Art is a growing interest of mines. I can draw stick figures and splash some paint around. Hey!! It’s based off interpretation anyways, right. While visiting South Beach Miami, many locals recommend the Wynwood neighborhood to explore the many local artists. They stated it was very eclectic, which had my name all over it. I decided to request an online driver thinking I would only drive through the neighborhood. When I got there, I was ready to grab my camera and bug spray to explore.
Originally an industrial district, this Wynwood neighborhood has many warehouses and commercial building that was left abandon over the years. Through the increase of interested investors, those infrastructures are used for local artists and entrepreneurs to showcase their crafts and talents. They became the art galleries, artist studios, restaurants, bars, and retail shops. The Wynwood Art District is a mecca for local artists and culture.
My first stop was visiting the Rubel Family Collection art gallery. It istwo stories of artwork by local and international artists. Each of the rooms is dedicated to a specific artist or them. They have one interactive room where you can become part of the art. The art gallery does not have a gift shop but a bookstore. There is a small admission fee of $10 adults, and $5 for students & senior. Those under the age of 18 and military members are free.
Across the street, I visited The Wynwood Yard. It is the headquarters for many food trucks and pop-up shops. The area was surrounded by vintage crafts with ample amount of seating throughout. Some of the culinary vendors were The Lone Wolfe and The World Famous House of Mac. The food variety was from Asian cuisines to the American hamburger. There were two dedicated bar options and a garden donated by Whole Foods Grocery. Please note that outside food and drinks are not allowed in the area.
Several of the locals recommended going to 2nd Avenue, which is the main street in the art district. On my walk, there were variations of mural, graffiti, and other street art. The paid parking lot had a long mural on it. Arriving on the main street, it was a burst of energy from the people and eye candy for art lovers. It was amazing to see many businesses and artwork EVERYWHERE. I stopped to visit infamous Wynwood Wall. There is not an admission fee to enter and is open until 11pm. The outdoor park is home to many graffiti and street art. It includes several indoor exhibitions and a gift shop.
By now, I am ready to eat again. I stopped at a modern Asian-style restaurant called KYU. From the time I enter until the time I exited, the customer service phenomenal. They have an open kitchen concept that serve raw, smoked, and wood fired food options. Recommend the Korean Fried Chicken, Thai Fried Rice Stone Pot, and Tuna Tartare. FYI…unlimited water is $2 but you can choose between flat and sparkling. For a more elaborate dining, KYU’s Chef Experience gives you a taste of their most popular dishes. KYU makes eco-friendly efforts of planting trees and other environmental improvements.
My last stop was the Concrete Beach Brewery. This fun indoor/outdoor place is for beer connoisseurs. I am not connoisseur but tried the cider and fruity ale beer flight. I was able to enjoy it without committing alcohol abuse. There are gigantic size Jenga and Connect Four for a pickup game or play with your group. Contact the brewing company for times on complimentary daily tours. As a tip, they do not kitchen but allow food trucks a few days out of the month. The other days, you are allowed to bring in outside food to enjoy with your beer(s).
Not Enough Time! Note while visiting these place, it was street artwork all over. Your eyes are constantly engaging. If you are bored at this location, this just means you are a boring person. My time exploring Wynwood Art District left me wanting more. It was scattered raining outside. I didn’t get a chance to visit all the places of interest or converse with many local artists. To get here, the other options are public transportation, walking tours, and riding tours.