Most people immediately think of South Beach when they hear Miami. While I had plans to lay on the beach and sip cocktails on the SoBe strip, I wanted to engage in something new. Something different. After doing some research online, I discovered Wynwood.
Wynwood is an arts district located in Miami that features over 70 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, bars and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world, Wynwood Walls. It is a result of developers rehabilitating old warehouses and unused buildings.
I headed to the neighborhood to check out Wnywood Walls. Created by the late Tony Goldman in 2009, Wynwood Walls was created to bring to Miami the "greatest street art ever seen in one place." The goal is to bring more attention and respect to graffiti and street art. Since 2009, the Wynwood Walls Program has seen over 50 artist representing 16 countries and have covered over 80,000 square feet of walls.
In addition to visiting Wynwood Walls, I checked out art work around the neighborhood, ate at the Wynwood Restaurant & Bar, which was DELICIOUS and checked out a local bar. The shops were closed by the time we finished dinner. Wood Tavern is a great local spot to check out if you're into the bar scene. Admission is free, features two bars, a DJ and food trucks. The perfect hang out spot on a Friday night. After spending a few hours in the neighborhood, I understood why it has become the go-to place for an alternative and more cultural nightlife experience in the city of Miami.