BECOME MIAMI ART SMART

Visit a creative neighborhood with eye-catching street art and galleriesDiscover collections from established global talents and local up-and-comersDine at a chef-driven local favorite serving refined New American fareLike its neighboring Design District, Wynwood has emerged as an unlikely Miami success story. Once a warren of derelict warehouses, the district has been given new life thanks to the nearly 70 art galleries, museums, and cultural institutions that fill its colorful streets. Set about 15 minutes east of Downtown, Wynwood heaves with the type of creative energy more typical of cities are larger than Miami. Much of Wynwood’s success can be attributed to Tony Goldman, a farsighted developer who began converting the area’s abandoned warehouses into affordable art-production and exhibition spaces. More than a decade later, Wynwood—and its surrounding streets—is home to what are now legendary galleries such as Locust Projects, the Rubbel Collection, and World Class Boxing—where both established global talents and local up-and-comers present their works to the world. Beyond its galleries, Wynwood overflows with eye-catching street art that takes the genre well beyond graffiti. Indeed, Goldman established Wynwood’s increasingly influential Wynwood Walls program—which offers dedicated outdoor mural space to talented artists. The Walls have only furthered Wynwood’s pedestrian appeal; they lure crowds by the thousands during the annual Art Basel Miami Beach event. But no matter when you’re visiting, Wynwood charms even the most inveterate traveler with its unique mix of high and low. Stick around for lunch or dinner at art-world fave Alter—chef Brad Kilgore’s new spot where the hyper-local seasonal dishes (grouper cheek with black rice; blue crab with crisp taro; even the housemade bread and butter) are elevated to new heights. The Wynwood Arts District spans east of Interstate 95, from NW 21st Street to NW 37th Street. A good place to start is at the Wynwood Walls, which you can find on the corner of NW 2nd Avenue and NW 25th Street. Wander through the gallery-lined streets, then have dinner at Alter, on the corner of NW 23rd Street and NW 2nd Avenue.​​WYNWOOD ARTS DISTRICT: Wynwood; wynwoodmiami.com​​ALTER: 223 NW 23rd St.; 305-573-5996; altermiami.com​