Miami’s historically hip happenings have put this vacation destination on the map. From Little Havana to Coconut Grove and South Beach, this metropolitan melting pot of diverse cultures creates an amplified atmosphere of trendiness. Now as millennials move in and move up in the world, new, alternative hipster hangouts are popping up all over the region.
Of particular note is the Wynwood Arts District, home to more than 70 galleries, retail stores, antique shops, eclectic bars and a huge, open-air, outdoor museum of street-art and murals. Wynwood became one of the largest arts communities in the United States in 2009, when developers rehabilitated the warehouse and manufacturing district of Greater Miami and transformed it into a hub for creative business and a go-to place for locals seeking a culturally inspired nightlife scene.
Here are nine of the hippest hangouts in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.
The Wynwood Yard
The city of Miami's first culinary incubator, The Wynwood Yard, features four pop-up food stands, a pop-up bar and outdoor patio. The Della Test Kitchen offers a menu of customizable, globally inspired, plant-based bowls that pop with flavor and color. Try the Southwest bowl with brown rice, quinoa, greens, tofu, sweet potatoes and avocado enveloped by a romesco sauce. Myumi is a traditional omakase sushi food truck. The Arabian Knife offers a Middle Eastern concept and Vibe 305, a food truck serving classic American dishes operated by young men from Empowered Youth, under the direction of Chef Brad Kilgore from Wynwood restaurant Alter. Award-winning bartender Ricardo Rodriguez (formerly of FINKA Table & Tap) and chef Ken Lyon team up to serve creative cocktails at The Yard's innovative outdoor bar. 70 NW 29th St., Miami
This Miami-based specialty coffee roaster, retailer and wholesaler specializes in small-batch roasting and hand-crafted, artisan coffee beverages. With a mission of sourcing, roasting and preparing the finest coffees in the world, Panther Coffee has become a must-visit destination for coffee lovers looking for their daily java fix. It's one of the few businesses in Wynwood to offer free parking and the demand definitely surpasses the number of spots available. Luckily, there is ample street parking on Second Avenue. Try the nutella swirl cookie, almond croissant or one of the other freshly baked pastries to go along with your brew. 2390 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.677.3952
Zak the Baker
Ever woke up to the smell of fresh bread? Have you wanted to? In a shop 100 percent owned by its bakers, creativity runs free when it comes to designing menu items. Artisan bread is baked fresh every morning at Zak the Baker, using natural leaven instead of commercial yeast, meaning each and every loaf is a variation on sourdough except for their challah, which is kosher, made only on Friday and available at noon and 1 pm, first-come, first-served. Assortments of gourmet pastries and sandwiches are also on the menu in the café. 405 NW 26th St., Miami, 786.347.7100
Foodies come from all over South Florida to stand in line for Coyo Taco's tasty and affordable fare. This fresh street vendor is renowned for guacamole smashed to order and authentic Mexican tortillas handcrafted on site. With 100 percent natural ingredients including locally sourced, farm-fresh vegetables, signature tacos range from carnitas de pato, featuring crispy duck confit, cochita pibil, comprised of slow roasted pork shoulder, achiote, habanero pickled onions, and pulpo, a taco of charred octopus, salsa veracruzana and pickled jalapeños. Try the “aguas frescas” (fresh water) and margaritas to quench your thirst. 2300 NW 2nd St., Miami, 305.573.8228
The Wynwood Arts District is also home to O Cinema, Miami’s premier independent cinema. Located one block west of North Miami Avenue on 29th Street just blocks away from Midtown Miami and the Design District, this intimate art house presents something for all types of film buffs, including documentaries, shorts and full-length features. Filling a much-needed void in the film community, with three locations in Miami, you'll find indie, foreign and art films screened here. The lobby also features contemporary art by South Florida-based artists. 90 NW 29th St., Miami, 305.571.9970
The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill
Grab a seat at the communal table of this old-fashioned butcher shop concept restaurant by father and son duo Igor and Fred Niznik. Nestled amidst the art studios and warehouses off-the-beaten bath, The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill is known for certified angus prime beef, organic poultry, sausages and burgers. The cool vibe it offers is a perfect ddition to your itinerary for a night of bar-hopping. The staff is worldly coming from all parts of the world including Bulgaria, Peru and Germany. Menu items are made from all-natural ingredients and pair perfectly with a local craft beer from Wynwood Brewery or Concrete Beach, in the open-air garden environment. 165 NW 23rd St., Miami, 305.846.9120
A place where, “People don’t just come here to drink …[but] to get comfortable,” the Wood Tavern is a local haunt for meeting with friends, grabbing a craft brew or cocktail and waiting to see who you bump into this time. The tavern’s specialty is craft beers with a very limited supply of major brands and its libation library is always evolving. Plus, live music on the patio makes this joint a great place for a cheap night out. 2531 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, 305.748.2828
Miami Light Project
Miami Light Project is a gem in the cultural community and a hub for changemakers. This nonprofit brings together the best and most daring artists in dance, theater and music for performances, special events and residencies at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. The black box theater serves as a venue for quirky and experimental troupes and collectives, many of which are South Florida-based performers. A sampling of past shows have included a Kurt Vonnegut-inspired underwater opera, the annual Global Cuba Festival and a dance and poetry tribute to Muhammad Ali set to music. 404 NW 26th St., Miami, 305.576.4350
Wynwood Art Walk
This monthly free event that helped put the Miami art scene on the map continues to attract revelers, celebrities and locals for a night of fun since its start in 2003. The Wynwood Art Walk, considered the must-see and the spot to be seen, takes place on second Saturdays from 6 to 10 pm, in an area surrounded by the Edgewater neighborhood and Midtown Miami to the east, the Design District and Buena Vista to the north, Allapatah to the west and Overtown and the Omni area to the south. Join a crowd of thousands of people packing the streets for this culture crawl featuring a bevy of gallery openings, food trucks and live music at Wynwood’s numerous artistic institutions, night spots and trendy boutiques.