Wynwood – where art is everything
Wynwood looks like the coolest place on Earth – bright colourful graffiti on every building in the neighbourhood that practically scream “photo op”. It has been recognized by the Vogue magazine as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. This, once turbulent part of Miami, has opened its doors to countless art galleries and trendy cafes.
And why not start your day at one of the “it” places: at the Zak the baker bakery with a nice matcha latte (or a cold brew if you’re more of a coffee enthusiast) and a nice selection of pastries. Enjoy the scent of the freshly baked goodies while you plan your day in Wynwood.
Wynwood throughout the years
Dating way back into 1917, Wynwood this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Once part of the North Miami, which was not under alcohol restrictions laws, it then became a working-class neighbourhood. The garment district developed in the 1920’s. Later on, when many Cubans started migrating to America, Wynwood’s fashion district became the third largest in the whole country. After the success the obvious happened – the rents went up and the manufacturers moved out. But nonetheless, Wynwood Fashion District was still vibrant as ever.
After the second world war, many of Wynwood’s residents moved to the suburbs and new immigrants started to move in. The neighbourhood became known as the Little San Juan. A lot of public buildings took the names of the important Puerto Rican figures. By the end of the 70’s, Wynwood was no longer dominated by Puerto Ricans, but it became a mixture of different Latin nationalities. At that time the neighbourhood was considered lower middle class. This was the place where immigrants came when they first arrived in Miami. It was a jumping board and everyone wanted to get out as soon as possible. Drug trafficking was high.
Fast forward, Wynwood art scene started booming in the beginning of 2000 when Goldman Properties took interest in the neighbourhood. In 2009 the Wynwood Walls art gallery opened. Today Wynwood is packed with restaurants, trendy brunch spots and loads of interesting art oriented places.
You must be tired by now from all the walking and talking, right? This would be the right time for a break. If you’re still pretty packed from all the babkas and other baked goods you ate earlier, you can go for a healthy drink at Dr Smood – a super stylish cafe where you can enjoy healthy food and drinks. The nice interiors with comfy sofas are a bonus for your tired self – enjoy!
On the other hand, if you’re anything like me, you must be pretty hungry already. In that case, head down to Miam cafe. Located a few metres from the bakery, this trendy restaurant is a crowd pleaser. On weekends they have brunch specials that bring anyone who is anything to stand in line. Not a fan of crowded places? Come by on a weekday, since on a regular day it’s much easier to get a table and enjoy a nice avocado toast with eggs, as well as a brownie to satisfy your sweet tooth. Why not, right? 🙂
After lunch, it’s time to go for a stroll to admire the countless graffiti spread across many blocks in Wynwood. Now, if you feel like, you can visit some of the most interesting and unique stores in Miami. As I mentioned earlier, the fashion scene is booming in this part of Florida. Forget the typical souvenirs that we usually buy on our travels and that all come from China. When in Wynwood, you have a great chance to grab some unique pieces and therefore support the local art community.
This is indeed one of the most successful revitalization projects and Wynwood nowaday represents one of the trendiest and most interesting parts of Miami.
Forget South Beach, this year Wynwood is the place to be!
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