People visit Miami for many different reasons, not the least if which is the warm weather and gorgeous beaches. Recently visitors have taken an interest in an area that was once an avoided by most, the Design District and Wynwood. It consists of a mere five streets, but seems to have a lot to offer. (NE 36th to NE 41st) and NE 2nd to Miami Avenue. The area began as a pineapple grove, and became known as Decorators Row during the 1920s when the streets were filled with home-design stores.
The area started having hard times in the late 80s when the high crime rate drove many businesses out of the area. Wynwood restaurants, designer boutiques and art displays have revitalized the area. Craig Robins, a pioneer of the South Beach area, currently owns around 40 percent of the property in the Design District. He recently purchased the 24-foot prototype of Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome in Palm Court. The 1921 Moore Building, at 4040 NE 2nd Ave., is at the heart of the district. It was a furniture showroom, back in the day; it’s now the business of interior designer and famous potter, Jonathan Adler.
Other areas that are must visit locations in the Design District include:
• GK Bistronomie, is a culinary piece of artwork. In Wynwood, with a spacious dining room, with white pine tables. Their Peruvian dishes are mouthwatering. Their indoor-outdoor bar and walls are lined with various works of art.
• Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is another great eatery in the District. They opened during Art Basel 2010. A neighborhood tavern, it fits in well with its artsy surroundings. The food has a Pan-Latin flavor, including pigiillo pepper puree and corn salsa. Enjoy some of the special fruit drinks served while being amazed by the floor-to-ceiling mural in the bar and lounge area.
• Wynwood Walls: Started during Art Basel, as a few commissioned murals, it has developed into Miami’s only outdoor street art park. More than 40 murals from, world-renowned artists including Shepard Falrey, Ryan McGuinness, Kenny Scharf, How and Nosm, Retna, the Date …