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From issue: Latin American Youth ( )


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AQ Destinations: Miami's New Art Scene

Athina Garcia Del Gallego

Artists, galleries and festivals are leaving Miami's former art mecca for more culturally rich neighborhoods.

This article is adapted from AQ's print issue on youth in Latin America

When Tony Goldman, one of the driving forces behind Manhattan’s SoHo district transformation, saw potential in the working-class neighborhood of Wynwood, Miami, in the early 2000s, he set the district on the fast track to revival.

Investing in buildings and bringing in artists, Goldman helped create a burgeoning art scene, including the iconic Wynwood Walls, an open-air gallery of colorful murals painted by artists from around the world. As galleries, artists and art dealers followed, Wynwood gained renown as the art hub of Miami. But over the past decade, as more businesses moved in, rent prices in Wynwood jumped and the grassroots art scene moved out. Now, even pioneers of the neighborhood’s art revival are finding new homes in the more affordable, yet still culturally vibrant, surrounding areas.

North of Wynwood is the Little Haiti neighborhood, where contemporary art and traditional Caribbean culture intertwine on the street, in studios, and at community events. Murals by local Haitian-born artists like Serge Toussaint cover neighborhood buildings. The Little Haiti Cultural Complex, a community arts center, offers visitors a regular taste of Afro-Caribbean music, food and culture through festivals like Sounds of Little Haiti, held the third Friday of every month.

“For me, Little Haiti is by far the most exciting art community in Miami,” said David McCauley, founder of the Laundromat Art Space.

McCauley’s space, a 4,500-square-foot converted laundromat in the heart of Little Haiti, houses nine artist residents who work in photography, sculpture, painting, and mixed media. The collective also offers community programming, which includes art therapy for locals with special needs and disabilities. The neighborhood draws a mix of international artists who, until recently, would have shown their work in Wynwood, McCauley said.

Nearby districts also have their own flair, inter-woven with the fabric of diverse local communities.

Renowned Miami artist Daniel Fila, whose work includes the Krave Art murals that dot the city, now owns a space in the Adelmo Gallery in Little Havana. Fila moved to the area after falling in love with the local Latin culture, including the neighborhood’s Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays), a monthly festival held on Calle Ocho that features salsa dancing, sidewalk art, domino games and Cuban mojitos.

Allapattah, a melting pot of a neighborhood on the outskirts of Wynwood, is also attracting attention from both budding and established artists. The Allapattah Market, an open-air weekend art fair launched earlier this year, gives local artisans a venue to sell everything from locally sourced wooden bowties to handmade home décor. Meanwhile, the Rubell Family Collection, one of the country’s largest private collections of contemporary art, will relocate to the neighborhood from Wynwood in 2018.

Wynwood’s star hasn’t dimmed completely, and the former art mecca remains a great place for emerging artists to get recognized. But with so many neighborhood art scenes blossoming alongside the traditions of local communities, a Miami art diaspora is clearly taking place — and is worth checking out. 


Garcia Del Gallego is the director of ArtPo, a non-profit organization fostering social development through creative initiatives.

AQ Destinations: Where a Top Chef Eats in Miami

Juan Manuel Barrientos, one of Latin America's most in-demand young chefs, gives us his recommendations for eating out in Miami.

This article is adapted from AQ's print issue on youth in Latin America

Lauded for making the "Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants" list three years in a row, Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos is known for his creativity. He launched his first U.S. venture, ElCielo, in 2015 in Miami. Barrientos shares his top recommendations.

Edited by Francisco Martínez Díaz-Granados

Bachour Bakery + Bistro, Brickell

My favorites are the guava croissants, the couscous risotto with truffles, the avocado toast, and the mimosas – but what I love most is the warm and attentive staff.

600 Brickell Avenue

Business Lunch
Zuma, Downtown

A modern, high-end Japanese restaurant overlooking the Miami River, their variety of light dishes allows for uninterrupted conversation.

