As Art Basel descends on Miami Beach this week, the forward-thinking global audience it attracts is increasingly venturing beyond the show’s traditional South Beach confines in search of a truly authentic Miami experience.
Wynwood — a mix of urban grit, street art, unique retailers, and dining — is answering the call with its authentic, accessible, and decidedly local flair.
The neighborhood features the largest collection of street art and murals in the world — an ever-changing collage that uses the district’s expansive warehouse walls as its canvas and allows visitors to not only stroll through art-covered streets, but also to enjoy a front-row seat as world-class artists drop in to create new works.
The Wynwood Arts District also boasts 80-plus art galleries, studios, and collections, adding to the draw for local and visiting art aficionados.
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Wynwood is also home to unique local retailers, craft beer breweries, eateries and bars that add further color to the already-vibrant neighborhood.
Longtime local standards like Joey’s, Panther Coffee and Pride & Joy are now joined by hometown favorites Alter, Beaker & Gray and Concrete Beach Brewery — all offering Basel-goers the unique Miami experience that they seek.
And with a number of new mixed-use residential projects on tap, Wynwood’s evolution as Miami’s authentic urban heart will continue.
Amid these changes, though, Wynwood’s foundation remains unchanged: a proud commitment to public art; supporting local galleries, retailers and restaurants; and welcoming all those in search of a uniquely Miami experience.
We look forward to what’s to come and to welcoming the art world to Wynwood this week.
Joseph Furst and Albert Garcia, chairman and vice-chairman of the Wynwood Business Improvement