Coming from Florida, I have passed through Miami several times. Similarly to the way I divided New York into posts about Queens & Brooklyn and Mahattan, I decided to divide Miami into multiple posts. The previous post covered Miami Beach, and this one will cover the Wynwood area.
What I did:
The Wynwood Walls collection is the best collection of street art I have come across anywhere in the world. The Wynwood area was once a place locals were afraid to drive through, and now the Wynwood Walls are one of the biggest tourists attractions in the Miami area. Many other places in the world have good grafitti, but I have yet to find a place that measures up to the Wynwood Walls.
Biked through the Venetian Islands-
To get from Miami Beach to Wynwood I biked the Ventian Way bridge that runs through a series of islands know as the Ventian Islands. I rented a bike from one of the many Citi bikeshare stations in Miami Beach, then dropped it off near the Wynwood area.
What I ate and drank:
Zak the Baker-
Very nice bakery with a nice breakfast offereing as well. They offer both healthy and unhealthy options, and their bread is used in multiple restaurants in the surrounding area.
J. Wakefield Brewing (and Purple People Eatery)-
J. Wakefield Brewing serves quality craft beers in a nice, laid back environment. They also regularly have food trucks on the property. While I was there the Purple People Eatery food truck was on the premises, and they offered some great food options. They were also showing a live UFC pay-per-view event while I was there.
Panther Coffee is an excellent coffee place in Wynwood. Their nitro cold brew is excellent, and is the best cup of coffee I have had in the Miami area. They also have a couple other locations in the Miami area.
Concrete Beach Brewery-
Concrete Beach Brewery is a very good brewery in Wynwood. It would be the best brewery in many cities in the world, but is situated amongst a plethora of great breweries in the Miami area.
The Butcher Shop-
The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill offers great food and a great selection of craft beers in a cool environment.
Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop-
Enriqueta's is a great, local place to get a genuine Cuban sandwich for a good price.
Box Elder is a craft beer bar and market that offers a wide variety of excellent choices.
Kush is an excellent restaurant serving local food and craft beers at good prices. Also, if there is a wait they offer a place a couple doors down to grab a craft brew as well.
Where I stayed:
Freehand Miami (Miami Beach)-
Freehand Miami was the hostel with the nicest facilities that I have stayed in while in the Miami area. There are outlets and curtains in each comfortable bed. They also have an award winning bar with a pool. While it is located in the Miami Beach area, it is the farthest from actual beach of any of the other hostels I have stayed in while visiting Miami Beach. Also, for solo travelers the hostel lacks some of the friendly feeling I have experienced in some other hostel environments. While cheaper than a typical hotel, it is more expensive than a typical hostel. It is more of a hostel/hotel hybrid, which has advantages and disadvantages.
How I got around:
To see how I got around the Miami area, check out my post on Miami Beach.
My favorite thing:
I really enjoyed the food, drink, and general feel to the area, and the Wynwood Walls is the best graffiti collection I have seen anywhere in the world.
My least favorite thing:
Good accomodation options aren't as abundant in Wynwood as they are in Miami Beach.
For next time:
Next time I want to check out a few more of the restaurants and breweries in the area.
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