Freehand Hostel

3 things you should know:

1. We love incredible food and eating… all of it. We love great drinks and drinking… all of them (responsibly). We know you feel the same way.

2. We discovered this sweet outfit called Miami Culinary Tours. Their mission: connecting our inner foodies with the myriad cuisines churned out by the 305’s hippest chefs.

3. We recently went on the Wynwood Food Tour. (Wynwood = art. Food + art = win win.) It was delicious, and we’ve decided there’s really no better way to spend a Saturday. Take a sneak peek below:

Wynwood Food Tour

Wynwood Food Tour

To Kick Things Off we met Grace, our super-friendly guide, and set out for the Wynwood Walls (right around the corner from our first stop). This one-of-a-kind section of Miami features street art by some of the world’s greatest artists, including Retna, Shepard Fairey and Faile/Bast—to name a few. It’s a definite must-see for first-timers.

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Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Stop #1: Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Surrounded by the inimitable work of street artist Shepard Fairey (whom Grace taught us a lot about), Top Chef Miguel Aguilar served up his spicy ropa vieja empanadas and maduros (sweet plantains), paired with a local beer from Wynwood Brewery.

The Butcher Shop

Stop #2: The Butcher Shop

This abandoned warehouse turned butcher shop/beer garden made our taste buds dance. Here we tried a savory cheese and cabbage pelmeni, several samples of organic, farm-to-table cold cuts, and a trio of homemade mustards. As expected, everything was incredible!

Wynwood

Wynwood

Then We Took A Quick Break to check to out the smorgasbord of art that adorns all of the buildings within Wynwood. Our guide, Grace, was a bastion of knowledge, telling us all about the different artists, their work, and how to distinguish between graffiti, vandalism and street art.

Jimmy'z Kitchen

Stop #3 and #4: Jimmy’z Kitchen and Pride and Joy

At Jimmy’z Kitchen, chef Jimmy Carey (the man the joint is named after) treated us to traditional chicken mofongo (pictured above), Puerto Rico’s national dish, and it was so good we considered ordering seconds. We didn’t, but we wanted to.

 Across the street at Pride and Joy, celebrity chef Myron Mixon (“the winningest man in barbecue”) spoiled us with some mouth-watering southern comforts, including deviled eggs and his one-of-kind pulled pork. Yum!

Suviche

Stop #5:  Suviche

Here we sampled the Peruvian-inspired dish causa, a lime and aji amarillo-infused mashed potato wrapped around thinly sliced avocado then topped with tuna and served with toasted corn nuts.

Tiramisu

Always Make Sure To Leave Room For Dessert because you might be served a beautiful tiramisu de lucuma (a tropical Peruvian fruit), which is just too good to pass up.

The End

Before Sending Us On Our Way Grace provided us with a useful map highlighting some other great places to check out in the neighborhood!

Amanda Lee

5 more things you should know:

1. Miami Culinary Tours offer guided tours in three neighborhoods: South Beach, Wynwood (the one we went on) and Little Havana.

2. You can sign up here, or at the front desk.

3. If you use the code THEFREEHAND when booking, you’ll save $15.

4. Each tour is about 2-3 hours long.

5. They’re delicious.