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Little Havana

Little Havana

Grab a guayabera, let Jose guide you down Calle Ocho, and you’ll get more than a taste of Cuba. Between the rhythms of the neighborhood and Jose’s favorite haunts, he’ll have you dancing down the sidewalk, getting wired on afternoon cafecitos, watching the domino players in Domino Park, maybe even lighting up a hand-rolled cigar. Of course, knowing Jose, he’ll also introduce you to a frutería, and you can count on this, he’ll have you loving black beans, rice, and plantain – a tradition as Cuban as a Havana itself.

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It doesn’t get more Little Havana than this fruit stand. Los Pinareños is the oldest open-air market in all of Miami. You’ll find exotic fruit, veggies, local honey, flowers, and some of the best fresh-made juices and milkshakes on planet earth. Treat yourself to a banana café batido – a banana milkshake with a shot of Cuban coffee. And don’t forget to visit Tuca in the back – the family’s pot-bellied pig.


Suzie changes her fresh tropically-inspired ice cream flavors practically every day... You can get classics like Chocolate, but when you come to Azucar it’s for the Miami flavors like Café con Leche (Cuban Coffee & Oreo) and Key Lime Pie. And then there’s their original Abuela Maria® - vanilla ice cream, ruby-red guava, rich cream cheese and crispy, sweet Maria biscuits. Guaranteed, it’ll remind you of your Cuban grandmother, even if you aren’t Cuban.


Want a real taste of Little Havana? Grab an ice cream and head to Domino Park. When it comes to dominos, the national game of Cuba, the local citizens who come here every day take no prisoners... Sure, it’s the smack down of dominos, but it’s also a place for social commentary mixed with a deep sense of nostalgia and life-long friendships. It’s not always easy to follow, but the game is definitely fun to watch.

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