A neighbourhood that you should not miss if you’re heading to Miami is Wynwood. As one of the quirkiest neighbourhoods in Miami, it has the most stunning street art I’ve ever seen. Be ready for a picture heavy read!
Wynwood once used to be an industrial district, which is still recognizable through the many warehouses that have now been transformed into coffee shops, fancy retail stores and are covered in graffiti.
The district used to be known in the 1950s as “Little San Juan” because many Puerto Ricans began immigrating to the area. Today you’ll still find many Puerto Rican restaurants here. The City of Miami began construction in the area in the early 2000s which brought new life into the area and with it came the graffiti artists that turned Wynwood into Miami’s most colourful neighbourhood.
How to Get There
As per usual in the US, it’s much easier to get to Wynwood if you have a car. Parking in Wynwood is easy, there are always plenty of parking spaces. If you don’t have a car, you can take bus no. 2 from Downtown Miami or bus no. 110 to NW 36th St and then walk a few blocks from there. There’s also the Miami Trolley which is a free shuttle service that goes to Wynwood. If none of these transport ways are for you, there’s always Uber and Lyft which is easy to use in Miami!
What to Do
1. Take a Walk
Whilst the Wynwood Walls (more about those later) display well known graffiti artists, there are plenty more graffiti dotted around in Wynwood. Just take a stroll through the neighbourhood and discover them. Most graffiti are dotted between 5th & 1st Ave and 20th & 28th Street! Here are a few of my faves:
2. Look Down!
A graffiti technique that I hadn’t heard of before are stencils. They’re everywhere on the pavements in Wynwood and some of them carried messages that really touched me. So don’t forget to look down every once in a while! My favourites were these:
3. Visit Wynwood Walls
One of the most popular attractions is definitely a visit to the Wynwood Walls. It does get quite busy there. So if you want to take some good pictures, I’d advise to go early in the morning.
The artwork displayed in the exhibition is stunning all around. You can find out more about the gallery here: http://www.thewynwoodwalls.com/
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