Tomas Zagoda

When asked about Miami, most people immediately think of sun-drenched beaches, surfers, Cuban food and fruity cocktails. If you are looking for something a little bit different though, head inland to the industrial area of Wynwood for one of the most unusual temporary art exhibits in the world - Wynwood Walls.

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Located just a 20-minute drive from Miami Beach, the former industrial buildings of Wynwood have been transformed by the world's greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre. Since the community revitalization program launched in 2009, over 50 artists from 16 countries have used the walls of this district as their creative canvas. These days over 75,000 square feet of warehouse walls, fences and pavements are decorated – it’s a street art lovers dream.

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We suggest beginning your street art adventure at one of the great hipster cafes. Panther Coffee is a sure fire bet with all their specialty coffee roasted on site in small batches. After fueling your body, take a quick walk around the block to visit Wynwood Walls Gallery, which calls itself an urban graffiti art museum. Walking through this fake grass lined private park, you will see some of the curated pieces from local and international artists. The nature of the work means that each piece is temporary and likely to only last a few months before being painted over to make way for another artwork.

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If the Miami sun is starting to slow you down, then it’s time for a sugar hit. The Salty Donut is famous for their colorful and quirky namesakes. Expect to find experimental flavors like the PB&J (peanut butter glazed donut with jam and peanut streusel), Maple Bacon (bacon crackling, porter and maple syrup glaze) or Guava & Cheese (as wild as it sounds!). For the less adventurous, there are plenty of favorites including Nutella, white chocolate and even caramel cheesecake topped donuts.

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With that hit of sugar, it’s time to turn around like Bonnie Tyler as you wander the streets of Wynwood – getting lost amongst the dozens of different warehouses, shops and parking lot walls is half the adventure. Escape the heat some more by visiting one of the many indoor, more traditional galleries dotted around the area.

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The Rubell Family Collection is one of the world's largest privately owned contemporary art collections. Located in a huge warehouse, which was once used as a confiscated goods facility, the collection features pieces from all the big names; Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Warhol. For a more intimate gallery experience check out the Eleazar Delgado Studio and Zadok Gallery before picking up some local designer gifts at Plant The Future - a gallery which combines horticulture and art – or MIMO Market for some clothing.

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Each visit to Wynwood will be a highly unique, photogenic and tasty experience. Go ahead and explore!

 

Tomas Zagoda is an Australian based media producer, filmmaker, writer, coffee addict and tall person who does not play basketball. Follow him on Instagram @TomasZagoda to keep up with his latest adventures.

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