As I said from my post yesterday, though my plane landed last night and I’m just getting into the swing of things back here in New York, part of me is still very much in Miami. This was my eighth time visiting the city (first visit was in 2007), and every time I go back I fall in love with the city a little bit more.
How could you not when you come to a place like Wynwood? Yes, it’s still a little bit dodgy at night, but that’s what lends it that enviable air of edginess. Coming from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, you can see how I would appreciate that. Though seriously, parts of Wynwood, particularly the streets surrounding the famous Wynwood Walls (so this is where all of the hipsters go!) are clean as can be and safe as Disney World (you know an area is gentrified when you find both Warby Parker and Aesop near each other).
Visually, it’s absolutely stunning and a must-do for any art-lover or discerning traveler. The minute you arrive, it’s like descending upon a Hollywood movie-set chalk full of streetart… some very recognizable to me given how much I love stalking streetart (see last post on Jetset Graffiti or you could follow me on Instagram). Though you get the standard mix, including the now infamous Os Gêmeos (which yours truly first witnessed, and wrote about back in 2012… bizarrely, at the Boston Museum!)… there is also a definitely-Miami/Latin vibe imprinted on many of the other images, take a look for yourself.
OH, and if you want more reasons to go… let me just throw in the following: awesome shopping, rows upon rows of cafes and a lovely little creamery called Serendipity, Zak the Baker (a must do), Miami Underground for great coffee… and – did I mention shopping? I know I did but allow me to reiterate – great concept design stores plus galleries. Really, come to think of it, why did I ever leave?