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Wynwood's street art paints a pretty picture in Florida

Miami 's Wynwood district is among the most creative in the US with vibrant studios and galleries – and great bars and cafes too.

 

It stops you dead in your tracks: it is as though you've stumbled across a modern-art Lego village. Even the lurid, graffiti-clad walls of Miami's dusty back streets can't prepare you for the spectacle of the Wynwood Arts District. From Bridget Riley-style monochrome patterns to Mexican psychedelia, this square mile of pristine modular buildings is covered from roof to pavement in cutting-edge street art. A world away from the power-walkers and sun-worshippers of South Beach, Wynwood is fast becoming known as one of America's most creative neighbourhoods.

 

It also has the bonus of an outdoor area right beside the Wynwood Walls, the jewel in this remarkable district's crown. A private park (entrance is free), the Walls are a showcase for, as Goldman declared in 2009, "the greatest street art ever seen in one place". The murals are breathtaking, and the park immaculate.

The place that best embodies Wynwood's split personality is Lester's at 2519 NW 2nd. By day, lattes are sipped as locals gaze into the screens of their iPads and MacBooks. At night, art students, artists and patrons turn the cafe into a bacchanal, soundtracked by – during my visit, at least – a young man with a keyboard worshipping at the altars of synth-pop titans Giorgio Moroder and Jan Hammer. Well, it is Miami, after all.