Wynwood has steadily made its mark as Miami’s most raved about neighborhood, having morphed in the last decade from a down-and-out warehouse district to the hippest arts scene in town. The once run-down streets now teem with galleries, boutiques, and gardens filled with graffiti art. The Design District? That’s so 2009.

I’m no maven of graffiti, but damn, there are some breathtaking displays of wall art alive and well at the Wynwood Walls.

The talent, creativity and wild genius that went into some of these displays is inspiring, plain and simple.

The Walls was the brainchild of the late Tony Goldman, who claimed, “Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place.” Few would argue his success in doing so.

Today, the Walls have hosted art from more than 50 artists representing countries as diverse as the United States, Belgium, Brazil, and Japan. From big-name street artists like Shepard Fairey to lesser-known graffiti gurus, the Walls feature a rotating display of artwork, along with a handful of permanent exhibits.

The neighborhood’s popularity as an international stomping ground for street art has meant that the Walls have trickled to, well, beyond their walls. Now, there are displays on doorways and other buildings throughout the neighborhood.

Want to learn more?

A variety of walking tours are available, from self-guided jaunts, to guided tours that include brunch or a drink. Do it; it’s totally worth learning the stories behind the artwork.