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If you’re in Miami, it’s worth carving out time to spend in the artsy area of Wynwood for a cool vibe that has a different feel than the beach. The prime spots are on 2nd Avenue between 22nd and 29th streets. From south or north beach, it’s about a 20 min drive ($15 Uber).
Here are some of the things I recommend checking out.
Wynwood Walls is an industrial area with little foot traffic but there seems to be new and modern stores and eateries popping up. The draw is to see all the walls painted with street art and take a couple obligatory Instagram pics. For the New Yorker’s, it’s very similar to Bushwick Collective.
This is a tapas spot with super delicious eats (including dessert). It has indoor seating but the outdoor seating is where it’s at (most of the tables are covered to keep out the sun). The restaurant is situated in an artsy park type area, so it’s lively and has a contemporary vibe but that doesn’t at all take away from the service (which was really good) and the food. Everything we ordered was really good. My faves were the hummus, guacamole, and roasted bok choy.
There were a couple clothing stores whose clothes I liked a lot but were ridiculously overpriced. If you’re in the neighborhood, it doesn’t hurt to stop through. Most of what I saw I really liked and was unique, BUT was dumb expensive.
Apparently this nightclub is the spot in Wynwood for hip hop and rap. It’s real popular (we went on a Sunday and the line was down the block and didn’t move for about 20 minutes. Needless to say, we didn’t even try going in). The crowd looked mid-20’s to early 30’s and casual (definitely not dressy).
Wood Tavern is an open-air bar is across the street from Wynwood Kitchen and Bar. It’s a cool spot to stop through, even if only to stay for one drink or so. We went on a Monday and there was no cover (not sure about the other days). There are three parts (two indoor and one outdoor). The outdoor area was pretty big and had a cool, casual vibe. There was plenty of seating (including bleacher seats, which I thought was cool) and a live DJ (his set was ehhhh).