An Art Lover’s Guide to Miami in 24 Hours

Courtesy of Rubell Family Foundation
Courtesy of Rubell Family Foundation
Photo of Karina Castrillo
12 October 2017

Art aficionados need not wait for the annual Art Basel event to see world-class contemporary art in Miami. With a plethora of galleries, open-air art venues and modern museums, there’s plenty to indulge in during 24 hours in the Magic City. Here’s our round up of the must-visit art and dining locales for total cultural immersion.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

Perched on the edge of Biscayne Bay, the PAMM houses international contemporary works from the 20th and 21st centuries. From art installations to paintings, the collections serve South Florida’s diverse and multicultural background. Wander the three-story structure to explore the art and absorb the architecture. The building, designed by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, boasts an innovative canopy sustained by columns decorated with hanging tropical plants that transform the space into a lush garden.

Insider Tip: Admission is free every first Thursday and second Saturday of the month. Ride the free Miami-Dade Metromover and get off at Museum Park Station located directly across from the museum. You can also enter code PAMM on the Lyft app to save $5 off your first four rides.

Courtesy of PAMM, Photograph by Robin Hill | © Robin Hill / Courtesy of Perez Art Museum Miami

Institute of Contemporary Art

Opening their new home on December 1 within the Miami Design District, the ICA Miami is the setting for total artistic immersion. The space will exhibit contemporary sculptures, installations, and paintings, while also giving visitors a chance to exchange ideas through their weekly events. Attend their artist meet-and-greets and thought-provoking lectures led by specialists in their field discussing subjects on technological innovation and societal issues. The museum is free to the public.

Insider Tip: Plan ahead to attend one of their events on the calendar as it is required to R.S.V.P.

Courtesy of ICA Miami

Rubell Family Collection

Head to Wynwood for a tour of the impressive Rubell Family Foundation. Housed in a 45,000 square-foot space that was once used as a Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility (during the ’80s crime-ridden Miami), the foundation boasts a rich collection of contemporary works by over 800 artists. See works by icons like Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, and Yayoi Kusama. The art foundation also features a public research library, hosts lectures, and is one of the biggest privately-owned museums in North America.

Art work at Rubell Family Foundation | Courtesy of Rubell Family Foundation


Pop out of the PAMM for a break at Verde. Appropriately named “Green” in Spanish, you can get your healthy fix with their selection of salads—or indulge in some Italian pasta. The menu is surprisingly affordable and the restaurant offers a stunning view of Biscayne Bay without having to leave the museum grounds.

Insider Tip: Catch the fresh breeze of the bay and views of the Museum Park by sitting outdoors.

Courtesy of Verde


If you’re visiting the Institute of Contemporary Art, you need not stray too far for a coffee break. Located within the Miami Design District, this stylish café boasts a minimalist flair with its pastel color palette and Nordic furniture. Grab a stool inside or dine al fresco to enjoy an avocado toast with a dose of chic people-watching.

Insider Tip: Bloggers are recommended to bring their cameras—the space is an Instagram magnet.

OTL Café | Photo by Karina Castrillo

Markowicz Fine Art

The Markowicz Fine Art gallery stirs the imagination with a collection of audacious modern art. Wedged in the heart of the fashionable Miami Design District, the three-story gallery features works by legendary artists like Andy Warhol and Fernando Botero, and budding international street artists like Kaï—famous for his thematic stick figures. The eclectic variety of modern sculptures and vibrant paintings make it a must-see for serious art collectors, as well as for curious visitors looking for a dose of inspiration and entertainment.

Courtesy of Markowicz Fine Art

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls’ bold murals full of personality captivate the soul of Miami’s budding art scene and is a major point of interest for those seeking to discover the city’s urban street art. Lined with windowless warehouses covered in graffiti art, these walls serve as a life-size canvas for dozens of artists from all across the globe. The open-air space is free to the public and is nestled in the heart of the trendy Wynwood neighborhood, amid a bustling nightlife and restaurants.

Insider Tip: Don’t miss Wynwood Artwalk every second Saturday of the month. The event is a free neighborhood block party decked with eclectic food trucks and live music.

Courtesy of Wynwood Walls

Mister Block Café

Cross the strip of NW 2nd Avenue to this hidden little gem within Wynwood. Mister Block Café is a perfect pit stop for an espresso or sweet snack while you mingle with locals. Decorated in an edgy black-and-white interior with zigzag patterned tiles, the café sells baked goods and delicious lattes with an indoor and outdoor setting.

Courtesy of Mister Block


Located directly behind Wynwood Walls, KYU is one of the most stylish new additions to the neighborhood. The Asian-inspired hotspot promises a tasty menu with global flavors and a fun atmosphere, all dolled up within a strikingly sexy dark interior. Exotic and enticing, this is a cool hang out spot to kick back a few drinks after a long day of sightseeing.

Insider Tip: Happy Hour is Tuesday–Saturday from 4:30–7:30 p.m.