Food & Drink

The Ultimate Guide to Wynwood

Published On 06/07/2016 Published On 06/07/2016
The exterior of Miam Cafe
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Wood Tavern

Best place to have a beer

Wood Tavern

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Wood Tavern is Wynwood’s resident bar. It’s been around since long before the fancy art galleries and luxurious restaurants, making it one of the area’s longest-lasting staples. The open-space features indoor and outdoor bars, live music, and life-size Jenga. Next door, find... uh... the Bar Next Door, Wood’s sister joint. It doles out chef-driven bar food, like Asian-ginger chicken wings and Cuban sandwiches.

Beaker & Gray

Best bet for happy hour

Beaker & Gray

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At Beaker & Gray, there’s an entire menu dedicated to happy hour, and we’re not talking about a tiny half-page card. There’s snacks, cocktails, beers, and wines, all for $5. Feast on croquetas filled with beef and gouda, mofongo cake, and a delicious dish called Chip-n-Dip. Wash it down with an Old Fashioned, a Moscow Mule, a Funky Buddha Floridian brew, or all three. It’s happy hour!

Serendipity Creamery

Best place to get ice cream

Serendipity Creamery

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When Jessica Levison, creator of Surfside’s Serendipity Creamery, plopped a portable freezer inside a vacant garage in Wynwood, she never imagined it would soon turn into a permanent brick and mortar. Next door to Zak the Baker, the hole-in-the-wall ice cream shop sells a variety of infused flavors, using almost every ingredient you can imagine, including beers, liquors, and flowers. Her booze-infused flavors have become standard in her Wynwood outpost, with dark chocolate whiskey, J. Wakefield stout, moonshine-soaked apricot, and the White Russian with candied hazelnuts being among her most popular varieties.

Wynwood Yard

Best place to simply hang out

The Wynwood Yard

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A few months ago, this lively hangout space (now considered a mecca for food, drinks, and culture in Miami) was a vacant plot of land in between lackluster warehouses. Now you’ll find dishes like shaved ice cream and veggie bowls alongside a bar serving craft brews and cocktails, an edible garden, and a pop-up stage always loaded with live music and entertainment almost every night. Pro tip: there’s so much life inside the Yard, it can get overwhelming. There’s everything from Sunday brunches to happy hours and exercise classes, so get up to speed with its website, which is updated with all upcoming events.

Panther Coffee

Best cup of coffee you’ll find

Panther Coffee

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The Miami-based coffee roaster made a name for itself in Wynwood, which is where it opened its first location 2011. It has since expanded to two other locations in Coconut Grove and Miami Beach, and can easily be found in restaurants, fast-casual spots, and coffee shops all across Miami. That said, there’s something about visiting the now coffee-empire in the space where it all began. Weekends are busier, but pop in on a weekday, grab a cup of coffee, and bring a book. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, with large communal tables as well.

The Salty Donut

Best sweets shop to get a donut

The Salty Donut

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Before the Salty Donut, craft donuts were definitely not a thing in Miami. Since opening a pop-up in Wynwood at the start of 2016, Salty has quickly led a dough-in-a-hole revolution through the 305. As a chef-driven shop, The Salty Donut attracts hundreds of hungry locals and tourists alike to the neighborhood every weekend, with lines averaging around an hour some days. They make everything from maple bacon, guava and cheese, and spiked holes, to a gluten-free baked chocolate variety, which is only 120 calories. Their brick and mortar will be open by the end of the summer.

Dr Smood

Best healthy eats

Dr Smood

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At Dr Smood, you’ll find more than juice, smoothies, and bowls. Its name stems from the words “smart” and “food,” which explains why the colorful spot sells food like power sandwiches, power salads, and energizing dressings (so, power dressings?). All of its items are color-coded based on health benefits like immunity and detox. And if you have a sweet tooth, there’s a bevy of vegan pastries too.

Miam Cafe

Best place to work, eat breakfast, and pound pastries

Miam Cafe

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A few blocks off of Wynwood’s main street is Miam Cafe, where a Euro-style atmosphere blends with a Miami-inspired vibe. The small eatery, nestled inside the black-and-white Wynwood building, houses an industrial-designed breakfast and lunch nook, serving hot and cold meals along with a variety of freshly baked pastries. There’s breakfast all-day, and besides sandwiches, salads, and heartier foods like pastas made in-house or braised chicken, Miam is known for hand-crafted pastries like croissants, cookies, pies, muffins, and duffins, which are a hybrid dessert inspired by a donut and a muffin. The cafe encourages guests to pick a table and spend anywhere from a few minutes to the entire day there, as they have free Wi-Fi.
 

Zak the Baker

Best place to get that bread

Zak the Baker

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Zak Stern’s barebones bakery, located a few blocks away from Wynwood’s main-street chaos, is where the ubiquitous Zak’s Bread is born. There’s a good chance there’ll be a line out the door for the dough (or other food like avocado toast, breakfast sandwiches, or pastries), but it’s worth the wait. The mere smell of Zak’s freshly baked sour doughs that engulfs his small outpost are enough to keep you around. Plus, you might catch a glimpse of Stern himself, which is pretty special. Like finding Waldo.

Kush Wynwood

Best burger

Kush

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This small-scale joint is off the beaten path in Wynwood, but well worth the trek. The menu features a frita burger, which blends guava jelly, melted Gruyere, potato stix, and crispy bacon, as well as the Johnny Utah, topped with hot pastrami, cheese, and special sauce.

