Sure you've heard of Wood Tavern, Wynwood Walls and Panther Coffee, staples in the area. My favorites don't get the fame some of the other locations, well maybe Zak the Baker and Salty Donut, which made my list, but these are other places that have still kept Wynwood somewhat hip, trendy and authentic to the area. Hope you like my choices, and enjoy as much as I have.
1. Box Elder
Box Elder has probably the best selection of craft beers in the area. Box Elder owners Nicole and Adam Darnell opened in 2015 for the love of beer. They carry many local craft beers such as La Rubia by Wynwood Brewery and the Calle Oatcho from MIA Brewery. Don't forget to try their variety of gourmet popcorn by Brown Bag Popcorn Company with flavors like Sea Salt Vinegar, Bacon Cheddar, Sea Salt Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter.
Located at 2817 NW 2nd Ave. Opened everyday, except Monday 1PM - 2AM, (305) 942-7769, www.bxldr.com, Follow on Twitter and Instagram @boxeldermiami
2. El Bajareque
Wynwood before gentrification was Miami's Puertorican neighborhood aka Little San Juan. Despite all the street art, fancy $8 juices and $10 parking, you can still find some of the old Wynwood charm such as Roberto Clemente Park and Puertorican food at El Bajareque in the hood.
You can find PR staples like Alcapurias (tasty fritter), habichuelas (red seasoned beans), arroz con gandules (yellow rice and lentils) and of course our favorite, Mofongo (fried mashed plantains, with crushed pork chicharron and garlic with dipping chicken broth).
It's an everyday place that won't break the bank. Located at 278 NW 36 St. Open Monday-Saturday, Closed on Sunday. 305-576-5170.
3. Books & Books + Bikes + Lebo
When you think of books in Miami we think of two things: Miami Book Fair and Books & Books. Both are headed by Mitchell Kaplan who consistently make books cool again. Books & Books has locations in Miami Beach, Bal Harbour Shops, Coral Gables and at the Arsht Center. Now we get this concept in Wynwood, which includes Bikes and art by artist LEBO. A great addition to the area, and even though its a pop up for now, we hope it becomes permanent.
Books + Books + Bikes + Lebo is located at 2602 NW 5th Ave, Wynwood.
4. Bakehouse Art Complex
If you want to check out some of the area's best local art, you must visit the former Holsom Bread Factory, now the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood. The Bakehouse is an incubator of local artist in every art medium that gives access to affordable artist studios, exhibition space and other programming.
Bakehouse Art Complex is located 561 NW 32nd St., Open Everyday 12PM-5PM and has free parking and admission. DONATE TO THE BAC
5. Give Good Works (Grubstake) Thrift Store
Wynwood has many thrift stores, but our favorite is Give Good Works aka Grubstake. The thrift store has been in the neighborhood for 15 years and they carefully curate what they offer including vintage furniture, art and poster collections, clothing, and other items. We have found some gems there, including a Salvador Dali signed lithograph we picked up for $50. Pretty good.
They're located at 2401 N. Miami Ave, 305-573-2976. Opened Thursday thru Sunday 12:00PM to 6:00PM. DONATE TO GRUBSTAKE
6. Fireman Derek's Pie Shop
Fireman Derek is a real Miami Firefighter that loves to make pies. You can come get a slice or buy a whole pie. Some of the pies you'll find include normal staples like Apple, Pecan and Keylime, but the one you must try is the Krack pie. Trust us, its out of this world.
If you're hungry, but not for something sweet, Fireman Derek's also offers a Mac-n-Cheese Pie and of course a Chicken or Veggie Pie.
Located at 2818 N Miami Ave, (786) 703-3623, Open 8am-6PM Mon-Fri, till 9PM on Weekends.
7. The Marguellis Collection
The Marguiles Collection at the WAREhOUSE is one of those hidden crown jewels of the city. It's located in Wynwood's fashion district across the street from where they sell fake hair extensions. It's a 45,000 square feet of exhibition space showcasing 20 and 21st century sculpture, photography, video, painting and large scale installation, curated by Katherine Hinds.
The bland grey building, doesn't look like much from the outside, but once inside you'll find great art from Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Alexander Liberman, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Ron Bladen, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Anthony Caro, Chamberlain,de Kooning, Eliasson, Flavin, Heizer, Judd,Jannis Kounellis, LeWitt, Noguchi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Segal, Serra, Tony Smith, Joan Miró and Franz West.
As Roberta Smith, The New York Times says "more museums should try this at home”.
The Marguiles WAREhOUSE is located at 591 NW 27th ST., $10, Students $5. All proceeds benefit the Lotus House, a unique residential facility with wrap around support services for women, youth and children experiencing homelessness in our community.
8. Must See Murals
Wynwood is probably the most colorful neighborhood in the country. Wynwood Walls and Doors has a great collection of well known street artist, but the neighborhood also has other points of interest. Check out some of these other murals.
The Wynwood Building is probably one of the most photographed buildings in Wynwood. The building is home to Del Toro shoes, Junior & Hatter, Miam Cafe and some famous faces have been spotted here like Leo DiCaprio, Jay Z, and Beyonce.
When Wynwood started to get formation, we had some famous street artist wandering the street looking to do a mural. Shepard Fairy, Kenny Scharf, Invader, D*face and others were around. This Retna (above) piece on the side of Wynwood Lofts we love.
Whether you know some of the local art like the famous droopy eye ball by Ahol, the smiling orange by Atomik, or the WyNwOOd ala Hollywood sign by 2 Alas, Wynwood has become that most Instagram location in all of Miami.
9. Zak the Baker
It's common to see a line out the door to buy a loaf of fresh bread at Zak the Baker in Wynwood. Zak is a artisan in his process of bread making and coming up with some of the most wholesome, kosher, and delicious menu items. We never really appreciated toast as a meal. Definitely a meal at Zaks. Some of our favorite include the avocado, cheese and pepper flakes toast, scallion and chive, veggie cream cheese, Salmon toast, Beet with tahini and dill toast and honey and butter toast. We now love toast!
Zak the Baker is located at 405 NW 26th St., and open everyday, except Saturday.
10. Salty Donut
I never thought I can be addicted to donuts, but Salty Donut has created a sweet addiction in Wynwood. We can't emphasize enough how delicious this pop up vintage trailer location has meant to the area. The cereal milk lattes and artisanal donuts like Brown Butter + Salt, Guava + Cheese, Maple Bacon and spiked brioche donut holes with shots of liquor reductions, are just greatness.
The Salty Donut pop up is located at 50 NW 24th St. and soon opening a storefront across the street. Opened Fri-Sun: 11am-6pm