Like an overlooked starlet, Wynwood has been ready for its close-up since the late developer prince Tony Goldman called it “the great pedestrian neighborhood of the future.” Gather up a group of friends for a day out here and you’ll enjoy a dense collection of art galleries, cafés, bars, and restaurants, as well as graffiti by some of the world’s most prominent artists. A few blocks’ stroll will get you to the urban oasis that is the Design District, where you’ll be immersed in a hyper-luxe brand of grit.
The foodies in your crew will appreciate Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, one of Miami’s best restaurants, where you’ll dig into treats like oven-roasted yellowjack and maple pecan pie with crème fraîche sherbet. Your fashionista friends can soothe their red soles at Christian Louboutin. Interior designers of both the amateur and professional bent can kick back on a fabulous Kartell kouch while admiring the well-heeled design fanatics sashaying past the store. You’ll have plenty to talk about, as the neighborhood is all about creative—and chic—uses of urban space. The day isn’t even half over yet. Cartier’s massive store in the Design District is attracting a spate of high-end cousins, including Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Revel in the luxury while your entire crew feels glamorous. That’s just one of the side effects of a day spent in Miami’s newest hotbed of hauteness.