Mister Block Cafe
2621 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood
Down a breezeway off a well-trafficked block of NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood, Mister Block Cafe is a one-stop shop while you’re making the neighborhood rounds. Coffee is their specialty (they’ve partnered with Counter Culture), but they’ve got a solid assortment of freshly made pastries (croissants, muffins), salads, and sandwiches to go, plus a stash of ice cream sandwiches, like vegan brownie à la mode and Cookie Monster, in the freezer. The light-filled spot has several bistro tables and is outfitted with plugs for device charging; there’s a great garden out back for people-watching, too.
222 26 St., Wynwood
This is Miami’s most ubiquitous cold-pressed juice and smoothie chain—there's another location Mid-Beach, plus outposts in Whole Foods' across the city—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also one of the best places around to grab a juice (or an acai bowl). The space, located in Wynwood Walls, is literally bright green; there’s limited seating, but you can always take your drink and explore the nearby street murals.
2390 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood
Favorite local coffee shop, Panther has three locations in Miami (Wynwood, Sunset Harbour, Coconut Grove) each one with a slightly different vibe. The Wynwood location (not surprisingly) has a hipster feel, and on a weekday you’re likely to find many locals sitting on the large outdoor patio or interior cafeteria-style tables, laptops out, quirky pop music playing in the background. The Sunset Harbour location feels a bit more industrial, has a bigger interior, no outdoor garden. The Coconut Grove spot has the more upscale aesthetic, but still cooly so. Good cold brew, almond croissants, etc. whichever one you find yourself at.
Zak the Baker: Bakery
295 NW 26th St., Wynnwood
Zak Stern (aka Zak the Baker) has become legendary in Miami. His Kosher baked goods are beloved, and deservedly so. At the beginning of 2017, without fanfare, Stern turned his bakery space into an Eastern European style deli—making Kosher corned beef and gravlax sandwiches and potato kugels—overseen by twenty-five-year-old Chef Melissa Sosa, who spent the past few years working for Stern. The deli started selling out right away. Don’t worry, there’s still a bakery—just a block away—and it’s actually in a bigger space now. Start with the perfectly crispy, buttery, light croissant.
2230 NW 2nd Ave., Wynwood
The force behind this budding fast-casual chain is actually a couple. Danish businessman René Sindlev famously founded the jewelry company Pandora, and his Italian wife Patrizia Manici Sindlev was a model and architect in her first career. To open their cafés, which serve only organic, kosher, and non-GMO juices, snacks, and coffee, they partnered with a doctor to develop recipes that support cleansing and nutrition, including three whole-foods cleanse programs that you can mix and match for up to seven days. Even if you're not doing a full-on cleanse, it's a great place to pick up a salad or juice to go or to meet colleagues for a working lunch (each is equipped with solid Wi-Fi). The original is in Wynwood, but there is now a location in Brickell, too—we're keeping an eye out for the New York launch later this year.
The Lots at 56, 64, 70, 82 NW 29th St., Wynwood
This Williamsburg-esque outdoor concept space was started by the young entrepreneur behind Della, which offers a healthy take on fast food bowls. Wynwood Yard plays host to a series of growing culinary ideas in food-truck-like setups, a central pop-up bar, and a pretty, edible garden. There’s picnic seating and a rotating schedule of events from live music to workouts, essential oils workshops, and art classes for littles.
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