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Wynwood, the district in Miami

where artists design the landscape

Art galleries, big colorful murals, stores and cafés make this region one of the most modern in the city

Less than 10 years ago, no one would’ve thought that a district like Wynwood would become one of the greatest attractions to Miami. Far from the beach and Downtown, this formerly forgotten region filled with warehouses is today a new version of the city. Its few blocks feature incredible multicolored murals, restaurants, shops, cafés and art galleries. Many art galleries.

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Start exploring the district after 11 a.m. Usually, Miami wakes up late. Few establishments open before this time and the streets are empty. Take advantage and have breakfast there. One of the latest developments there is Mister Block Cafe (2621 NW 2nd Ave). Located inside a small and colorful gallery, it offers coffee beans from South America and tasty sandwiches.

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Graffiti art on the walls and on the floor

Close to the café stands one of the area’s most famous attractions: the Wynwood Walls (2520 NW 2nd Ave), a private property where you’ll find murals, art galleries and a restaurant. You can spend hours there taking pictures and trying to decipher the graffiti on the walls. On the second Saturday of each month, the Wynwood Art Walk is held there. With streets closed off to cars and the galleries extending their hours, the event also counts on great food trucks. You can do everything on foot and enjoy the district’s excitement.

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Anyone visiting the area on an ordinary day should also pound the pavement. Exploring 2nd Ave is a good option if you want to find art galleries and shops (usually open only in the afternoon). To finish the day with an excellent meal, two new tips in the region: the hip and small Alter (223 NW 23rd Street) serves up contemporary cuisine hailed by local critics, and Baker & Gray (2637 N Miami Ave) has a highly coveted bar at night.

By Natália Zonta
Photos by Giselle Galvão