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22 Places to See the Best Street Art in Miami

Miami Insider Guides
by Jo Ann Mayer Nov 25, 2016

Miami arrived on the art scene in 2002 when Art Basel, the world’s premier contemporary art fair based in Basel, Switzerland, decided to expand its venue. Miami Beach was selected as a location that would attract North and Latin American participants. Art Basel Miami is now the largest contemporary art fair in the United States attracting more than 77,000 attendees each year. Contemporary art found a home, and so did street art.
Wynwood Art District

Once a neighborhood of empty warehouses, Wynwood is now known for its colorful murals. In addition to its street art, Wynwood is home to over 70 galleries, museums, and art collections. The second Saturday of the month, the galleries are open late for the “Art Walk.” Thousands of people flock to the area to enjoy the gallery exhibits, street musicians, and Miami’s famous food trucks.

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Wynwood Walls

 Wynwood WallsMiami, United StatesWynwood Walls is the epicenter of the Wynwood art district.

Miami’s street art began with Wynwood Walls. It was the vision of the Miami property developer, the late Tony Goldman, “to create and display the greatest street art ever seen in one place.” He offered his 18-walled alcove at 2520 NW 2ndAvenue as a canvas to display street art. Twelve renowned graffiti artists completed Wynwood Walls in time for the 2009 Art Basel Miami Beach Fair. The Walls were an instant success and now are one of the top attractions in Miami.

Wynwood Walls Mural by Miss Van

 Wynwood WallsMiami, United StatesStreet artists from all over the world have contributed murals to Wynwood Walls.

This mural in the Wynwood Walls complex was painted by Miss Van, from Toulouse, France. She began her painting street art at the age of 18 and often paints women with angelic and devilish qualities.

Wynwood Murals

 Mural at 26th Street and NW 3rd Avenue, WynwoodMiami, United StatesWall murals are found throughout the Wynwood neighborhood.

Seeing the success of Wynwood Walls, other landlords invited artists to paint their walls. Over 300 artists have contributed murals.

Mural on Galley 212 Wall

 Gallery 212Miami, United StatesThis mural is on the wall of Gallery 212.

Wall murals are concentrated along NW 2nd Avenue between 23rd and 28th Streets. Now it is a tradition to have new murals in time for Art Basel which is held the first week of December. Artists are given free reign as to subject matter. The murals are constantly changing, so don’t be disappointed if one of your favorites is painted over.

Panther Coffee

 Panther CoffeeMiami, United StatesPanther Coffee is a convenient place to take a coffee break.

It’s easy to spend several hours in Wynwood. Take a break from mural viewing at Panther Coffee, a Miami-based specialty coffee roaster, located at 2441 NW 2nd Avenue.

Wynwood Brewing Company

 Wynwood Brewing CompanyMiami, United StatesWynwood Brewing Company has Happy Hour Monday through Friday.

For a stronger drink, a few blocks away at 565 NW 24th Street is Wynwood Brewing Company. It was Miami’s first craft production brewery and features a tap room. Enjoy Happy Hour 4 pm to 7 pm Monday through Friday when beers are discounted by $1 or $2.

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

 Wynwood Kitchen & BarMiami, United StatesWynwood Kitchen & Bar is convenienty Located on the grounds of Wynwood Walls.

There are plenty of dining options in Wynwood. Catch a bit to eat at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar on the corner of 26th Street and NW 2nd Avenue overlooking Wynwood Walls. The back wall is the work of Shepard Fairey, a talented graphic artist, and muralist.

Wood Tavern

 Wood TavernMiami, United StatesWood Tavern is another restaurant close to Wynwood Walls.

Across the street from Wynwood Walls at 2550 NW 2nd Avenue, is Wood Tavern specializing in Mexican food.

Joey’s Italian café

 Joey’s Italian CafeMiami, United StatesJoey’s is great for pizza.

For affordable Italian food, go to Joey’s Italian café at 2516 NW 2nd Avenue, just up the block from Wynwood Walls. Joey’s was one of the first restaurants to open in Wynwood. Their pizza is delicious and was named as one of the country’s best by Food and Wine magazine.

Welcome to Little Havana

 Calle Ocho and Beacom BlvdMiami, United StatesCalle Ocho is the heart of Little Havana.

