Visit the Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls Miami, Florida

Most people come to this pocket to check out the Wynwood Walls. It is a small gated section located within the heart of the district with a series of massive murals adorning several warehouse exteriors – and let me tell you that they don’t disappoint.

Wynwood Walls Miami - Eduardo Kobra Mural

Both bold and intricate designs, splashes of turquoise and yellow light up the former industrial district, showcasing some of the most intrinsic street art from artists all across the globe. Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Ron English, and Eduardo Kobra are just a few notable artists who have been featured.

These works of art are found on doors, walls, and even in gardens and shops. You’ll find artwork displayed from both a unique street art perspective to gallery-like walls covered with culture, political statements, and subjects pertinent to today’s society.

Wynwood Walls Miami - American Power - Tristan Eaton Mural

Wynwood Walls Location, Hours & Admission

Wynwood Walls Address: 222 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Hours of Operation: Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission: There is now a timed ticket entry system and a general admission entry fee to access the Wynwood Walls. Tickets and time slots must be reserved in advance of visiting. The Wynwood Walls museum general admission tickets are: Adults $10, Seniors $7.50, Students and Miltary $5, and free for children under 12 years old.

If you wish to learn more about the history, murals, and artists within the Wynwood Walls you can pick up a copy of Walls of Change: The Story of The Wynwood Walls here.

Wynwood Art District Neighborhood Murals

The graffiti murals aren’t confined only to the Wynwood Walls. You’ll find art throughout the neighborhood, including trash cans and sidewalks, so don’t forget to look down!

And with so much to see, every block is a new artistic experience, and easy to see why Wynwood often is referred to as the world’s largest outdoor gallery.

Best of all, they are always changing so you can come back time and time again and are almost certain to find something new — capture your faves while you can. Here are a few of my favorites from over the years.

Wynwood Miami Neighborhood-A Love Supreme Wynwood Saints-EL MAC Mural
Love Supreme Wynwood Saints by EL MAC
Wynwood Miami Neighborhood - Loveism Mural
Wynwood Miami Art District Mural
Mural by Claudia La Bianca
Wynwood Miami Neighborhood-Eyes Murals
Wynwood Miami Neighborhood Mural
Wynwood Miami Neighborhood-Size is No Measure of Greatness-Zed1-Marco Burresi Mural
Coastlines to Skylines Wynwood

Free to Visit Wynwood Art District Murals

You’ll be delighted to know it is entirely free to explore the murals throughout the Wynwood neighborhood. Just make sure you’ve got your pocket money to indulge in a hearty meal from one of the eateries!

Wynwood ArtWalk

The Wynwood Art Walk is one of the most popular things to do in Wynwood and the place to be on the second Saturday of each month if you can manage it.

The evening is a giant block party, similar to Little Havana’s Viernes Culturales, featuring live music, local artisan vendors, food trucks, and more, set against the hip backdrop of the Wynwood murals.

Dance throughout the streets, gallery hop, grab a cocktail, play a game of life-sized Jenga, and mingle with other art enthusiasts at Miami’s liveliest monthly street party.

Note: Wynwood Walls are open from 10:30 a.m. to midnight during the Wynwood Art Walk (on the second Saturday of the month). With the open space and the adjoining Wynwood Kitchen, this location is often used for some pretty late-night events, so hours are subject to change.

Basel House

The annual Basel House is one of Wynwood’s largest events, coinciding with Art Basel Miami, so consider yourself lucky if your travel dates align with this dream winter getaway for culture vultures.

With trippy art installations, live music and DJs, and plenty of food trucks, this event is colorful, lively, and not to be missed! Experience street art in a whole new light.

A World of Wynwood Art Galleries at Your Fingertips

While many art galleries punctuate the Wynwood Art District scene, here are a few in the area where you’ll find a collection of work from various talented artists.

Museum of Graffiti Wynwood Miami Florida
  • Museum of Graffiti: In the heart of Wynwood, you’ll find two indoor exhibits and one outdoor display. Get beyond the messy spray-painted tags and join a tour to learn about the world of street artists. Address: 299 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
  • Rubell Museum: Be awed by one of the largest private contemporary art collections in North America. Once a drug enforcement agency building (seriously!), this repurposed warehouse is now home to a constantly expanding collection. From striking abstract murals to dazzling light displays, there’s so much to see you could spend days here. Address: 1100 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
  • Margulies Collection at The Warehouse: If you love sprawling, industrial spaces, and thought-provoking visual arts, be sure to stop by. Spanning 45,000-square feet and housing the renowned collection of real estate mogul and philanthropist Martin Z. Margulies, this facility features a whole day’s worth of modern sculpture, video, painting, and installations. Address: 591 NW 27th St, Miami, FL 33127
  • Bakehouse Art Complex: This converted industrial bakery provides subsidized studio space for artists as well as a free admission gallery. It hosts a rotating roster of artists in residence, ranging from photographers and painters to whimsical textile artists. It’s quite the little community hub and even offers creative workshops and classes. Address: 561 NW 32nd St, Miami, FL 33127

Restaurants: Where to Eat in Wynwood

Miami itself is known for its smorgasbord of delectable dining options, and Wynwood is no different. Whether you want a freshly-ground espresso or a plate of flavorful tacos, here are some of my favorite eateries to hit up when it’s time for a refuel.

  • Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop: For Cuban food just like your Abuela made it, this is comfort food at its best. Address: 186 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137
Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop Cuban Sandwich Miami Florida
  • Panther Coffee: This small-batch roastery does a killer latte and has a rustic, industrial vibe. Have a seat on the outdoor patio, get cozy, and let the caffeine sink in. Address: 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
  • The Taco Stand: This too-cool-for-school canteen-style taco stand is a lifesaver whenever I have a Mexican street food craving. The Taco Stand offers a range of mouth-watering tacos; however, my personal favorite is the pescada (mahi-mahi) burrito, topped with cabbage and avocado with a chipotle sauce. Address: 313 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
Wynwood Miami Taco Stand
  • Zak the Baker: Fuel those long walks with gourmet homemade baked goods from Zak’s! This laid-back spot is a great place to grab a coffee and pick up a hearty loaf of homemade bread. They also do a light café brunch, serving things like smashed avocado on sourdough toast. Address: 295 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127
  • 1-800 Lucky: This 10,000-square-foot food hall offers various unique Pan-Asian-inspired dishes in a casual indoor and outdoor setting along with special karaoke sessions. Do not leave without stopping by the Taiyaki NYC Miami stand for a serving of Japanese-style ice cream. Go for the full experience; opt for the fish-shaped (but not fish-flavored) waffle cone with the sweet red bean filling, as commonly served in Japan. Address: 143 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
Fish shape waffle ice cream cone on baking rack
  • Coyo Taco Wynwood: Modern, industrial, and very Wynwood, this trendy taco spot has a not-so-secret bar and some great eats on the menu, like corn tortillas with crispy duck. Come for the classic Mexican fare and stay for the margaritas (made with their special house blend of tequila!). Address: 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Coyo Taco, Miami, Florida


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Wynwood Craft Breweries

If craft beer is your thing, you are going to love Wynwood. Wynwood has become a hotspot for craft breweries, and there are several to choose from. Here are some spots worth checking out to try local beer on tap.

  • Wynwood Brewing Company: The area’s original craft brewery, Wynwood Brewing Company taproom features both seasonal and signature beers, with almost 20 on tap at one time! The vibe here is industrial yet comfortable, with both locals and tourists alike sampling a taste of the goods here! Address: 565 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
Wynwood Brewing Company Miami, Florida
  • Veza Sur Brewing: Combining both Latin and American roots, Veza Sur is an unpretentious place to sample some unique beers and Peruvian-inspired eats in an eclectic atmosphere. You also can’t go wrong with the $3 beers on select nights. Address: 55 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
Wynwood Miami Neighborhood - Veza Sur Brewing Company
  • J. Wakefield Brewing fits right in the Wynwood theme. Its hip, graffiti-laden taproom and decking area provide the perfect place to sip some refreshing homebrews, like a coconut-infused Hefeweizen. Pay a visit to the tasting room at J. Wakefield Brewing for an impressive lineup. Address: 120 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
J. Wakefield Brewing, Wynwood Miami, Florida

Wynwood Nightlife

This city is famous for its nightlife, and you know that one of the best neighborhoods in Miami also has some of the best hotspots.

  • El Patio: Grab a craft cocktail from the Latin-inspired El Patio. This open-air spot serves craft beer and light fare in a casual backyard setting. But come early as it gets crowded.
Wynwood Miami - El Patio
Photo Courtesy of Ricardo Laboy
  • Gramps: When you’re ready to liven things up, catch a show at Gramps. This hip hangout has an artsy but casual vibe and an outdoor patio with communal tables. The friendly locals and cocktail menu are a delight, with daily drink specials.
  • ASTRA: If you’re still up for more, trendy ASTRA and Instagram-ready nighttime fave is perfect for parties and first dates alike. From the much-loved rooftop venue, you’ll have a sweeping view of Midtown Miami. With international DJs, craft cocktails, and a cool crowd, this is the place to be every night of the week. Oh, and stop for the famous bottomless Sunday brunch!
  • Lagniappe: Last but not least, get to Lagniappe for a New Orleans-style wine bar. Lagniappe is ideal for those wanting to quietly sip a glass of wine, as well as those looking for a livelier vibe in a backyard setting.

Things to Know About Wynwood Miami – Travel Tips & Advice

When paying a visit to the district, here are a few things you should be aware of, from what to wear, where to eat to when to get the best photos possible! Here are a few tips to make the most of your Wynwood trip.

Is the Wynwood Miami Safe?

Wynwood Walls Miami, Florida

The Wynwood Art District and the surrounding areas are continuously developing. Wynwood’s main city blocks are heavily trafficked by tourists and locals alike. You shouldn’t have to worry much about general safety.

However, the former warehouse district is surrounded by residential areas. Take caution venturing off the busy central district as you can easily find yourself in less populated areas, making you an easy target for crimes.

In general, Wynwood Art District is safe, but like most major cities, be mindful of your surroundings, day or night, take safety precautions, especially if alone, protect your valuables and remain within the district’s main areas.

Visiting Wynwood Essentials

Miami’s perpetual heat is something to bear in mind when wandering around the Wynwood Art District. Come prepared for the elements.

Make sure you’re dressed comfortably, bring appropriate walking shoes, regularly apply sunscreen, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. It can get intense, particularly in the height of summer.

Best Time to Visit Wynwood?

Wynwood Miami Neighborhood- Beca Castel Mural

When it comes to planning your visit, whether to admire the street art or for great photo opportunities, it’s best to visit the Wynwood Art District in the morning – preferably on a weekday.

Lunchtime and the weekends are the most popular visiting times in Wynwood, arrive early to avoid getting caught up in the crowds and allow time to wander around and admire the street art.

But, do keep in mind that the Wynwood Walls do not open until 11 a.m.

Final Thoughts

If you want to experience something different than nightclubs and beach days on your trip to Miami, Wynwood Arts District is calling your name.

The beauty and vibrancy of this reclaimed neighborhood is something that just can’t be explained in words, and the craft breweries and hip eateries are the perfect complements after a satisfying day of art crawling.

If you’re looking for an excellent place to see fine art, sample delectable cuisines, and wander around, Wynwood is the place to be!

Wynwood Miami Itinerary Map

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