LGBTQ+ Friendly Travel Guide to Wynwood, FL

Travel Guide to Wynwood Miami

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If the old adage is true that “it’s hip to be gay,” (made famous by lesbian comedian Lea DeLaria) then the neighborhood of Wynwood in Greater Miami certainly fits that bill for the LGBTQ+ community. Located north of Downtown Miami and west of Miami Beach, this former industrial district has transformed into a landing spot for artists, musicians, and dreamers, making it one of Florida’s hippest hangouts. 

While somewhat overshadowed by Miami, at first glance, Wynwood appears to be nothing more than a neighborhood covered in graffiti. But, as the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. And, a closer look reveals that Wynwood isn’t shy about its LGBTQ+ inclusive vibe. Rainbow hues splash across buildings, and the air is filled with a “be who you are” kind of energy. It doesn’t matter if you’re a queer local or a curious traveler, Wynwood welcomes everyone. Read on to learn more about this not-so-well-known neighborhood of Miami in our LGBTQ+ Friendly Travel Guide to Wynwood, FL.

How to Get There: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

By air, by land, or by sea, traveling to Wynwood gives you plenty of options for your preferred means of travel. 

Planes: The fastest way to travel to Wynwood is by flying into Miami International Airport (MIA). From the airport, you can rent a car, take a taxi, or use rideshare services, which is about a 20-minute drive away depending on traffic.

Trains: Amtrak has train services to Miami from cities across the United States. Once you arrive at Miami’s Amtrak station, you can use local transportation, either taxis, rideshare services, or public transit to get to Wynwood

Automobiles: Taking a road trip to Wynwood allows you to travel on your own schedule, make stops along the way, and enjoy the scenery. Interstate highways such as I-95 and I-75 connect Florida to other cities and states,

Buses: Budget-friendly transportation that lets you sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride, bus companies, including Greyhound, have service to Miami. The Miami bus station is located near downtown, where you can take local transit, a taxi, or rideshare to Wynwood..

Cruise Ships: For those arriving by sea via a cruise, the Port of Miami, is a short distance from Wynwood. From the port, you can easily access Wynwood by taxi, rideshare, or rental car, which is about a 15-minute drive away.

How LGBTQ+ Welcoming is Wynwood

Unlike some neighborhoods that might paint a rainbow on a crosswalk and call it a day, Wynwood’s LGBTQ+ embrace feels genuine. Stroll down any street and you’ll see the rainbow flag proudly displayed alongside hand-painted murals – a visual reminder that everyone is welcome. Cafes have baristas with brightly colored hair who greet you with a smile, and independent shops welcome you to browse without a hint of a raised eyebrow. It’s where individuality is celebrated, not just tolerated, making it a must-visit for anyone who wants to express themselves freely.

Even beyond the outward signs, there’s a real sense of community here. Local LGBTQ+ owned businesses and organizations thrive, creating a supportive network for both residents and visitors. Whether you’re catching a drag brunch with friends or attending a film festival highlighting LGBTQ+ stories, Wynwood is where you can feel like you truly belong.

Rachel Covello standing in front of Flamingo Mural in Wynwood

Wynwood Pride

Wynwood Pride is a non-profit, whose mission is one of unity and celebration for Miami’s queer community and beyond. Supporting inclusivity and celebrating diversity, it creates unforgettable experiences that champion LGBTQ+ artists, rights, and visibility. Dedicated to amplifying voices, promoting activism, and spreading love throughout the colorful LGBTQ+ community, Wynwood Pride is a proud leader in celebrating diversity. 

Pride Events in Wynwood

Wynwood Pride Festival Weekend

It’s Wynwood’s BIGGEST block party, or should we say “gayborhood” party during World Pride Month in June. More than 50,000 people turn its streets into a sea of rainbows at Wynwood Pride. It all kicks off on the first Saturday of June with the annual rooftop VIP pool party at Arlo’s Wynwood. Followed by weekends that are jam-packed with panels, parties, and performances.

History of Wynwood

Wynwood’s tale starts in the early 1900s as simple farmland. Purchased by Miami developers Josiah Chaille and Hugh Anderson, the land was later named Wynwood (originally Wyndwood). As Miami’s tourism industry boomed, Wynwood transitioned from farmland to a working-class residential neighborhood. In the 1920s, Jewish garment manufacturers from New York, started setting up shop in Wynwood. Warehouses and factories sprung up, establishing Wynwood as Miami’s Garment District. This influx of businesses also attracted Puerto Rican immigrants, who formed a community within the neighborhood. 

Competition from overseas producers took its toll on the Garment District. Factories began to close, and Wynwood faced a period of economic decline. However, amidst the decline, a glimmer of artistic spirit emerged. In the 50s and 60s, artists, drawn by the abandoned warehouses and affordable rents, began using the spaces as studios. The turn of the century saw art galleries pop up as forward-thinking developers saw the potential in Wynwood and began revitalizing the area. 

