Do you plan to travel to Miami in the coming months? Do not forget to visit them, they offer a wide variety of attractions for all tastes.
Mime: pronounced mai-mo
This district occupies a few blocks, but it is the sensation of the moment. Located on Biscayne Boulevard between 50th and 77th streets, it was a neighborhood of second-rate motels until some visionaries decided to rescue them to take them to another level.
Mimo is the contraction of MIami MOdern Architectural District, and that’s what it’s called because the neighborhood is unified in its own post-war architecture, a style that left the austere lines in pursuit of a more colorful and ornate design in which the winks abound. It was space and futurism.
The neighborhood was lumpen zone until, from 2000, with the arrival of some ventures, began its recovery. The first was 55th Street Station, a shopping mall that has businesses, services, and some restaurants, such as Soyka (owned by the same News Cafe owner in South Beach). Another step in this line was the disembarkation in the neighborhood of the restaurant Michy’s, of the chef Michelle Bernstein, that at the moment is called Dinner and has a menu full of winks to the Argentine kitchen and Latin in general.
In the neighborhood is Morningside, a residential area with Mediterranean-style and Art Deco mansions. It includes the Morningside Park, on the sea, ideal for walking or biking (on weekends you can also rent equipment for kayaking or paddleboarding).
The neighborhood historically had a height limit for construction, but this is currently under consideration by the neighbors and the city. The idea is to expand a little the height margin to be able to develop more housing projects that give it a final neighborhood entity. We recommend going and moving by car.
Design District: the mecca of luxury brands
The Design is another of the neighborhoods located north of the city that are concentrating all the move. Proof of this is its constant change, its movement, the cranes that build, the businesses that open … It occupies just a few blocks on the general map of Miami and, nevertheless, it is like a vertex of permanent energy. In the Design are the best brands (Fendi, Miu Miu, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Givenchy, Bulgari, Dior), others more modest but very fashionable (such as Zadie & Voltaire, Alice and Olivia and Theory, among others), multilevel business, the most striking stained glass, the newest design, the trend.
As the name implies, the Design was originally the neighborhood that concentrated the design stores and something of that spirit still conserves. As in Wynwood, in the Design the art comes out of the galleries and is located in the street, and there are key pieces and installations that give them all the identity to the neighborhood: Fly’s Eye Dome, a sphere with fiberglass American architect Buckminster Fuller; the sculpture of Le Corbusier by Xavier Veilhan or Netscape, an installation of chairs by the German artist Konstantin Grcic, to name the main ones.
Go to the Design is a day trip. It is good to know that businesses open from Monday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 20 p.m., and on Sundays, from 12 a.m. to 18. In addition to shopping and walking through its streets, it is worth stopping for lunch or dinner at one of its many restaurants, all trendy, all modern, all cute and delicious.
Midtown: an accessible epicenter
Against the prejudice that all midtowns are a hybrid trapped among other points of interest, the Midtown of Miami has its peculiarities.
For starters, it is small and perfectly walkable (it is between 29 and 36, from N Miami Ave. to 2nd Ave). Second, it has a hippie air that is the envy of many other neighborhoods in Miami that fail to escape the stigma of noise and movement: Midtown businesses prefer the artisanal to the industrial, the home-made to what is fashion.
They say that a Midtown inhabitant is distinguished because in the bag he carries a yoga mat instead of a cell phone, because he does not fear the alternative and because he can talk without bragging about anything.
In Midtown there are very specific offers, of worship, like a house dedicated to cheese fans and a bowling that only invites offstream bands. And, because of its proximity to the design neighborhoods, it has a cool touch that is not perceived elsewhere.
But the star of the neighborhood is The Shops, a huge and Mediterranean shopping, which does not demand to leave the city and that supplies other neighboring neighborhoods. In The Shops are all brands associated with American consumption, such as Target, Marshalls and Loehmann’s, and also their most popular food chains, such as Captain Joe Seafood Pasta & Grill, Subway, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill and the best hamburgers and French fries. world: Five Guys! It has covered parking and it is very convenient if you are going to be a few days in the city.
So, you see, that Midtown Miami is steps away from the famous Wynwood and Design District, in the end, it’s just a detail.
Wynwood: graffiti and much more
Wynwood was just a forgotten neighborhood of textile warehouses until, in 2009, an entrepreneur named Tony Goldman decided to move his real estate offices there. A lover of street art, Goldman noticed the windowless walls of neighborhood buildings and thought they were perfect for graffiti. And so it was that, overnight, the old gray district became the current waste of color that is Wynwood Walls, an outdoor walk that brings together the best graffiti artists in the world and is a must stop on any trip to Miami
Lindero with the original project is Wynwood Doors (although everyone knows the set as Wynwood Walls), an old landfill that Goldman also transformed into a garden all surrounded by painted metal curtains and some graffiti smaller.
Since 2002, WW is one of the headquarters of Art Basel Miami (the main one is in the Convention Center, in Miami Beach), which takes place at the end of November and the beginning of December. Each year, the neighborhood is transformed for the event, so do not be surprised if some of the graffiti found in this guide was covered by new ones.
But, in addition to the crossroads of modern art, Wynwood is also a very lively neighborhood where expensive restaurants coexist with the most low profile bars, a high-end business with stands at fairs, people of all ages and all languages and Much, much pulse on the street.
Wynwood is one of the neighborhoods of Miami where you feel comfortable walking because everything is rich in colors, information and personality. As everything is close, it is a neighborhood that is discovered at every step.