By: Jennifer Agress
Where to find Cuban cigar shops in Miami.
As the center of Cuban living in all of South Florida, Calle Ocho has the best Cuban food, the strongest cafecito, a historic peek into authentic Little Havana and some of the best Cuban cigar shops in all of Miami. Cuban cigars have become a staple here in Miami, and for good reason. Smoking a Cuban cigar is a social activity. It’s about taking a moment to relax, enjoy life, and engage in good conversation with good company.
El Titan de Bronze
Located on Calle Ocho, El Titan de Bronze is home to some of the most authentic Miami-rolled Cuban cigars in the Magic City. El Titan de Bronze is where skilled cigar rollers, all of whom learned their trade in Cuba, roll 100 to 125 cigars daily, each specializing in a certain kind. Unlike other Cuban cigar shops, this one is female-owned. It’s the brainchild of co-owner Sandy Cobas, who grew up in the cigar industry and whose father opened the shop in 1995. At El Titan de Bronze, cigar aficionados can choose from the brand's own collection: Titan de Bronze Gold, Titan Grand Reserve Maduro, Titan Grand Reserve Cameroon and the Titan Redemption Sun Grown Habano.
At Titan de Bronze, you can also find ultra-premium boutique cigars like Cremo Cigars. When Walter "Lilo" Santiago first arrived to Miami, he took a walk down Calle Ocho and became enamored with Little Havana. He wanted to find the best blender in Miami, and the search led Lilo to El Titan de Bronze Cigar Factory. They are made in small quantities to ensure quality and consistency. 1071 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130
Purveyors of boutique premium cigars, Cuban Crafters rolls their own Medina 1959 Miami Edition puros at their location in Little Havana. With about 200 acres of tobacco fields and over 325 employees, Cuban Crafters is one of the few cigar makers that grows and cures their own tobacco at their own facilities at the Tabacalera Esteli in Nicaragua. They transform the leaves into cigars onsite at their location in Little Havana and their skilled master cigar rollers have all been trained to produce perfect cigars by Cuba’s finest master rollers. Popular brands also include Arturo Fuente, Padron, Oliva, My Father, Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo. Cuban Crafters also makes and distributes fine handcrafted humidors, cigar cutters, cigar cases and lighters. 3604 NW 7th Street, Miami, FL 33125
Calle 8 Cigars
Also located on Calle Ocho, you can’t miss Calle 8 Cigars. Marked by a sign that reads “The Best Cigars in Town,” this tiny shop boasts a humidor room and some of the most popular Cuban cigar brands, including Cohiba, La Gloria Cubana and Montecristo, for reasonable prices. In addition to big ones like these, find smaller, flavored options like Tatiana and Café Crème. Whatever you choose, cigar lovers won’t leave empty-handed. 1221 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130
La Tradición Cubana Cigars
Dating back to 1995, La Tradición Cubana Cigars has been manufacturing some of Miami's best Cuban cigars using traditional cigar making methods for decades. Owner Luis Sanchez (whose family has been in the cigar industry since 1928) ensures that all of their premium blended Cuban seed cigars are aged in Spanish cedar and meticulously rolled to perfection by expert tabaqueros (rollers). Full of spicy and subtle creamy flavors, the factory's own La Tradición Cubana in-house brand features a special blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan filler and Honduran binder with an Ecuadorian wrapper. 1336 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33135
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