Today, Wynwood is a global art destination. With its ever-evolving street art scene, world-class galleries, and restaurants, Wynwood is alive with creativity and energy. It’s a tribute to the power of transformation and an example of how once-forgotten spaces can become cultural attractions.

Typoe's Neon Tribute to Miami at The Related Group’s Wynwood 25

LGBTQ+ Places to Stay in Wynwood

Several hotels cater specifically to LGBTQ+ travelers, offering welcoming spaces where you can relax and be yourself.  Expect comfortable rooms, friendly staff, and sometimes even on-site events or partnerships with local LGBTQ+ businesses. So, unpack your bags and get ready to explore Wynwood’s art scene as your perfect accommodation awaits!

Arlo Wynwood MiamiThe Arlo Wynwood is the host hotel for Wynwood Pride. It’s a boutique hotel designed just for you. Forget the traditional hotel experience – here, comfort and sleek design create your perfect stay. Looking to relax? You can chill poolside on the rooftop, soaking up the sun. Feeling adventurous? The ever-changing Wynwood scene, with its street art and bars, is all just steps away from your door. Plus, you’re welcome to bring your four-legged furry family member along.

Hyde Suites Midtown MiamiHyde Suites Midtown Miami puts you right in the heart of the Miami Design District. Enjoy a spacious suite with modern décor that complements the city views. Need to unwind after a day out and about? Dive into the outdoor pool, grab a drink from the poolside bar, and feel the Miami sun on your skin. Looking for deeper relaxation? Check-out the on-site spa for a massage or facial to melt all of your cares away.

Moxy Miami WynwoodOpening July 1, 2024, and located just a block away from the famous outdoor museum, Wynwood Walls, the Moxy Miami puts you smack dab in the middle of Wynwood. Start your Moxy experience with a complimentary cocktail when you check in. After a day of exploring, head to Bar Moxy, for a drink, some small plates, or maybe make some new friends over a game. With complimentary breakfast daily, Moxy Miami has all the essentials for your Miami adventure, with a side of Wynwood’s edgy vibe.

Recommended Restaurants in Wynwood

Wynwood’s food scene has something for everyone. Restaurants here serve up everything from international flavors to classic comfort food. So, whether you’re looking for a romantic date night spot or a casual brunch with friends, Wynwood has options to satisfy even the most sophisticated palate. 

R House – Art and appetite collide at R House. This award-winning restaurant’s menu is a seasonal symphony of Latin-inspired flavors. Their signature short rib bao buns or the pasta dish ricotta cavatelli with roasted butternut squash, are two of the most popular items on the menu. Weekend brunches come alive with drag performances, adding some flair and color to your weekend midday meal.

Doya – Love sharing plates with friends? Doya is a taste of the Mediterranean with sizzling meats and healthy veggie dishes cooked over an open fire, filling the air with delicious aromas the moment you step inside. With both indoor and outdoor seating, Doya’s all about the meze experience, small plates meant to be shared. Their menu changes with the seasons, so you’re guaranteed fresh ingredients. Plus, they’ve got a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand, so you know you’re in for good food and a good time.

For more Michelin Guide restaurants in Miami, check out our guide to Miami’s Michelin Star Restaurants 

DOYA Aegean Restaurant in Miami, FL

Barcelona Wine Bar – Forget fancy four-course dinners, Barcelona Wine Bar is all about tapas, those delicious little Spanish plates perfect for sharing. Head over after a day of exploring Wynwood’s art scene and grab a seat at the bar or on the patio. At Barcelona, there are options for everyone’s taste, from classic patatas bravas (spicy potatoes) to seafood dishes and cured meats. Don’t forget a glass of sangria, the perfect complement to experiencing the fun, social side of Spanish dining in the heart of Miami.

Barcelona Wine Bar Charcuterie & Cheese menu

Bakan – With authentic Mexican food and a killer drink selection, Bakan takes Mexican cuisine to a whole new level. Nothing hidden here, the open kitchen, allows you to watch fresh tortillas being made by hand. Their menu changes with the seasons, so you can taste all of the flavors of Mexico in original, authentically-made dishes. They also have a huge selection of tequila and mezcal, perfect for maybe finding a new favorite spirit. 

Bakan, Mexican restaurant in Wynwood

Things to Do & See in Wynwood

Ready to set your inner explorer free? Step into the many galleries with works from established and emerging artists. Wynwood’s energy is contagious, so join a walking tour to learn the neighborhood’s history, or browse local finds from vendors at a pop-up market. Wynwood has something for everyone – so come discover, and let your creativity flow!

Wynwood Walls – Stand in the center of Miami’s artistic neighborhood and prepare to be wowed. Wynwood Walls isn’t your typical museum. There are towering murals by world-famous street artists splashed across the sides of buildings, creating a living, breathing canvas of color and creativity. It’s a visual feast waiting for you to explore. So grab your phone, snap some pics, and be inspired.

