In every city, there comes a time when a certain neighborhood has its moment to shine. Right now, in Miami, all eyes are on Wynwood. The city’s former garment district has become a veritable stomping ground for area hipsters, with factories reborn as galleries, restaurants, and boutiques (think Williamsburg, Brooklyn). Whether you’re a local Miamian or are just passing through for the day, here’s how to do Wynwood right.
Start the day with locally roasted java at Panther Coffee (2390 NW Second Ave.; 305-677-3952) before walking up the street to take in (and take selfies in front of) the graffiti-art masterpieces that are the Wynwood Walls (2520 NW Second Ave.; 305-531-4411).
On the next block, pick up a handmade card at Wynwood Letterpress (2621 NW Second Ave.; 305-747-7559) to tell those who matter “Wish you were here,” then turn the corner to stock up on globespanning gifts that nod to Miami’s Latin American vibe (think Ecuadorian straw hats and acrylic bowls from Colombia) at Boho Hunter (184 NW 27th St.; 786-558-4486).
Retrace your steps to Wynwood Kitchen & Bar (2550 NW Second Ave.; 305-722-8307) for lunch inside among the artwork (an original Shepard Fairey mural, an 11-foot sculpture by David Benjamin Sherry) or outside near the walls. Then treat yourself to a beard trim or balayage at Junior & Hatter (2750 NW Third Ave.; 305-571-8361), and sharpen your foosball skills while you wait.
Create your own pair of custom jeans at Caveat (448 NW 28th St.; 305-501-4646), a store that keeps Wynwood’s industrial past alive by producing the pairs on-site. Need something to go with those new high-waist beauties? Head down to Style Mafia (2324 NW Fifth Ave.; 786-801-0319), where the in-house label is made by local designers and most pieces ring in at less than $100.
Miami eats late, so before dinner you may want to sneak in a classic movie or cutting-edge documentary at O Cinema (90 NW 29th St.; 305-571-9970) or attend a meditation, yoga, or drumming class at The Sacred Space Miami (105 NE 24th St.; 786-621-5006).
When it’s time to eat, settle in at Kyu (251 NW 25th St.; 786-577-0150), a sexy Japanese wood-fired-barbecue joint that opened this year in a graffiti-covered warehouse, or, if you managed to score a res for one of the six seats, enjoy the chef’s-choice omakase at Myumi (56 NW 29th St.; 305-915- 9819), a food truck permanently parked in Wynwood Yard that serves up the freshest hand rolls in town.