As every hipster knows, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood brims with cool shops, hangouts and galleries. But as tourists flood the artsy neighborhood, locals are sneaking off to quieter, offbeat locales around the city.
The Other Hip District: MiMo
Spend a few hours browsing through the plentiful retro boutiques on the Upper Eastside, also known as MiMo. Discover one-of-a-kind vintage pieces for your home or wardrobe at shops such as Fly Boutique or Hint. MiMo’s mid-century architecture ranges from Art Deco to Mediterranean revival, making a colorful backdrop for an afternoon of shopping and sightseeing.
The Small Stuff and More: Sweat Records
When you’re looking for retro or new LPs; the latest CD from a local band; or a special gift or T-shirt for a music lover, you’re likely to find it at Sweat Records. Sweat is so much more than a record store, though. Nibble on vegan snacks and sip on handmade coffee drinks while browsing the racks of new and used (or “pre-loved,” as they like to call ’em) albums. Sweat Records also offers turntables and vinyl accessories. Check out their variety of free events ranging from live performances to comedy nights.
A Day at the Museum: The Wolfsonian
See more than 180,000 kitschy objects dating from the 1800s to the 1950s at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University museum in the Art Deco district. From furniture to glasswork, and ceramics to paintings, the museum’s collection showcases decorative objects from the 1850s to the 1950s. It’s almost a guarantee you’ll be inspired to make a vintage shopping quest, so take a quick trip to the gift shop; it houses the museum’s own line of travel accessories, tabletop items, kitchenware and more.
Cocktails From Yesteryear: The Broken Shaker
When it’s time to wind down for the day, head to The Broken Shaker at Miami Beach for some garden-fresh concoctions. The bar features handcrafted cocktails brimming with fresh-pressed produce and elixirs, syrups, and infusions made from garden herbs and spices. Their creative libations include the Agave Garden—tequila infused with red bell pepper orange liqueur—and the Rye Cider with whiskey, thyme-honey, lemon and apple cider. Pair your drink with a tasty bite from the food menu, which includes beef jerky, spicy cauliflower, hand-cut fries and more.
Underground Jazz: Le Chat Noir
If you’re in the mood for some late-night wine, cheese and jazz, head to Le Chat Noir. Reminiscent of an old-school cabaret, this local gem features live jazz performances in a dimly lit underground wine cellar. Their menu boasts plenty of tantalizing finger foods to pair with your wine. Try the Italian cheese platter filled with creamy mozzarella and gorgonzola-parmesan. Or, order the Spain meat platter—chorizo, jamón serrano and lomo—for your fill of delicately sliced, cured meats.