Move over South Beach…SoBe is no longer the best destination in Miami (unless you have no other choice, it’s still the default place for more bars & clubs, more people watching, and the same ol’ same ol’).
Now, other must-be locales are the Upper East Side (yes, they have one too!), famous for its mid-20th century MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture, and is home to the MiMo Historic District on Biscayne Boulevard. Its up and coming diverse feel encompass the mix of old architecture from 50′s & 60′s with trendy homes and gated communities, in close proximity to traditionally Latino and Haitian communities, and surrounded by a gay bar, a gay bookstore, and a gay flag-waving diner with Filipino waitresses and staff, and other great eats on the main street thrown in for ample good measure.
BUT, the true must-see Miami hotspot is Midtown which has risen to fame for it’s shopping, living, design district (a landing place for design, the arts, and fashion), and very popular and delectable restaurant Sugarcane that makes it stand way, way out for its hip, urban, and super mad appeal.
What you see here in Midtown is also the Wynwood Art District with a transformation and renaissance into a thriving and bustling hub for rising and renowned artists, art galleries, alternative workspaces and showrooms, special installations and exhibits, and eateries that make this an amazing attraction. Wynwood holds its monthly Wynwood Art Walk on the second Saturday of every month which gives visitors and the local community the opportunity to explore and experience the creativity of artists featured at more than 70 galleries in the area.
The bright light of the neighborhood is the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar that offers a memorable dining experience and delish brasserie cuisine, which also houses the Wynwood Walls with major works from influential street artists from the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Their diverse talents are represented with originals by Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, David Benjamin Sherry, Christian Awe, Ryan McGinness, DB Burkeman, Coco 144 & Phase 2, Stelios Faitakis, Invader, Barry McGee, and Ron English to name just a few. It’s one of the coolest and most visually striking resto and art park in the country.
You can dine in or outside. You’ll be greeted in the main dining room by a ginormous rainbow-hued man sculpture by David Sherry, and by the awesome and massive abstract paintings by Christian Awe. In the bar area and other dining room, you’re surrounded by a grand mural by one of my favorite graphic artists Shepard Fairey of the acclaimed OBEY GIANT series. Once outside on the grassy outdoor patio, you’re immersed in the impressive art of all the other artists, it’s a sure-enough visual feast for your eyes.
The drinks are fab, with gourmet handcrafted and draft beers, an international wine list with reasonably priced vintages, and tasty artist-inspired cocktails. The food is everything from flavorful small bites to satisfying classic entrees, it’s a good take on contemporary American cuisine with an innovative spin, often with savory and sweet surprises. They use farm-fresh local and organic ingredients at prices and sizes designed to encourage mix and match dining.
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is open for lunch and dinner at 2550 NW 2nd Avenue (between NW 26th and NW 25th streets) in Miami, Florida—and Wynwood Walls is accessible right next to WK&B, and free to stroll on through.
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