I am lucky enough to work in a job that enables me to travel. Not too much, not too little, just the right amount. In February I got the opportunity to work in Miami for a week and when I really started to look into what the city has to offer, I got excited. What could be better than 30°C, palm trees, beaches, open top cars and a city that was the muse to Will Smith’s best song, ever? I expected the city to just be all of the above, however, it has more at its heart than you’d think. One area I never expected to exist is the hipster paradise of Wynwood.This is a haven for hipsters and although I like to deny my membership, it becomes apparent just how hipster I actually am when I step into an area like this. Wynwood is packed with art galleries. It feels like one of those old dodgy areas that’s gentrified into an uber expensive, young neighbourhood, brimming with character (s). Down one street you’ll have pricey boutiques on one side and right opposite, an outdoor market selling handmade jewellery, bags and clothing at marketplace prices. Down another you’ll have one of 70 art galleries, and another a crew of drag queens, sky high in their stilettos in blistering heat, they’re committed to their art.
A highlight was J.Wakefield Brewing, a graffiti covered beer bar selling some delicious brews! The place is a beer chugging geek’s heaven, with spray painted star wars and super hero murals everywhere. If you’re not a drinker, you could pop into Panther Coffee and indulge in some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. It has a really cool seating arrangement outside which encourages people to sit next to complete strangers. While I was waiting on a friend I met a cool gentleman from Qatar who was visiting for the fifth time… sorry Qatari guy, your name’s gone! Once you’ve had your coffee and your beer, you’ll no doubt be hungry. So take yourself over to The Salty Donut and taste the most incredible donut you’ve ever tasted in your life. I mean, seriously, the flavours they have… Expect a queue though. We waited for twenty minutes to even get in the door so if you’re in a rush this isn’t the best option.
Wynwood is well worth exploring. There’s so much to see and the area is vast, so do your research first. I was lucky that I had a local to show me around but even then we only had four hours when you’d really need an full day to see everything. So grab your Panther filter, throw on your sunnies and get hipstering.