Wynwood Food & Street Art Tour – Spend an afternoon strolling the streets of Wynwood, uncovering hidden gems and famous murals across Wynwood’s walls. Learn the stories behind the art, and how this once-industrial neighborhood transformed into a living, breathing museum. The tour includes delicious bites at some of Wynwood’s best restaurants where you can sample authentic dishes that reflect Miami’s multicultural vibe.

FunDimension – When it’s time to let the kid in you come out to play, take a break from the art and check out FunDimension, an entertainment center for all ages. We’re talking cutting-edge games like virtual reality experiences, classic arcade fun, and laser tag battles. Or, you can zip around the bumper car rink or challenge your friends to a round of bowling. And, when you’re ready for a break, belly-up to their bar or get a table in the restaurant and refuel with some food and drink.

Where to Shop & Stroll in Wynwood

Wynwood’s streets are a shopper’s paradise! Browse racks overflowing with vintage clothing or locally-designed apparel. Need a statement piece for your home? Find local art in one of the many galleries or homegoods stores. Whether you’re a serious shopper or just looking for a fun afternoon stroll, Wynwood’s streets are your runway – each one bursting with color and creativity.

Wynwood Marketplace –  Every Thursday through Sunday, get swept up in a whirlwind of local flavor. Weave your way through rows of vendors, each one loaded with one-of-a-kind finds. Grab a bite of comfort food from one of the food trucks, then sip on a handcrafted cocktail as you take it all in. It’s your weekend dose of art, food, and fun, all rolled up into one unforgettable experience.

Wynwood Block – A fully-renovated warehouse transformed into a shopper’s dream, Wynwood Block is where you find those hard-to-find items. Step inside and browse through boutiques, art galleries, and local shops. Maybe you’ll find the perfect outfit, or stumble upon a must-have piece of art. Wynwood Block even has a pizza place to have a nosh after your shopping spree. It’s the perfect spot to find something special and support local Miami businesses at the same time. 

LGBTQ+ Bars, Clubs and Nightlife In Wynwood

As the day fades, unwind with a handcrafted cocktail or catch some live music at one of Wynwood’s watering holes.  While many of the exclusive LGBTQ+ bars and clubs are on South Beach, you can still find gay and gay-friendly spots in Wynwood.

Willy’s Neighborhood Bar – Forget fancy cocktail bars or crowded clubs, Willy’s Neighborhood Bar is your classic gay bar and the only one in Wynwood. Willy’s is all about inclusivity, making it a great place to unwind with a drink or catch up with friends. With a daily happy hour, a bar-bites menu, and the occasional dance party, theme night, and RuPaul watch party, Willy’s is your chance to experience Miami’s LGBTQ+ community.

Willy's Neighborhood Bar

Gramps –  Gramps isn’t fancy, but it’s where everyone, including the queer community feels welcome. Like you’ve just stumbled into your favorite local hangout, even if it’s your first visit. They’ve got live music on some nights, DJs spinning tunes on others, and even comedy shows to keep you entertained. Plus, their menu has bar bites and yummy pizzas. So pull up a stool at the bar, or grab a table outside, and enjoy the great vibe of Gramps Bar.

For more on local gay bars check out some of the Best Gay Bars in Miami 

Annual Events & Festivals in Wynwood 

Wynwood’s creative energy is a year-round affair. But, if you’re looking for an extra dose of artistic expression, plan your visit around one of the neighborhood’s festivals. Spring and fall bring art, music, and food to the streets. It’s the perfect chance to mingle with Miami’s creative scene.

Wynwood Life Festival – Experience a weekend dedicated to celebrating everything Wynwood. Streets lined with booths, street performers vying for your attention, along with bands playing music, is just a taste of what you can expect. And, speaking of taste, mouth watering aromas fill the air from food trucks and pop-up eateries, all inviting you to indulge. It’s a celebration of Wynwood’s soul, and all that defines this neighborhood.

Chocolate and Art Show Miami – Art lovers with a sweet tooth, this one’s for you! Every June, Wynwood transforms into a must-visit spot for both artistic expression and decadent treats during the annual Chocolate and Art Show. Stroll through the neighborhood’s streets, where gallery doors are open late, showing  the works of local and international artists. Handcrafted chocolates add to the scene along with live music and local vendors. 

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Wynwood: Where Art & Inclusivity Meet

Walking through Wynwood, you notice, or maybe feel, that it’s not just about great art on the walls and buildings, it’s genuinely welcoming to all. Each block brings something new, from art galleries to quaint cafes. It’s not your “been there, done that” kind of place to visit. It’s where you can return again and again, and find something new to discover each time.

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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

Events are subject to change. Please check the events webpage for updates and schedules.

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