Miami is one of the top vacation spots in the U.S, so to say there is ALWAYS something going on in this city is actually an understatement; this city never stops. It’s no surprise that in an ever-changing city like Miami, Miami’s neighborhoods are always trying new things to cater to the millions of tourists who visit each year. Whether it’s a new restaurant, a fun pop-up museum, a new water sports activity, or a fresh and exciting cocktail bar. Over the past few years, we have witnessed Miami’s famous Wynwood neighborhood evolve into a foodie destination, full of new culinary delights around every corner.
Usually, I reserve tours of Miami for family visits, so when the Tagged In Miami team was asked to go on a Culinary Tour of Wynwood, I was a little hesitant and yet intrigued
and excited at the same time. Intrigued because I’m into discovering new food spots and excited because I LOVE Wynwood! Over time, this became one of my favorite neighborhoods shortly after I moved to Miami, so I’ve watched it grow and expand for years. Prior to the tour, I thought I knew Wynwood better than most, but I was wrong!
The Miami culinary tour was undeniably one of the most fun-filled days I have experienced here in a while and I am so glad we attended! I learned more about Wynwood in one day than I had in seven years, which goes to show how much I had been sticking to my favorite haunts), not to mention I discovered several new hot spots right in my backyard. To my surprise, the tour consisted mostly of locals, many of whom were returning customers. Our host, Mirka, was absolutely incredible and so knowledgeable! She knew the history of every nook and cranny and showed us the best local watering holes. Mirka was full of energy and made sure everyone had the best experience possible — not to mention her style was on point. She kept us full, cool (it was a hot day), and interested for the entire duration of our tour.
Okay, now let’s get into the fun details.
Our tour started at noon and went until about 2:30pm. The tour was easy to find and we were welcomed warmly upon arrival. We walked a total of about a mile with lots of stops and of course lots of eating! Tickets start at $69 for adults and are beyond WORTH IT (Miami is not a cheap city)! You will be provided a tour guide or a host and they are full of useful information about whichever neighborhood you chose to explore.
Private tours are available and you will receive a confirmation email covering the details once your tour has been booked. You will get to experience approximately 5 restaurants per tour and are sure to leave feeling full and well educated about Miami. Each restaurant was ready with set tables for the group as well as fresh, hot, made to order plates waiting for us.
☛Quick Pit stop: Walt Grace Vintage
Wynwood is considered the ‘Art District of Miami.’ It is constantly changing and growing and is NEVER boring. Wynwood used to be a rough neighborhood full of chop shops (apparently the police wouldn’t even drive through it back in the day!). In 2009, Tony Goldman began to build his vision by transforming Wynwood into a neighborhood that’s a giant canvas for street art. By October 2009, Wynwood was already hosting some of the larger satellite fairs of ART BASEL. Since then, Wynwood has exploded in popularity to become one of the top must-see attractions not only in Miami but in America. An interesting fact I did not know was that each year Wynwood Walls has a theme; this year’s theme is: humankind.
Our tour began and ended in the Wynwood Walls. In between restaurants we got to walk around the Wynwood Walls and the Wynwood Doors ( a museum inside the Wynwood Walls). Photos are encouraged if your Instagram needs some updating.
Location: GK Bistronomie Restaurant: 218 NW 25th St, Miami, FL
Food: Local black grouper ceviche, braised pork taquitos
Info: This place is a secret gem in Wynwood. I have been here before for cocktails with friends and a work dinner but I had totally forgotten about it (side note: they offer an incredible bar menu — but drinks were not on the tour so I won’t get into it). GKB is a globally influenced Peruvian cuisine. IT WAS AMAZING! They have both inside and outside seating (and bar), an open kitchen, and a loft-style, industrial-looking dining room.
WHAT I LEARNED: Peruvian food is the most diverse food in the world. The three of the top chefs in the world are Peruvian. Sweet potatoes and corn are Peruvian staples and remain an essential part of Peruvian cuisine. I will be back to this place over and over again.
