Wynwood Walls - Janet Bellacera

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     If you’re ever in the Miami area and are looking for something new to do, rather than your typical tourist hotspots, then a trip to the Wynwood Walls district is a must.  In 2009, the late Tony Goldman fell upon the Wynwood Walls district and could see beyond the abandoned warehouses, depressed streetscape and the years of neglect that had fallen over the community.  He envisioned a place where aspiring painters, and young artist could come together and revitalize a neighborhood into a creative, cultural oasis for all to see.  His concept was simple, “Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place.” Tony Goldman of Goldman properties was very use to this undertaking as his company was responsible for the revitalization of several urban landscapes such as; New York Cities Upper West Side, SoHo, and the Wall Street Financial District as well as Miami’s South Beach.  In 2009, the collection of street art started with six giant buildings, and in 2010, Goldman Properties added 10 additional artist who painted on 176ft of roll-up storefront gates creating Wynwood Doors.  By this point in time, the once underappreciated taboo street art started to spill into the neighboring streets outside of the walls.  The art began to create a kaleidoscope of interesting and unique images that brought life to the desolate, abandoned buildings that surrounded Wynwood.

     Since its inception, over 50 artist representing 16 countries have come to Miami to display their love of street art. Artist from all over the U.S., Mexico, Greece, Spain, France, Japan, Portugal, Ukraine, Brazil and Belgium have covered over 80,000 square feet of walls.  As my family and I walked the streets we could see art everywhere in the community, it covers walls, doors, and windows.  The center of the Wynwood community is a beautiful open-aired gallery with soft grassy places to sit, along with an amazing indoor art gallery called the Wynwood Walls Shop, there you will find some of the coolest, hippest and trendiest art pieces.  You have to eat at the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. Stunning artwork lines the walls and it is truly an experience to be had.  With both indoor and outdoor seating the restaurant is perfect 365 days a year and they feature a Latin inspired cuisine that is both innovative and delicious.  We visited on a Sunday and took advantage of a cute outdoor flea market complete with artist selling everything from photography to sculptures.  I have actually heard that the best time to check out Wynwood is on the second Saturday of every month, during the Wynwood Art Walk.  The Wynwood Art District turns into a late night street party complete with an art festival, food trucks, live music and art galleries handing out drinks late into the night. Wynwood has truly become a beautiful community full of life and color. You could easily spend an afternoon shopping the many trendy boutiques that are hidden behind the graffiti walls or dining at the various restaurants in the area that use the creative artsy vibe as inspiration for many of their famous dishes.  On your next trip to Miami you have to set aside time to visit this up and coming, artistic and vibrant community, it will not disappoint.

#1  Alter

Featuring American cuisine, that is locally sourced.  Menu    

#2  Beaker & Gray

Global-inspired entrees & cocktails.  Menu

#3  Plant Food + Wine

Selection of vegan/raw foods & organic wines.  Menu

#4   Zak the Baker

Kosher bakery & cafe.  Featuring sandwiches & soups.  Menu

#5  Kyu

Asian inspired eatery offering grilled meats & sashimi.  Menu

#6  Kush

American burgers, sandwiches and craft beer.  Menu

#7  GK Bistronomie

Latin & Peruvian inspired cuisine.  Menu

#8  Joey's

Modern Italian café.  Featuring delicious pizza & more.  Menu

#9  Jimmy'z Kitchen

Perfect blend of American, Caribbean & Latin entrees.  Menu

#10  Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Creative Spanish inspired tapas and entrees.  Menu

Last Updated: March 22, 2018

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