The neighborhood of Little Havana offers another opportunity to see street art. Little Havana was created by Cuban exiles escaping the Castro regime. It does not have as many murals as Wynwood District, but its street art has a distinctive Cuban influence. The famous Rooster and “Welcome to Calle Ocho” sign are located at the corner of 8th Street, known as Calle Ocho, and 25th Avenue, but the heart of the area is on Calle Ocho between 17th Avenue and 13th Avenue. Begin at 8th Street and 17th Avenue and walk eastward on Calle Ocho toward 10th Avenue. Look for wall murals on the side streets. Enjoy this neighborhood with its Cuban cigar stores, restaurants, Cuban coffee cafes, and art galleries. The second Friday of the month the galleries are open late for the Little Havana Art Walk.

Wall mural by Daniel Fila

 Futurama Gallery 1641 SW 8th StreetMiami, United StatesOne of the many wall murals along Calle Ocho.

NewAmsterdam®Vodka teamed up with artist Daniel Fila for this mural on the wall of the Futurama Gallery located at 1641 Calle Ocho.

El Pub restaurant

 El Pub RestaurantMiami, United StatesEl Pub serves Cuban coffee which is strong and sweet.

El Pub restaurant on the corner of 16th Avenue and Calle Ocho serves Cuban coffee at its outdoor coffee counter.

El Cristo Restaurant

 El Cristo RestaurantMiami, United StatesEl Cristo serves great Cuban food.

Across the street from El Pub, at 16th Avenue, is El Cristo Restaurant. Sit outside and enjoy the Cuban food and people watching.

Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company

 Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co.Miami, United StatesThe Cuba Tabacco Cigar Company is a family run business.

Watch cigars being hand rolled at the Cuba Tobacco Cigar Company located at 1518 Calle Ocho. The Bello family has been involved in Cuban cigars for five generations.

Azucar Ice Cream Company

 Azucar Ice Cream CompanyMiami, United StatesAzucar Ice Cream Company specializes in tropical fruit flavored ice cream.

A top for ice cream at Azucar Ice Cream Company located at 1510 Calle Ocho. They have traditional flavors of ice cream and tropical fruit flavors including guava, mamey, mango, and passion fruit. The Abuela (grandmother) Maria ice cream, named for the owner’s grandmother, is delicious.

Domino Plaza

 Maximo Gomez ParkMiami, United StatesAll day and well into the night you will find men playing dominos at Dominos Park.

As you approach Maxino Gomez Plaza at Calle Ocho and 15th street, you hear the clattering of dominos coming from Domino Park. Inside the park, there are permanent tables where Cuban old-timers gather to play dominos.

Mural of First Summit of the Americas

 Dominos parkMiami, United StatesThe mural in Dominos Park pays tribute to the Summit of Americas meeting.

On the back wall is a mural of Domino Plaza, there is a mural of the Hispanic heads of state who attended the first Summit of the Americas held in Miami in 1994.

La Esquina de la Fama restaurant

 Esquina De La FamaMiami, United StatesLa Esquina de la Fama restaurant also serves Cuban coffee and fresh fruit juices.

On the side of the La Esquina de la Fama Restaurant on the cormer of SW 14th Avenue and Calle Ocho, a wall mural pays tribute to several Cuban musicians as well as other US and Cuban heroes.

Yisell Bakery

 Yisell BakeryMiami, United StatesDelicious guava paste pastelitos are available at Yisell Bakery.

Admire the mural on the front of Yisell bakery at 1350 Calle Ocho, and try the pastelitos. Guava paste pastelitos are a popular Cuban snack.

Cuban Memorial Plaza

 Cuban Memorial Boulevard ParkMiami, United StatesThe monuments at the Cuban Memorial Plaza remind one of Little Havana’s history.

At Calle Ocho and SW 13th Avenue is the Cuban Memoral Plaza. There are monuments commemorating the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion and Cuban wars of independence.

Goodwill Superstore

 GoodwillMiami, United StatesMany street artists contributed to the mural wall on the Goodwill Superstore.

The exterior of the Goodwill Superstore at 982 Calle Ocho has an array of graffiti art. The mural is the results of the Good Will Project which gave famous and unknown artists a square on the wall to paint.

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