Location: The Taco Stand: 313 NW 25th St, Miami FL
Food: Carne Asada Taco (aka Steak)
Info: The Taco Stand is a new hotspot in Wynwood and it will not be going anywhere anytime soon. Inspired by the street food of Tijuana, the owners of the taco stand wanted to provide customers with an authentic taco stand experience. This is their first restaurant in Miami (their other restaurants are in San Diego) making their restaurants officially coast to coast. My favorite part? THE SAUCE BAR! There are no words for how delicious their sauces are – also churros are coming soon, which I am waiting for impatiently!
What I learned: This place is truly unique. They have a secret 8 seat sushi bar (called Hiden) hidden in the restaurant. You can watch them make their tortillas in their open kitchen style dining room. BAJA inspired means something you would find on the Mexican Peninsula (Baja California, Mexico).
Location: Wynwood Kitchen & Bar: 2550 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL
Food: Ropa Vieja Empanadas, Maduros, Tequenos
Info: Wynwood Kitchen and Bar has been named one of the most visually striking restaurants in the country. It is a tapas style latin cuisine (dishes are small enough to share, big enough to fill you up) and it is located right inside the Wynwood Walls. The inside is just as visually appealing with floor to ceiling paintings, so you are literally surrounded by art while you eat.
What I learned: The bar was painted by Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the Obama Hope poster. Wynwood Kitchen and Bar has a huge selection of local beers, with over 40 brands.
Location: ZAK the baker: 405 NW 26th St, Miami FL
Food: Potato Knish
Info: Zak the Baker is a local favorite. It is one of the only bakeries in Miami and they recently started selling their homemade bread in Whole foods from Miami to Palm Beach. ZAK the baker has both a bakery and a deli and has quickly turned into a Miami staple.
What I learned: Zak the baker got his start in a friend’s garage, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign, he was able to open his incredibly successful Wynwood Bakery. He offically opened in 2014, not with a vision to create something new- but instead to keep Jewish traditions alive.
Location: Flavian Gelateria: 2621 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL
Info: This place just opened up and it was ABSOLUTELY incredible. I am not a big ice cream or gelato person, but Flavian just changed the game. It opened just a month ago and is run by an adorable couple. They make their gelato fresh on site every day — and I must say, it is literally life-changing. I will be back (and I have been back!). They also sell amazing coffee and Champagne so it’s a perfect date night spot or after-dinner treat.
Bonus Location: Walt Grace Vintage, Cars & Guitar’s: 2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL
Info: We managed to sneak in an extra spot while on our tour and I was so glad we did. In all my years in Miami, I was shocked I have never been to this amazing gem of a place. Filled with vintage cars and incredible guitars, this place had everyone on the tour in AWE. It is a showroom for collectors of the very best vintage cars and guitars. Check out their website for more information, or go check it out if you are in the neighborhood. I found my future getaway car in case I ever find myself in a Bonnie and Clyde situation (you might as well be on the run in style).
I would absolutely take this tour again with family or even by myself! Not only was I surrounded by friendly and wonderful people, some of whom I have stayed in contact with, but I learned more than I expected to and I discovered more about what’s going on in my city and about what’s to come. I have already started sending my friends and family that live in the area to some of the spots I discovered and I have been back myself to many of those places since the tour. Mirka didn’t rush us through any places, any question, or any meals. She gladly took photos and even suggested the best places to get the perfect photo op. She was happy to stop when we wanted to see more of something! I couldn’t imagine having a better host for the day.
- Bring some cash. At the end of the tour, you have the option to tip your host if you enjoyed your day and the company provided with it and you will want to tip your hosts.
- Wear comfortable shoes/heels: this one is obvious
- Leave any big bags or luggage: There are no storage rooms.
- Read the confirmation email: Literally, everything you need to know is in that email, including parking info, itinerary info, FAQ’s and more.
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