270 Biscayne Boulevard Way

Tasting Menu
ElCielo, Brickell

ElCielo, of course! The Journey, a 14-course tasting menu featuring plates such as beef rolls with suero costeño and a chamomile panna cotta, was designed to be enjoyed with all your senses.

31 SE 5th St.

Broken Shaker, Miami Beach

One of the best bars in the United States, the garden and pool at this open-air venue create an unbeatable ambiance where you can disconnect.

2727 Indian Creek Dr.

Personal Favorite
Sapore di Mare, Coconut Grove

The branzino carpaccio is my go-to appetizer. Don't miss the Cacio e Pepe, prepared in a parmigiano reggiano block and served with shaved truffles on top.

3111 Grand Ave.



AQ Destinations: Miami Hot Spots

AQ Online

This article is adapted from AQ's print issue on youth in Latin America

Take it from Miami's top Instagrammers – these are the best places to eat, shop and go out in "The Magic City."

Please Don't Tell

Why it's awesome: Nestled in Miami's famed art district, Wynwood, owner Carolina hand-picks feminine, frilly pieces for everyday wear. It also has beautiful housewares such as candles and pillows. 

Best for: A head-to-toe outfit. @thefashionpoet

50 NW 24th St., Suite 105

Sea Spice

What to do: Charter a boat from Boatsetter, and stop for dinner overlooking the water. Glide along the Miami River, heading toward an inventive cocktail list and casseroles cooked in a 1,000-degree Fahrenheit wood-burning oven.

When to go: Sunday for a day party, or on a weeknight for dinner. @beyondsouthbeach

422 NW North River Dr.

Pubbelly Sushi

Pubbelly Sushi is not your typical sushi joint. With locations in South Beach and Brickell, it's become a hotspot for fresh fish and inventive rolls.

What to get: Spicy tuna on crispy rice.

When to go: Perfect for a light lunch or a lively dinner any day of the week. @miami_foodporn

1424 20th St.
701 S Miami Ave.

Shop Kiki NYC

Why it's awesome: Where NYC and Miami styles meet. Situated on Miracle Mile, the boutique is brimming with accessories from local and national designers; plus, they offer a curated selection of the season's best trends.

Best for: A cool clutch, a pair of dangly earrings or tiny, trendy studs. @thefashionpoet

88 Miracle Mile

Biscayne Boulevard

What to do: Cruise by or stroll through. Right along Biscayne Bay, and lined by the Freedom Tower and the American Airlines Arena, as well as 1950s motels and museum, Biscayne Boulevard is iconic – not only for its beauty but also as a symbol of development in Miami. @beyondsouthbeach

La Mar

The only thing as eye-catching as La Mar's food is the view. Here you can indulge in the best Peruvian cuisine in town while overlooking the ocean.

What to get: Lomo saltado.

When to go: Sunday brunch is a must! Check out the buffet, outrageous dessert display, and bottomless booze. @miami_foodporn

500 Brickell Dr.


This quaint Cuban ice cream shop is in Miami's Little Havana district, so you know it's authentic.

What to get: The Abuela Maria, vanilla ice cream mixed with guava, cream cheese and sweet galletas María (a Cuban classic).

Pro tip: Go dancing at the Ball & Chain nightclub nextdoor to burn off those ice cream calories. @miami_foodporn

1503 SW 8th St.

Wood Tavern

What to do: Dogs and dance-offs. Considered the first bar in Wynwood, the drinks are cheap, the tacos are free (on Tuesdays), and the music is unbeatable. Come as you are and bring your dog.

When to go: Every day for happy hour, Sunday afternoons for backyard boogie. @beyondsouthbeach

2531 NW 2nd Ave.


Photos: Courtesy Please Don't Tell; @beyondsouthbeach; @miami_foodporn; Shop Kiki NYC/Facebook; @beyondsouthbeach; Mandarin Hotel press; @miami_foodporn; Wood Tavern press

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