A Tour of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami
By Kara Franker
The Wynwood Arts District, named one of America's best hipster neighborhoods by Forbes Magazine, is like no other area in Miami -- or anywhere for that matter.
Developers transformed once lifeless warehouse buildings into a vibrant outdoor museum, featuring giant walls of graffiti-style murals. The formerly abandoned streets are now bustling with activity, drawing artists, visitors and hipsters alike.
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The centerpiece of the neighborhood is the collection of artwork at Wynwood Walls, featuring murals by world-renowned street artists. Marité Iglesias, arts manager for Goldman Properties, gave Shayne and me a tour of the current collection of wall art.
Unlike at most museums, you can actually go up and touch the art -- feel the texture and analyze the depth of the colors up close.
And make sure you dine at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar (2550 NW 2nd Avenue) -- a restaurant concept designed by developer extraordinaire Tony Goldman and his equally impressive daughter, Jessica Goldman Srebnick.
Chef Miguel Aguilar draws inspiration from the art around him and designed a menu featuring Latin-influenced small plates, so you can mix and match dishes on a whim.
Venture out from behind the walls and you'll notice a collection of local art galleries, including one of my personal favorites, Robert Fontaine Gallery (2349 NW 2nd Avenue).
This gallery with pristine white walls features works by contemporary artists from all over the world. And if you're lucky enough to meet Robert, he'll dazzle you with behind-the-scenes stories about the the artists he handpicks to showcase.
What are you waiting for? Get out there and explore this gem of a neighborhood for yourself. It's like nowhere else.
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