Coyo Taco | Workshop Collective

Best place for tacos... and more booze

Coyo Taco

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As Wynwood’s neighborhood taqueria, Coyo Taco has made a name for itself by serving up fresh Mexican street food, like tacos, burritos, and lots & lots of guac, and then pairing all that with local beers and tequila. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a secret bar hidden within the taco joint... inside Coyo’s backroom. Walk in, and you’ll enter a hole-in-the-wall drinkery stocked with more than 50 different tequila and mezcal varieties.

Wynwood District Arts Association

Where to Instagram graffiti

Everywhere, duh

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What makes Wynwood special is the fact that it’s one gigantic canvas. There’s not a building in sight that isn’t covered in some sort of paint, be it something more traditional like black and white stripes, to whimsical and bizarre designs and murals. Some change every few months, but others have been around for years. Give yourself an hour to roam anywhere from 20th St to 36th St between First and Second Avenues, and you’re bound to hit some street art.

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1. Wood Tavern 2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Wynwood’s resident bar, Wood Tavern has been around since long before the fancy art galleries and luxurious restaurants, making it one of the area’s longest-lasting staples. The graffiti-covered boozer prides itself on its laid-back and local vibe, great place to drink outside on any night of the week. Be sure to stop by on Tuesday, when Pancho Taco out back serves up free tacos.

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2. Beaker & Gray 2637 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Housed in a former factory, Beaker & Gray is all about high industrial ceilings, walls of exposed red brick, and an impressively sophisticated cocktail program. Here, "mixologist" isn't just a frilly synonym for bartender -- the Beaker & Gray staff has got cocktail-craft down to a science (literally). The "mixologists" are well-trained to prepare you an individual drink to your taste, whip something up from the house cocktail menu, or concoct a perfect classic Old Fashioned. To pair with your artisan beverage, the kitchen offers a killer menu of global-inspired small plates, like pumpkin gnocchi topped with pork rib or miso oxtail with sweet potato. And for those on a budget, there are plenty of dishes and drinks listed on the bar's extensive daily happy hour menu.

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3. Serendipity Creamery 425 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Opened in 2015, this freezer-in-a-garage-turned-brick-and-mortary-creamary sells a variety of infused flavors, using almost every ingredient you can imagine, including beers, liquors, and flowers. Her booze-infused flavors have become standard in her Wynwood outpost, with dark chocolate whiskey, J. Wakefield stout, moonshine-soaked apricot, and the White Russian with candied hazelnuts being among her most popular varieties.

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4. The Wynwood Yard 56 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Once a vacant plot of land inbetween lackluster warehouses, Wynwood is now a lively hangout space and an outdoors mecca for food and drinks in Miami. You’ll find dishes like prosciutto honey pizza and gourmet sliders, alongside a bar serving craft brews and cocktails and a stage loaded with live entertainment almost every night.

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5. Panther Coffee 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

From a Portland couple obsessed with going slightly beyond Sanka (and currently conducting a "sneak preview" bare-bones opening for Basel), Panther's a coffee boutique centered around a go-kart-sized 1923 roaster that allows for crazy control over roast rates, and therefore, the point at which the beans crack and caramelize, which's essential to revealing unique flavors, but hopefully not the one who thought Deelishis was just that.

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6. Dr SMOOD 2230 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Smart food (or, "smood") purveyor Dr. Smood is more than just the expected juices, smoothies and bowls. This vibrart spot in Wynwood totes power sandwiches, power salads, and energizing dressings (so, power dressings?). All of its items are color-coded based on health benefits like immunity and detox. And if you have a sweet tooth, there’s a bevy of vegan pastries too.

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7. Miam Cafe & Boutique 2750 NW 3rd Ave Ste 21, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

The small eatery, nestled inside the black-and-white Wynwood building, houses an industrial-designed breakfast and lunch nook, serving hot and cold meals along with a variety of freshly baked pastries. There’s breakfast all-day in addition to sandwiches, salads, and heartier foods like pastas made in-house and braised chicken.

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8. Zak the Baker 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Bread is all but literally it's own food group, so the importance of good quality bread can not be overstated. Zak Stern’s barebones bakery, located a few blocks away from Wynwood’s main-street chaos, is where the ubiquitous Zak’s Bread is born. Zak saved Miami from it's pitiful bread state and brings countless varieties to carb lovers each day -- mere smell of freshly-baked sour doughs that engulfs this small outpost are enough to keep you around, despite the long lines.

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9. KUSH Wynwood 2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

From the folks who brought you Lokal and with a mission to bring seriously high quality craft brews to SoFla, Kush has 18 speciality suds on tap and a limited-edition menu featuring made-from-scratch items like chicken and waffles. Menu highlights include a frita burger, which blends guava jelly, melted Gruyere, potato stix, and crispy bacon, as well as the Johnny Utah, topped with hot pastrami, cheese, and special sauce.

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10. Coyo Taco 2300 NW 2nd Ave. #3, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Coyo is a grilled-meat taco emporium whose house-made tortillas are filled with everything from crispy duck and grilled cactus to charred octopus and slow-roasted pork shoulder. Tacos come two per order, and if you prefer your meat-and-tortilla combo in another form, you can "convert" it into a burrito, salad bowl, or burrito bowl. The Wynwood original has a bar in the back where you'll usually find a weekend DJ set.

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